I love running to music. The pavement is my dance floor and I can go for hours. Any given morning on Tempe Town Lake I will jog, playing air guitar to the riff of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" if no one is looking.
The amount of fun I have on the trail has translated into a healthy turnaround for me. Over the last few years, I've lost more than 100 pounds eating right and running. I've done countless 5Ks, numerous half marathons, and I ran 26.2 miles four times in less than two years. The secret to my success is finding the right type of sonic motivation to place between my ears. You find the right track and you'll be good to go all morning. If you start getting fancy with the playlist and pick the wrong thing, it's going to be a long slog to the finish line. For example, the Belle and Sebastian song "Stars of Track and Field" isn't about running the 800 meter dash. Trust me.