I've been wanting to do a post about my playlist for weeks. I love, love, love to run with music. It's my absolute favorite part of running, in fact. My playlist is 70% hip hop/pop music, and I get really into it. I love to dance but rarely get the opportunity to, and I've often said that I kind of see running to music as a married 30 year old mother's version of clubbing. :) Quite a few of my songs are ones that make me laugh when I realize I'm a blonde, white girl. For example, that Apple Bottom Jeans song (no idea what the real name is) can get me up the most daunting of hills. Embarrassing, but true.
I always let my playlist shuffle when I run, and I have this weird superstition that just the right song will come on at just the right time. Self-fulfilling prophecy or not, it really does happen most of the time. And for some reason I look at it like it's a conversation with God, where he gives me exactly what I need exactly when I need it. As my dear friend Noelle's husband Brett once said to me, "Oh, like God knows you need Apple Bottom Jeans?" OK, maybe it's not always a divine selection, but today I know God planned it perfectly.
I got up at 4:45 and headed out to do my 11 mile run. It was dark and quiet outside, and I was running a new course through the country. It took me over 2 hours to run this morning, yet that entire time only a handful of fast songs ever showed up on my iPod. Instead, it was dominated by worship music. Some of the songs I remember hearing include:
-"Stronger" by Hillsong
-"Sing to Jesus" by Fernando Ortega
-"From the Inside Out" by Kristian Stanfill
-"I Will Lift My Eyes" by Bebo Norman
-"My Offering" by Nichole Nordeman
-"Perfect People" by Natalie Grant
-and of course, "Beyond Measure", right at the start of Mile 10 :)
My favorite moment was in the middle of mile 6. The sunrise was in front of me, a hot air balloon was in the distance, and one of my favorite songs of all time came on: "Brave" by Nichole Nordeman. At one point I was running down the street with a gel in one hand and my other hand raised. I can't imagine a better way to start a morning. I was able to reflect, pray, and just worship my Creator. Wow.
As I approached the last quarter mile of my run, I shuffled through to find my current favorite running song to end on: "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz. It finished faster than I did, and guess what song came up next? "Brave" again. I'm just not so sure that was a coincidence. I am sure that it was the perfect way to end my run and the perfect reminder of what it was all about. I love that God is in the small stuff. :)