How To: Make the Perfect Running Playlist

So uh… (ahem) I have a little humblebrag to share…


I ran a half marathon! I dragged myself out of bed at 7am on a Sunday to go run 13 miles with 10,000 other crazy people. As much as it was terrible, it was also empowering to know I could do it and to see so many others pushing themselves to reach their goals (which mostly seemed to be beer).

I’m always in awe of people who can run without music. I have literally driven all the way to the gym to realize I forgot my headphones and instantly drove back home. The running playlist is a sacred thing, so here are my tips for making the perfect one:

1. Start out with some new tunes. For me, getting up and getting dressed is half the battle. Somehow, walking 5 feet from my bed to my dresser is harder than running 5 miles, so I have to get myself excited. Starting out my playlist with new songs that I am genuinely excited to hear can be that extra push I need to get out the door.

Right now I am listening to: Real Love (The Chainsmokers Remix) and Kanye’s new All Day

2. Find songs that match your pace. This can especially helpful if you’re running longer distances. That way you can check in with your pacing while you’re on outdoor runs or running on a track. With a regulating rhythm, I can see if I’m slacking or pushing myself a little too hard (it’s probably the first one…).

My moderate pace songs are: Of the Night (Fix8 Remix) and La Roux’s In For the Kill (The Glitch Mob Remix)

3. Throw in some old favorites. I began this strategy when I started consistently running long distances simply because I would get so bored. Running is a mental sport, so you have to keep yourself entertained. I love throwing in some middle-school classics or songs that just aren’t in my regular rotation anymore. Cascada and Christina Aguilera can be surprisingly good distractions at mile nine.

My throwbacks include: Get Your Freak On by Missy Elliott and, of course, Titanium by David Guetta and Sia

So now you have no excuse for skipping the gym tomorrow. I strongly believe all things can be motivated by music (and good post-race meal, see below).


Check out my full running playlist here & follow my Soundcloud for a stream of what I’m listening to right now. Happy trails!


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