The Ultimate Work Out Mix

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I don’t work out as often as I should. Ideally, it would be 4+ times/week but it ends up at 2 or 3 on a good week. I love to run. I’m not very fast and I rarely ever do more than 5 miles but I love it nonetheless. A few years ago, someone jokingly said that I couldn’t run a half-marathon. Pshaww, proved that MF wrong! I trained for 3 months and by some grace of God, ran 13.1 miles on a cloudy September saturday in East Hampton. The feeling of completing it was incredible (as you can tell by the look on my face below).

half marathon

Training through a hot New York City summer was another story. I had to get up before work 3 times every week to run because the evenings were debilitatingly humid. I did my long runs on the weekends. To get through the miles, I relied a lot on music. To this day, I have trouble going for a run without blasting my workout mix. I am that girl you see dancing and singing along to music while she runs. Seriously. I do that. It makes the other runners smile and it keeps me going.

In order to keep my workout mix fresh and fly, I rely on my dad, my sister, and my husband to constantly update me with their latest exercise-inspired jams. My dad resigns to top 40 pop music, my husband loves rap, and my sister pounds the pavement to dub step. Me? I like a mix of all of their favorite genres. I thought I’d share my current work out mix (it’s truly ever-changing) with you now as the weather warms up and we all start working towards our bikini-bodies.

You can find my full work out mix here but in the meantime, here is a preview:

I would love to know what your favorite work-out songs are so I can add them to my list!

(Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Spotify via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Spotify.)

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  1. hithaonthego said:

    So so many. Starting with:

    John Legend’s All Of Me (Tiesto Birthday Remix)
    Eminem/Rihanna The Monster
    Jason Derulo Talk Dirty
    Britney Spears Work B*%ch
    Kanye West Black SKinhead
    deadmau5 The Veldt

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    • You would have Britney on your list. Love you!

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      • hithaonthego said:

        You better work bitch!

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  2. Jen said:

    I’m currently trying to get back into running and would LOVE to get to the point where I could run 5 miles consistently. I rely on music to get me through my runs and workouts as well.

    My current favorites are:
    Chocolate – The 1975
    Burn – Ellie Goulding
    Runaways – The Killers
    Young Blood – The Naked and Famous

    xo, jen

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    • Do it! Set goals for yourself so you can hit 5 miles in the next 4 weeks. Keep me posted πŸ™‚

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  3. Alyssa said:

    I’m the same way-I cannot run without music! I usually rely on Pandora’s workout stations or my own mixes to get me through.

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  4. Great post! You know I’m all about the jams… Currently listening to ANYTHING that The Chainsmokers remix (Ellie Goulding, Neon Trees, etc):

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    • hithaonthego said:

      Yeah, I just joined soundcloud thanks to your link. SO GOOD.

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  5. Dana Mannarino said:

    CONGRATS! I’m running my first half marathon this Sunday in Washington DC! Great mix.

    Pink Champagne Problems

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    • Oh my goodness, GOOD LUCK!!!! You will kill it πŸ™‚

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  6. Jennifer Kuhn Schade said:

    Dana, are you running the Nike half? I am! So nervous/excited!

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  7. Jennifer Kuhn Schade said:

    Do you use Spotify? They have special running mixes; very good. For me, I need upbeat music to keep me going. My faves; Eye of the Tiger, Busta Rhymes, Bruce Springsteen, ABBA, MJ, any reggae, BeyoncΓ© (Ego), Madonna and anything 80’s.

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    • I do! I’ve tried some of the pre-made ones but I’m super picky about my running music πŸ™‚

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  8. Hailey Miller said:

    Thanks for sharing! I’m always looking for new workout songs to play at my spinning classes. Been loving:

    And we danced by Macklemore

    Jubel by Klingade

    Dancing on my Own – Robyn

    You’ve Got the Love – Florence and the Machine

    I post all my workout playlists here πŸ™‚

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    • Great list! Adding a few to my playlist, thank you!

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  9. Stacey B said:

    I would love to run a half marathon, I always think I wouldn’t be able to do it but I’m sure if I pout my mind to it I could manage it!



    Five Minute Style

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