Running Playlists

At the Running Room, we discourage runners from listening to music while running.  As I’ve had the misfortune to experience, it’s a safety issue.  If you have your music up too loud, you lose your situational awareness and could expose yourself to danger.  Women especially should heed this advice and run with a friend.  Talking to each other is also the surest sign you’re running at the proper pace for the optimum heart rate. That written, since I’m 5’8″, only run alone in daylight, and know how make someone who jumps from the bushes of a walking trail rue that life choice, I’m probably one of the worst offenders for breaking  this rule. We can’t always train with our friends. Even longtime runners will tell you who interminably dull a solo long run can be without music. Here are my most recent playlists.  They’ve changed a bit since I first posted them in the journal.  They run a little over 30 minutes each with an additional 5 minute cool down song. If you don’t run, they’re pretty good for an physical activity. Run 1:

  1. Agent Tex by Jeff Williams
  2. Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J
  3. Mothership by Kid Beyond
  4. Cochise by Audioslave
  5. Lust for Life by Iggy Pop
  6. Alice by Moby
  7. Run this Town by Jay-Z
  8. Stack-o-Lee by Samuel L. Jackson (from the Black Snake Moan soundtrack)

Cool down:  You are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne Run 2:

  1. Won’t Back Down by Eminem (featuring Pink)
  2. Run (I’m a Natural Disaster) by Gnarls Barkley
  3. On to the Next One by Jay-Z
  4. Howlin’ for You by the Black Keys
  5. Flathead by the Fratellis
  6. Faint by Linkin Park
  7. Run On by Moby
  8. Deny by Default
  9. Ten Million Slaves by Otis Taylor
  10. Green Hornet Theme by Al Hirt

Cool down: Amazing Grace Edinburgh Military Tattoo Run 3:

  1. Starstrukk by 3OH3! feat. Katy Perry
  2. Pincushion by ZZTop
  3. Ride Like Hell by Big Sugar
  4. Sabotage by the Beastie Boys
  5. Irish by Tonic
  6. Simply Irresitable by Robert Palmer
  7. What You Do To Me by Blak Rok
  8. Benz by Buck 65

Cool Down: Feeling Good by Nina Simone Run 4:

  1. ‘Til I Collapse by Eminem
  2. Derezzed by Daft Punk
  3. Blow by Ke$ha
  4. Dang by Buck 65
  5. Rock and Roll Medley by Junior Brown
  6. Let it Rock by Kevin Rudolf and L’il Wayne
  7. Bellringer Blues by Grinderman
Cool Down: Dear Mr. Fantasy by Traffic


Now that I’m running half marathons, I created a 2 hour playlist using Run 1, 2, and 4 (minus the cool down tracks) plus a few more:
  1. Rise by Break of Reality
  2. I Need a Doctor by Dr. Dre (feat Eminem and Skylar Grey)
  3. What You Do To Me by BlakRoc
  4. Sixteen Saltines by Jack White
  5. When Angels Make Contact by Matt Mays
  6. Niggas in Paris by Kanye West and Jay Z
  7. Shipping Up to Boston by Dropkick Murphys
  8. Lonley Boy by the Black Keys
  9. Conquest by the White Stripes
I also bookended this list with Bruce Campbell soundbites. It began with “Hail to the king, baby!” and finished with “Groovy”.

4 responses

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  2. I love seeing other people’s playlists – thanks for posting yours. I’ve just started a couch-to-5K training program, and am running indoors at the gym, so feel safe leaving the music on. I’ve never been one to listen to music during exercise before (well, to be fair, I’ve never been one for too much exercise before, either), and am surprised at the difference the right song can make in my pace & how I feel. I’m absolutely going to download Dear Mr. Fantasy for a cool-down slot. Love that, and haven’t heard it in forever.

    1. Thanks, Andie. It is amazing how music can make you push a little harder. I’ve actually re-jigged the lists over the years to have faster tempo songs last to give myself the extra push at the end. My last few races, I ran with the #2 playlist so I know when the trumpet of Al Hirt’s Green Hornet theme start blaring it’s sprint to the finish time. To compliment that post-race euphoria, nothing seems to beat Amazing Grace by a mass bagpipe band.

      If you’re interested in a great cover of Dear Mr. Fantasy, check out Big Sugar’s version on their Dear M.F. e.p. or their Greatest Hits album. I’m guessing that since you’re writing about Thanksgiving in November, you’re in the US so you may not have heard of them. They’re pretty much Canada’s loudest good band (as opposed to Nickelback who are just loud and we drink to forget they’re from here). Pretty sure they’re available on iTunes in the US.

      Best of luck with you’re couch to 5K program. If you ever need a run buddy, find you’re local Running Room, another great Canadian company going gangbusters in the US. They have free run clubs Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings.

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