Ready to Run: My Workout Playlist

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

  1. Good Feeling – Flo Rida
  2. Too Close – Alex Clare
  3. Keep Your Head Up – Any Grammer
  4. Magic – Colbie Caillat
  5. Good Life – OneRepublic
  6. Beautiful – G. Love Ft. Tristan Prettyman
  7. Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker
  8. Out Last Night – Kenny Chesney
  9. You and I – Lady Gaga
  10. Firework – Katy Perry
  11. Feel So Good – Mase
  12. I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
  13. Ridin’ Solo – Jason Derulo
  14. Jump Around – House of Pain
  15. Stolen Away on 55th – Dave Matthews Band
  16. When I was your Man – Bruno Mars
  17. Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  18. Scream & Shout – ft. Britney Spears
  19. Fly – Nicki Minaj & Rihanna
  20. Many the Miles – Sara Barreilles
  21. Run This Town – Jay Z ft. Rihanna
  22. I Run to You – Lady Antebellum
  23. Wild Ones – Flo Rida
  24. Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio

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Playlist Variety

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!

I’d love to hear what your jogging jams are. Please share below!

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Shelly works for Anytime Health as a Support and Communication Specialist. She has a passion for health and wellness, is a firm believer in leading by example, working hard and playing hard. In her free time, she loves to be with friends and family, shop, cook, clean, and exercise.