As I mentioned last week, I am going to enter a 10K race with my Sister-in-law. In early June, our small town is overtaken by a plethora of ball teams for an event called Actionfest. There are also food and goods vendors in the park, a parade Saturday morning and a bunch of other related events, including the run. When we decided to sign up we both figured we’d just wing it, as we both run pretty regularly – I generally run 5K every time I hit the trails.

I thought about it more and thought that maybe I should actually train for it. I’m not expecting to make a great time, no, but it would be nice to not be huffing and puffing and doing the army crawl just to make it across the Finish line. I bought the Bridge to 10K app and hauled out my dog-eared copy of The Complete Book of Running for Women. When I first took up running ten years ago (and Matthew bought me the book), I went to a local running store to get fitted for shoes that would be perfect for me. While the Nike Airs I bought at an outlet mall last fall are great for Boot Camp or for shorter distances, I didn’t want to risk injuring myself now that I plan on running longer distances. So, this past Saturday, I went back to that local running store and was brought back to my first love – New Balance runners.

I went for my first training run on Saturday afternoon and brought Diesel along with me, as I usually do (Zoey’s too wee to run long distances). I was pleasantly surprised that when I got to the place where I usually turn around, I was in a good rhythm and ready to keep going until my app told me it was the halfway point.

I don’t know exactly what distance I ran, as the app told me I had done 20.2 miles, total. Ha. Ha! HAAAAAA. Apparently the mountain air messed with the App. Based on my usual turn around point of 2.5 km, and how much further I ran, I’d make a conservative estimation that I ran a little over 7km and honestly could have kept going if I wasn’t, you know, back home.

The only missing element to my training is music. I won’t listen to my iPod when I run with my sister-in-law (obviously) but music is what (prevents me on focusing on my wheezing, and) keeps me going. I sat down before I left and cleaned up my running playlist, but I heard it 1.5 times during my run and that’s simply not (fun, or) necessary.

I need some new running tunes, friends. You don’t have to be a runner, just someone who likes music that makes you move. You know the kind: It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.*


*The reference is probably too old for most of you, but ten gold stars if you know it. Because that means I’m not alone in my geriatric life.

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  1. Hannah May 2, 2011 12:34 am edit

    Well, since I can’t run at the moment, I’ll live vicariously through you and offer you my fave running tracks:

    Survivor – Eye of the Tiger (self-explanatory)
    Heather Small – Proud
    Cee Lo Green – Forget You
    Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
    Tom Cochrane – Life is a Highway
    Michael Jackson – Man in the Mirror
    Avalanche City – Love Love Love
    Stan Walker – Black Box
    Ayiesha Woods – Days
    Bon Jovi – It’s My Life
    Hoobastank – The Reason
    Lifehouse – Make Me Over
    Train – Hey Soul Sister
    Feel – Matchbox Twenty
    Jordin Sparks – Battlefield

    P.S. My sister and I DO wear our iPods when we run together, funny huh?! We just have the music low enough that we can still hear each other if we need to talk. But I HATE listening to the sound of my breathing when I run.

  2. Kerri May 2, 2011 4:46 am edit

    I know you’re a needtobreathe fan – I have ‘The Outsiders’ on my running playlist along with ‘Born this Way’ by Gaga, ‘Hello’ by Martin Solveig and Dragonette (soooo good) and for cooling down I listen to ‘If I Die Young’ by The Band Perry (might be a tear jerker if you haven’t heard it). And for a little Canadiana – can’t go wrong with the Joel Plaskett Ashtray Rock album!

    Happy Running!

  3. angella May 4, 2011 3:59 pm edit

    I can’t wait to sit down this weekend and check out your suggestions. :)

  4. Michelle B. May 2, 2011 6:17 am edit

    Travie McCoy – We’ll Be All Right
    Ingrid Michaelson – Be OK
    Glee Cast – Teenage Dream
    BOB and Bruno Mars – Nothing on You
    David Crowder Band – Open Skies
    Switchfoot – Meant to Live
    Gaga – Just Dance

  5. JennyBean May 2, 2011 7:39 am edit

    Isn’t that an American Bandstand quote? Or am I getting mixed up?

    I have weird taste in music but some of my running/workout favs are as follows:

    Feist – Sealion
    Moby – Run On
    The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
    Wise Guys – Ooh La La
    Blur – Song II
    Moby – Honey
    Apollo 44 – Stop The Rock
    Timbaland – Oh Timbaland

  6. Ashley May 2, 2011 7:45 am edit

    I just downloaded for free the Subway Biggest Loser music, that I imported into iTunes and into my workouts. It’s got 6 great workout remixes of current music and it’s great!!! Just google Biggest Loser Subway Music and you’ll get to the Subway site, enter your email and voila Free Tunes!

  7. angella May 4, 2011 3:59 pm edit

    I downloaded it yesterday. It’s really good! Thanks. :)

  8. Sizzle May 2, 2011 7:57 am edit

    Recent favorites to bust a move to:

    Britney Spears, Till the World Ends
    JLo & Pitbull, On the Floor
    Black Eyed Peas, Just Can’t Get Enough
    Cee Lo, FU
    Adele, Rolling in the Deep
    Most Lady Gaga & Beyonce

  9. Sharon May 2, 2011 8:33 am edit

    I’m lost without music when I run. Some of my favourites on my running playlist at the moment are:

    Holiday – Vampire Weekend
    Enter Sandman – Metallica
    Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
    Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
    I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones
    Raise Your Glass – P!nk

    Happy playlist making! :)

  10. Hillary May 2, 2011 8:54 am edit

    When I run, I listen to Arcade Fire- the Suburbs album. It is the perfect rhythm and it makes me happy. When I run with a partner (which is so much more enjoyable, then talking does the trick- no need for music!)
    Happy Running!

  11. angella May 4, 2011 4:00 pm edit

    Thanks! And, hi. :)

  12. bethany actually May 2, 2011 9:07 am edit

    I know I’m the same age as you, but…I don’t get the reference and I MUST KNOW IT. Please. :-)

  13. angella May 2, 2011 11:18 am edit

    American Bandstand. :)

  14. JennyBean May 2, 2011 11:55 pm edit

    YAY I was right! :)

  15. Lisa May 2, 2011 9:35 am edit

    One song that really pumps me up is Dynamite by Taio Cruz… I could listen to it over and over again!!

  16. Elaine May 2, 2011 10:51 am edit

    I can picture the person saying that but for some reason I just can’t place that quote! Must be my age… ;-P

    I love to run to Lady Gaga songs, “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Glee songs, Brittany’s (yes, THAT Brittany) “Womanizer”…

  17. Kami May 2, 2011 12:20 pm edit

    Yay for you being able to run again!

    I have terrible running music on my ipod! I have it on, but don’t pay attention to it when I run, instead I keep a constant plea in my head to keep going, you are doing it, keep going, you are going to meet your goal time.

    It’s scary in my head, yes!

  18. Danica May 2, 2011 12:29 pm edit

    I was just wishing for a good work out play list myself.
    Not that I’m running 10k (!!!) or anything like that. You go girl!

  19. Kerri Anne May 2, 2011 2:02 pm edit

    Ooh, I LOVE talking running playlists.

    OK, so here is the bulk of the list I’ve been most recently rocking (though I’m admittedly about due for my own playlist overhaul):

    Bills, Bills, Bills (Glee version)
    Grenade (Bruno Mars; I couldn’t help myself. It makes me laugh so hard.)
    When I Grow Up (Pussycat Dolls)
    When I Get You Alone (Glee version)
    Club Can’t Handle Me Right Now (From Step Up 3D; one of my favorites!)
    Let’s Get Retarded (Black Eyed Peas; this is sort of my power song.)
    This is the Remix (Girl Talk)
    Crazy in Love (Jay-Z and Beyonce)
    4 Minutes (Justin Timberlake & Madonna)
    Little Lion Man & Roll Away Your Stone (Mumford & Sons)
    Dream On (Glee version)
    This Instant (from Step Up 3D)
    Sussudio (Yeah, Phil Collins!)
    Airplanes (B.O.B. Another guilty pleasure.)
    And Be Loved (From the Blue Crush soundtrack, awwh yeah.)
    Awake My Soul (Mumford & Sons)

    I also have Kings of Leon and some Ke$ha on there for good measure.

  20. mamalang May 3, 2011 6:51 am edit

    I have never been a runner. I only run when necessary (you know, things like bears or kids about to kill themselves), but I’ve always envied runners. I know, totally contradictory. But I love anything that might remind me or help me find new music!

    Good luck with the race!

  21. JoL - Amazon woman May 3, 2011 7:12 am edit

    YAY for 10k training! I ran my first last year, and felt sooooo good! I have yet to find my running mojo this year, but am working on it (I am sure the 99 degree weather + humidity/heat index doesn’t help…..)
    some faves off of my 10k play list:
    Bruce Springsteen
    Foo Fighters – pick & choose; be careful! some are just TOO slow & melodic
    Kings of Leon
    Mumford & Sons – another pick & choose
    the White Stripes
    Black Joe Lewis – can NEVER sit still while any of their stuff is on, running or not running; I am sure my office mates just *love* it when I listen to them at work

  22. hillary May 3, 2011 9:27 am edit

    go here:
    and download the Girl Talk album (free download!)
    It’s my “cleaning the condo whilst shaking my huge pregnant bum” soundtrack.

  23. Mrs. Wilson May 3, 2011 10:56 am edit

    I never listen to music when I run because I’m too paranoid of not being able to hear what is around me. And when I used to run in Regina, I ran around the lake and LIKED listening to the lake sounds.

    But, that being said, the odd time I did listen to music, it was usually of the Glee variety. :)

  24. jenn May 3, 2011 12:59 pm edit

    Download podcasts from Lively long podcasts, and you never know what to expect!

  25. Tannis May 9, 2011 8:25 pm edit

    I’m really liking these 4 mixes, they’re each about an hour long:

    The only thing is they download as a single file so you can’t skip the ones you don’t like as much!

    There’s also this Subway one, I think it’s the one that hasn’t been previously linked to – it’s longer.

    I didn’t like this one as much but it’s another free biggest loser soundtrack.

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