The best thing about Good People Run is how diverse we are, sometimes it seems that all we have is difference. The people who make up our collective vary vastly in terms of how much they run, what they run, where they run, when they run, why they run, and what (if anything) they listen to when they run. There seems to be quite a connection to music for the majority of the crew at GPR- if not while we run- we are involved with it in some way.
Once again the creative theme comes to the surface when you talk to people who run. Amazing isn’t it!? We are going to talk to all of the collective in good time and share their stories, but to start with, let’s share our thoughts on music and how it makes running and life so special to us.
It makes sense to start with Tim Richards who is a brand ambassador for GPR, an award winning DJ and music producer who is now branching into sports event management coming from managing huge NZ music events and the performers. Tim thinks about running. A lot. He has completed five marathons, and just polished off his first ultramarathon at the 2015 Tarawera 50km. It would be fair to say that Tim Richards also thinks about music. A lot. Music has been major presence and at times a nearly all encompassing phenomena for his entire adult life. Tim is firmly of the belief that music is not just beneficial when he runs, it actively enhances the experience. But why is this the case? What is it about the mixture of beats or instruments that connects us so much to the moments as we run?
Tim reached out with this short piece on his views on running with music, and how it can enhance our experience and enjoyment of the sport. The theme overall is that it brings us to the moment- mindful and event transcendental.
“Music has been a part of every day of my life for nearly two decades, and has become a key part of my running routine since I began four years ago. For me, there is nothing sweeter than soaring through snow-covered peaks with a soundtrack of the best music on the planet along for the ride.
As runners we spend countless hours training, honing our bodies, but can be guilty of giving little or no attention to our mental preparation. As we run, with nothing but our thoughts to keep us entertained, our minds are left dormant to mull over the stress of our day, distracting us and taking away from the full benefits of our experience. Running is meant to be something we gain joy from, something that clears our heads something that makes us feel alive. Running helps us gain perspective and reminds us what is important in our lives. I firmly believe that music can reduce our distraction, ease our distress and increase our enjoyment of our running experience.
I got into running as a form of stress relief and my enjoyment grew from there. Music was a huge part of this process for me. Music distracts me from the pain and highlights the joy I feel when running. Music has been my life. it’s something I think a lot about, I’ve come to believe that If you’re using the latest playlist of “running hits” put together by a soulless computer then I’ll bet these sounds are falling short. A playlist based on an algorithm will never feed your soul like a personal playlist can.
If you want your music to fulfil you, dig deep, and find music that has meaning for you. Spend the time to put together a playlist that harnesses the emotions and memories entrenched within the music. Carefully selected songs will enrich your run. It works, I promise. You’ll feel like you are flying, the experience can be transcendental. Music can do this to us, it makes me forget about the pain and sweat. Music drives my feet faster. Music makes me smile.” – Tim.
It is said that don’t judge people by their appearance, rather their music collection so on that note Tim has also been kind enough to put together a list of favourite tunes for GPR to share with you all for your next run. Enjoy!