Whew! It’s the halfway point of my half marathon training. I’m up to 9 miles and have 5 weeks to go until race day when I’ll finally tackle the full 13.1 miles. “Uff da,” as they say in Fargo, ND, which happens to be where my race takes place on May 18th.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself during my first 5 weeks of training, it’s that I’m up for the challenge. Want to know my secret weapon? A damn good playlist.
Channel Your Inner Athlete
A great song can take me from 0 to 60 in 5 seconds or less. Whether it’s the beat or the lyrics, my head space transforms and gives me the energy to get through the next mile. Music helps me dig deep and channel my inner athlete; that hidden strength we all possess when we are committed and want something.
But, let’s face it. Some days, it comes easier than others.
No runner loves each and every run. And, yes, there are days I’d rather skip out. But those are the days when our true colors show and you really need to find motivation. A great song cold be just what you need. It can help get your head, your stride, and even your breathing right — all the while blocking out negative thoughts.
Ready to Run – My Playlist
- Good Feeling – Flo Rida
- Too Close – Alex Clare
- Keep Your Head Up – Any Grammer
- Magic – Colbie Caillat
- Good Life – OneRepublic
- Beautiful – G. Love Ft. Tristan Prettyman
- Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker
- Out Last Night – Kenny Chesney
- You and I – Lady Gaga
- Firework – Katy Perry
- Feel So Good – Mase
- I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
- Ridin’ Solo – Jason Derulo
- Jump Around – House of Pain
- Stolen Away on 55th – Dave Matthews Band
- When I was your Man – Bruno Mars
- Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- Scream & Shout – will.i.am ft. Britney Spears
- Fly – Nicki Minaj & Rihanna
- Many the Miles – Sara Barreilles
- Run This Town – Jay Z ft. Rihanna
- I Run to You – Lady Antebellum
- Wild Ones – Flo Rida
- Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio
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Last weekend, I played some of my playlist for a friend. Her response was not what I expected. She said my mix was eclectic and could not believe some of the jams I run to! What? No way — I love these songs.
So, I thought twice about sharing it with you. But then I remembered the advice I offered in my last post to personalize our program and decided I can only do me. When creating your running playlist, my advice is simple, pick what makes you feel good!
Last piece of advice, try not to skip songs. For me, skipping or only listening to half of a song has a negative connotation, and I need to stay as positive as possible when I’m running for over an hour!