Saturday, February 1, 2014

Running Songs for Beginners

So last year I did a few 5k's so now I'm working toward a 10K. I'm running my first one in June and can't believe how hard it is to make the switch from running 3 miles to running 6! Taking basically all of December off probably didn't help things much either :/

Anyway, as I've been getting going again I've been collecting fun songs to listen to/work out to and I thought I'd share some.  Some of these songs have quick tempos but for the most part they are songs with a really strong beat that helps me keep on pace.  I try to average about a 12 minute pace which means that sometimes I'm running at a 10 min. pace and sometimes I'm walking at a 14 min. pace.  In an ideal world I would just jog the whole thing straight through but I'm not there yet.

My friend Angela and I have been running together for about the last 4 months. I worked my way through a couch to 5K program which was great but never really helped with my speed. (My average is 39 min.)  That worked fine for the 5K but now that we are working toward the 10K I really want to focus on speed as well as endurance.  So we've recently started running 2 minutes, walking 1 minute, running 2, walking1, etc. It feels a lot harder and I was pleasantly surprised that it shaved 3 minutes off my time!

Anyway, this playlist has been great to get me through the walking/running process. Some are fast and some are slow but they all motivate me and help pass the time! This list straight through gives you just over an hour of music. I'm no expert on running but I'm giving it a shot. You can too! Give some of these songs a try and see what you think.

1) The Distance by Cake
2) My Songs Know What you Did in the Dark (Light Em UP) by Fallout Boy
3) Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler
4) Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
5) Dance, Dance by Fall Out Boy
6) Can't Stop Partying by Weezer (edited version)
7) Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
8) Everybody Talks by Neon Trees
9) Smooth Criminal by Alien Ant Farm
10) The Middle by Jimmy Eat World
11) Any Way You Want It by Journey
12) (If you're Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To by Weezer
13) Why Pt. 2 by Collective Soul
14) Come Original by 311
15) 50 Ways to Say Goodbye by Train
16) Elevation by U2
17) Roar by Katy Perry


  1. Okay, Julia -- I looked up this post because I am looking for songs to listen to as I run MY FIRST EVER 5K RACE ON SATURDAY!!

    I just downloaded Kelly Clarkson's Stronger (I have a couple of her songs on my running playlist already, so thanks for this suggestion!) And I have Why Pt. 2 and The Middle on my list, too!

    Here are some others I like:
    - Shine by Owl City
    - When Can I See You Again by Owl City
    - Counting Stars by One Republic
    - I Want It All from the HSM3 soundtrack (oh yes)
    - Breakthrough by Lemonade Mouth (um, this is from another Disney Channel movie -- I know; I'm a dork)
    - On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons (trying to redeem my dorkiness by picking an alt band's cheesiest, cheeriest song, haha)

    1. Yay! I just saw this comment! I'm so proud of you. Sounds like you did awesome! I seriously think you are probably faster than me we should totally pick a race to do together in the future before you leave me in the dust! :) I bet there are a bunch up by you guys :) Alex and I just downloaded a bunch of new music to my phone for the 10K next month so I'll have to post my new music list on here soon! I had just been listening to my old one still and was getting a little bored! Changing up my music helps me so much! Also, I'm totally going to add that high school musical song to my list! Such a good idea...I bet there are a bunch from those movies that would be fun to run to!

  2. You should totally do that post! I want to know what you're listening to now!

    And it would be fun to run together! Maybe we can when we are in UT together.. but yes, as for races, there is one somewhere almost every weekend here in CO. I am thinking of running one in mid-August that's here in town! I usually run alone and I am glad I did the first race by myself but I also thought, as I was running, how much fun it looked like others were having as they ran with friends.

    So excited for you and your 10K! I think I will get there someday -- but for now I am firmly in 5K territory!