It’s February. Which means your resolve to uphold your New Year’s Resolution is probably waning. Actually it’s mid-February, so that resolve is probably completely gone.
If your resolution happened to involve working out a) please stop crowding my gym classes every January and b) it’s your lucky day, because I am here to re-motivate you!
A good playlist can do miracles for your workout. Perhaps you’ve read about the motivational power of music or seen articles highlighting the best songs for getting your exercise on. Last November, my friend Sarah posted her list of top 10 workout songs. While I’m sure this list is excellent, I am not actually familiar with much of the music listed because at the time Sarah posted it, I was listening exclusively to the N Sync Christmas Pandora station. But it got me thinking: What would my perfect playlist be?
Oh, poor, poor me. I already knew the answer – I’ve known it for years! It’s just that since Elisabeth came along my running routine has been inconsistent at best, so I had forgotten. For shame! I’d probably be running monthly marathons by now had I remembered! But I must not dwell on what could have been. Instead, right here, right now, I’m going to share a secret with you. Brace yourself. This is going to revolutionize your workout.
You don’t need an entire playlist to get you through a workout, you need only one song.
What song, Diana? What song?!
The only song you will ever need ever again* is:
Celine Dion’s, “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”.
Okay, you’re confused, I get it. Celine Dion? For my workout? Just trust me. Go get your iPod or smartphone or whatever it is you listen to your music on these days and give Ms. Dion a listen.
But I don’t have Celine Dion in my music library. She’s lame.
LIAR! Falling into You was a magical album. I know you secretly love it. This is now the second time I have declared my love for Celine on this blog, and if I can so publicly admit such a thing – twice! – you can definitely privately listen to this song in your home. Go on now, get listening.
Okay, fine, it’s magical. But how does this help me with my run?
This is a POWER ballad, people. The power of Celine’s voice will power you through your run. Trust me.** The song starts off a little slow, which you can warm-up to. At 2:07, it starts picking up. And by 2:33, Celine’s off and so are you. (Yes, I’m listening to it right now and checking the times. See how dedicated I am to your running success?) Whenever I hear this song, I just want to find the nearest stage and belt out the lyrics. And if you’re like me – human – you do, too. But that would be embarrassing. So instead, I take all that pent-up singing energy and channel it into my run. Pounding the pavement, envisioning myself up on stage with Ms. Dion, thumping our chests with our fists because it’s just so emotional! – it is EPIC. Do the same, and you will be empowered to tackle the tallest hill, sprint one more interval, endure one more mile.
Bonus: This song is 7 minutes and 37 seconds. That is a helluva long song. It’s practically a mile! (Or if you’re fast, it’s over a mile! And if you don’t run a sub-8 minute mile now, Celine will get you there.) Point is, put this baby on repeat and in just three repetitions you’ll have run a 5K without even feeling it. And that’s just the beginning. You will never get tired of “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now.” You just can’t. Ask my dad. He once drove well over an hour with four 12-year-old girls singing this song at the top of their lungs on repeat, and managed not to tear out the CD player. It’s like the more you listen to it, the more you love it. So lace up your running shoes, put the song on, and you just might run forever.
You can thank me later.
*The only song you will ever need ever again for your workout. Not for life. It’s kind of a dark song, actually, so I wouldn’t recommend it for your wedding or anything like that. But your run, yes.
**Trust me because while you might think I’m joking, I’m not. I do really listen to this song on repeat when I run. Maybe not all the time, but enough. Every now and then I do mix in the Spice Girls, “If You Wanna Be My Lover.” You should try that one, too.