30-Minute Running Playlist That Will Get You Through Your Run

This 30-minute running playlist has helped me get through the toughest runs. Add these songs to your iTunes or Spotify and have the best 3-miler of your life.

30-Minute Running Playlist

Music has always been a big part of my life.

When I was younger, my dad used to play guitar as we sang together. I’ll never forget one instance we were jamming out in the back yard, I sang while he played a Goo Goo Dolls song, and after we finished, all of our surrounding neighbors applauded us! That’s what happens when you live in the ‘burbs and everyones homes are on top of each other.

Nobody really knows this but I really, really love to sing. That does not, by any means, that I have an ounce of talent. It just means that I like to sing. You know, in the shower, in the car, opera-style across the house to annoy my family. The whole nine.

And since music has always been such a large part of my life, it also has a ginormous impact on my workouts. For instance, if I attend a spin class and the instructor plays bad music, my entire workout is ruined and I will be counting down the seconds until I get to leave. My running playlists have to be on-point, always, or else I will be miserable. I listen to music when I cook, when I travel, when I’m in the car. Don’t act like you don’t look out the window on road trips, listening to a sad song, imagining you’re in a movie or a music video. DON’T ACT LIKE YOU DON’T!

Additionally, on a more positive note, good songs have gotten me through bad runs. Literally, I have pushed through an entire mile when all I wanted to do was collapse because the music got me pumped.

My running music tends to change depending on my mood. Sometimes I like EDM music to get my heart-rate going. Other times I like alternative, and sometimes I like hip hop. But, the general consensus is EDM because I like a good beat-drop and crazy robot fart noises to keep me going. Totally motivational.

I, personally, have no idea how people run in silence. No clue. If you do, kudos to you, you are a better person than I. But if I run in silence, all I think about is how bad my knees hurt or how hungry I am for a fat banana with a giant scoop of peanut butter. How is one supposed to push past these thoughts!?

Okay, without further ado, here is a compilation of songs that will get you through a quick 30-minute run.

30-Minute Running Playlist



Join the conversation:
What kind of music do you exercise to?
Are you a silent runner? If so, how the heck do you do it?
How important is music in your workouts?


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My Everyday Running Gear

How to Get Out of Your Running Funk

Be Your Own Inspiration

A Week of Workouts

The Ultimate Guide to Breakfast On-The-Go


  1. says

    My dad used to play guitar when I was little too and I would dance while he played! I listen to mostly EDM when I run or anything super upbeat and inspirational. I love “Live Young Die Free ” & “Warpaint” by FLETCHER right now.

    When training for the marathon, my coach preferred to talk instead of listen to music so I learned how to talk while running (it’s hard), but I prefer music either way to keep me going.
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  2. says

    Hahahah omg I do the whole “look out the window- pretend you’re in a music video” all the time. Especially to Adele right now <3 haha. I like EDM and hip hop the best, basically anything with a good beat! When I run outside I like to start my run with no music and then listen to it at the end.

  3. says

    Back when I used to run (a.k.a. knee pain didn’t make me hate cardio) music was the only thing that could power me through that last mile. And by music, I mean ALL the Britney Spears songs. #sorrynotsorry
    Also, my current workout plan has 30 mins of cardio 4 times a week starting in 2 weeks. Def gonna use the eff out of this then. Thanks for sharing đŸ˜€
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