Music is definitely one of my favorite parts of running some days. I like to match my music with the type of workout I am doing. I also have a playlist that I try to “save” for race day or extra hard workouts when I need a little help. I tend to get sick of the same songs over and over, so I try not to listen to it outside of racing.
For speed or tempo workouts, some of my favorite songs/playlists:
- “Beast Mode” playlist on Spotify
- “H.A.M.” playlist on Spotify
- My race playlist on Spotify
- You can’t stop me – Andy Mineo
- I will never stop – HG Free, James The Mormon
- Lost – Mimosa
- Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede
- Bad Girls – M.I.A.
For my easy days, I like to listen to podcasts, or slower music. I find that quick, upbeat music definitely gets my legs moving quicker without me even noticing. Favorite podcasts/slow playlists:
- My “home” playlist on Spotify – this also what I listen to when I want background music at home.
- Totally Stress Free on Spotify
- My Favorite Murder Podcast
- Outside Podcast
- Planet Money Podcast
- How I Built This Podcast
- How Was Your Run Today? Podcast
- Human Race Podcast
- Runner’s World Show Podcast
For the treadmill, I either default to podcasts, or if I have access to my iPad or a TV, I LOVE some good Netflix time. Is it weird that I love to zone out to a show while I run? Favorite Netflix:
- Any documentary
- Master of None
- House of Cards (!!!!)
- Anything Chelsea Handler
For trail running, I often don’t wear headphones at all. I think you need to be able to hear other people or animals since you can’t see as well through trees, and others can’t see you. And even for road running, I prefer to keep the sound a bit lower so I can still hear cars. JayBird, my favorite headphones – comes with two options of earbud. A noise cancelling version and a regular version, and I choose to use the regular ones when running outside.