I need running tunes

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21:37 sunset
In two weeks I have to run a half marathon.  Actually, it’s only 20km but that’s far enough as far as I am concerned.  It will be my 5th appearance in the Klondike Road Relay from Skagway, AK to Whitehorse.
I used to sort of like running.  I got a sense of accomplishment out of it and I often felt good after a run.  These things do sometimes still happen but I spend more time not wanting to run than I do actually enjoying the after-effects.
I have been saying that this is my last year for the KRR.  I’m guessing that my friend Julie will try and hold me to that.  
In the meantime, I have rediscovered running with music and it seems to help.  I need to put together 2 hours and 15 minutes of awesome running tunes together.  Can you help?  I’ve got a few core tunes I’d like to include and yeah, they’re of the pop variety.  I’m definitely not into mellow yoga music while running (Ben is – isn’t that cah-rayzee?!).  So a couple of Lady Gaga’s tunes (Bad Romance is my fave), some Jay-Z (Empire State of Mind) and Jessie J (Price Tag).  Don’t Judge!  Music along the lines of The Be Good Tanyas (Light Enough to Travel) or The Killers (All These Things that I’ve Done) might also do the trick.  Can you help me come up with more.  Please?


  1. I'm obsessed with this Alice in Videoland song that was in Follow Me, called We Are Rebels. If this doesn't make you run faster there is something wrong with you.


  2. I don't listen to music while exercising these days, but I used to really love having Gnarls Barkley on. Also Beyonce's “Get Me Bodied.” Oh man and the current Robyn album. It's so good. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Also old Prince, the Ting Tings, the Gossip…I'm thinking of things that all have a great beat and are fun. HALL AND OATES. And I just got the current Fitz and the Tantrums album and it's great. Chaka Khan. Want me to keep going?

    If I can figure out a good place to put the stuff on the internets I could make you a mix, if you want.


  3. Fabulous! Thanks all!

    Niki – Land also suggested Pumped Up Kicks. Really like that tune!

    Tony – hmmm, me likely!

    Maven – bring on more, yes please! The only negative on that list for me was Hall & Oats. Not even sure why. could be the hair? Bad personal 80s memories? And I'm kind of out of love with Prince at the moment, but that's a me problem.


  4. I found you through Jill Homer's blog. I just ran a 16 mile trail race in the Alaska mountains and needed a little musical inspiration to really hammer it out. I also did the first leg of the Klondike Road Relay a few years ago – which leg are you doing? Here are a few of my favs:
    Stretch – Ryan Montbleau Band
    This is the Last Time – Keane
    Babylon of the Occident – The Shanghai Restoration Project
    Ragged Wood – Fleet Foxes
    Dog Days are Over – Florence & the Machine
    Not for Long – honeyhoney
    Your Rocky Spine (good for mountain running!)- Great Lakes Swimmers
    Janglin – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
    Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
    Truth – Alexander
    Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons
    Windows are Rolled Down – Amos Lee
    Between Two Lungs – Florence & the Machine
    Cosmic Love – Florence & the Machine
    Grown Ocean – Fleet Foxes
    Dig a Little Deeper – Peter Bjorn and John
    Good Life – One Republic
    Tiger Teeth – Paper Route
    You – Steve Martin and Dixie Chicks
    Run – Vampire Weekend


  5. Jenn

    You need
    Foster the People: Helena Beat
    Deathcabforcutie – you are a tourist
    MGMT – Electric Feel
    Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
    Young the Giant – my body
    The Stills – Im with you


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