Music is a huge part of my life. There is rarely a moment throughout the day that I do not have music playing in the background. Even at my job there is music constantly playing. Sometimes this music is not of my own choosing or even something I like at all, like at work, but it’s there and it’s affecting me. The way that music can affect you while you exercise, play games, do homework, and drive is incredible. Listening to the "right" type of music can really help you get into the right mindset for the task at hand. This also means that there are definitely types of music that will hinder your ability or desire to perform the same task. For me, music actually becomes a serious factor in my performance and motivation while running and gaming.
For running, other than another person, music is the only way I can even try to keep pace. Keeping pace seems to be the biggest factor in how far I can push myself. If I can keep myself running a set speed, everything seems to just fall into place, and I feel like I can run forever. Another thing I’ve recently found is that music helps me to ignore my breathing, which prevents me from getting winded. The music will drown out my breath and keep my mind focused on associated memories or the lyrics of the music. For my running, I choose to listen to songs by Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Deftones, and other similar music. A lot of this music feels very aggressive which seems to help push me and keep me motivated.