What’s on Your Running Playlist?

We know what some of you are thinking: um, real runners don’t listen to music when they run. And sometimes we agree. Sometimes we just want to head out the door and zone out in our own rhythm.

But there are also times when we want to plug  during an easy recovery run or a long run without a running partner. And when those days hit,the right mix of songs can make all the difference.

Here are a couple of musical morsels to give a try, if they aren’t already on your playlist.

What are your favorite tracks when warming up, running and cooling down?

To warm-up…

To set the right energy level, it’s time for a few jams you can sing along to.

  • “Jessie’s Girl” – Rick Springfield
  • “U Can’t Touch This” – MC Hammer
  • “We Are Who We Are” – Ke$ha


To run…

Of course you want more up-tempo tunes to maintain a steady focus as you churn through the miles.

  • “The Impression that I Get” – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  • “Days Go By” – Keith Urban
  • “Hey Ya!” – OutKast


To cool down…

When you start to bring your heart rate down, choose some mellow tunes to drain out the adrenaline.

  • “Suit and Tie” – Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z
  • “Umbrella” – Rihanna
  • “Cups” – Anna Kendrick
  • http://www.runresearchjunkie.com/ Craig Payne

    Totally different here. I listen to the Skeptic Guide to the Universe podcast!

  • Bryan

    One particular playlist I have:

    The Flaming Lips – Race for the Prize
    Queens of the Stone Age – 3’s & 7’s
    Passion Pit – Carried Away
    Cat Empire – Fishies
    The Bravery – An Honest Mistake
    Mankind’s disco version of the Dr. Who theme
    Muse – Knights of Cydonia
    Kanye West – Power

    I have a separate playlist of several remixes by The Twelves. Much like Daft Punk, they tend to keep to the same basic tempo, making it possible to listen to lots of their songs consecutively.

  • Cliff

    No zoning out for me. Music is like fuel, every training run.

    Major props to mentioning Knights of Cydonia (Muse) above! Love that song and that band.

    Deftones.. Demon Hunter.. Killswitch Engage.. Korn.. etc. More mellow: JT.. Coldplay.. Angels and Airwaves.. Rihanna.. Don’t forget Weezer.

  • Jim

    I always have music. Unless it’s raining and I don’t want to risk my mp3 player!

    Two Door Cinema Club – Undercover Martyn, What You Know
    Florence + The Machine – Spectrum
    Calvin Harris w/Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing
    David Guetta w/Kelly Rowland – When Love Takes Over

    and the king (queen?) of them all,
    Mariah Carey – We Belong Together (Peter Rauhofer Reconstruction Mix)