I’m not a serious runner. I keep up with my distance and time, but only for my knowledge. I don’t do 5Ks. I don’t have a running buddy or a run schedule. But I love the feeling of decompression I get running out all of the stress of a very hectic career — I can only take so many deadlines and dead people.
Where I get serious about a run is the music. If I don’t have the iPod and Bose noise canceling headphones, I ain’t running.
I have found that having the right playlist is critical to being able to push myself beyond my limit. It has to be upbeat, but not too fast, otherwise, I wear myself out too quickly.
At 5-feet, 2-inches, my leisurely pace is about 5 to 5.5 miles per hour or about an 11 to 12-minute mile average. It’s steady and I can go six or seven miles without feeling like death, Jello maybe, but not death.
I know it’s complete randomness, but here’s my short-leg, steady-pace, playlist. Some angry, some gangster, some old, some new — just shows it’s more about the beat than it is the song.
1. In Da Club by 50 Cent
2. Paper Planes by M.I.A.
3. Drop It Low by Ester Dean
4. Ruff Ryders Anthem by DMX
5. Shake That by Eminem ft. Nate Dogg
6. Coming Undone by Korn
7. Cyclone by Baby Bash
8. Work by Iggy Azalea
9. Ho Hey by the Lumineers
10. Hold Up by Nemesis
11. Bottoms Up by Trey Songz ft. Nicki Minaj
12. Down on Me by Jeremih ft. 50 Cent
13. Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
14. Not Afraid by Enimem (my FAVE for ANY workout playlist)
15. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
16. Hell Breaks Loose by Eminem ft. Dr. Dre
17. Tainted Love by Marilyn Manson
18. Wanna Be a Baller by Lil Troy
19. Hypnotize by Notorious B.I.G.
20. Bullet in My Hand by Redlight King
21. 5 on It by Luniz
22. You Can Do It by Ice Cube
23. Flip (Game Over) by Lil Flip
24. Air Force Ones by Nelly
25. Bossy by Kellis
If I’m looking to decrease my time, I’ll mix in a few of these to speed up.
Boys of Summer — DJ Sammy or the Ataris’ versions
Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia
Savior by Rise Against
Wake Me Up by Avicii
My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark by FallOut Boy
Barracuda by Heart
Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon
I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons
Hey Soul Sister by Train
Maybe I should think of it as short people have to take more steps to go as far as long-legged people so I am actually burning more calories.
Anyway, this playlist is what I’m using to train for my first actual race – the Run Like a Diva half-marathon in Atlanta in September. I know – half marathon for my first race is crazy, but I’m a go big or go home kind of girl.
Please comment with your favorite run songs. I’ve got a lot of miles to log and I’ll definitely need some new jams.