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.
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.
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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