Best Songs for Running
My Best (Favorite) Songs for Running on the Treadmill (or Road)
I find that I actually run more easily AND faster if I have an upbeat, fast-moving song playing on my iPod while I run. After a while though you get tired of listening to the same songs. Since I'm always looking for good running songs, I thought I would share the ones on my iPod Playlist. These help me run FAST!. Do you have some favorite running songs? If so, PLEASE add a comment below (you don't need a userid to comment). Thanks in advance.
I also tossed in what works for me overall in terms of getting motivated to run. That first step is the hardest!
And thanks to Michal Zacharzewski, on sxc.hu for providing his nice running silhouettes!
Best Songs for Running Fast - Songs to Run to, On or Off the Treadmill
Have a listen to these songs HERE.... Click the arrow to start! You don't have to listen to them all.
Now vote up or down (in the list below) which ones you like and think would make good running songs.
Add suggestions further down the page and I'll try them out -- both to run to and to see what other runners think!
Together we'll create the greatest running song list ever!
How I Get Motivated to Run
Even on a Treadmill
My favorite way to get inspired to run is to have a friend to go with. Once I've agreed to run with someone, I absolutely do it. Secondly, I'm a running talker (people sometimes say a bit TOO much of a talker) and the time just goes faster when I'm having a chat with a friend.
BUT... what to do when your schedule doesn't allow you to have a running buddy (or you don't know anyone who is interested in going or going at your pace).
The bargain I strike with myself is that I will run at least one mile. After that I can stop without apology. Usually what happens is that when I hit the mile mark I opt to go further. Occasionally because of time or I'm just not into it that day, I only go a mile. But, going one mile almost every day is a huge health boost, both for the mental/emotional boost I get and the metabolism kick
What's your favorite way to get motivated to run?
Great Movies to Watch While Running on Treadmill
If you are lucky enough to have a setup where you can put a movie on to watch while you run on a treadmill, then these are what I recommend. You'll see they are not all "running movies", but they all have a sports theme and should get you motivated. And I just realized, all are based on true stories.
The scenes of Billy Mills running the Olympic 10K are fantastic. Tell me you don't run a PR while watching it!
Fantastic movie. I watched it the other day and had forgotten just how good this one is.
Do you believe??
Sometimes in little-known places great things happen
You have to believe in yourself before you can expect others too
Great Running Video
If you STILL need inspiration to go for a run today, watch Billy Mills run the Olympic 10K (1964 Tokyo Olympics) Or Dave Wottle in the 800 meters (1972 Munich Olympics)
Make Running and Listening to Music Even Better - Cool Watch Let's You Control Your iPod without Stopping Running
My husband gave me one of these watches -- Timex Ironman IControl for iPod and they are awesome. Basically you put a little gizmo (okay it's a remote control) into the bottom of the iPod. When I say little, it is about a half-inch or so square. Then when you run and you are listening to a playlist, just bump the button on one side of your watch to skip a song (you know how some days a certain song just isn't what you wanted to hear). Or if you have a song that you are TOTALLY into and your suddenly flying along.... well just hit the button on the other side of the watch and it will replay. You can keep RUNNING, yeah!
Ever have traffic pick up and now you can't hear your songs that well? Another button bump and you turn the volume up. And still you run on.... Well I hope you get the idea.
My husband bought me this and I love him dearly for it. But I liked it so much I've gotten ones for my kids (I know, you can't believe I'm that old). You can save quite a bit buying one off Ebay (since I think the list price is about $100), but I would only buy new and from someone with a good rating.
Young Woman Prepares for Jogging
How Often Are You Running?
How Many Times a Week Do You Usually Run?
Reader Suggested Running Song
So I looked up the Horace Manner Runner song. Here's a YouTube video of it. Enjoy!
End of Best Running Song Information, But....
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end
If you liked this page, I invite you to visit another one I created, also about running. Such as, Best Stopwatch for Running
Tell me what you find to be the best song to listen to while running and why you love it so much. Just list the artist and song name. No need to link to it. I took out the ability to add HTML here, to avoid SPAM. But periodically I'll add other folks suggestions to the lists on this page.