A Great Running Playlist: Mastering the Art of Distraction

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Seeing that we are coming up on race day this Sunday, I thought it would be great to share this post by Susanne on the importance of a great running playlist and some new songs you can add to freshen up your workout mix!  Here is what she wrote…

Not long ago I became a runner, but before I became a runner, I never understood runners.  How do they do it?  I would start a run and then fixate on the pains & discomforts & weird breathing & side aches & the endless pounding of my feet on the ground over and over and over and over…I REALLY didn’t get it.

And then my friend Allie motivated me to sign up for a half marathon and I had to start training.  The training was long & involved and included a NINE mile TRAINING run. NINE MILES AND IT WASN’T EVEN THE REAL RACE!?!  I was sure I was nuts. Then I learned the trick- DISTRACTION!  My method: an AWESOME playlist! It really changed everything for me.

The key for me is editing and updating the playlist often.  If I add just 2 or 3 new songs into the mix I find myself hoping that song will be next and looking forward to continuing running.  Crazy, I know!

Sooo, here’s my current playlist to share with you all~  please comment below to share your FAVE workout songs to keep the motivation alive!!!

Susanne’s Playlist Picks: 

Barbara Streisand – Duck Sauce

Blow – Kesha

Boom Boom Pow – The Black Eyed Peas

Dynamite – Tiao Cruz

Hello – Martin Solveig & Dragonette

Hey Mama – Mat Kearney

I Got A Feeling (this) Club Can’t Handle Me – Lawson Lawsoff

I Like It – DB Sound

Imma Be – Black Eyed Peas

It’s a New Day – will.i.am

Feel So Close – Calvin Harris

La la La – LMFAO

Levels – Avicli

Like a G6 (feat. Daun & Alberta)

Moves like Jagger (feat. Christina Aguilera) – Maroon 5

On the Floor (feat. Pitbull) – Jennifer Lopez

Raise Your Glass – Pink

Rock that Body – The Black Eyed Peas

Rosa Parks – Outkast

S&M – Rihanna

Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO

We No Speak Americano – Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup

Raise Your Glass – Pink

I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness

Wild Ones – Flo Rida

PS-I was giggling typing up some of these song titles & Artist’s names.

PPS-Please don’t judge me for my Kesha selection 😉

Jen’s Playlist Picks:

Anything, Anything – Dramarama

Crash – The Primitives

Good Feeling – Flo Rida

Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler ( CRACKING up I just typed that – but it is a great running song!! )

I Know You Want Me – Pitbull

In My Head – Jason Derulo

It’s a New Day – will.i.am

Lolli Lolli – Three 6 Mafia

Lonely Boy – The Black Keys

Metro – Berlin

My Life Would Suck Without You – Kelly Clarkson

No More Words – Berlin

No You Girls – Franz Ferdinand

Part of Me – Katy Perry

Please Don’t Leave Me – Pink

Stronger – Kanye West

Turn Me On – David Guetta & Nicki Minaj

Undo It – Carrie Underwood

We Found Love – Rihanna

You Make Me Feel – Cobra Starship

Your turn – comment below!!

[Graphic Taken from Apple website. Love my iPod shuffle, perfect for running!]

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  1. 1
    christine says:

    love ‘wild one’ and ‘feel so close’… another fun one (little slower but a fun beat) is called ‘some nights’ by fun. LOVE this post… always great to mix new music in!! can’t wait to add a few new songs and get running! thanks girls!

  2. 2
    admin says:

    Thanks for the title Christine! I’m going to d-load Some Nights now! XO

  3. 3
    Jen says:

    No joke, I just got back from a run and “Eye of the Tiger” came on the shuffle from my husband’s mix. It is actually a good running tune! Ha!

  4. 4
    Suzanne Towles says:

    Oh dear, I’m old. Only recognize 2 of those songs.

    • 5
      Jen says:

      Oh Suzanne, you are cracking me up!! I am sure there are many on my list I am sure you
      would know if you heard them!!LOL

  5. 6
    Pam says:

    love it! my new face is “shake it out” by Florence + The Machine – awesome running song!!!!

    • 7
      Susanne says:

      I’m going to pull it up on itunes now~ Thanks Pam!

  6. 8
    Pam says:

    meant my “new fave” 🙂

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    Carmen says:

    Oh my fav is a tie between Sound of Settling by Death Cab for Cutie and Such Great Heights by Postal Code. Perfect BPM. My hubby found a site that listed songs based on your pace. Good luck this weekend Jen! You will do great! =)

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