Oct 3, 2014

Running to a Playlist or Pandora?

I used to have a set playlist for Every. Single. Run.  I would take about 10 minutes before I'd head out the door to select the songs I wanted to hear for that specific run and arrange them in the exact order I wanted to hear them.  That is, until I discovered Pandora.  Now, I just pick a station I'm in the mood for, or one that my workout demands (think interval training or tempo run , something with a fast beat).  Pandora seems to know just what I want to hear.  With this month being October, I've been running to their Halloween stations.  It makes my workouts seem more festive with the season.

However, for races I need the structure and guaranteed beats-per-minute a planned-out playlist provides.  The songs that now grace the "run fast and faster" portion of my race playlist are listed below.  These songs helped carry me to three personal records this year in the 5K, 10K, and half-marathon.  No kidding, for my half marathon, I just played this list (with a few slower songs to plan for breaks) on repeat.

Let's Get it Started by the Black Eyed Peas
Break Free by Ariana Grande
Girls Chase Boys by Ingrid Michaelson
Country Song by Seether
She Looks so Perfect by 5 Seconds of Summer
I Wanna Get Better by the Bleachers
We are Young by Fun
Chocolate by the 1975
Centuries by Fallout Boy 
Candy Man by Christina Aguilar
Young Volcanoes by Fallout Boy
Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga
Cruise (remix) by Florida Georgia Line
When You Were Young by the Killers

 At times I feel like adding some more spiritual songs to the playlist above.  Usually these are days when I'm feeling angry or lethargic and I need a spiritual pick-me-up.  I like to use the hymns that are put to pop or rock music as they are still uplifting and also have the beats per minute I need.

The Iron Rod by Dodging Philips
Onward Christian Soldiers by the Cretins
In the Hollow of Thy Hand by Sugarland Run
Come Come Ye Saints by Slender
We are All Enlisted by Magstatic
Called to Serve by Edit Nothing
Onward Christian Soldiers by Stretch Armstrong

For my seasonal racing, specifically the Halloween and Christmas themed races I'll be competing in, I will be adding some holiday-appropriate songs to keep me in a festive mood.  If you are just as holiday-crazed as myself, here are those very songs that will be gracing my Halloween playlist.  I'll post my Christmas songs around the time I let myself start listening to Christmas music...the day after Thanksgiving.

Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett
Sweet Dreams (are made of these) by Marilyn Manson
Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show
I Put a Spell on You by Screamin' Jay Hawks
Calling all the Monsters by China Anne McClain
Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr
Thriller by Michael Jackson
Purple People Eater by Mad Professors 
This is Halloween from the Nightmare Before Christmas

If any of you have Thanksgiving, New Years, Valentine's Day, or Easter playlists that would work for a good run, I'd love to see them!

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