I didn’t steal this idea, don’t sue me!

I saw some great running playlist suggestions over at Run to Inspire, and it reminded me that I had been wanting to share what I’m listening to…for no other reason than it helps people get to know me a little better.

My taste is not as eclectic as some, perhaps…but this list sure gets me moving! I haven’t done a workout long enough to hear the whole thing, I guess that’s a small goal? It runs on shuffle thru the C25K app on my phone – another nice feature that does most of the thinking for me!

Here’s the set, in random order:

Shine – Collective Soul; Bleed It Out – Linkin Park; Wherever I May Roam – Metallica; E-Pro – Beck; Chop Suey – System of a Down; Lady Marmalade –Christina/Mya/Pink/Lil Kim; Guerilla Radio – Rage Against The Machine; Judith – A Perfect Circle; BYOB – System of a Down (yes, the only repeat, but I do get a kick out of Serj); Hard to Handle – Black Crowes; Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy – Big and Rich

Yeah, a motley selection, but my whole iTunes library looks like this, and so does my Spotify, and my Pandora, and my Slacker, and every mix tape I ever made in the 80’s and 90’s – I haven’t bought an entire album in 25 years!

So what you YOU listen to? And what would you suggest? There’s a comment box down there – use it!


One comment

  1. Carlos

    Use music now while you’re still starting out. It’s a very valuable motivational tool while you are still getting comfortable and need motivation to meet your distance goals. But, once you get up there in distance, say, after you’ve tackled your first 10K, ditch the music! I stopped listening to music while running only last year, while training for the half-marathon, and I realized something — I don’t need it. Without music you can focus more on your cadence, your breathing, and challenge yourself to stay focused. But what’s more, running becomes a prayer, a fantastic meditative act, as much spiritual as physical.

    I still use my Running Playlist when for my warmup, and the pump-up I get then lasts me the whole run. I don’t think I’ll ever run with music again, but I do think beginners should utilize music as a motivator, so here’s some great tunes right up your alley.

    Awolnation “Sail” — first watch the youtube video “grinding the crack”, then this song has more meaning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWfph3iNC-k
    Treasure Planet Soundtrack (John Rzeznik) “I’m Still Here (Jim’s Theme) — Great meaning in this song.
    Linkin Park “Iridescent”

    Red “Breathe Into Me” (This song got me through some tough, tough runs. It’s great when you are sucking wind and want to quit! Highest recommendation.)
    Red “Feed the Machine” (Not as motivational as “Breathe Into Me”, but some damn good lyrics. (“Wake up, wake up! And kill the Machine!” awesome)
    Jimmie’s Chicken Shack “High” (add this one at all cost. It isn’t about drugs! Make it about running as a drug (which it totally is! LOL)
    Living Colour “This is the Life” (arguably the best LC song ever made, even better than “Cult of Personality” IMO.)
    Metallica “No Leaf Clover” (I’m sure you already have this)
    Audioslave “I Am the Highway”
    Nine Inch Nails “The Hand that Feeds” (I prefer the remixes. Can’t remember which one I have)
    P.O.D. “Set It Off” (I would freaking shout “RISE!” when it comes up in the song. )
    Saliva “Ladies and Gentleman”
    Gravity Kills “Never” (Fantastic for running!)
    Linkin Park “Waiting for the End”
    Metallica “I Disappear”
    Overseer “Slayed” (Nothing spiritual about this, just some dude bragging about his rapping prowess, but it’s a damn good tune.)
    Dust Bros, Fight Club Soundtrack “Track 16” (Tyler Durden gives you straight talk to the great score. Don’t listen to him when he says “You have to give up!” Do listen to him when he says “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
    Lenny Kravitz “Bring it On”
    Peter Frampton “Breaking All the Rules” (One of the best songs Frampton ever did, IMO. Came later in his career as his fame was waning, but the dude can rock. )
    KMFDM “Megalomaniac” (You could make a whole playlist just from KMFDM. This one’s my favorite)
    Rush “The Main Monkey Business” — (Instrumental, but damn good and nice and long. I would save this for the end and sprint a little.)
    Thousand Foot Krutch “Move” (This song seems made specifically about running!)
    The Cure “Prayers for Rain” (Not sure why this fits so good with running, but it just does)
    The Crystal Method “High Roller” (Will have to switch songs because it slows way down midway, but the first half is powerful and worth the trouble)
    LL Cool J “Headsprung” (I have no idea what this song is about, but it just feels good.)

    I have much more. Let me know how you like these and I’ll pass more along.

    On a personal note, I got some encouragement from a podiatrist yesterday that perhaps my calf injury won’t require as much downtime as my sports med doc is calling for. I have a follow up with her in two weeks and I’m going to get her to send me to a different orthopedic specialist. Would appreciate your prayers.

    But for now, I’m running vicariously through you, Nick, so don’t let me down! 🙂 I am praying for your success and good health. Godspeed!

    Your friend in Christ,


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