The Best Music to Run To (+Giveaway!)

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The last time my brother visited our house, he thought something was really wrong. He didn’t say anything the first day, but the second day he woke up and was like “Alright what’s going on. Is everything OK?” I was like… ummmm…watchutalkinboutwillis? He went on to say this was the first time he’s been around me with music not playing in the house all day. I didn’t even realize it.

We’re a music household. Even Rohan and Kaya! We have music going most of the time, and when Rohan’s on his he likes to listen and sing along with the tunes about letters. Kaya stops and dances when she hears anything remotely like music.

John and I have some overlapping musical taste. But we both introduce each other to new stuff. I never really listened to Public Enemy or The Beatles before him and he couldn’t decipher reggae before me. (He still can’t but I give him a pass.)

I can’t do cardio without music. Actually, I can’t do cardio without MY music. I told you about how I used Focus T25 to lose baby weight after Kaya’s birth. Well, after the first week of that program, I stopped listening to Shaun T. I would play the DVD on mute, and blast my Tony Matterhorn pandora station instead while I jump around. I also loved Les Mills workouts, which are very music heavy. Whenever I talk to another Les Mills lover they’re always talking about the songs and I’m just like… nah I was listening to Eminem during that one….

It’s a problem.

It’s really hard for me to work out if I don’t have my own tunes. Now, usually it’s dancehall reggae, or something ratchet, filthy and strip clubby….But…sometimes I mix it up. This weekend I was child-free so John and I took the opportunity to hit the gym together.

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yes, we’re that couple. #cornballsinlove (john looks like he’s about to go postal)

We raced on the treadmill (he won) and I was listening to the most random mix: The Weeknd, Tove Lo, Omarion, Jackie Wilson (he’s Bae.), Cascada, NKOTB and 50Cent/Jeremih.  WTF? It was so random…but I loved it.

I really tried to think of what 3 songs never fail to get me moving… it was really hard. I can’t think of just 3, that would just make my mind explode.. but some of the songs I love to run to are:

  • How Low by Ludacris (and the My Chick Bad remix too)
  • Mostly anything by Tony Matterhorn or Vybz Kartel (Those are Jamaican Dancehall artists if ya don’t know)
  • The entire Hozier album (if i’m doing a nice slow outdoor run)
  • Britney, Christina, Cascada, – Old stuff only
  • Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Seven Mary Three
  • Anything Eminem, anything by Big L (RIP Boo), some Pac (I could do a full workout to ‘hit em up’ on repeat I think… he was Bae too.)

When I’m stretching, using weights or doing pilates type workouts I like listening to drum and bass/tribal/edm stuff OR my first love, Jackie Wilson. I have his station on Pandora and it gives me all the good oldies like Al Green, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gay etc.

You can judge me. I don’t even care in the slightest. I stand by my …. diverse… musical tastes.

I realized a while ago that I can’t run hard to anything that I have never heard before. (I’ve been caught singing out loud on the treadmill in the gym before and a dude checked me LOL) Working out, especially running, is like comfort food to me. So I need my music during it to be comfort food too.

What are the songs that get you moving?

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  1. says

    I love your songs! These are giving me some new things to check out…I told you I’m running a race on Thanksgiving right? What was I thinking about????

  2. says

    I remember when i was preggers with Micah I use to have dreams about Eminem all the dang time! I was saying stuff like “he’s not that bad” “he’s misunderstood”…no clue what that was all about!!!

    I LOVE listening to ratchet music too when I go walking or work out. Anything with some good bass and I’m good!

  3. says

    Well I haven’t worked out in a bit but I also love How Low. I listen anything with a good/ catchy beat like new country (Blake Shelton love!), R&B (Beyonce – Partition type stuff), Rap ( Lil Jon) etc but I always listen to edited versions so I know I can sing freely without letting something bad slip.

  4. says

    Love you music choices.. I might to to revise my list. I just heard Solid as a Rock on the radio and started singing to the top my lungs.. Now I can’t get it out of my head

  5. GussyKnotts says

    I’m not familiar with the songs on your list, but I like just about anything from Nirvana or Pearl Jam. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Betty C says

    I’m not familiar with any of the artists on your list. I do love anything by Al Green or Marvin Gaye. For newer artists I like Kid Rock.

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