Monday, November 16, 2015

What's on your running playlist?

Do you run with music? I don't run with music every time I run but some runs just call for something distracting. Whether it's a boring route (the dreadmill), a tough run (hills!) or you just need an extra push, music can be really helpful. I've always been a lyrics person so if the song has great lyrics, in addition to a great sound, I'm on it. I can recall several runs where the song I was listening to really helped move me along. So this is a list of the top songs I really love to run with, as well as some other music sources and podcasts for when I'm bored with my usual playlist.

Before we get into what we're listening to, I just want to put it out there that running with headphones isn't the safest thing to do. Always be aware of your surroundings, keep your volume low, or only have one earphone in so you can "listen" with your other ear. If you are going to have headphones in while you run, make sure your running route has minimal traffic (pedestrians, cars, bikes, etc) and you can hear it if someone or something approaches you.

As I was getting this post together, I realized there are eleventy billion songs I love to listen to while I'm running. If I posted every single one, this post would be 15 pages long. At least. So here are the top 10 songs that are doing it for me right now, in no particular order.

Coldplay - Every Teardrop is a Waterfall
Man, this is a good song. You'd never know this was a sad song based on the music (the title kind of gives it away). For some reason though, I just love to run to it.

David Guetta/Sia - Titanium
I mean, really. This song was written for a runner. From the line, "I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose," to "You shoot me down but I won't fall. I am titanium," you just can't help but feel a little invincible when you run to this song.

Fall Out Boy - Uma Thurman
I first heard this song when I was training for my first 50-miler and it just kind of resonated with me, especially the line, "I can move mountains; I can work a miracle, work a miracle." Ok, maybe that's the only line that resonated with me but it's a catchy tune that's fun to run to :)

Guns N Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
While this one may not be the most motivational, it certainly makes me pick up the pace. And want to scream a little. In a good way, of course.

Journey - Don't Stop Believing
This one has sentimental value. One of my very first childhood crushes was a Journey fan and this band will always hold a special place in my heart. But as a runner, this one will always be on my playlist. We can never stop believing that we can do what we set out to do!

Muse - Uprising
This is another one that makes me want to run through the streets screaming my face off. Again, it's not the most inspirational song, but it can certainly motivate me to keep fighting through a tough run or race.

Queen - Another One Bites The Dust
This one kind of speaks for itself. I equate the "another one down, another one down, another one bites the dust" to miles, and another mile has bitten the dust. And while they're not part of this list's 10 songs, Queen's We are the Champions and We Will Rock You are honorable mentions.

Young The Giant - My Body
I really like running to this song a lot. "My body tells me no but I won't quit," pretty much sums up why it's a good running song. Granted, it's now in a ton of commercials and it's lost a little bit of its luster but I still enjoy it.

Ricky Martin - Allez! (from the 1998 World Cup)
Yes, I know. This is a crazy one. Don't judge me. I'm telling you, running to this song will make you feel like you can run forever. Just add it to your playlist and thank me later when you've had the best run of your life.

Eminem - Lose Yourself
This song has helped get me out of a bad run so many times. It helped me finish marathons. In fact, it's one of maybe 3 songs I'll play over and over again to get through an especially bad patch. It just reminds me that this could be my last opportunity to run and do I really want to go out like this? The answer is always no.

Some others I'm enjoying right now include The Walker from Fitz and the Tantrums, Wild Ones from Flo Rida and Uptown Funk from Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars.

In addition to my own personal playlist, I'll listen to iTunes Radio station a lot (I love the Mixtape station). I also do Pandora and Spotify, though not as much anymore. There's also Rock My Run which has pre-made mixes categorized by type of music, length of mix (which you can use based on how long you plan to run) and even beats per minute to match your running cadence.

Lastly, I've just recently started listening to podcasts while running. I do this when I'm running outside and want to listen to something but still stay aware of my surroundings as much as possible. I started with Serial, which described the real-life murder conviction of Adnan Syed back in 1999/2000. And it blew my mind. I then started Undisclosed, which gets into the nitty gritty of the case and where it stands today. When I want something a little lighter, I listen to The Lapse, which is also real-life stories but really, really interesting stories. They're not always light but always interesting. I recently started listening to Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me from NPR. I know, old people like that one. But it's so funny. I have actually had to stop during a run because I was laughing so hard and couldn't breathe. I'm sure I was a sight to see for the people driving by. Some weird laughing runner. Also from NPR is the Pop Culture Happy Hour which has some interesting discussions about what's going on in current movies, books, TV shows, etc.

What do you listen to while you run? Any songs that will always have a place on your playlist?


This week I'm linking up with the Tuesdays on the Run blog link up. The Tuesdays on the Run blog link up is with My No-Guilt LifeMCM Mama Runs and Marcia's Healthy Slice. Now that you're done reading here, go check them out!


20 comments:

  1. Wow--great songs on your playlist (most of 'em, anyway)! I'm not surprised. As a side note, I'm kind of impressed that you're listening to Muse. I don't think they're very well known, but I was hooked as soon as I heard the song "Madness."

    I tend to stay away from the "traditional" running songs, and instead listen to music with a pretty consistent driving beat. And I don't listen to music if I'm running in the dark. Anyway, here are 10 of my favorites on my list: (1) X5 - The Moment; (2) Talking Heads - Crosseyed and Painless; (3) T-Pain - Church; (4) Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song; (5) Sonia Dada - Screaming John; (6) Rolling Stones - Rocks Off; (7) Live - I Alone; (8) The Jam - Precious; (9) Eminem - Soldier; and (10) The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary. Honorable Mention (because, like you, I have eleventy billion songs I could include): Aerosmith - No More No More .

    I hope a lot of your readers post their lists, because I'm always looking for more great running songs!

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    1. Yeah I've been listening to Muse for a while now. They have a really great sound. And I need to check out some of those songs on your list as I don't recognize them. I'm definitely adding She Sells Sanctuary. That's a great song! And don't knock my Ricky Martin :)

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  2. great songs. I think I'll have to add some of these to my iphone.

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    1. Thanks! Hope you like them and share some others you're listening to now!

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  3. I think I'm the only runner on the planet who started Serial and did not finish. In fact I only listened to one episode. Shameful, I know. Lots of great tunes here! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Gasp! No love for Serial?? I have to admit I didn't love it right away but once you get into the details of the story, it's just so compelling. And this all took place not too far from where I was living at the time but yet I didn't hear about it then. I think you should give it another try ;)

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  4. I love listening to podcasts while I run! I use the time to brainstorm business ideas and blogging topics. I love listening to Michael Hyatt, EntreLeadership, Entreprenur on Fire, and Glambition!!

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    1. I'll have to check those out! Thanks for reading, Rachel!!

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  5. Lose Yourself--- all day long! Great list!

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  6. I use Rock My Rrun, although I haven't subscribed yet so the mixes end at about 45 min. I found that I like running to rap and hip hop. Who knew? I also use the app "Zombies, Run" with it. The story line breaks into the music every so often and keeps me a little more alert. I've tried running to podcasts and audiobooks (LOVE Wait, Wait, don't tell me.) But I find I unconsciously slow down when I listen to people talking, so I keep it to music and Zombie alerts. :)

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    1. I'll have to check out that zombie thing. Though I think if be scared the whole time!

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  7. A lot of people I know listen to podcasts, but that involves concentrating which I don't want to do when I'm running! I love to just run and zone out to my tunes!

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    1. Yeah I think I can only listen to podcasts when it's an easy run. More intense runs need music!

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  8. Great list! I've never run with a podcast, but I'd probably either miss big chunks or run too slowly. I have a hard time concentrating on what I'm hearing when I run.

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    1. I find that the concentrating on the podcast helps the run go by faster. It helps pass the time for me but I definitely can't listen if it's an intense run.

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  9. I'm adding Another One Bites the Dust to my collection! You should hear my 5 year old grandson sing Uptown Funk. Funniest thing ever!

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    1. I can only imagine how funny!! My twins love it too!

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  10. I'm big on running to the beat of the music so I have a playlist for songs at 90/180 BPM (running pace). Some of my faves are Burn (Ellie Goulding), Doin it Right (Daft Punk), and No Church in the Wild (Jay-Z).

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