Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Favorites--My favorite running songs

It's no secret that I love to run with my tunes! Even in spite of the recent safety scares in my area, I still listen to my tunes when I run. I love music. I always have. Even as a little girl, I have memories of listening to music with my dad. My mom played bridge once a month with her friends, and my dad would pull out his 45s (yes, I'm THAT old) and we'd listen to those songs on the stereo. I have such great memories of this time with my dad and because of it, I'm great at song trivia. Seriously. Play me on Song Pop and see how you do...

Now that I'm injured and facing the prospect of not running for what I hope is a brief period of time, I've been listening to my running playlist in the car as I drive to and from work. It's really interesting how just listening to those songs give me a lift. About 7 years ago, I had a major surgical procedure, and when I started moving again, I walked. And listened to my running playlist. I swear that I felt as much of a walker's high as I do when I run. There is just something about music.

Today I'm linking up with the DC Trifecta for the Friday Five: Favorites. Everyone picked their 5 favorite things. Mine was easy.


Music has always been a big part of my life. On the road and off. But for the purposes of this blog, I'm sharing my top 5 running songs. My running playlist is continuously evolving. But there are a few tunes that never leave the playlist. Ever.

#1 Tom Petty- Runnin' Down a Dream--other TP songs have made the list but have left. This one remains. Always.



#2 Eminem- Lose yourself--there is one other Eminem song that is a perpetual favorite: 'Till I Collapse. But this one always sings to me...Do you think he knows or cares that he's so motivating to runners?


#3 Shinedown- Fly From the Inside--the lyrics just sing to me. "I've got the weight of the world on my shoulders..." and "I am focused on what I am after. The key to the next open chapter. 'Cause I found a way to steal the sun from the sky. Long live the day that I decided to fly from the inside". Yep.


#4 Stone Temple Pilots- Interstate Love Song--nothing meaningful here, just some great beats. 


#5 Foo Fighters- I'll Stick Around--one of their first hits, it has stuck around for about 15 years on my playlist. 


What? Only 5 songs...so many songs, so little time...unless you're running a marathon!

What are your favorite, everlasting running songs?

16 comments :

  1. Breathe...by Sia. Not a common running song to say the least, but that song got me through so many hard times, and played first and again last during my first half marathon.

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    1. That's a great song. I have some songs that aren't what you'd expect on a running playlist but they get me moving. That's all that counts.

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  2. Music is an awesome motivator. You've got some great songs. My first running goal was to run to an entire song without stopping. It was Mambo #5.

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    1. Didn't it make you want to stop and dance in the street? Bruno Mars' new song does that for me!

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  3. I used to use the Tom Petty when I taught spin perfect for that and also "Another one bites the dust" LOL

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  4. I love my tunes, too!!!!! I don't think I could pick my top 5, because there's just too many LOL But, I have to say probably my absolute #1 is AC/DC's "It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll." That song pops up, and my pace instantly catapults ;-)

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    1. I used to have ACDC on my playlist too. I might have to go back to them!

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  5. So many ! I love Lorde! (Surprise). Bon Jovi, Prince, KOL, Cake, Weezer.

    Stay positive Wendy❤️

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  6. I resisted running with music for awhile but now I mostly run with it. I wish I would have saved the exact playlists I used for the marathons I ran with tunes. It would be cool for memories! Ok I don't like the way you're throwing around that "I" word. I'd like to believe you are not full-blown injured. You just need some time to rest and rebalance. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

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    1. I actually believe the same as you...I just need to take it easy. That's the plan. Got 4 done this morning, slow but 90% pain free. :)

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  7. These are all great, Wendy! I LOVE "Interstate Love Song"...one of my all-time faves. Hope you are starting to feel a little better and having a good weekend.

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  8. Definitely Lose Yourself is on my list as well as a LOT of Foo Fighters!!

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  9. Good picks on the music :) I had plenty of 45's ! I love some old 80's club music - Dreamer by Livin' Joy, No More Lies- Michel'le, Object of my Desire - Starpoint, Counting Stars- One republic, Wrecking Ball - Miley :)

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