At the gym this morning, between sets and trying to avoid making eye contact with the creepy old man grinning at me, I listened to my music and allowed the words to soak deep into my soul. Although I have several playlists on my Iphone, I tend to stick to one or two playlists when I am working out (and even then those two lists have a lot of overlap), so I hear the same songs every time I go to the gym. This is intentional. Music speaks to me in varying ways. The music I choose for training tends to be inspirational, motivational, or simply fun.
Over the past six months of working out through this injury, my music has continued to play, but it has produced mixed feelings within me. There have been training sessions where my music leaves me feeling frustrated and in despair. In other sessions, the music leaves me choking back emotions and tears, both of sadness and hope. Occasionally, the music fills me with confidence, determination, and hope. Of course, how I am feeling physically often plays a significant role in how the music affects me.
Today’s training session started out feeling generally okay but finished off with a small tweak in the back with bigger consequences. Still, I am happy with today’s session. I got my reps in with fewer grimaces of pain than usual. I am still so far away from where I used to be, where I want to be in my training, but I know that this injury requires time and patience. Today the music helped me catch a glimpse of where I can be one day, one day when this injury is a thing of the past.
My playlist might not be the loud, heavy, and intense list out there, but it works for me. Here it is:
- Believer by Imagine Dragons
- The Climb by Miley Cyrus
- Demons by Imagine Dragons
- Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys
- Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
- Sign of the Times by Harry Styles
- Titanium by David Guetta & Sia
- Unstoppable by Sia
- We are the Champions by Queen
- Stronger Than I’ve Ever Been by Kaleena Zanders
- This is Me by Keala Settle
- The Impossible Dream by The Temptations
- Gloria by Laura Branigan