My current work-out / running playlist is starting to become monotonous to me and, as of Monday, I am now running a leg of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Marathon Relay. Time to refresh my playlist. When I made my last playlist, with the goal to get me through the last days of winter, I came across a few songs that did not make the cut. This playlist is a combination of those runners-up (many of which have grown on me) and songs that helped me prepare for a race last fall (more on that below.)
Even though spring makes it easier to get out the door and go a little farther, my leg of the relay has the hills and the forecast is calling for rain – I might need to some fresh music to keep me moving fast!
- Take Me to Church (2014) – Hozier – In the most respectful way I can say this: running, outside, by myself – just my legs and my thoughts – takes me to church*. I confess my sins, pray for forgiveness, seek clarity and give thanks for all my blessings. It’s a good place to start my run and set my mind. (*I still hit actual mass most weekends.)
- Ophelia (2016) – The Lumineers – Like Ophelia was on his mind like a drug, I’ve been addicted to this song since I first heard it. Catchy.
- Burn (2013) – Ellie Goulding – My three year old can spot her voice and excitedly yells her name. I don’t blame him. It’s hard to not like her music.
- Let’s Go Crazy (1984) – Prince – Beyonce surprise releases a new album two days after his death and Purple Rain, released in 1984 – over 30 years ago, still remains in the Top 10 of iTunes Top Songs list.
- Freedom (2016) – Beyonce (ft. Kendrick Lamar) – Mock, love or hate the visual album, but I can’t remember the last time I sat still, watching something, not checking my phone, not playing on my computer – just mesmerized. And this line, “I’ma keep running cause a winner don’t quit on themselves…” I appreciate some literal lyrical support.
- Go Go Gadget (2007) – Lupe Fiasco – Try to run slow to this. Or try to listen to it without bopping or tapping your foot. Just try. It is not possible.
- The Antidote (2014) – District 78 – Found through SYTYCD. Best music. Best dances. Best Judges. Best Host. Best Choreographers. I won’t accept that it is actually over, for good.
- My Songs Knows What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up) (2013) – Fallout Boy – When baby #3’s age was still measured in weeks, I signed up for a 10k. The race date coincided with his 3 month birthday. To get myself ready, I needed some songs that lit a fire under me. This one did – lyrically and metaphorically.
- Prayer in C (2014) – Lilly Wood, The Prick & Robin Schultz – I can’t escape this song. I feel like it kept following me around until it finally convinced me that we should be friends.
- Energy (2015) – Drake – Seems like I always end up with at least one Drake song on my playlists. It’s either because I like his music or he’s just always dropping new tracks.
- Worth It (2015) – Fifth Harmony (ft. Kid Ink) – Another song that gradually won me over with its insistence on playing every 5 minutes. Even I’m judging myself for this choice.
- Verge (2015) – Owl City (feat. Aloe Blacc) – A special person in my life got married this month and this song foreshadowed her special night. Pending nuptials are not a prerequisite to enjoy this upbeat song.
- List of Demands (Reparations) (2006) – Saul Williams – This is more of an angry song. Not in a death-metal type of way, more of a running to work through frustration way.
- Latch (2013) – Disclosure (ft. Sam Smith) – another SYTYCD alum. And it has Sam Smith. Don’t need much more.
- Pursuit of Happiness (2009) – Kid Cudi – Overall I am not sold on this song, but there is something about it that keeps me coming back to it.
- Stay (2013) – Rihanna (ft. Mikki Ekko) – Post-race a I like a few more slow-down-and-recover-songs than on my normal playlists.
- Feel It All Around (2009) – Washed Out – More my pace of music when I’m not sweating it out. It also doubles for catching my breath.
- Breathe (2002) – Telepopmusik – Always my favorite post-race song. Never tire of it. Feels relaxing and uplifting at the same time.