And the Beat Goes On…

I am always looking for new music to run to. At times, some of my motivation to run comes from just wanting to hear my new songs! I’ve subscribed to google music, which has virtually any song you could possibly want to hear. It’s really easy to make multiple playlists and sync the playlist with my phone. I mostly like current/upbeat music to listen to while running. I can run without music, I just strongly prefer to run with it.  

I listen and look for new songs on Billboard, other blogs, or music from my fitness classes (i.e., Centergy, Core, Zumba). Where I don’t look for new music? Spinning classes at my gym. The instructor does “his own thing”, no program to follow like Les Mills RPM, so his music is his taste. His spin classes are always a mix of oldies and country; not my favorite to spin it out to.

Running Playlist October ’13

We Own the Night The Wanted – Don’t judge, it’s a good song!

She Doesn’t Mind Sean Paul – A song that was on one of our group core releases.

I’m all Yours Jay Sean – I’ve always loved Jay Sean {even though he’s kinda fallen off the music scene}

Fight For You Jason Derulo – One of the Centergy songs from the first release I did.

Best I Ever Had Gavin DeGraw – LOVE this song!!

I Will Wait Mumford & Sons –  Not new, but I haven’t heard it in a while and am loving it.

Yesterday, I listened to many of these songs as I ran 2 miles before group core class. I’m loving the combination of cardio and strength training within an hour (core is a 30 minute class). I’m feeling great today! Ready to take on the world!

2013-10-21 16.39.28Have a great Tuesday! To my fellow Wisconsinites- stay warm by sweatin’ out! 🙂

What are your favorite new songs to work out/run to?

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Half Marathon Playlist

Happy Friday! Finally the weekend! And not just any old weekend…race weekend! Half marathon is finally {almost} here 🙂

In training for the half marathon this Sunday, a key motivator to my training over the past 5 months was new music. I used to measure my success in the number of songs I could run through and I hated running to a song that wasn’t motivating. Now, I measure my runs in miles/time, but still find that running to music I love makes a huge difference in the numbers I see on my garmin.

I love perusing other running blogs for new music. It’s something I frequently do to keep new music cycling through my playlist. As far as music service goes, I use google music. We had a free 30 day trial and then I decided to continue with it. It’s $8/month and completely worth it in my opinion. I can add pretty much any song I can think of to my playlist. My playlist automatically updates on any other device I use (i.e., my phone for running). I’m undecided whether I want to keep paying for it after the half marathon. I’m thinking yes because I would really miss the great music I’ve added. I used to buy each song from iTunes, but that gets expensive or boring if I bought a limited number of songs each month.

This is the playlist I will be running to during my half marathon this Sunday. Music tends to be very personal, so you may or may not have similar taste in music. I tend to like pop/current songs the most. Oh, and rap music. I’m that girl out there, running and singing to my favorite songs on race day. I really don’t care who hears me. When I’m “in the zone” my body and mind are focused on the race. I sometimes feel like I’m flying; body and mind being pushed by the music pumping through my earbuds. It’s such a exhilarating feeling. Just writing this is getting me pumped for that experience on Sunday!

HalfplaylistMy favorite songs are “Wake Me Up”, “Shawty Got Moves”, “We Own the Night”, and “Magic.” They are guaranteed to pump me up when running! It also helps that I know the words and can sing along. I figure that singing while running is helpful because I take deeper breaths and if I can hold a “conversation” (i.e., sing to myself) then I know I’m not pushing myself too hard. I have to remember to pace myself when I start!

Now, if you’re next to me on race day and hear me, I apologize because it more than likely will not sound good. If this bothers you, speed up or slow down because I can’t promise you I’ll care and stop singing to be nice. When you’re in the zone, you’re in the zone. 

Have a wonderful weekend! I am looking forward to recapping a great half marathon next week. Fingers crossed!

P.S. GYK got a little facelift 🙂

Your turn amigo! What are your favorite songs to run to? Do you like new music you’re unfamiliar with or oldie but goodies?