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Hump Day Giveaway: Creating the Ultimate Running Playlist

March 24, 2010

Up for grabs: Accessories-O-Rama!

I’m not delusional enough to think my music tastes are current; my last adult CD I purchased was, I’m pretty sure, The Rising by Bruce Springsteen. (The last kids one? Not Naptime by Justin Roberts. I love his voice.) I could chalk my lameness up to everything going digital and download-able, but the truth is, I’m a little lost in iTunes land. Unable to make a decision based on 20-second sound bites, I gravitate towards the same artists (Counting Crows, Lyle Lovett, Dixie Chicks, Indigo Girls) that I’ve known since, oh, about 1989.

So I was thrilled when SBS recently mailed me two homemade CDs labeled, simply, Fast Tracks I and Fast Tracks II. Right now, I replay Britney’s “Piece of Me” about four times before I move to the next song. Then I bob along to the other tracks that have remarkably similar lyrics that go something like, “I wanna get wich chew.” (For the whole list, see this note on our Facebook page.)

Still, I need more variety. And I bet you do too, if you run with tunes. So the contest for today is simply this: what’s the best, most motivating song you like to run to? Sorry: “Eye of the Tiger”, “Tonight’s Gonna Be A Good Night”, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”, and “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond are out. Got ’em already. But don’t think you have to be all hip and 2010: if the melody is not available in a Muzak version you typically hear strolling the aisles of a supermarket, we’ll take it.

Let us know by noon Thursday and you could win a RLAM accessory kit: the signature cotton tee; a very cool, limited edition RLAM Headsweats visor; Bridgedale Bamboo Lo ultra-cushy socks; a Hydrapak Purebot EA-free water bottle; four flavors of Fruition, a favorite of kids and moms alike; a roll of KT Tape, good for supporting weak joints; and, last but not least, a RLAM bumper sticker. (And by bumper sticker I mean,Β  the only way a car behind you can read it is if your bumpers touch. Better call: stuck on a water bottle or in an inspirational place.)

And the best part? We all win! When the contest closes, I’ll compile the ultimate RLAM playlist, and post it on our Facebook page.

So what chew got, Mix Master Mommas?

124 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2010 6:08 am

    The black eyed peas…..almost all there music is awesome …but my favorite is

    MY Humps

    I usually have it playing in the last half mile home from my 5 mile run…it really makes me move if not do a little booty pop as I am running! haha

    my humps, my humps, my lovely lady lumps….

  2. Allyson permalink
    March 24, 2010 6:09 am

    Where can we order tees and hats? I’d love to one. Loved the book. πŸ™‚

    • Allyson permalink
      March 24, 2010 6:09 am

      oops, I meant Love to have a shirt and hat…sorry! need more coffee…

      • March 24, 2010 7:53 pm

        hey allyson–
        glad you liked the book! thanks for reading and running.

        we’ll be selling tees on the tour, so if you can make it to a stop, that’s easiest. if we’re not coming your way, e-mail us at runmother at gmail dot com and we’ll send you one. they cost $20, plus $2 s/h.

        hats/visors: unfortunately, not for sale right now, but we may sell them in the future. super limited edition, available only right now via here (winning one) or on the tour (winning one).

  3. Allyson permalink
    March 24, 2010 6:11 am

    I like “Golden” by Jill Scott. I helps get me moving on speed work days.

  4. March 24, 2010 6:27 am

    I’m partial to 80s hair bands for good running music – Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” are two favorites. Of course I will never admit to listening to this music at any other time. πŸ™‚

  5. Misty permalink
    March 24, 2010 6:32 am

    I have quite a few, but my “go to” song, especially up hills is, Depeche Mode’s “World in My Eyes (Cicada Mix).” Great, fast beat.

  6. March 24, 2010 6:45 am

    I am Old Skool! For a warm up I like September (Earth Wind & Fire), and for filler songs I like My Baby Daddy, I’m Coming Up, Nasty Girl remix w/128 BPM, Pump Up the Jams, and I Think We’re Alone Now remix. I don’t listen to any of these other than on my MP3 running play list, by the way πŸ™‚

  7. SUSAN KOKESH permalink
    March 24, 2010 6:49 am

    “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N Roses always puts a huge smile on my face and gets my speed gear going! When tired and digging deep within yourself – “Its a Beautiful Day” by U2 is also very motivating.

  8. megmelinda permalink
    March 24, 2010 6:52 am

    “Come On Girl” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The guitar and bass lines float along during the verses, propelling you forward, and the chorus drives harder on the drums — like they’re screaming, “Double time it, baby, I dare ya!” Perfect for a mini-interval set in the middle of a longer run.

    • megmelinda permalink
      March 24, 2010 6:54 am

      (bonus: “come on girl let’s get it right…” over and over in your head is not a bad motivator, either.)

  9. Jennifer permalink
    March 24, 2010 6:53 am

    Kiss Me Deadly has got to be the BEST running song evah! I listen to it at least 3 times a run.

  10. becelisa permalink
    March 24, 2010 6:55 am

    “lose yourself” by eminem. or a new one for me is “family affair” by mary j blige. it has a great beat.

    • Laurie permalink
      March 24, 2010 4:29 pm

      Lose Yourself is one of my absolute favorites! Never would I have thought I’d like an Eninmen song.

  11. March 24, 2010 6:58 am

    “Bhangra Fever” by Midival Punditz…it’s awesome! It has this rhythmic motion for mid-run, when I am just in the zone, baby! I actually listened to it several times during the last few miles of the New Orleans Half because it was motivating for me and kept my cadence at a good clip…I wasn’t counting my steps, though πŸ˜‰

    Anywho, ITunes is really fun to explore when you just type in the style of music you like. I like a lot of drums, almost tribal sounds. I really like some of L’il Wayne’s stuff…def not for the kiddos…he has a serious case of potty mouth. Stuntin’ Like My Daddy is good.

    Lastly, I really like Jason Mraz – the Remedy, in particular.

    Fun post!

    • RunMommaRun permalink
      June 23, 2010 11:50 am

      If you like drums, you should try White Rabbit’s Percussion Gun from the It’s Frightening album. That one gets me moving. πŸ™‚

  12. March 24, 2010 7:01 am

    Jump – Pointer Sisters
    3 – Britney Spears
    Your Love is My Drug – Ke$ha
    My Life Would S**k Without You – Kelly Clarkson

    I couldn’t decide, they all make me happy when they come up on the iPod!

  13. Leah permalink
    March 24, 2010 7:05 am

    I like to run to Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You.” It has a great beat to it. As of right now, I like Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” or Timbaland and Justin Timberlake’s “Carry Out.” Both clean songs with good beats.

    • Leah permalink
      March 24, 2010 7:13 am

      Oh…and I love Jason Derulo’s “In My Head.” Awesome song.

  14. Jen permalink
    March 24, 2010 7:06 am

    How can we 80’s girls go on a run without Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer?!

  15. Bine Trujillo permalink
    March 24, 2010 7:14 am

    First of all, Dimity… let me make you a mix. It is one of most favorite things to do. Right now, my fav is “Run this Town” by Jay-Z.

  16. March 24, 2010 7:31 am

    Oh gosh, where to start? I’m loving “How you like me now?” by The Heavy (good album all around)!

  17. March 24, 2010 7:40 am

    I really like Pink “So What” is a fun one, but also “Funhouse”. OK, so really her whole Funhouse CD.

    I also love GO Fish Guys, yes a kids CD but my kids and I dance around the house to it. So two of their songs are on my race list because I picture my kids. And on longer races I have the songs my husband wrote each one of our kids on my play litst. Bonus to being married to a talented man with a recording studio. Sappy I know, but it always makes me smile.

    That’s about as current as my playlist get’s. Otherwise it’s 60-70-80’s. CSN, little river band, lots of Queen, elton, heart, etc

  18. Kathy permalink
    March 24, 2010 7:53 am

    Not for the music as much as the words – “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree. This got me to the end of my first marathon!

    You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
    You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
    You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together
    All I know, all I know, love will save the day

  19. Priscilla permalink
    March 24, 2010 7:59 am

    My current favorite: Say Hey (I love you) by Michael Franti and Spearhead
    All time favorite: Goody 2 Shoes by Adam Ant
    Others that I currently replay on long runs: 18 Wheeler by Pink, I’m into something good by The Bird and the Bee, and Gone, Gone, Gone by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

  20. Rebecca Tadema-Wielandt permalink
    March 24, 2010 8:08 am

    Best running song…Soul Sister by Train. Listening to it now and have to get up and dance around!!!!!

    • Rebecca Tadema-Wielandt permalink
      March 24, 2010 8:26 am

      Another great one..SO WHAT! By Pink

  21. Andrea S permalink
    March 24, 2010 8:26 am

    I like, and please don’t laugh, The Climb by Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus. I also have Nickleback- Burn it to the Ground and This Afternoon. Or Travis Tritt – It’s a Great Day to Be Alive. It all depends how I feel!! But they all get me going!!!

    • Natalie permalink
      March 24, 2010 9:31 am

      So funny, Andrea. I just downloaded a bunch of Hannah songs but my story is that they’re for my girls (4 and 6). The Climb is in my running mix too! πŸ™‚

    • Laurie permalink
      March 24, 2010 4:30 pm

      I have lots of Nickelback, but Burn it to the Ground is the BEST!

  22. March 24, 2010 8:27 am

    For me, It’s Coldplay’s Viva la Vida. I think it’s mainly the pace it helps me set. Often I can’t keep up, but I try!

  23. March 24, 2010 8:34 am

    I’ve just started running again, but I’m finding anything Pearl Jam is getting me going. My favourite song to run to at the moment is Glorified G.


  24. Jenny C. permalink
    March 24, 2010 8:41 am

    I am also Itunes challenged. It has taken me months to spend an itunes gift card. I just can’t make up my mind! But I did buy Kelly Clarkson’s latest cd last year and I used to play “My Life Would Suck Without You” on repeat while doing speed workouts on my tm. While running the Vancouver Half marathon last May, that song came on my ipod and I ended up repeating it 5 times during the last few km’s of the race. That song really makes my feet move!

  25. Tryna permalink
    March 24, 2010 8:46 am

    “My Hero” by Foo Fighters (Makes me feel like I’m my kids’ superhero)
    “Candyman” by Christina Aguilera (Makes me feel good, no matter how sweaty and gross I really am)
    “List of Demands (Reparations)” by Saul Williams – It’s from the Nike commercial they used to play that said “My better is better than your better”

    PS-I love that cat picture from sam. Made me laugh.

    • Priscilla permalink
      March 24, 2010 1:11 pm

      I like Candyman too!

  26. March 24, 2010 8:54 am

    A few of my favorites:
    Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
    My Life Would Suck Without You (extra dorky points if it’s the Glee Cast version)
    The Distance by Cake
    Bawitdaba by Kid Rock
    Rockstar by Nickleback

    Eclectic? Moi?

  27. March 24, 2010 8:58 am

    So I have a mix on my iPod. My current favorites that get me moving are:

    I’ve gotta feeling – Black Eye Peas
    All the right moves – OneRepublic
    Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
    Take Me Away – Fefe Dobson
    Misery Business – Paramore
    See you again – Miley Cyrus
    Over You -Daughtry
    Naturally – Selena Gomez

    Happy Hump Day!

  28. Melissa permalink
    March 24, 2010 9:01 am

    A few of my faves:
    Billie Jean -Michael Jackson
    Kashmir -Led Zepplin
    It’s amazing -Jem ( a little slow but good encouragement)

  29. March 24, 2010 9:02 am

    Anything by Toby Mac but especially Gone or Stories from Welcome to Diverse City. I just went out and bought his two most recent CDs so I’d have more Toby Mac variety to run to. Also, Fly on the Wall or See You Again by Miley Cyrus. (Stop laughing!)

  30. March 24, 2010 9:05 am

    My current fave is and old country song called “I’m in a Hurry” by Alabama. It has a nice rhythm and the words are perfect!

    I find that for long runs I really like the rhythm of country music. That may be cause I am a country fan at heart, but that country two-step rhythm is a great motivator!

    I Love that tee and visor, thanks for the chance to win such a great prize pack!

  31. March 24, 2010 9:07 am

    I like to warm up to “Free Falling” by Tom Petty.

    LOVE the shirt and Headsweats hat!

  32. March 24, 2010 9:08 am

    Brick By Boring Brick by Paramore or pretty much any Paramore song. πŸ™‚

  33. March 24, 2010 9:13 am

    So many of the above-listed are already on my iPod. I try to make a new mix every month to keep from going stir crazy. Usually anything by the Black Eyed Peas, All American Rejects, Cake, Muse or a local Pittsburgh band called The Clarks.

    The Clarks did a cover of Louie Armstrong’s Wonderful World for a Pittsburgh Penguins’ team commercial. I’m a huge hockey fan and any time it comes up I see Sidney Crosby hoisting the Stanley Cup and get so pumped to run fast, or jump up and down like a school girl as I did last June when they won.

    Uprising by Muse is great. ESPN played it often during college football season so the song makes me feel like it’s a football Saturday. Adrenaline rush!

    Current fave, however, is Short Skirt, Long Jacket by Cake. It’s the theme to NBC’s Chuck and hearing it lets me imagine I’m on a mission with Zachery Levi ;).

    • March 24, 2010 9:15 am

      Oh ya, my Nike+ Powersong is Get Over It by The Eagles. Great when I feel like crud and just want to quit.

  34. March 24, 2010 9:24 am

    I am a BIG fan of “Run this Town” or maybe it is not called that. LOL!! I have not updated my Ipod since May of 09, OOPS!! I had my Blog friends send me CD’s so I can update before the Eugene Marathon. Pretty sure new tunes will help me to that coveted BQ. Hmmmm… Maybe I should pester SBS to send me a copies of the “Fast Track” tunes…

    OK Love love love the shirt and NEED one ASAP!!

  35. Natalie permalink
    March 24, 2010 9:27 am

    I’m not getting my RLM e-mail feeds anymore. Hmm….

    My “long run” playlist is nearly four hours long now. Here are a few of my recent faves:

    Party in the U.S.A., Miley Cyrus (in my defense, I have two girls, ages 4 and 6)
    Tik Tok, K$sha (really hate that dollar sign in her name!)
    Untouched, The Veronicas
    Evacuate the Dancefloor, Cascade
    Hey Ya!, Andre 3000
    Mr. Brightside, The Killers (no idea why but this song always makes me feel like a runner)
    Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skinner
    Hot N Cold, Kate Perry,
    Bitch, Meredith Brooks

    Love this idea, BTW. My long run playlist could always use some new life. Plus, it needs to be longer since I start training for my first marathon in June!


    • Natalie permalink
      March 24, 2010 9:34 am

      P.S. I’d be happy to share the entire list but it seems kinda long to list it here….

  36. Debbie H permalink
    March 24, 2010 9:30 am

    I love changing out my music, and just added a few new favs:

    Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
    Depeche Mode – Behind the Wheel/Route 66
    Figures on a Beach – Accidentally 4th Street
    Neko Case – John Saw That Number
    Spoon – Got Nuffin

    I’m sure people think I’m crazy when they hear me signing as I run by,

  37. March 24, 2010 9:35 am

    OK here goes: the one song that has stood the test of time and never been removed from my Shuffle because I’m sick of it:
    Warning I’m showing my age here, this is not current, it’s totally last century:

    Fat Boy Slim: Right Here Right Now
    LOVE IT!

    I also love a few instrumentals thrown in, especially jaunty Spanish guitar pieces because then I can make up my own words, profanity whathaveyou as I go.

  38. Annie Powell permalink
    March 24, 2010 9:51 am

    Queen’s ‘Fat Bottomed Girls!!’ Woooo!

  39. Paula permalink
    March 24, 2010 9:54 am

    Live Your Life — T.I. featuring Rihanna
    Wake Up — Arcade Fire (from Where the Wild Things Are)
    Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough — Michael Jackson

  40. Molly permalink
    March 24, 2010 10:00 am

    My feet want to FLY(!) when I listen to:

    “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi (preferably the live version)
    “I and Love and You” by The Avett Brothers
    “Undeniable” by Matt Kearney
    “In the Sun” by Michael Stipe

    These are all on my iTunes “10-Miler” playlist – except for the Bon Jovi song, the tempo/bpm is better suited for long runs

    • jord permalink
      March 24, 2010 12:43 pm

      I LIVE for the Avett Brothers! I haven’t gotten around to putting them on my iTunes but thanks for the reminder!

  41. March 24, 2010 10:21 am

    Pink! My current fav is Funhouse and So What.

  42. Danielle permalink
    March 24, 2010 10:44 am

    “SuperStar” by Trip Lee. I play it over and over. πŸ™‚
    Thansk for doing this. I needed some ideas from others!

  43. Stephanie permalink
    March 24, 2010 10:45 am

    Anything Michael Jackson! And in any form – on the treadmill I watch DVD’s of concerts and videos. My ipod is loaded with his music for outside runs.

    My absolute favorite song of his to run to is “Workin’ Day and Night” from his Off the Wall album. As a girl I wore that LP out…it’s one of my favorite albums of his. Give that song a try, it has awesome percussion and a driving beat.

  44. Sarah C permalink
    March 24, 2010 10:46 am

    I have been loving Kanye West’s “Heartless”

  45. March 24, 2010 10:48 am

    My very random, kinda jazzy song is “Dream Machine” by Mark Farina and Sean Hayes. This came from the “genius” recommendation on iTunes… Desparate for a new warm-up rhythm I downloaded it, and I pick up my pace every time it pops up on my Shuffle!

  46. March 24, 2010 10:54 am

    Awesome giveaway! I love that t-shirt!

    I can’t pick just one favorite song, so here are some of my favs:
    * Carolina Liar – I’m not over
    * Fatboy Slim – The Rockefeller Skank
    * Katy Pery – Hot N Cold
    * The Killers – Mr. Brightside
    * The Kooks – Always Where I Need to be
    * Pink – So What
    * The Strokes – Someday

  47. LoveSummer permalink
    March 24, 2010 11:06 am

    I know these are random but they both are great to run to:

    Dwight Yoakam’s version of Crazy Little Thing Called Love


    Gladys Knight and the Pips “Imagination” ca. 1973 +/-.

  48. Lisa permalink
    March 24, 2010 11:12 am

    Okay, I realize I’m dating myself here, but “On the Dark Side” by Eddie and the Cruisers still gets me going as it did in high school all those many years ago!!

    • Laurie permalink
      March 24, 2010 4:34 pm

      Love that song – I’m gonna have to try it for running. Thanks!

  49. robin dishner permalink
    March 24, 2010 11:12 am

    I start EVERY run and race with “It’s a beautiful day” by U2. The song “Boston” by Augustana is perfect for maraton training too:)

  50. Jennifer C. permalink
    March 24, 2010 11:35 am

    “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers… doesn’t matter where I am in a run, I kick it into high gear when that beat starts… completely without meaning to!! “Comin’ outta my cage…” makes me feel like I’m… well… duh- “comin out of my CAGE”…Is that symbolic at all- like I just left the house? Nah-I’m thinkin’ not- just a very cool song! I’m the dork who even smiles when it comes on… when no one is around and I’m just plodding along!!!
    Give it a shot- I think you’ll like it too!!!!
    Jen C.

  51. maggiebahnson permalink
    March 24, 2010 11:43 am

    Some of my favorites:
    “Telephone” by Lady Gaga w/ Beyonce (I think most of the songs off Lady Gaga’s albums are fun to run to.)
    “Dashboard” by Modest Mouse
    “That’s Not My Name” by The Tingtings
    “Human” by The Killers
    “Time Bomb” by Rancid
    “You Belong to Me” by Taylor Swift

  52. March 24, 2010 11:54 am

    The one song that ALWAYS makes me want to run (if I’m not running) or run faster (if I am running) is Viva la Vida by Coldplay. Another song that I recently discovered is Uprising by Muse.

  53. March 24, 2010 11:56 am

    Have to agree with Susan Kokesh…Welcome to the Jungle is great!

  54. Katie permalink
    March 24, 2010 11:58 am

    Pump it by Black eyed peas! Totally gets me moving! Also Miley Cyrus See you again

  55. Molly Boland permalink
    March 24, 2010 12:14 pm

    Some of my favs-

    U + Ur Hand – Pink
    Running Down a Dream – Tom Petty
    Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
    Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon

  56. March 24, 2010 12:17 pm

    I love posts like this, I am always needing to update my running playlist. A couple current favs are:

    Disturbia by Rihanna
    Fighter by Christina Aguilera

  57. March 24, 2010 12:19 pm

    I love to run to Seven Nation Army -The White Stripes, Take Me Out-Franz Ferdinand, or Gives You Hell-All American Rejects.

    Great giveaway and I love seeing others suggestions. I need to update my playlist too!

  58. March 24, 2010 12:28 pm

    During the Olympics, every time the Dayquil commercial featuring Apolo Anton Ohno ripping off his pajama top to reveal his uniform underneath came on, I got a little bit of a tingle up my spine. I think it had as much to do with the background music as it did Apolo Ohno ripping off his shirt. I did a little googling to find out if it was a real song and sure enough, it is. “On My Way” by Billy Boy on Poison is now my new favorite running song. πŸ˜‰

  59. March 24, 2010 12:28 pm

    Welcome to the Jungle by Guns ‘N Roses, and for something more current, Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked, by Cage the Elephant

  60. Jill permalink
    March 24, 2010 12:29 pm

    “How Far We’ve Come” by Matchbox 20
    “Man on the Run” by Cowboy Mouth
    “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus
    “Home” by Daughtry
    “Light On” by David Cook

  61. jord permalink
    March 24, 2010 12:41 pm

    The song I’m currently obsessed with is “Animal” by Miike Snow (it’s a group of DJs and it is spelled with two ‘i’s). The whole album is good, but this one gets me going like nothing else.
    My runners-up include:
    “Forest Whitaker” Brother Ali
    “Going in the Right Direction” Robert Randolph and the Family Band
    “Jessie’s Girl” Rick Springfield
    “Santaria” and “What I Got” Sublime
    “Sweet Dreams” Marylin Manson
    “They Way You Move” Outkast
    “Where You Gonna Run” Talib Kweli

  62. March 24, 2010 12:52 pm

    A couple faves, some of which have been mentioned:
    Sin Wagon–Dixie Chicks
    Lose Yourself–Eminem
    Get up Offa That Thing–James Bown
    SexyBack–Justin Timberlake
    Mean Girls–Sugarland
    Swing Batter Swing–Trace Adkins
    Seven Nation Army–White Stripes
    Till I Collapes–Eminem, 50 cent, 2 Pac

    etc, etc…I know you said one. I couldn’t help myself.

  63. March 24, 2010 1:12 pm

    Thanks for this contest! Everyone can use a few good running song suggestions. I would suggest anything by Vampire Weekend. They have two cds, (both fabulous) and it almost seems their music was made for running. They combine a ton of different influences (but mainly AfroPop) to create a really unique and refreshing pop music. They are quite trendy now, and with good reason.
    Put in either album (or both) and head out for a long run. You’ll love it! To pick just one of their songs is difficult, but I’d say APunk first place and Run at a close second. Enjoy!

  64. Melanie permalink
    March 24, 2010 1:24 pm

    Don’t Wanna Lose You (Whatever You Want) by Black Violin. It is not peppiest tempo but it is great for my long run pace, and I play it over and over again at the end to stay on target and as a little anthem from my brain to my body.

  65. March 24, 2010 1:38 pm

    OMG! Total mix of new and old for me.
    On my fast list all the time is
    “Too Legit to Quit” MC Hammer (can’t beat that!)
    “Memories Remain” Dropkick Murphys (who am I kidding… anything Dropkick Murphy’s will do just fine)
    “Super Freak” Rick James
    “La Grange” ZZ Top
    “I’m Too Sexy” Right Said Fred
    “Pump It” Black Eyed Peas
    “Rockstar” by Nickelback
    My favorite song right now is “I Run To You” by Lady Antebellum

    Lovin the RLAM swag~


  66. Cami Wright permalink
    March 24, 2010 2:06 pm

    OK~first off *WARNING* let me say that lyrics in these songs are *not* the best choice for young ears~and you might want to look for clean versions even for yourself. Although I am a 42 year old boring midwestern mom, XM radio’s 20 on 20 has inspired a somewhat younger (and naughtier!) musical version of me. Here are my latest favorites~

    Praise You-Fatboy Slim (good warm up)
    I Made it (Cash Money Heroes) -Kevin Rudolph featuring Birdman, Jay Sean and Lil Wayne
    What You Got-Colby O’Donis featuring Akon
    Morning After Dark-Timbaland feat. Nelly and So Shy
    Shut it Down-Pitbull feat. Akon
    Feel It- Three 6 Mafia with Sean Kingston and Flo Rida
    Shooting Star- LMFAO, Pitbull and Kevin Rudolf
    Break your Heart- Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
    I Can Transform Ya- Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne
    Sexy Chick- David Guetta feat. Akon

  67. March 24, 2010 2:15 pm

    It’s all about your mood (or lack of it) right? Lately it’s been anything by So Called Star…sweet tunes…

  68. Kate M. permalink
    March 24, 2010 2:27 pm

    A few quick ideas…..

    “Therapy” – india.arie
    “Fast As You Can” – Fiona Apple
    “Paper Planes” – M.I.A.

    And for the cool down: “Down” – Metric

  69. March 24, 2010 2:50 pm

    Weapon of choice by Moby
    I like you so much better when you’re naked by Ida Maria
    Mercy by Duffy
    RLAM stuff is very cool!

  70. Jenny permalink
    March 24, 2010 3:09 pm

    slightly weird but “I’m in a Hurry to get things done” by Alabama is motivating to me whenever it comes on my ipod.

  71. Jen V permalink
    March 24, 2010 3:21 pm

    Well, this may sound like I’m ancient or something. I like to run to music with no words. Vivaldi is always great for running. I don’t like anything in 3/4 time though. That makes me want to waltz. The best ones are theme songs like Star Wars and Indiana Jones. I even have the Olympics them song and fanfare. When I was practicing to sing in a production of Messiah, I downloaded it and learned as I ran. I also have hip-hop playlists and southern rock, but I always come back to my music only playlist.

  72. Deniz permalink
    March 24, 2010 3:44 pm

    Love the question! Getting some great ideas for some new songs. At the moment – All the Above by Maino and Stronger by Kanye West.

  73. terrhan permalink
    March 24, 2010 4:26 pm

    U2’s Beautiful Day!

  74. Kelsey permalink
    March 24, 2010 4:51 pm

    I always like running to “Stronger” by Kanye and “Fast as You Can” by Fiona Apple.

  75. Abby permalink
    March 24, 2010 4:59 pm

    I love “Standing Outside the Fire” by Garth Brooks. It reminds me to take risks with running and with my life. I’m loving all of the great ideas. I sense an itunes binge coming.

  76. March 24, 2010 5:03 pm

    Also, Angels & Airwaves “The War.”

    Lyrics: “Believe you want this.”

  77. sarah permalink
    March 24, 2010 5:17 pm

    All of the above are good!! One song that motivates me on a LONG run is “King of Pain” by The Police. One of my favorite runners, Dean Karnazes, has it on his play list and that guy can run, a lot! So I figure, if that guy can run 350 miles, I can go ONE more mile.

  78. Laurie permalink
    March 24, 2010 5:24 pm

    I’m all about ’80’s hair bands but my current fav is BeeGees’s “Staying Alive” – you can’t help but smile and get a little strut in your stride.

  79. March 24, 2010 5:26 pm

    Okay I don’t usually listen to music like this, but I got to go to the Rose Bowl (GO DUCKS!) this year.While we were in the stands they played this video and as the music played my husband and both said this song would be great to run to. My husband wrote down some of the lyrics and came home and found the song is “this is what it looks like to be the best” I love this song and it totally makes me run harder.

  80. March 24, 2010 5:34 pm

    misery by paramor ROCKS
    just dance by lady gaga
    holiday by green day
    hunger by temple of the dog

  81. mhelen37 permalink
    March 24, 2010 5:52 pm

    My mix is kinda crazy (I need some new stuff, so I’ll have to check out everyone else’s picks!)
    “Push It” Salt n Peppa (great for hills!)
    “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) The Proclaimers
    “Walk this Way” Run DMC
    “Low” Flo Rida
    “She Sells Sanctuary” The Cult
    “FireWoman” The Cult
    Lady GaGa!!!
    “Hair of the Dog” Nazareth
    “Cowboy” Kid Rock
    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    80s Hair/Metal!!!

  82. March 24, 2010 6:14 pm

    The Killers – Mr. Brightside
    Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
    Kelly Clarkson – My Life would Suck

    Awesome giveaway!!!

  83. Julie Fredericks permalink
    March 24, 2010 6:54 pm

    Short Skirt, Long Jacket by Cake. That may not be the title, but that is the main lyric. Some of their other songs are great for just a good pace on a long run. Definitely gives me the boost I need when I am feeling a little slow and tired.

  84. March 24, 2010 7:09 pm

    I have a monthly pact with myself. Buy the top 10 songs on Itunes for the month.

    Some current favorites?

    Imma Be by Black Eyed Peas
    Rock Me Amadeus by Falco
    Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas
    Russian Techno music from my last trip to Russia

  85. Meggie permalink
    March 24, 2010 7:52 pm

    A little punk music does a runner good:

    “Luckie St.” Cartel
    “Punk Rock Princess” Something Corporate
    “I Want It That Way” Allister (yes cover of the BSB and its rockin)
    “Move Along” All American Rejects
    “Remember the Name” Fort Minor

    And I’m liking the other suggestions, will be updating the tunes this weekend πŸ™‚

  86. julie permalink
    March 24, 2010 7:57 pm

    Hands down: “Stronger” by Kanye West. They blasted this when I ran the Rock and Roll San Antonio 1/2 Marathon.

  87. runnergirl permalink
    March 24, 2010 10:04 pm

    Hi ladies,
    You can’t beat the following songs to pump you up when you need some speed:
    Shipping Off to Boston – Dropkick Murphys
    Rockstar – Nickelback (and pretty much anything else they play, but I was too embarassed to choose “Somthing In Your Mouth”!)
    Know Your Enemy – Green Day
    Supermassive Black Hole – Muse (along with any GN&R song – it’s a great way to pump you up in the car on the way to a race!)
    Shady Esperanto and the Young Hearts – Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers (weird name, great song, great band!)
    One Week – Bare Naked Ladies (and if we are going old school – pretty much any BNL song!)
    and finally…
    Cracklin’ Rosie by none other than Neil Diamond himself…
    Love the contest – love all the ideas. Will definitely be making some new playlists based on this – thanks Ladies!!

  88. March 24, 2010 11:01 pm

    “Jive Talkin'” by The Bee Gees – It always gets me moving a little faster, which is a good thing. Would love to win all your goodies. I’m doing my first half-marathon this May.

  89. GottaRun26.2 permalink
    March 24, 2010 11:17 pm

    Anyone run to classical music? Might be unusual but I like to run to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

  90. March 25, 2010 6:24 am

    Lately, I’ve been into techno-trance type music. It helps me to just zone out and run. Really great for long runs. My fave: First Breath After Coma by Explosions in the Sky.

  91. Carrie Steffes permalink
    March 25, 2010 6:31 am

    This is fun, I’m always on the hunt for new running songs so I love to hear what others listen to. Here are some of my favorites right now:

    Britney Spears-3
    Lady Gaga-Just Dance
    Sean Kingston-Fire Burning (Somebody call 911!! πŸ™‚ This is a good one)
    The Killers-Somebody Told Me
    The Postal Service-Such Great Heights
    Cascada-Evacuate the Dancefloor
    BeeGees-Staying Alive (this is one of my all time faves)

    and finally…no judgement please πŸ™‚
    Miley Cyrus-Party in the USA

    AND, I bought your book yesterday! Hope to squeeze in some reading time today, but I’m already extra inspired. Going to go run like a mother this morning πŸ™‚ My first half marathon is April 11!

  92. March 25, 2010 7:27 am

    I’m in absloute awe that no one has suggested “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J! I love, love, love that song!

    My PowerSong Playlist that I use for running hills and doing speedwork is:

    Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J
    Push IT – Salt N Pepa
    Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
    Here We Go Again – Joey McIntyre (I’m a big NKOTB fan!)
    Lose Yourself – Eminem
    Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus

    I love that I’m not the only who’s admitting to being a Miley Cyrus fan πŸ™‚ I guess our kids really do rub off on us, though I will never admit to screaming “There’s a Bubble on my Snuffle” in the midst of a long run because it accidentally found it’s way onto my running playlist….

  93. Laura permalink
    March 25, 2010 8:01 am

    The three that always get me going are:

    Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters
    Ice Cream Man – Van Halen
    Minority – Green Day, preferably the live version

    I’ve also been really into Green Day’s cover of Like a Rolling Stone

  94. Lindsay permalink
    March 25, 2010 8:12 am

    Last marathon I didn’t turn on my Ipod until I felt that I really needed it. At about mile 18 or 19 I turned it on and the first song that came on was The Climb. It definitely helped for a mental break through of the wall that I felt coming on! And curretly, I love Immabe by Black Eyed Peas.

  95. Lindsay permalink
    March 25, 2010 8:13 am

    That would be “currently” not curretly!

  96. March 25, 2010 8:42 am

    What a fun post and giveaway!!!

    Some of my favs are:

    Don’t mess with my Toot Toot- Fats Domino (a song that will just put a smile on your face during a difficult run)
    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-Cyndi Lauper (I mean, who doesn’t like this song)
    Party in the USA- Miley Cyrus (Just makes me want to put my arms in the air and sing out loud)
    It’s a Beautiful Day- U2 (Great Motivational Song)
    Summer of ’69- Bryan Adams (Again, who doesn’t like this song!?!?)

    Thanks for putting together this great list…I am always looking for new songs!

  97. Cathy permalink
    March 25, 2010 8:43 am

    Nine Inch Nails- Hand that Feeds
    Tegan and Sara- Hell
    The People- The Music

    Can’t wait to see this whole list….gives me a great excuse to update my ipod!

  98. Kaci permalink
    March 25, 2010 10:20 am

    “Lose Yourself” by Eminem always makes me speed up!

  99. Sue permalink
    March 25, 2010 10:39 am

    Queen “Don’t Stop Me Now”!!!!!

  100. Sara permalink
    March 25, 2010 10:56 am

    John Mayer – Who Did You Think I Was (new school)
    Will Smith – Summertime (old school)

    Love all these suggestions! I want to get on itunes now.

  101. carolyn permalink
    March 25, 2010 11:25 am

    I love finding new music for my shuffle! But it’s impossible to pick just one song…
    A few recent favorites…
    *Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap

    * Starlight by Muse

    *Float On by Modest Mouse

    *Tamacun by Rodrigo y Gabriela

  102. March 25, 2010 12:29 pm

    Don’t Stop Believin’ (The Glee Cast version) got me through the end of my first (and only so far) marathon.

    I also love Lady Ga-ga’s Just Dance and Kei$ha’s Tic Tok.

  103. Sara permalink
    March 25, 2010 1:47 pm

    What a cool contest! I’d expect nothing less from these kick-ass moms who are inspiring me with this book! I bought a copy for myself & 2 copies for two of my running girlfriends. Anyway, here are 5 songs on my current running list that get me psyched:

    1. Portions for Foxes – Rilo Kiley
    2. Fast as you Can – Fiona Apple
    3. What You Waiting For? – Gwen Stafani
    4. Till I Collapse – Eminem & Nate Dogg (did I really just type “Dogg” with 2 g’s? Yup.)
    5. Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J

  104. March 25, 2010 7:10 pm

    Womanizer by Britney….so motivating for some reason and really helps me keep a good pace.

  105. March 26, 2010 9:32 am

    I’m late, but I’ll share anyway. My two new favorites are Unwritten by Natasha Beddingfield (I’m in THAT stage of life..wait I’m ALWAYS in that stage of life) and I Run for Life by Melissa Ethridge. Both are outside of my ‘normal’ taste in music.. particularly workout music (I’m more a hiphop/rap kinda girl), but I heard these during a spin class and found them highly motivational!

    Looking forward to the RLAM list!

  106. March 31, 2010 11:21 pm

    David Guetta – Sexy Bitch (Extended Version)
    Britney Spears – Circus (Villians Remix)
    Adelita’s Way – Invincible
    Muse – Starlight
    The Notorios B.I.G.- Hypnotize
    PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
    Train – Hey Soul Sister
    Estelle – American Boy
    Godsmack – Whatever


  107. Wendi Velasco permalink
    May 24, 2010 8:02 pm

    ‘Right Here – Right Now’. They say it’s by Fat Boy Slim, but I don’t know. If I could only run to one song that would be it.

    A close second would be ‘Til I Collapse’ by Eminem.

    I love rhythmic, repeative running songs to keep me going on my long runs.
    Also try anything by Angels & Airwaves.
    Good luck on your marathon, I too am training for my first in June. Doing San Diego

  108. Leah permalink
    August 3, 2010 6:16 pm

    You ladies are awesome! I just googled “running music” and found this page… Even 5 months later this is a *great* list of tunes. LOVE IT- Thank you πŸ™‚

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