Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Rock 'n Roll Running Playlist

Welcome to the second edition of Throwback Thursday where I share older posts that you may missed from the early days of Running for Dummies.

I know what you are thinking, "Is Throwback Thursday just an excuse to share self-indulgent adorable pictures of yourself?"  Yeah, maybe.  Don't worry, as the weeks go on, I'm sure to stumble into my awkward years.  Enjoy the cute ones while you have the chance.  This might get scary.  Middle school wasn't pretty and the hair got real big in high school.

Me and my big sister circa 1977

If you read my blog, you may already know that I have an equal passion for running and music, and a slightly age-inappropriate love for Jack White (i.e. what married 38 year old woman is in love with a rock star?)  I invite you to share my own brand of a rock 'n roll running playlist.  If you like alternative rock, blues inspired rock, Jack White, or the White Stripes, I think you might be my new best friend you will enjoy my running playlist.  If you have no idea what I am talking about, I invite you to check it all out.  Music inspires me like nothing else.

To be fair, this post was originally shared on December 5, 2011.  I have certainly added some new songs to my playlist since then.

One of my favorite running songs now is "Burn it Down" by Awolnation.  The lyrics are "Burn it down, baby, burn it, burn it, down.  When I race, I change the lyrics (in my head) to "Run it home, baby, run it, run it, home."  It works for me. 

"Get up and Go" by the Dangits. Full disclosure: hubby is the drummer in this band.  I'm possibly biased, but if this doesn't get you running fast, I don't know what will. 

Then I like "My Body" by Young the Giant because I like the lyrics, "My body tells me no, but I won't quit 'cause I want more, 'cause I want more."  Who knows what these lyrics really mean, but they fit nicely into endurance running. 

I wouldn't be a successful fangirl if I didn't throw a Jack White song into the mix. Let's go with "Sixteen Saltines" by Jack White.

Check out my throwback post called Rock 'n Roll Running Playlist here.

What is your favorite running song?

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  2. I do believe I am incapable of listing only 2-3, so here's an obnoxiously long list.

    Mainstream Stuff:
    Princes of China - Coldplay & Rihanna (normally I don't follow listen to pop divas but this has a great tempo to it for running)
    Bad Moon Rising - CCR (perfect 180 turnover rate for running)
    Fly Like an Eagle - Steve Miller Band
    Peaceful Easy Feeling - (because I need to remember to relax on distance runs)
    Foreplay/Long Time - Boston (yeah baby!)
    Could You Be Love - Bob Marley
    The Distance - Cake
    Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones (I put this on my playlist around mile 22-24 for my past two marathons. I especially identify with the "you make a grown man cry" line at that point.)
    Beautiful Day - U2
    Last Night - The Strokes
    Eye of the Tiger - Survivor (just because it's cliche doesn't mean it's not good)
    My Hero - Foo Fighers
    Lasso - Phoenix
    Immigrant Song - Led Zepplin
    Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme) - Bill Conti (yes, it's caked in 7 layers of cheese but have you actually run to this? It's amazing! Go find a long hill to run up to this song and see what happens.)
    I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons
    Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
    Strawberry Swing - Coldplay (it just feels great to run to, same goes for Viva La Vida)
    Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash (I can't explain it. I add this to the playlist of almost every race I do. It's just that awesome.)
    Don't Stop Believing - Fleetwood Mac
    Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
    Empty - Ray LaMontagne (I usually put a song like this as the first song on a race playlist to remind me to resist going out too fast with the crowd)

    Indie Stuff:
    Bust-Out Brigade - The Go! Team (who doesn't want a marching band with them on their run?)
    Bones - DeYarmond Edison (good low key, rhythmic Americana. I put this stuff on in the early miles of a distance race to keep me relaxed. Also The Lake, Dusty Road, Heroine - all great songs)
    All My Days - Alexi Murdoch (more great rhythmic Americana for early miles)
    How Far We've Come - Dawes (as the title suggests, it has to do with distance. I pretty much like everything Dawes does)
    Brain Leech - Alex Gopher
    Wake Up - Arcade Fire
    Up Up Up - The Givers
    Fire Flies and Empty Skies - God is an Astronaut (instrumental rock)
    Pyramid of the Sun - Maserati (more instrumental rock)
    Boom - P.O.D
    About to Walk - Throw Me a Statue
    Deconstruction - Fanfarlo
    Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
    Boy - Ra Ra Riot
    Lost in My Mind - The Head and the heart
    We Will All Be Changed - Seryn (local Fort Worth band - If you see me singing out loud while running it's probably because of this song)
    Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People
    Crystal Frontier - Calexico (something different, southwestern feel, gets you moving.
    I Woke Up Today - Port O'Brien
    Brainey - The National
    Ghosts n Stuff - Deadmau5 (if you're looking for a thump-thump song for the final miles in a race)

    Pure Feel Good Music for When it Hurts;
    Looking at the Sun - Gramercy Arms
    The Sound of Sunshine - Michael Franti and Spearhead
    Living on Love - Family of the Year
    We Are Young - Fun.
    L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N - Noah and the Whale
    The Unknown - Athlete
    Hey, Soul Sister - Train

    Music For the Spirit
    How Great Thou Art - Page CXVI
    All Creatures - Kings Kaleidoscope
    Wait and See - Brandon Heath

    1. wow! I love your taste in music because it is so similar to mine! Lots of good stuff here --- I will be working on updating my playlist with a lot of your suggestions!!! I like that you understand the thump-thump song theory. It really works. :0 Thanks SOOOO much for taking the time to share this -- I'm excited!

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