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What I Run To

January 14th, 2010

Inspired entirely by Pipesdreams… in the sense that this is a complete and utter rip-off of her post this morning….

Mellow Warmup
(Getting going, waking up)
Electric Twist – A Fine Frenzy
Love of Our Lives – Indigo Girls
Beautiful Day – U2
O… Saya – Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack
Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
Driver Education – Indigo Girls
Gold Digger – Glee Cast Version

Silly Euphoric Music
(You know, for right around the point when running feels amazing)
Hot N Cold – Katy Perry
Sometimes – Michael Franti & Spearhead
Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting – Elton John
Waking Up in Vegas – Katy Perry
Don’t Rain On My Parade – Glee Cast Version
Bust a Move – Glee Cast Version

Just… Keep… Running…
(When stopping isn’t an option.)
I Do Not Hook Up – Kelly Clarkson
SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
Sound of Water / Change Your Mind – Sarah Slean
Battlefield – Jordin Sparks
Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
No Sleep Tonight – The Faders
Die Another Day – Madonna

To the End…
(When you need one or two more tunes to get you there.)
Run – Amy MacDonald
First Train Home – Imogen Heap
Forca – Nelly Furtado
Chickenman – Indigo Girls

I don’t know. I tend to listen to a lot of wacky stuff when I run. First rule? It has to be something I want to sing along to. When I run outside, and no one’s around, sometimes I do sing little bits and pieces as a way of checking my breath and exertion level.

I have three running-related playlists. One is the one I put together for the half marathon last fall, but I use it on any run over an hour. It’s got 70 or so songs, and contains everything from classic rock to Bollywood. My smaller playlist has 40 tried-and-true favorites, including all of the above. But I tend to use the On-the-go playlist more often right now, with 10 or 20 absolute current favorites so I don’t find myself needing to hit skip too often. (Tough on the iPod touch with sweaty fingers).

I’m having a tough time transitioning towards more indoor workouts for the winter. After getting shin splints pretty bad in November from running too much too soon in too cold weather, I’ve had little luck getting outside without pain. Today will be my second treadmill workout ever, and while I can’t say I like it, it lets me run, and so far, I’m pain free.