If you’re planning to do the Couch to 5K Challenge or even next year’s London Marathon, here are my Top Three Tunes that you should be armed with for your next run.
1. Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Deep Kick’ from One Hot Minute. This is a great one to start with as you can warm up while Flea recites his strange and wonderful intro. Then, as soon as he says, “We keep moving, we keep moving,” you’ll know it’s time to move. And driven by Dave Navarro’s heavy riffs, move you will!
2. Femi Kuti – ‘Beng Beng Beng’ from Shoki Shoki. The playful percussion will keep you perfectly in beat while the floating saxophone melodies will help you feel lighter on your feet. Plus whenever Kuti or any of his backing vocals sing the words “Beng Beng Beng,” you’ll feel like shooting the air in victory, knowing that you made the effort to go for a run and that you’re still going!
3. Fat Boy Slim – ‘ Ya Mama’ from Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars. Use this track when you feel your feel failing and your legs lagging behind, as there’s nothing better than having someone shout “Push the tempo!” down your eardrums while feeling like there’s an avalanche of noise chasing you down the street and about to swallow you whole!