Workout and Running Music

Princess Half Marathon Weekend is less than three weeks away.  While my training has somewhat stalled again due to weather (snow and -6 on tomorrow’s forecast, ugh), I have been trying to at least make sure I’m cross-training and building cardio in other ways.  I am excited for Spring to arrive so I can train harder for the Disneyland Half Marathon and 10k (Dumbo Double Dare).

One thing that’s essential to all of my runs is music.  I’m not the type of gal who likes to be alone with my thoughts and only hearing the sound of my (wheezing) breath and feet hitting the pavement.  It makes me think too much.  Music allows me to focus and get into a zone.  If the music is good, I don’t mind the 25 degree weather smacking me in the face.  Case in point: I was rocking my last run and my iPod died halfway through.  I couldn’t stand the silence and ended up running a slower second half.

I am very fickle when it comes to music.  I tend to get sick of playlists pretty quickly, so I’m trying to create a new “race only” playlist.  Of course, my preferential favorites will make the cut, but I’m looking forward to adding some new tunes in the hopes of getting a little extra energy boost during the race.  If I save the songs until race day, I won’t be able to tire of them in the next few weeks.

One song that is always on my playlist is “You and Me Song” by The Wannadies from the Romeo + Juliet Soundtrack (aff).  This song always brings a smile to my face and the tempo changes are perfect for a run/walk/run segment.  I love playing this one right when I’m finally warmed up and ready to get my head into the run.

I also need a slower song that I can totally zone out to.  It makes my mind just blank out and all I do is hear and feel the music.  It’s like an out of body experience.  “So Cruel” by U2 (aff) is my current zone song.  I listen to it and I’m transported to my own world and the tempo still has a little kick in it.  This is usually the song I put on when I’m at the end of my run and I just need to forget the pain in my legs and just keep going.  Works like a charm.

Now I need your help! I want to get my playlist full of some great tunes and I know I’m forgetting a bunch.  Leave me a comment with your favorite running/workout songs!

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  • Reply Jackie February 4, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I use Pandora and created a station that is called Dance Cardio Radio. It has all upbeat music and it really helps me to keep moving. Here’s a link to it if you want to check it out.

  • Reply Andrea Kruse February 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Oh, I escape in my tunes when I am running or jogging. Really I hate to hear my footfalls on the pavement. The rhythm kinda lulls me into a slower pace. I too have the Romeo + Juiliet soundtrack on my favorite list. 🙂

  • Reply Kristi {at} Live & Love Out Loud February 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I love Make Me Over by Lifehouse. It’s one of the songs I keep on repeat throughout my runs. I’m going to look up the ones you referenced. I’m always looking for more music to add to my playlist. 🙂

  • Reply Trinity February 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I’m the weirdo here. I usually listen to books or podcasts when I run, because for some reason the spoken word does wonders for me for feeling like time is moving a bit faster than it actually is. I did throw pandora on last night while I was on the treadmill, & Destiny’s Child’s Survivor came on right at the end of my last long run. It was seriously helpful!

  • Reply Kristin Barclay February 4, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    ANYTHING by the BlackEyed Peas

  • Reply Carrie with Children February 4, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Call me crazy, but I usually just turn on my Spotify Radio and go with whatever is playing when I exercise. Maybe a good playlist would help me get motivated more!

  • Reply Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell February 4, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    That is not my area of expertise because I’ve always just worked out to videos with their own stupid music tracks.

  • Reply Emily @FamilyNLifeLV February 5, 2013 at 3:05 am

    I’m afraid I’m no help here! I too like Pandora and also Fit Radio is great!

  • Reply Hanan February 5, 2013 at 5:45 am

    I love pop music, so pretty much anything on the Top 100 list would be on mine!

  • Reply Brian Skinner February 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Call me wierd but I like to run to the Pre-Illuminations music. Its one 40 some minute track with a constant tempo which for me is a good pace… has almost no lyrics so voiceover timing cues are easily heard as well as on course warnings and others talking around you. I know where I should be at what point in the track and most important I really love the music.

  • Reply Holly February 5, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Being that it’s a Disney Run, I think Hakuna Matata is a MUST-HAVE ! Other songs I love are Run The World {Beyonce} Stronger {Kelly Clarkson}, The Edge Of Glory {Lady Gaga}, You Can Do It {MC Hammer}, You Can Do It {Ice Cube}

  • Reply Cassie February 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Don’t laugh but I am really liking Justin Beiber’s Beauty and the Beat. I also have Nicki Minaj on my playlist as well.

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