What’s on your workout playlist?

Me and Mindy after the San Antonio Rock n' Roll Half-Marathon in November 2009.

Okay, kids.  I need your help.

Training for the half-marathon (because I need pre-training training!) has begun in earnest.  It’s exactly five months from today, so it’s time to start getting motivated.  Of course, it’s hotter than blazes outside and I didn’t go out until 10:30 AM this morning, so after only two miles, I looked like a giant purple beet, but at least I got out there, right?

However, I’m going to need motivation to get through the summer months – did I mention I live in North Carolina and it is rather reminiscent of a sauna in Hell come July and August?  Which brings me to my point…musical motivation.  I need it.  I crave it.  I want new stuff.

So, I started piecing together my Summer Running Playlist this morning.  Creating a running playlist, like all of my Krissie Mixes, takes forever for me to get right.  And I have to have songs that have words – I can’t do all those techno-housey songs that go on forever with just beats. My perfect mix builds up slowly (for pacing purposes), and then gets really rocky and rhythmic in the middle, slows down a bit, and then has a killer finish so I end on a high note.  And I’ll admit, I have my favorites that make their way onto every mix – Moby, Luna Halo.  And there’s stuff on my running playlists that would probably shock some folks – New Kids on the Block, Pink, totally Top 40 stuff.  Hey, if it’s a good running song, it’s a good running song!

But I digress…as of right now, the Summer Running Playlist is only about 45 minutes long, but here’s how we’re looking (and this will be a constantly evolving list!):

1. Probably Nothing – Red Wanting Blue
2. Neon Eyes – Saints of Valory
3. MoneyGrabber – Fitz & The Tantrums (The Gin Mill inspired song! Hear it every time I’m there!)
4. Scale Your Walls – The Enemy Lovers
5. Every Tear Drop Is A Waterfall – Coldplay
6. Shot In the Dark – Augustana
7. Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People (Shawn Fisher, this is your fault!)
8. Sex U – The Hundred Days (Shelia Taylor recommendation and road tested this morning – awesome to run to!)
9. Animal – Neon Trees
10. Matador – The Soldier Thread
11. Bodyrock – Moby
12. Kings & Queens – Luna Halo

I’d like to get this playlist up to about two hours and twenty minutes worth of serious running music.  I’ve got tons, but I need some fresh blood!  What are your favorite workout songs?  Bring ’em on!  Nothing is off limits!  Post your recommendations as comments or shoot me an e-mail.  Can’t wait to hear what music I should be running to….

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4 thoughts on “What’s on your workout playlist?

  1. I’m not a runner myself, but I do have a playlist for when I need a little extra giddyup. Here are my suggestions (in no particular order):

    All Night Long – Will Hoge
    Running Down A Dream – Tom Petty
    Kate – Ben Folds Five
    Sidedish Friend – Rachael Yamagata
    Kitty – The Presidents Of The United States Of America
    Every Night Is Friday Night – Old 97’s
    Paris – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
    Nothing But The Water – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
    Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
    Snow Is Gone – Josh Ritter
    Radio – Raphael Saddiq
    Day Dreams – Raphael Saddiq
    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – Harry Connick Jr.
    I Was A Little Too Lonely – Erin McKeown
    The Taste Of You – Erin McKeown
    Sugarfoot – Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears
    Put It On Me – Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
    Kick Drum Heart – The Avett Brothers
    Meg White – Ray LaMontagne
    Revolution – The Beatles
    Good Morning Good Morning – The Beatles
    Get Back – The Beatles
    Everybody’s Got Something Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey – The Beatles

  2. I am training for a half in August (Providence) and also signed up for the Chicago Marathon in October. So I am going through this too Krissie. Here are some suggestions off my list I think you might like (and have).

    Keep Your Head Up – Andy Grammer
    The beat – Ben Rector
    Raincoat – Crash Kings
    She Goes Around – The Damnwells
    We’ll Be the Light – Dirty Guv’nahs
    Gypsy Woman – Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights
    The Queen – Mike Dunn and the Kings of New England
    Matinee – The Modern Society
    Believe Me – Seabird
    My Body – Young the Giant

    Hope some of these help!

  3. Thanks for the comments, fellas.

    Ben, Raincoat and Gypsy Woman are regulars on a lot of my running mixes, too. It’s that pounding, driving beat that makes for a good running song, no? I’ll check out some of the ones I don’t know on your list.

    Pete, much like me, you like some mellower stuff tossed into your list. Tis why we are friends, perhaps! I must tell you, though, you should really check out Shane Hines’s version of Everybody’s Got Something to Hide…it’s a rocker! 🙂

  4. A couple of goodies from my most recent marathon mix:

    Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – Dance the Way I Feel
    Darwin Deez – Radar Detector
    Matt Wertz – Running Back to You
    Camera Can’t Lie – Hold Me Down
    Just Surrender – Your Life and Mine
    Sam Tsui – King of Anything
    Keane – Stop for a Minute
    Mike Doughty – Put it Down
    Brendan James – Get it Right
    The Maine – Right Girl
    Air Dubai – Lasers
    The Ruse – Collide
    Crash Parallel – Wake Up
    Bob Schneider – Hand Me Back My Life

    I think you probably have most of these already … hope this helps, and good luck!

    Peter G.

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