Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Running Playlist - February 2014

I made a new running playlist this week and I am loving it!  I tried it out for a few days, deleted some songs I had added, but realized while I was on the treadmill I actually didn't care for.  I posted my Chicago Marathon playlist and other playlists here and here before, but here's the most recent.

Brave - Sara Bareilles
Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
The New Workout Plan - Kanye West
People Like Us - Kelly Clarkson
Wake Me Up - Avicii
The Phoenix - Fall Out Boy
Shake It - Metro Station
Legendary Lovers - Katy Perry
Timber - Pitbull, Ke$ha
Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
Pompeii - Bastille
Dark Horse - Katy Perry
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift
Wasting All These Tears - Cassadee Pope
Red - Taylor Swift
Chillin' It - Cole Swindell
Compass - Lady Antebellum
Face Down - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Heels Over Head - Boys Like Girls
Five Minutes To Midnight - Boys Like Girls
Club Can't Handle Me - Flo Rida
Bottoms Up - Keke Palmer
If I Had You - Adam Lambert
Dark Side - Kelly Clarkson
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me tweet about the fact that I was basically rotating through 3 songs: Teenage Dream, Dark Horse, and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.  Some days certain songs just get you pumped.  And those were working for me today.
Which leads me into Day 3 of my 30-Day Base Building Challenge.  I completed 7 miles in 60 minutes, for an average of 8:34 pace.  I did the same little game as Monday with my songs and the speed.  Started at 6.7 and every 2 songs I increased .2, then decreased .1, and so on.  But it felt oh so much harder, both mentally and physically.
Each of my hour runs over the past 3 days now have been on the treadmill, and I think that's about my mental limit for that death machine.  After 30 minutes, I was not quite sure how I was going to make it another 30.  I was extremely close to stopping.  Once I got to 25 minutes, I decided I would stop at 30 for about 3.5 miles.
But then I did the right thing and put on Teenage Dream.  That did the trick.  You know the saying, "When the going gets tough, the tough put on Katy Perry and get going" or something like that.  (I'm way too excited now that I have concert tickets for far away.)  Anyways, I suffered/persevered/ran through the last 30 minutes really rocking out.  I'm glad nobody was next to me because my music was really loud.  But obviously they would've enjoyed it too.
That was all really dramatic.  Long story short, I'm really proud of myself for doing the full 60 minutes!  If I didn't have this challenge for myself, I definitely would not have done it.  I think I will try running outside tomorrow and see how it goes.  It's the age old question - suffer on the treadmill or suffer in the cold?  Decisions, decisions.  Sorry, more dramatic-ness.  Running isn't suffering, it's fun!!  That's what you gotta tell yourself!  So get on out there (after adding the above songs to your playlist), and RUN!  :)
Do you have a specific song or 2 you put on when your workout gets tough?
What do you tell yourself to get pumped up? (The last couple sentences above were my words of motivation to both you and me)


  1. My current jams:
    1 - Story of My Life (One Direction)
    2 - Weight of the World (Chantel Kreviazuk)
    3 - Anything else by 1D
    4 - Mirrors (Justin Timberlake)

    1. 1D does have some good up-beat songs. Perhaps I'll add some! I'll need to change up my playlist soon enough I'm sure.

  2. I have Zumba songs running through my head most days, and I think most of them would be pretty good on the treadmill too. I'd be thinking about dancing!

    1. Yup, sometimes while I'm jamming on the treadmill I wish I could dance or sing!

  3. I have been obsessed with Compass by Lady Antebellum lately! My ipod hasn't been updated since probably 2009-- I should listen to it soon because I'm sure I'd love the throwback songs, haha!

    1. HAHA I have an old iPod mini too that hasn't been updated in years and there have been a few occasions I've used it to get the throwback songs lol.

  4. Thanks for sharing! I'm always trying to find more running songs. - J