Five-mile running playlist: the “feeling good” mix

Proust had his madeleines, but for my money, there’s nothing that evokes a particular time and place in my life like music.    There are songs I play to conjure happy times, like the first up-tempo song at my wedding (Rosalita by Bruce Springsteen), or the song that was playing when I crossed the finish line of my first real distance race (Moving to New York by the Wombats). Other songs evoke such melancholy and pain, I can barely stand to listen to them (Tori Amos=high school angst, Josh Ritter=Steve’s deployments).

So it stands to reason that music can also serve as a vehicle for transition, and it’s in that spirit that I present the playlist below. For me, this week marked the transition between feeling like an invalid who is starting to resume normal activity to feeling like a normal person who is still kind of recovering from wrist surgery. Don’t get me wrong — I’m still in a splint, and I’m only just beginning range-of-motion exercises that will make my wrist functional again. But I truly feel like I’ve turned a corner, and I wanted to make a running playlist that would the transition from Percocet, casts, exhaustion and snow to good health, movement and cherry blossoms.

For the most part, these are positive, upbeat songs as appropriate for dancing as they are for running. The playlist devolves a bit toward the end, but five miles is still a long way for me — Feist is great in the beginning, but I need some Wu Tang Clan to help me get through that last mile. If you take nothing else from the five-mile playlist below, try listening to “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone on your next run. Let me know if you don’t feel somehow transformed.

Vibes and Stuff — A Tribe Called Quest

Mushaboom (Postal Service Remix) — Feist

Feeling Good — Nina Simone

Baby You’re Amazing — Josh Kelly

My Name is Jonas — Weezer

Walcott — Vampire Weekend

Get Right Back — Army Navy

Survivor — Beyonce

Dear Sergio — Streetlight Manifesto

Wonderful World — The Ramones

Gold Digger — Kanye West

Scenario — A Tribe Called Quest

M-E-T-H-O-D Man – Wu-Tang Clan

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  1. i’m pulling up that nina simone song now to check it out. survivor – ‘oldie’ but a goodie 🙂

  2. Tiffany

    “It’s a new dawn. It’s new day. It’s a new life for me.” That was how I felt yesterday morning as I was able to carry my breakfast around my kitchen without help. Love that song. I was able to start walking in my roboboot on Thursday and I feel like a new woman, a very slow moving new woman. 🙂

    Glad to hear things are going well with you. I go to the doctor on Tuesday for my next follow-up appt. I’ll find out whether or not I’m ready to ditch the boot and wear a shoe. I’m super excited, but am trying not to be too excited just in case I’m not shoe ready.

    BTW, this remix is a fave of mine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY-YZ6cmZX0

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