Sam Parsons. German National Team member. The creative driving force behind Tinman Elite. The first man to break 4 minutes in the state of Delaware. World Championship Finalist. And a human who has inspired tons of runners showing that with enough work, you can do amazing things. And with all of those inspiring achievements, none are as important as being the first runner to share his thoughts on music and running, in addition to his own created playlist in the B-Mail in our inaugural launch of "My Running Playlist."
Now, let's chat with Mr. Parsons:
What kind of music are you into? Are you constantly digging for new gems, or leaning into the oldies? Both?
I got hooked on Rodriguez after watching the Searching for Sugarman doc.. So I’ve been leaning into the old school deeply poetic artists like Bob Dylan, Neil young, The Animals. Kinda sad music but I’m loving the vibe.
Any new artists you’re currently digging that other people should know about?
How often/when do you run to music vs. not running with music?
I listen to mainly Philadelphia sports podcasts when I drive to practice and when I lift to be honest. I’m a really social runner so I fight tooth and nail to find someone to run with and listening to music when you are running with someone else is a cardinal sin in my book.
Tell us a little bit about this playlist in particular. What type of run is it for?
The only time I really listen to music is when I’m stuck on the treadmill for a workout. That’s when I’ll listen to this playlist full of Nas / old & newer hip hop. That’s the style and flow I want to emulate when I run so that’s what I listen to.
Without further adieu: