Running Playlist: Spring Edition

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Motivation comes in many forms. Encouraging words from friends are great. Inspiring quotes on Pinterest are exciting. And songs that pump you up and get you running are pretty freakin’ rad.

pump_you_upIn this edition of Running Playlist, I’m compiling some songs that motivate me to get moving. Some of the songs have motivational lyrics, while some just have an undeniable rhythm that is bound to propel you forward. Here are a few off my list along with reasons why each jam is gonna PUMP. YOU UP.


Screen shot 2015-04-20 at 11.21.45 AMCan’t Stop, Red Hot Chili Peppers – Ahhh, that guitar riff gets me EVERY TIME. And when I’m running and this song comes on, it’s like I can’t stop. Choose not the life of imitation, man!



Screen shot 2015-04-20 at 11.21.56 AMBarracuda, Heart – From the get-go, this song makes me want to run. The intense, driving guitar along with rockstar vocals is powerful, and the sister duo that makes up Heart gets my blood pumping.



Screen shot 2015-04-20 at 11.25.54 AMLong Black Road, ELO – “You gotta get up in the morning take your heavy load, and you gotta keep goin’ down the long black road.” My thoughts exactly on days when I don’t really feel like getting up for my morning run.



Screen shot 2015-04-20 at 11.26.06 AML.E.S. Artistes, Santigold – “Change, change, change, change, I want to get up out of my skin. Tell you what, if I can shake it, I’m-a make this, something worth dreaming of.” Along with a catchy, energizing sound, the lyrics point towards making life decisions and changes with the hopes of pursing something greater. Hello, isn’t that exactly why we run?!


Screen shot 2015-04-20 at 11.26.50 AMKashmir, Led Zeppelin – “Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream. I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been.” We are travelers when we run. We move as our life moves on, and it is part of our journey as humans.


Screen shot 2015-04-20 at 11.26.58 AMBreakin’ a Sweat, Skrillex/The Doors – Not a song for the faint of heart (or faint of dubstep), but if it doesn’t get to you break a sweat, I don’t know what will.



Screen shot 2015-04-20 at 11.27.07 AMUp Around the Bend, Creedence Clearwater – Sometimes when I’m running I just have to keep telling myself to make it past the next hill, past the next block, or around the next bend.



Screen shot 2015-04-20 at 11.27.17 AMDon’t Bring Me Down, ELO – Okay, I realize this is the second ELO song on this list, but I couldn’t help myself! “You got me runnin’ goin’ out of my mind”. No one can bring you down when you’re feelin’ your run.



Screen shot 2015-04-20 at 11.26.30 AMTush, ZZ Top – Because let’s be honest. Running gives you a great tush.




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