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….
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
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!
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! 🙂
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!