Thursday, August 20, 2015

Run 1: My First Running Playlist

Some people can listen to anything when they run, some listen to the same music that they would listen to any other time. For me, it's half and half. Some of my running songs (typically those in the alternative rock spectrum), are songs I would listen to anyway, and others I would never listen to if it weren't for their power to help me push through my runs. "Run 1" is mostly the former, and still one of my favorite playlists to run with.

Creative name, huh? "Run 1," it's the first running playlist I made when I started doing couch to 5k in 2012. Creating a good running playlist is an art, really. The songs have to be motivating, upbeat, and distracting, all in the right ways. They can't have long intros or interludes, and the lyrics can't say things like "it's getting harder and harder to breath," or talk about being hot or drowning. Sometimes you make a playlist only to later find out that a song or two on it just doesn't work for you while you're running, and you have to make a mental note to remove it later. This playlist was actually put together over time, starting with around 30 minutes of music and through removing what didn't work and adding more variety it has grown to over 2 hours.

1. The Dunwells - I Could Be a King
2. Vampire Weekend - Diane Young
3. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
4. Calvin Harris - Feel So Close
5. Alicia Keys - Girl on Fire
6. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
7. Capital Cities - Safe and Sound
8. Florence + The Machine - Dog Days are Over
9. Muse - Uprising
10. The Black Keys - Tighten Up
11. Grouplove - Tongue Tied
12. Foster the People - Helena Beat
13. Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream
14. Young the Giant - My Body
15. Of Monsters and Men - Mountain Sound
16. Weezer - The Girl Got Hot
17. Fun. - We are Young
18. OneRepublic - Secrets
19. Peter Bjorn and John - Young Folks
20. The White Stripes - Conquest
21. Brett Dennen - Sydney (I'll Come Running)
22. The Lumineers - Ho Hey
23. Shwayze - Don't be Shy
24. Michael Franti & Spearhead - Say Hey (I Love You)
25. K3vin Envoy - Back in Time
26. Foster the People - I Would do Anything for You
27. The Apache Relay - American Nomad
28. Jack White - I'm Shakin'
29. The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
30. Foster the People - Warrant
31. Tim McGraw - Highway Don't Care
32. The Cure - Friday I'm in Love
33. Jeff Richmond and Jane Krakowski - Muffin Top (from 30 Rock)

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  1. I have actually added an instrumental piece to my list for the first time. Check out Piano Guys mash up of Vivaldi and "Let it Go" - every time I hear it on a run it makes me take in the moment. The passion these guys play with seems to transfer into my run and I end up listening to it 2 or 3 times in a row.

    1. I tend to stay away from instrumentals for my running playlists, but that mashup is pretty good. Maybe I'll make an all instrumental playlist sometime.
      Thanks for sharing!


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