Aug 25, 2012

My Running Playlist


If the morning weather tomorrow will be like today, I'm going jogging with friends, the same colleagues I ran with during the Milo Marathon last July.  We'll probably have our run in the bay area.  It's already nice just to take in the scenery while running, but running with music charges me even more.  Notice how a movie without some background music is kind of bland?  That's how it is with me when I'm already running for around 30 minutes non-stop.  Well okay run-walk-run to be politically correct.  I get bored already, but that's just me.  That's probably how it is with the long-distance runners as well.

I've noticed during my first run that a lot of marathoners have their mp3 players with them.  And as I was reading up on running articles, running or workout playlists kept coming up.  Music, in a lot ways could be used as some form of motivation for one's workout routine.  Notice how you seem to be more energetic when you listen to upbeat songs?  On the other hand, you feel relaxed when you listen to classical or slow instrumental music.  Think spa music. Music sets the mood and pace for whatever activity you're into.

The last time I ran outdoors, some two weeks ago, I had my mp3 player with me.  I've prepared a playlist of songs I like that are a little fast-paced.  While I am more partial to slow, relaxing sounds, I needed more upbeat sounds to help me run longer and faster.  Listening to the songs in my running playlist helped to spice up the run as well.  

Putting a little science into music, I researched the rated beats per minute of the songs, so later, I was able to group them, from andante (walking pace) to vivace (fast and lively).  But let's not be too scientific about it.  I was just trying to be a little organized there.  To simplify things, just select fast songs that you enjoy listening to, tie up those shoe laces and run!   Running or working out shouldn't be such a complicated mumbo jumbo.

Do you have a running or workout playlist?  I'd like to share some of the songs in my running playlist.

  • Beautiful Day   by U2
  • Dynamite   by Taio Cruz
  • Break Your Heart   by Taio Cruz
  • Hey Ya!   by Outkast
  • You Are the One   by A-ha
  • Take On Me   by A-ha
  • Eyes Wide Open   by Gotye
  • Follow You Down   by Gin Blossoms
  • Hey Jealousy   by Gin Blossoms
  • Till I Hear It From You   by Gin Blossoms
  • How Far We've Come   by Match Box Twenty
  • Love Drunk   by Boys Like Girls
  • New Shoes   by Paolo Nutini
  • Shine   by Mr. Big

You know, I've been listening to these songs while I was writing this article.  Guess what?  It took twice the time that I would have normally finished this short article because I can't concentrate hahaha!  I felt like getting up on my feet to do some dancing...and running! 

How about you?  Do you have particular songs that you listen to during your runs or workouts?  I'd love to hear about them so I can further expand my playlist. 


34 comments:

  1. OH. your playlist has a few intersting music for my liking. I'm going to download some to my workout playlist. I might do a post on my playlist soon too. Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. nice list of songs. hope i can have lots of time doing some exercises like you :)

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  3. Nice song choices. I love it. I regularly run during the weekends.

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  4. running is really healthy. wish I can run again as I used to do that running when I was in HS but not now. Nice songs indeed! Adds more motivation.

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  5. I love Boys Like girls and their song Love Drunk.. Great song playlist, Aileen! :D I wonder what my Playlist would be when I start to go for a run again.. Haha

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  6. So true! I listen to upbeat music when running too, upbeat songs changes my mood and gives me more energy!! Nice playlist btw you might want to add Dance again by jennifer lopez. hehe! Happy running! :)

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  7. I will refer back to your playlist when I start running.

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  8. Some says that listening to your favorite music while running will have a better results. I just don't know if it is true.

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  9. There is a science that correlates music and the behavior or mood of people. I tend to agree to that because I am very responsive to music, being a musician of some sorts. You just got to choose the right kind of music :-)

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  10. 30 minutes a day is all it takes...you either do it one time or break down the that 30 min to manageable bits like 10 min, 3 times a day...Anyway you do it, what's important is you exercise.

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  11. I have 41 songs already on my list, some are oldies, some are recent songs. I shuffle them and group them so I don't always listen to the same ones. A 30-min jog consumes about 8-10 songs only so I have lots of spare hehehe.

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  12. I love A-ha and Gin Blossoms! I find that I write faster and better with music in the background :).
    I want to start running for fitness. If and when I do, I'm definitely going to include those in my playlist. Did you get to run this morning?

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  13. Hi Pepper...I ran yesterday...today, I cannot....my body is sore lol! Oh, I really cannot write properly when listening to fast music hehehe...But I definitely ran better yesterday listening to these songs. :-)

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  14. Gosh, why is it that i don't recognize a single song? Hmm, but maybe if I hear them I will recognize them. Good for you sis, you're really keeping healthy. Goodluck on your marathons.

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  15. Oh, I really should stop thinking of planning to run but go for it! Tagal ko nang gusto yan talaga. huhu. Anyway, it's really inspiring to read blogs like this that it makes others motivated as well. Keep up the good work! I will have to go search for good music for my phone for running soon!


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  16. Thanks Paula...just don't ask me to sing those songs hehehe

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  17. Thanks Rona. Go for it sis!...madami ka pwedeng takbuhan dyan na bukid. :-)

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  18. i really admire your fervour for running...for fitness...with matching playlist pa ha, ha
    i like the music of u2 and a-ha

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  19. Thanks Rochelle...will check on that song :-)

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  20. Share mo playlist mo ha? So we could get more ideas :-)

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  21. Sympre! Feeling nasa movie lang may background music...kakahiya lang pag natisod or nadapa lol!

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  22. Nice set of list. So love that Milo Marathon ha. Keep it up sis.

    Visiting from CE August28.

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  23. Farida Jane TiongsonAugust 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Hi Aileen, thanks for leaving a beautiful and encouraging comment recently in my About page :)

    Having our own playlist whenever we exercise (or not necessarily doing one) will surely enable us to engage more in whatever activity we are currently doing. I enjoy the songs of Lenka. Take care!

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  24. I should check on Lenka...thanks Farida! :-)

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  25. Nice to have playlist when running :) nakakaenjoy ^^. try to add DOMINO on your playlist :))

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  26. ill try to get back on this post just to search each and everyone on your playlist hehe even if i cant run right now, i would dance to the tune while swayin the babe :P
    btw sis, thanks for ur concern ha! hearts love kisses hugs!

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  27. Yo! Gin Blossoms~ One of bf's fave bands. I didn't even hear about them until he forced me to play it on speakers.

    Listening to music while exercising is a good way to distract yourself from the boring-ness of a routine. As well as that old guy that just totally outrun you. (hahaha)

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  28. Yo! Gin Blossoms~ One of bf's fave bands. I didn't even hear about them until he forced me to play it on speakers.

    Listening to music while exercising is a good way to distract
    yourself from the boring-ness of a routine. As well as that old guy that
    just totally outrun you. (hahaha)

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  29. Your playlist had me at "Beautiful Day". Awesome, energy-pumping song!

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  30. I didn't know nga that some songs I like were from Gin Blossoms. Hehehe. Thanks for the link to Dr. Oz. I actually signed up for a health site some years ago yun RealAge which is a joint venture of Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen, I think.

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  31. An old guy did outrun me....a grandpa to be exact and I said to myself when I am that age, I want to still be able to run like that. :-)

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  32. Will look it up Jen...is that the title of the song or the artist's name?

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  33. Ako din, di makaconcentrate pag nagsusulat then listening with music. Parang nagmmixed up un ideas ko. Hehe.. Anyway, your playlist is great ha.

    Mommy Maye2

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  34. I copied my officemate's songs for running daw. Actually 2 medleys sya, hindi ko lang ma identify ang mga kanta hehehe.. :)

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