Tuesday, May 24, 2011

10k Playlist 2011 version

Some people don't need music to motivate themselves to run—particularly 2-year-olds. It's not always music, but I typically want some kind of motivation or distraction along with me, so I'm not constantly thinking about how far I've run, how out of shape I feel, how hard it is to breathe ..... Sometimes it's music, or podcasts, or audiobooks, or the dog. Just something to take my mind off the momentary pain, so I have a better chance of arriving at home feeling somewhat refreshed and glad I ran, instead of just tired.

Here's the music playlist I used while occasionally training for the 5k. I know I call it a 10k playlist; that's just because it's long enough that it could probably get you through a 10k. Some are old songs that have appeared on many of my old playlists, but some are new favorites. All of the links are to the albums at Amazon.

  1. "How You Like Me Now" by The Heavy
  2. "Percussion Gun" by White Rabbits
  3. "Little Lion Man" Mumford & Sons
  4. "The Charm" by Maps & Atlases
  5. "Kick Drum Heart" by The Avett Brothers
  6. "River, Sea, Ocean" by Badly Drawn Boy (This song is on pretty much every running list I have. This whole album, the About a Boy soundtrack, is fantastic for running, I think.)
  7. "Tighten Up" by The Black Keys
  8. "Winter 'o5" by Ra Ra Riot (This song is actually a little slow and melancholy for running, but I wanted a Ra Ra Riot song.)
  9. "Pressure Point" by The Zutons
  10. "Get Over It" by OK Go
  11. "Flathead" by The Fratellis
  12. "Ready to Start" by Arcade Fire
  13. "Eight Days a Week" by the Beatles
  14. "Hands Open" by Snow Patrol
  15. "Need You Around" by The Smoking Popes
  16. "The High Road" by Broken Bells
  17. "Glamorous Glowing" by Cast Spells
  18. "The Rockafeller Skank" by Fatboy Slim
  19. "Bicycle vs. Car" by Bob Schneider
  20. "Anna Sun" by Walk the Moon
  21. "Writing to Reach You" by Travis
  22. "Rolling in the Deep" Adele


Erin Ford said...

I know a FEW of those songs... ha ha ha! But I'm sure they are very motivating. I have to listen to upbeat, fast, bass heavy music. I find my feet hit with the beat, so if i listen to slow music it is less than motivating... :)

M. Lubbers said...

For the heavy bass beat, definitely check out "The Charm" and "Percussion Gun." You'll like them!

Keith can listen to whatever music when he runs, but I also need faster music.