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Hey Guys Let's Talk About Running Music

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Not everyone runs with headphones, but I'd be willing to bet that a lot of us do -- safety concerns be damned. To this point on the Stride Nation we haven't really discussed music at all. Some of us consume/collect music more than others, so this won't be any sort of frequent feature or anything like that (maybe once a month), but I thought it'd be good to put out there: what have you been listening to lately when running?

In the past month I've added a few things to my standard rotation: Middle Brother's 2011 album as well as Mayer Hawthorne's most recent album (also from 2011). Both are magnificent for long slow runs (they fade into the background a bit more than I like for higher-intensity stretches). Below the fold is a typical little playlist (thanks, YouTube!) that'd last the course of a good 4 or 5 miler.

Mayer Hawthorne: Hooked

Middle Brother: Million Dollar Bill

A.A. Bondy: The Mightiest Of Guns

J. Roddy Walston and the Business: Used to Did

The Tallest Man On Earth: King of Spain

The Hold Steady: The Weekenders

Kanye West + Jay-Z: No Church In The Wild

The Mountain Goats: This Year

Beyond music I tend to listen to podcasts (All Songs Considered Live, Back To Work) while I'm out. Unfortunately these aren't compatible with my iPod shuffle that I prefer to take out with me -- clip-on iPods sure are nice for running -- so I don't listen to as many while running as I'd like to.

I typically run once or twice a week without music (a shorter run) to stay familiar with the sound of my footfalls and keep my self-assessments up to snuff -- races are run sans-headphones, after all -- and I tend to enjoy those runs a lot, but it's not always easy to trudge through an early-morning workout without something to pick me up a bit.

What's your typical running mix include, and what have you added recently that you're digging on?