A Slow Olympian’s Running Playlist

Running Playlist

For the sake of full transparency, I hate running and I’m miserable pretty much the entire time I’m doing it. I have never experienced the “runner’s high” people talk about but the closest I’ve gotten is looking back and realizing “a year ago I could not have accomplished this”.

In my opinion, music can make or break your mood while running.

Case and point – I once was in a gym and they were playing smooth jazz over the sound system…needless to say, I accomplished nothing within that hour haha.

Currently, I’m training for my first half-marathon and while that may not be “going for the gold” to some, for me it will be a huge accomplishment. As a kid, I was diagnosed with severe asthma so carrying an inhaler seemed as natural as carrying Chapstick…imagine the irony when I started smoking around 16. First of all, I know, trust me I know, but 3 years ago I quit cold-turkey and haven’t slipped up once, but as a result of the abuse the damage to my lungs had already been done.

It wasn’t easy and I had to start slow.

Long walks around my neighborhood, gorgeous hikes to local summits, but sure enough, I eventually made the move to jogging/walking 5k’s. After a few setbacks (a slipped disk, a pinched nerve, strained quad etc.) I have finally found the balance between light cross-training, running 3-4 times a week, and forcing myself to do stretches after every run. I’ve run anywhere from a 9-minute to a 14-minute mile pace, my goal has never been to be fast, my goal has always been to finish.

I’m currently using the couch-to-5k training program to give myself a solid foundation to build off of before moving back into longer runs; the program is a 30-minute run in total and includes a 5-minute warm-up walk, alternating walk/jog/run, then a 5-minute cooldown walk. My current playlist gives room for a solid shuffle so it’s longer than 30 minutes but here are my 25 go-to songs that I’m feeling right now!

**WARNING – some songs on this playlist contain strong, potentially offensive, language**

  1. Wait For It – Hamilton Soundtrack
  2. Work B**ch – Britney Spears
  3. Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj
  4. Stronger – Kanye West
  5. Talk About You – MIKA
  6. Somebody Told Me – The Killers
  7. Run the World (Girls) – Beyoncé
  8. Run – Tiggs Da Author
  9. My Body – Young the Giant
  10. Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldnt Get Sued–Fall Out Boy
  11. Lay it Right – Speelburg
  12. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
  13. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston
  14. I’m Still Standing – Elton John
  15. Headstrong – Trapt
  16. Finesse (Remix) – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B
  17. Dance (A$$) Remix – Big Sean feat. Nicki Minaj
  18. Crazy In Love – Beyonce
  19. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore
  20. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  21. 6 Foot 7 Foot – Lil Wayne
  22. 212 – Azealia Banks
  23. My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark – Fall Out Boy
  24. Hold My Hand – Jess Glynne
  25. The Schuyler Sisters – Hamilton Soundtrack

All of these songs have a pretty consistent backbeat which makes it easy to pace myself; some of these songs put me in such a good mood they make me push through the discomfort. I feel like an Olympian when my jam comes on but I’m sure some drivers going by are staring curiously as the crazy girl, emphatically waving her hands while she run-dances. I’m always adding to my list and will hopefully have a solid shuffle for my half-marathon in June.

What are some of your favorite songs to get you through a workout?

Feel free to follow my running playlist on Spotify!

Sidebar: Looking at old race photos is getting me pumped for 2018 races!

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About Essentially Erynne

• 📍Seattle • 📝 Writer • ➿ 3A/3B Curly Girl • 🦅 Ravenclaw • 🏃🏽‍♀️ #therunningmuggle

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