Monday, March 16, 2015

Runner's Guide to Parenting: The Playlist

Everything is Awesome (after a run)

Below is a list of ten songs that make an excellent soundtrack for your next run or the rest of your life as a parent.


  1. Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" just reminds me of all of the gaping holes in my memory that have developed since becoming a parent, when I actually remember that I have forgotten things. 
  2. "All of the Lights" by Kanye is perfect when I have to go around the house and turn of ALL OF THE LIGHTS that the kids leave on. Every day. In broad daylight.  
  3. My kids could sing "That's Not My Name" if they wanted to get sarcastic every time I can't remember their names. It's so weird when I forget their names, because I named my children. But it seems I can't remember the names I picked. (See #1.)
  4. The Kooks offer a great beat in "Bad Habit" and when this comes on during a run I think of all the bad habits my children like to pull out in public. Like nose-picking. And eating it. Don't claim your kid never did it.
  5. Nothing describes parenting better than "Where Do I Begin" by the Chemical Brothers. The husky voice of Beth Orton perfectly describes those days of zombie parenthood that follow nights without enough sleep. 
  6. Gnarls Barkley kind of nailed how I felt as a new mom with "Crazy." Can't tell you how many times I've asked myself why I think I'm in control. Also, I feel parents are the masters of rhetorical questions that make up this song.
  7. I'm pretty sure Usher didn't write "More" with a toddler having a temper tantrum in mind. But if you listen to the lyrics really carefully you can hear him egging on your impatient kid to "scream it out louder."
  8. Ever tried to use the bathroom alone? Or sneak into the closet to eat chocolate without sharing? The Fugees capture that exact moment when your child realizes you're missing in "Ready or Not." You can't hide. 
  9. Kids don't care that you have a race tomorrow. "No Sleep 'til Brooklyn" is their anthem. The Beastie Boys is also a great moniker for my boys when they get up early on weekends and eat candy for breakfast. 
  10. Running is not always going to be easy. And it's not always going to perfect. Neither is parenting. But they aren't all bad, either. There are some amazing moments of pride and happiness when you're both a runner and a parent. And you know what? You can do it. You can be a great mom, or a great dad, and a great runner. You can do this. "Carry On," friends. Have some Fun. 
What would you add to this playlist?