For a long time, I didn’t even run with music. Especially after the Boston Marathon, I liked being more aware of my surroundings. Being able to hear everything that was going on around me was SUPER important to my comfort level and anxiety levels. I very recently got back into running with music, and it’s been a game changer (especially when it comes to marathons).
It took me a few months to come up with a strategy to create the BEST running playlist. The key is not putting too many songs on there that you here everyday on the radio – because if I hear ‘Despacito’ one more time my head will explode. And I thought this week would be the perfect time to share them as I prep for the Tufts Health Plan 10K in October! Make sure you sign up and get your playlist ready to go (to train and run with me on Columbus Day)!
Tip One – Create a Free or Paid Spotify Account
No, Spotify didn’t pay me to say this – but, I do love their music selection. The $7.99 paid option is a LIFESAVER because you have unlimited skips over songs that you’re just not feeling. Literally, nothing is worse than being on a runner’s high and a dreary love song starts playing – dude, really? Even if you’re sick of a song you put onto your own playlist, you always want the capacity to skip it instead of being stuck.
Tip Two – Download the Nike Run Club App
This was a huge one for me to find song ideas. The biggest thing about the Nike Run Club App is they have a feature that syncs with apps like Spotify & Pandora, and it will find songs which beat pairs with the pace you’re aiming to run. For instance, if I want to run a 9:00 minute mile, I pop that in and -VOILA. Songs are suggested with a tempo that will get your kicks hitting pavement at 9 miles per hour. Such a rad concept I can’t believe no one has been able to catch onto that before.
Tip Three – Stay Away from the Top 100
Unless you are really ride-or-die for a current song on the radio, you know you’ll hear it about 800x driving to the race. I try to stay away from these current favorites, and opt more for favorites from either 3 years ago and more. Think, Spice Girls at mile 12. YES. SPICEWORLD. Nothing pumps you up or gets your positive endorphins pumpin’ then a good jam you haven’t heard in awhile.
Tip Four – Bring a Small Battery Pack
Some of My Current Playlist:
- Shape of You (Major Lazer Remix) – Ed Sheeran
- All Night (feat. Knox Fortune) – Chance the Rapper
- Habits (Stay High) – Chainsmokers Remix – Tove-Lo
- DJ Turn it Up – Yellow Claw
- Fade – Kanye West
- Green Light – Lorde
- Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue
- Fall Out Boy – Dance Dance (COMMON. Tell me this doesn’t bring back memories).
FTC: Some links are affiliate links. This post was sponsored by the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women.