What I’m Listening To

Posted on in Sports + Training by Joel Meredith

Music is a huge part of my life. How could it not be? I live in “Music City”, right?! I really think that music provides a soundtrack to our lives. As powerful as sights and smells, hearing a song can ignite a memory from long ago or can give you a mental boost when you’re dragging along. The power of music is undeniable.

Music is also a huge part of my training. 95% of the time, I train on my own, and trust me, the mind can really wonder to some strange places when you’re doing 20-30 hour training weeks! I find music to be a great way to not only zone into a particular workout, but as a way to help motivate and push me along during tougher training periods.

Loading Up The PodI get asked a lot about what music I listen to during training sessions and especially during events. I think most people might imagine me having massive playlists loaded with pounding, up-beat tunes, but it’s actually quite the opposite. The majority of the music I listen to while training is, in a lot of ways, more of a downtempo variety. I find that it allows me to relax, breathe smoothly, and calms me mentally as I push through a particular session.

Thankfully, with all of the newer options available through music subscription services (i.e. Spotify, Rhapsody) I no longer have to spend massive amounts of money on permanent purchases. I can now easily charge my player up with countless playlists and enough music to last for weeks on end, which is sometimes necessary when you’re running across a desert!

So what am I listening to? Well, it would be impossible to pigeon hole me into one particular taste, so I’ll just share with you the top 20 from my most recent playlist. It’s probably a good representation of my taste: a bit of the old, a bit of the new, a bit of the fast, a bit of the slow. You can also see current updates to my musical tastes over at my personal blog, teamRFO.com. I post a weekly “Video of the Week” there. It’s fun for me to share my tastes with others. Who knows? Maybe I can introduce you to something new that you may enjoy as much as I do! So, here are the goods….

TOP 20 SONGS FROM MY FAVORITE PLAYLIST (Track/Artist):

  • Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  • Human Error – We Were Promised Jetpacks
  • You For Leaving Me – Colourmusic
  • Cut It Out – Kitten
  • The Bends – Radiohead
  • Last Day of Magic – The Kills
  • Fire Woman – The Cult
  • Young Men Dead – The Black Angels
  • Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros
  • Underdog – Kasabian
  • No Light, No Light – Florence and the Machine
  • Earthquake – Labrinth
  • Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes
  • Levels – Avicii
  • The Bad In Each Other – Feist
  • Hold The Line – Major Lazer
  • Youngblood – The Naked and Famous
  • Ce Jeu (The Twelves Remix) – Yelle
  • Fader – The Temper Trap
  • Son’s Gonna Rise – Citizen Cope

Hope you guys enjoy the tunes and check back often! I’m currently getting my training underway to tackle The Gobi March in late May of this year and I’ll be posting regular updates over the next 5 months.  I’m excited about entering a new training cycle and seeing what 2013 has in store for me! Read more about The Gobi March here.


Joel Meredith

I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, but I've called Nashville home for the past 16 years. I moved here for school, but stayed for the people. While I'm a medical professional by trade, I'm an adventurer at heart. Running is my true passion. My biggest inspiration is seeing people break out of comfort zones and challenge themselves to accomplish the extraordinary.


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