Music has always been important to me, but it really makes the difference when I work out. Nothing helps with mental toughness like the right tunes cranking in my ears. Sometimes, it’s something as simple as a thumping bass and high energy dance music. Other times, though, I need more. I need to connect to what I am hearing. To stay focused and shut out the voices telling me to stop, I need to play a song that will resonate with me. Today, the song was “Shine,” by the Rollins Band.

It’s an old song that has always meant a lot to me. This morning, though, it was all about the sprinting. With five minutes to go, I cranked up “Shine” and turned the treadmill up to 8.5 miles per hour. At that moment, I really did feel strong and powerful.



If I’d listened to everything that they said to me,
I wouldn’t be here!
And if I took the time to bleed from all the tiny little arrows shot my way,

I wouldn’t be here!
The ones who don’t do anything are always the ones who try to put you down
And you could spend your entire life walking around in the nowhere land of self doubt

‘Cuz when you start to doubt yourself the real world will eat you alive!
It’s time, it’s time to align your body with your mind, it’s hero time
It’s time, it’s time to align your body with your mind, it’s hero time
‘Cuz when you start to doubt yourself the real world will eat you alive!
And you know it’s true!
I’m talking to you: hero time starts right now! Yeah, hero time, yeah, time to shine, hey, hero time!

If ya think you’ve got 100 years to mess around: you’re wrong!
This time it’s real, your time is now . . . it’s hero time!
Yeah, hero time, hey, time to shine, yeah, hero time, yeah!

Hard times are gettin’ harder, the liars are acting strong
You better get a grip on yourself or you won’t be around too long
It’s hero time, hey, time to shine, yeah, hero time, yeah, hero time, yeah!
It’s hero time, it’s hero time, time to shine, shine, shine, shine, shine!
oh yeah! (3x)

No such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time
No such thing as down time
All you got is life time… go! ‘coz it’s hero time, ‘coz it’s time to shine
‘Cuz it’s time to go, go, go! yeah, hou!

When you’re gone, you’re so gone (2x) you’ve got it now, it’s time to go
Hero time starts right now! yeah, aha..! …change it!


I got grace in times of friction, I got truth in times of fiction
I’ve got no time for the hype. Suicide!? I’m not that type.
I got no time for drug addiction, no time for smoke and booze
Too strong for a shortened life span, I’ve got no time to lose!
It’s time to shine, yeah, it’s hero time, yeah, it’s hero time, yeah, yeah!

When you start to doubt yourself the real world will eat you alive! yeah!
You could spend your entire walking around, coward: or you can get up!
Get up, get up, get up, get up! it’s time to shine! yeah…


Henry Rollins

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