Tomorrow is Race Day + My Marathon Running Playlist

I’m running a marathon tomorrow.

Even though I’ve done the training and I’ve been planning this race for almost two years now, that sentence still sounds crazy to me.

If five years ago you told me I’d voluntarily sign up for a marathon, I probably would have laughed in your face. It’s still hard to believe that running went from a sport that I completely hated to an activity that is now such an integral and meaningful part of my life.

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Fall 2013 Running Playlist

Fall Running Playlist

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Hungry Readers, I apologize. It’s been two months since I’ve shared a new running playlist. Until just this week I hadn’t updated my library with any new running music in quite some time, and to be honest, I was getting quite sick of listening to the same mix of songs over and over again. If you run with music (which you only should sometimes), try to update your playlists frequently. I personally find it so much more motivating and exciting to listen to music that’s new and fresh.

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June 2013 Running Playlist

Where as last month didn’t involve much running at all for me, this hot, humid, and sweaty month definitely did. And even though the summer weather has been pretty brutal, I enjoyed every single second of it. When the sun is hot and the air is thick, conditions that make a less than ideal environment for running, I especially need a good playlist of motivating songs that can carry me through a few miles that I might otherwise have given up on due to getting overly hot and sweaty.

These are the twelves songs that helped keep me motivated through this extra-sweaty first month of summer running. Click the image or the link below to listen and subscribe on Spotify.

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May 2013 Running Playlist


Thanks to a hip injury, I hardly got to run in the month of May. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been listening to music and scouting out new songs to run to for when I’m finally able to get back out on the pavement.

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April 2013 Running Playlist



I have done so much running this month. I randomly decided to run a half-marathon three weeks ago, and now I’m continuing to keep up with that level of training, because the weather is getting nice and nice why not just keep running, right? So, consequently I’ve been listening to a lot of music. Some really good music and some really bad music.

For example, Taylor Swift’s song, “22” is so bad. That is a bad, bad song. Some might say it is an insult to music. But for running (and also general dancing around like a 5-year-old) it’s perfect. The same goes for any song performed by pre-pubescent Disney Channel stars. So, so bad, but extra, ultra motivating while running. Why is that? Someone do an experiment and reveal these secrets of the brain to me.

This month (like many previous month’s playlists) my playlist is a varying potpourri of artists and genres. The top 12 songs I’ve been running to over the past 30 days range from obscure, failed Disney stars all the way to the great Led Zeppelin. Do with it what you will. Hopefully you’ll press play and have a great run!

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March 2013 Running Playlist


First things first. If you’re wondering what the heck happened to my February 2013 running playlist, last month, I shared it exclusively to my Tumblr page. But rest assured that I did not skip a month of new running music. It exists. You can find it, subscribe, and listen to your hearts content by clicking the link above.

Now, February is long gone and somehow we’re through with March as well. Another month, another slew of really fun songs to run to! My March running playlist is listed below as well as a link where you can subscribe and listen via Spotify. Happy running!

  1. Next to Me – Emili Sande
  2. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
  3. Stubborn Love- The Lumineers
  4. Gold- Britt Nicole
  5. Battle Scars- Lupe Fiasco
  6. Alive- Krewella
  7. On to the Next One- Jay-Z
  8. Stupid Grin- Dragonette
  9. I’m Not Your Toy- La Roux
  10. Drinking From the Bottle- Calvin Harris
  11. Pompeii- Bastille
  12. X You- Avicci

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What songs have you been listening to while you run or workout? Let me know in the comments below!

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