Running Playlist

Happy Spring (I think)!

Ironically, here in MN, we are experiencing wind chills of below-zero temps today…spring, will you ever arrive?? Last year on St. Patrick’s Day it was 80 degrees! It has to warm up eventually, right?!

In anticipation of warmer weather and ramping up the mileage, I’ve been reworking my running playlist and thought I’d share some of my favorite tunes that keep me motivated during my runs. I’ll skip the classical run playlist for now (anyone else out there enjoy listening to classical music during runs?) and focus on the “pop” songs. Here are my top five songs:

1. Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding

I love the beat of this song (plus I just love Ellie Goulding in general) – it’s upbeat, but slower so it helps me subconsciously remember to breathe. I also love the repetition of the lyrics, “anything could happen” – I use this to remind myself that it’s my choice on whether or not I’m going to give my run 100% of what I’ve got; I can decide to make it an okay run or a great run!

2. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield

This is such a “feel-good” song, right? Good beat, good pace, great message! This is especially good for me as I’m a person who fears the “what-ifs” WAY too much – it reminds me that nothing is set in stone, the future is yet unwritten and challenges me to make the most of it!

3. Dog Days are Over – Florence and the Machine

I love the slow-build of this song along with Florence’s voice – she’s so talented (and fantastic live)! Plus, the lyrics of “run fast for you mother, fast for your father, run for your children, for your sister and your brother” always gets me going!

4. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

This is my all-time favorite karaoke song (along with many other people, I’m sure), but what makes this one so special is at our wedding, this song came on during the reception and the entire room erupted in song and sang along – it was awesome!

5. Fighter – Christina Aguilera

I may or may not have blasted this 24/7 during a previous break-up…but, I love that this song has transformed its meaning for me. Initially, it was literal – using pain from a break-up to find that I’m better off, but now I focus on how much I’ve changed as a person and remember the person who used I be as inspiration for finding strength in the person I am now. I will run at a 10 min/mile pace someday!

So, going through these songs got me even more excited for spring weather and being able to run outside without dodging ice patches and wearing 10,000 layers! Here’s hoping warmer weather arrives sooner rather than later!

What are some of your favorite running songs?

8 thoughts on “Running Playlist

  1. Fighter is MY song! I run to that all the time…and instead of an old boyfriend, I always think about all the kids who used to bully me day in and day out for being “the fat girl.” HA, who has the last laugh now?! ;-D

    Some of my all time faves — which I listen to OVER AND OVER again — are 50 Ways to Say Goodbye and Drive By (Train); Poker Face (Lady Gaga); Mr. Saxobeat (Alexandra Stan); What Doesn’t Kill You (Kelly Clarkson); Magic (B.o.B); Fell in Love With a Girl (White Stripes); How Far We’ve Come (Matchbox Twenty); Don’t Stop the Party and Feel this Moment (Pitbull)…and, of course, can’t forget Gangnam Style! haha

  2. Awesome!! I love Fighter, SO MUCH, and you absolutely get the last laugh!! 🙂

    Poker Face and What Doesn’t Kill You are totally on my playlist, too, and I’m going to check out the others. At the Y on Tuesday (after Body Pump), I went to Zumba and we literally danced the dance to Gangnam Style…it was hilarious!! The song definitely has a good beat, though!!

    • Hahaha, that is awesome! My Muay Thai instructor sometimes puts Gangnam Style on loop for the entire 60-minute class…it’s his favorite freakin’ song. You’d think I’d get tired of it, but it is the BEST running song, I swear! lol

  3. OMG could it be any less Spring like? We’ve got snow flurries here. And I hate the cold – have been anxiously waiting warmer weather so I can take my running off the treadmill and back outdoors!

    loving Jennifer’s picks – YES to Gangam Style! That is my absolute favorite song to run to. Poker Face is number 2.

    FYI – Chariots of Fire – not a good pick. You just feel compelled to start running in ridiculously dramatic slow motion. Sorry, i thought it would be motivational to have on my shuffle, but i always have trouble meeting my race pace when it comes into the rotation 🙂

    • I heard on the radio today that with this last batch of cold weather, we have exhausted the supply of cold weather up in Canada…here’s hoping!!

      I end up takings songs, off, too that don’t quite mesh with the others – I think I did have Chariots of Fire on at some point, too.

  4. OMG I completely forgot I have Natasha Bedingfield on my regular ipod, I’m going to have to transfer that over to my mini that I use for my runs! And excellent other choices as well! I’m going to definitely have to update my running playlist. I actually have 2 minis, one with regular songs, and one consisting of entirely Disney music for the runs in Disney. And good luck with the 10 min mile pace! I have the same goal! I actually recently ran my 1st 10 min mile, now I just have to build up to 13 of them lol.

    • Way to go on the one 10-minute mile!! What are your favorite Disney songs to run to? I’m already thinking ahead to what needs to be on my Wine & Dine playlist…:)

      • I love listen to the closing music of Fantasmic, really motivational and you can’t help humming along. Plus “Go the Distance” from Hercules is beyond fitting. But I could go on and on and on. I’m so jealous of the W&D! I STILL haven’t decided :/

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