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We always need a good playlist to hit the ground running, literally. These tracks will help to push you go farther. Don't worry this playlist is not courtesy of me (a non runner) but someone who actually runs on the reg, Nina! So I'll let her take it from here.

Hi! I'm Nina from The Grand Adventures of Me, and I am the maker of this playlist. I'm pretty ecstatic that Helene is letting me post my playlist today, because I pride myself in making work out playlists. In two weeks, I am running my very first half – marathon, and so I have spent the last four months in grueling training, beating my body up into shape to run 13.1 miles in (hopefully) under 2 hours and 10 minutes because I guess I just hate myself and enjoy causing pain in my life. I am a firm believer that music helps me run better, and so I have perfected my running playlist to a science and I am here to share a few of those songs with you today!

Today's playlist is 35 minutes long, so it is good for a 3 – 4 1/2 mile run, depending on how fast you are.


Start off like Flash

1. Monster – Skillet

Monster (radio edit) by Skillet on Grooveshark

I'm not a huge Skillet fan, but this is a great song to start out your run with. It sounds kind of angry, and so it helps you push off and get going.

2. Agachate – Danny Romero

 Agachate by Danny Romero on Grooveshark

So I swear somewhere inside of me is a little Latina girl just trying to break out. I listen to more Spanish music than I care to admit. This song is fun and kind of makes you want to bounce while you're running.

3. Sweat – Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta

Sweat – Snoop Dogg vs David Guetta by David Guetta on Grooveshark

At this point in your run, you're probably between .05 – .08 miles into your run and you are thinking good lord what the heck have I gotten myself into?! For me, the first mile or two is always the worst. But now we're getting ready to head into mile 2 where we can set the pace!

Setting the Pace

4. Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars

Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars on Grooveshark

See, Bruno even starts off saying “oooh yes!” like he is so excited for you to be running, and now he is going to sing to you to help you throughout it. But the metaphors in this song . . . can't even. hashtag ded.



5. How I Feel – Flo Rida

How I Feel by Flo-rida on Grooveshark

At this point you may be like, “You know how I feel, Nina? LIKE DEATH. That's how I feel! And you are clinically insane to do this multiple times a week for miles upon miles.” I know, I know. I have heard that before. But this jam seriously helps with motivation. Trust me.

6. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes on Grooveshark

One time this song started playing as I ran over a hill when I was about 2.4 miles into my long run, and I just felt like I could conquer the world. It's not so much “In your face!” as sneaky and resentful, kind of how one half of you feels against the other half of you for running.

7. Burn It to the Ground – Nickelback

Burn It to the Ground by Nickelback on Grooveshark

I'm really sorry for doing this to you, but I just have to. It's been on my running playlist for years and I can't leave it. You just gotta go “all in balls out” on your run, and I'm sorry, but this song helps you do that. Or at least it helps me. If you try it and it sucks you are welcome to send me hate mail. Just kidding. Please don't. That would really hurt my feelings. Just direct your tweets to @Nickelback.


Finish Strong! 

8. Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch

Well friends, we are headed into the homestretch of our run. These last few techno songs really help boost stamina and push you to run harder the last 10 minutes or so of your run!

9. Wake Me up – Avicii ft. Aloe Blac

Wake Me Up by Avicii on Grooveshark

 If I could have it my way, I would only listen to Avicii all day erry day. But alas, we need a little variety in our lives. I swear I will never get tired of this song.

10. Miami 2 Ibiza – Swedish House Mafia ft. Tinie Tiempah

Miami 2 Ibiza (Radio Edit Clean) by Swedish House Mafia Vs Tinie Tempah on Grooveshark
This is the very best song to finish out to – I kid you not. You are exhausted, sweaty, and you have been running hard! This song pushes you faster, and gives you that extra burst of energy that you need!

Bonus: No one can run/race without this oldie.
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Eyes of the tiger by Survivor on Grooveshark

I hope if you decide to get out and enjoy a short run on a nice spring day, these tunes will help you get through it! PS I feel like I wrote all of this in my Richard Simmons' voice. So there's that. Thank you so much Helene for letting me take over the Weekend Playlist! Peace out girl scouts.

This is wonderful Nina!! Thanks so much, go check out her blog, Grand Adventures of Me!
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