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).
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.)
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
You would have Britney on your list. Love you!
You better work bitch!
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
Do it! Set goals for yourself so you can hit 5 miles in the next 4 weeks. Keep me posted 🙂
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.
Great post! You know I’m all about the jams… Currently listening to ANYTHING that The Chainsmokers remix (Ellie Goulding, Neon Trees, etc): https://soundcloud.com/hallie-wilson
Yeah, I just joined soundcloud thanks to your link. SO GOOD.
CONGRATS! I’m running my first half marathon this Sunday in Washington DC! Great mix.
Pink Champagne Problems
Oh my goodness, GOOD LUCK!!!! You will kill it 🙂
Dana, are you running the Nike half? I am! So nervous/excited!
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, Beyoncé (Ego), Madonna and anything 80’s.
I do! I’ve tried some of the pre-made ones but I’m super picky about my running music 🙂
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 🙂 http://wp.me/P3l6PA-6
Great list! Adding a few to my playlist, thank you!
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
Girl, I promise you, you can. Do it!!!!