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Running Playlist - My Motivational Music

Updated on September 11, 2014

It is More Fun to Run to Music!

Running with music helps me train better and I really depend on my iPod playlist to motivate me! My iPod froze at the start of my first half marathon, which was pretty horrible - so I soaked up the atmosphere instead, and discovered I can run without music if I had to! But I do run better with it.

The beats per minute in a song can help you maintain your pace, speed you up or keep you steady. The idea is that if you run 150 steps per minute (10 minute mile) whilst listening to a song at 150 beats per minute - this will motivate you to stay at this pace. The faster you want to go, the higher the beats per minute. Most runners like to run to music between 150 to 175 beats per minute.

I am so glad iPods have been invented; it must have been very difficult running with a walkman or CD player! We can now easily put together a playlist of perfect tunes to suit any run, long or short. I am constantly adding to my iPod running music and have songs to suit any type of run. This is a list of some of my favorite music to run to.

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My Running Music

"Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow." - Henry David Thoreau

Everyone has different music tastes and I have spent a lot of time finding tracks that are perfect for me to run to from iTunes. I now have hundreds of songs that I use for all types of runs, and the tracks below are some of my iPod favourites.

Warning! Some of these songs are pretty cheesy 80's and 90's hip hop and dance, but all have a good beat and will certainly motivate you to run your best!

Warming Up....Music to Jog to

These are great songs to warm up to, with slow steady beats

I always find it really hard for the first 5 minutes of my run, I just don't want to do it and am feel pretty unmotivated. So I like to listen to a tune with a steady beat and lyrics that will get me thinking " I can do this!"

Snap - The Power. The superb "running man" dance moves in this are sure to inspire you!

En Vogue - Free Your Mind

Jesus Walks - Kanye West

Dr Dre - The Next Episode

Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson

iPod Running Playlist - Mid Run - Tackling that hill, setting a steady pace or a bit of speed training!

When I have to dig deep on my run, I will always listen to Eminem's "Lose Yourself as it never fails to power me through mid run when the going gets tough, it has a great steady beat and strong aggressive lyrics. Hip Hop and rap can either be fun (like MC Hammer) or aggressive and powerful, both perfect for running. I really love the upbeat feel of early 90's dance music, it's fun, kitsch and get really help you pick up your pace too!

Lose Yourself - Eminem

Pump Up the Jam - Technotronic

Party Starter - Will Smith

Don't Stop the Music - Rhianna

Push it - Salt-N-Pepa

It's Like That - Run DMC vs. Jason Nevis

Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C&C Music Factory

Music to Finish My Run to

A mixture of feel good songs to put a smile on my face at the end of my run!

When I am hot, sweaty and tired I need a tune that will put some energy back into my legs and a grin to my face! It's always good to end a workout on a positive note, however much it hurts! And what run would be complete without the Rocky Soundtrack - Eye of the Tiger?

Fame - Irene Cara

Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon

U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer

Rocky - The Theme Tune

Need More Information about Running to Music? - Websites dedicated to playlists for running

Three brilliant websites to help you measure the beats per minute to match your running cadence and to give you some more ideas on great music to run your best to.

Do You Listen To Music When You Run?

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    • jimconrad2 profile image


      4 years ago

      When I was distance running 10 years ago, my playlists were from the 80's. I miss running.

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      Tom Maybrier 

      5 years ago

      It's essential! Loved your picks, especially Snap, Blackstreet and En Vouge!

    • coolaunt profile image


      5 years ago

      I actually did used to run with those discmans and what a load they were so I absolutely cherish my ipod now. I could not run without music. Good lens. Good music.

    • ruth-williams lm profile image

      ruth-williams lm 

      6 years ago

      I definitely need music to work out too, especially when I run! I personally make sure my playlist uses songs with a similar and consistent beat. This helps me keep the same pace when I'm working out. I find if the music speeds up I run harder and tire myself out. Likewise if it's too slow I slow down and end up at walking pace haha!

    • erickurniawan profile image


      6 years ago

      What a great songs you have.. Beautiful Lens.. Thanks for sharing..

      Motivational Songs

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      6 years ago

      I have music that I listen to when walking. You can choose two speeds and I find them very helpful.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana

      I used to listen music when i was regularly jogging, but when I started to prepare for marathon i found out it is easier for me to listen my breathing. I think listening music can add to relaxation and it is great when you are running just for fun, but on more 'serious days' when I was using stop watch, it wasn't best for me.

      Thumbs up!

    • Thrinsdream profile image


      6 years ago

      Brilliant play list, Flo Rida, Darude and snap are on mine too! Good one. Keep on running! With thanks and apreciation. Cathi x

    • DatDudeMtl profile image


      6 years ago

      Great choice of workout music. Here is one of my favorite tunes:

    • coolgrey profile image


      7 years ago

      Wonder if they make music to run to for seniors..Cheers!

    • bames24 lm profile image

      bames24 lm 

      7 years ago

      I am afraid I don't run... I love music though :)

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      7 years ago

      Liked some of the songs, so I created a running / workout playlist on jampri. If you can add more songs to it, I would be very happy. I need a 2.5 hrs playlist for once a week workout on Sundays.

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      7 years ago

      Yes! I love listening to my ipod when I run but I also listen to Steve Runners podcast Phidippedations when I run it is very inspiring! Great lens!

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      7 years ago

      I don't really run anymore because it hurts my knees but I do enjoy good workout music. It really helps get you moving and feeling great. Wonderful lens with lots of great music choices.

    • pheonix76 profile image


      7 years ago from WNY

      Great lens!! I love running too (although I don't think I'll ever run in a marathon!), and cannot do any strenuous exercise without my iPod. I also run to Eminem's Lose Yourself, in fact, I have it repeat several times throughout my run playlists. :D

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      7 years ago

      When I'm involved in a strenuous activity such as running, cycling, or gym training I like to spice it up with music that will boost my stamina in the moments of weakness and push me to go an extra mile or couple of reps more. I usually go with a harder sound like Disturbed or Sevendust.

    • Glenn619 profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice collection i usually love songs with immense energy in them while running

    • ChrissLJ profile image


      7 years ago

      Self magazine put out a runner's CD about 5 years ago that I used to love. I somehow lost it, but have found Abba is a great substitute. Most of their songs have the strong fast beat that encourages a faster pace.

    • BruceBuss profile image


      7 years ago

      Yes, I have to have my music when I run. I like oldies so I love listening to Foreigner when I run.

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      7 years ago

      LOVEEEE YOUR LISTS!!! some of these tracks are on my own running lists.

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      7 years ago

      im a runner myself and i find music right what's needed for good exercise process!

    • spritequeen lm profile image

      spritequeen lm 

      8 years ago

      Well, I don't run, but I DO exercise, and this is GREAT!! Thanks for sharing!

    • BetsiGoutal1 profile image


      8 years ago

      Fabulous lens, really well put together! Have you thought about adding a few more songs to the mid run section? Generally one wants more of those than warm-up and cool down. :)

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      Liz Mackay 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I don't run!! What a clever idea for a lens with so many ideas for people to copy

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      Mickie Goad 

      8 years ago

      I really like your play lists--especially the fact that you have warm ups, and cool downs!

    • NickOng profile image


      8 years ago

      hey thanks for the lens! i love running too and will definitely listen to some of these great songs like Kings of Leon!

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      8 years ago

      Love new workout music - try tis with great beats at the right walking tempo AND motivating lyrics that'll keep you on track all day.

      by Marina Kamen at

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      Sherry Venegas 

      8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I spent a whole year listening to Rakhmaninov Symphony No.1 about three times a week for my 45 minute walk. All the endings, high points and melodies matched the up and downs of the hilly route I took. Ha, he wrote that Symphony at age 19. He was coming of age, as in your other lens. He was embarrassed by the work because reviews said it was bombastic.

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      8 years ago

      Music helps a lot for housework too. Oh that MC Hammer. I remember when I could do that dance. . . LOL

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      8 years ago

      Music sure helps during the running or walking.

    • LadyFlashman profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      @smange lm: Yes you should, that would be brilliant! I was running to "I am so excited" by the Pointer Sisters this morning, nothing like a bit of disco to get the legs moving!

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      smange lm 

      8 years ago

      My running playlist has lots of techno and 70s disco in it. Maybe I should write a complementary lens. :)

    • justholidays profile image


      8 years ago

      I don't run nor like any kind of sport but definitely think this page is interesting.


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      Cynthia Arre 

      8 years ago from Quezon City

      I will check out your music selections later but in the meantime, I just want to say that I like the way you put this lens together! Music is really motivational, I never leave my iPod at home whenever I go for a run. (:

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      What a great idea for a Squidoo lens. Music can be very motivational.

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      8 years ago

      Very interesting niche lens! I do believe that music can have a powerful impact on performance as well as stress-reduction. 5*

    • delia-delia profile image


      8 years ago

      you did a great job...very nice lens...5*...

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      8 years ago

      This is a very nice lens. You've done a great job. 5*

    • LadyFlashman profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Ramkitten2000: Thank you so much for your comment, my very first ever! I hope you take up running again, it really is great with music! The module I used was New itunes. Thanks again!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      The whole time I was training for and running my first half- and full-marathons (which were my first AND, so far, last), I never listened to music. But if I decide to take up running again, I definitely will. And, by the way, I like that module you used for the play list. I have over 100 lenses, and I've not tried that yet. Hm, gonna have to figure out how you did that!


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