Sunday, October 18, 2009

My Running Playlist

I’ve been looking around for the playlists that professional runners and Olympic champions use to motivate themselves to push forward and to keep running. Well, after reading though lists of Lady Gaga and Black Eyed peas, I came to realize that most of these lists were produced by iTunes and probably only approved by the runners themselves. So, I looked on my mp3 player (I don’t have and iPod) to see what music had a good beat, a good message, and what motivates me to drive on over the miles.
So, for what it’s worth, here is my running playlist:

Mike’s Mid-Life Crisis Ragnar Mix

“I Want You to Want Me” Letters to Cleo
“Call Me” Blondie
“Bigmouth Strikes Again” The Smiths
“Bring Me to Life” Evanescence
“Pour Some Sugar on Me” Def Leppard
“Elegy” Leaves’ Eyes
“No One Lives Forever” Oingo Boingo
“Lover’s Wreck” Gaelic Storm
“Wrapped Around Your Finger” The Police
“Angels Would Fall” Melissa Etheridge
“Sweet Dreams” Eurythmics
“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” Blue Oyster Cult
“Pleasure and Pain” The Divinyls
“I Wear My Sunglasses at Night” Cory Hart
“Run Baby Run” Garbage
“The Zoo” Scorpions
“Dead Man’s Party” Oingo Boingo
“Rebel Yell” Billy Idol
“Blue Collar Man” Styx
“Point of No Return” Kansas
“The Great Commandment” Camouflage
“Never Again” Kelly Clarkson
“This Love” Maroon 5
“Read My Mind” The Killers
“Boys of Summer” Don Henley
“Hey Ho Away We Go” Freur
“Fly Away” Lenny Kravitz
“Some Kind of Wonderful” Joss Stone
“Girls on Film” Duran Duran
“Little Lies” Fleetwood Mac
“Spaceman” The Killers
“No More Words” Berlin
“Colorful” Rocco Deluca and the Burden
“Jet Airliner” Steve Miller Band
“Mr Roboto” Styx

I know that’s a big list, but I have all of these on my player, and they shuffle through. I’ve noticed that when I need a good solid beat to keep me on pace, “Mr Roboto” or “Dead Man’s Party” will come up and push my forward. Or, if I need to relax my shoulders and just drift “Boys of Summer” or “Wrapped Around your Finger” will start to play.
I have some dead weight in my playlist as well… some songs by The Corrs and Howard Jones that, while I like them, just don’t do well to pace me, and so I need to drop them from the list, but all in all, I think that I have a winner.

1 comment:

Tanya said...

Ooh - I love finding new workout music. A lot of these aer new to me so I'll have to give them a listen. Run Baby Run (Garbaeg) kills!

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