20 June 2011

Pump Up The Jam(s)

We are back from our vacation in Cape Cod with my parents.  We had a great time and even though traveling with kids hardly counts as "down-time" I am feeling pretty re-charged.   Part of this new motivation will hopefully be more blogging, but I am even more committed to getting back into the running.  While I am still getting on the treadmill a few times a week, I am starting to miss doing it and making progress so I am re-committing myself to my goal of going longer/faster.  Basically I plan to do half an hour a day (the most I can realistically do right now) and just push myself to go farther in that time each day.  

A key component of these runs is the soundtrack.  Somehow the right music, at the right time, can change a sucky run into a perfect candidate for an cheery 80s workout montage.  My parents are generously sponsoring me in getting a new iPod for my birthday (my phone does music, but for a litany of reasons, it is less than ideal) so I must build a few running playlists. 

These are my current favorites to get my buns moving*....please chime in with your favorite workout music too!
  • Down by Jay Sean
  • Check It Out by Nicki Minaj and Will.I.Am
  • Sandstorm by Darude
  • Sexy Bitch/Chick by David Guetta
  • Right Round by Flo Rida
  • Taio Cruz (pretty much anything he does)
  • Evacuate the Dance Floor by Cascada
  • All The Things She Said by t.A.t.U.
  • Bulletproof by LaRoux
  • You're So Vain by Carly Simon
  • Don't Stop Believing by Journey (or the Glee kids)
  • Bad Romance/Poker Face by Lady Gaga
  • Forever by Chris Brown (I know, straight to hell foe this one.)
  • If U Seek Amy/ Dance Until The World Ends by Britney Spears
  • I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry
There are many more, and I am loving Pandora for a nice "random" generation of music that keeps me going, but these are the songs that, for now, always make me feel like I have one more sprint/mile/lap in me after all.

*DISCLAIMER: I have genuinely awful taste in music.  I have accepted this as a "quirk" instead of a "flaw," lets just roll with it okay?


ChiGirl said...

LOVE the playlist. Bubblegum pop and other crappy music is one of life's pleasures. No one should judge! I say you need some Black Eyed Peas and some Backstreet Boys ;-) I also like Stronger by Kanye.

Alexis said...

@ChiGirl Backstreet Boys! How could I forget that golden work-out montage opportunity! Adding them to the list :)

Ginger said...

Two of my favorites for running:
Such Great Heights by the Postal Service (really, really RUNNING, because of the tempo)
Pop by NSync (it's a little slower tempo, so good for slowing things down).