One way to keep your run interesting is through a curated playlist design to help you want to keep moving those feet and pumping those arms. I usually keep more than one playlist so I don’t get bored listening to the same songs over and over again. Here are a few ideas on how to use your running playlists as motivational tools and to keep them interesting.
Movie Soundtrack Playlist
For most of 2019, my most often played playlist was really just the entire Spiderman Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack with a couple Black Panther soundtrack songs. Full disclosure, many of those songs are still on my 2021 most used playlist. Superheroes and action scenes often inspire me to get moving. The soundtracks from these movies make great additions to any running playlist. If there is a movie with a character you physically admire, songs from the film might help you on those tough “don’t want to run” days.
Some of my favorites from the Spiderman Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack you might want to add to your playlist are Start a Riot by by Duckwrth and Shaboozey and Elevate by DJ Khalil featuring Denzel Curry, Cordae, SwaVay and Trevor Rich.
One song you might not have heard that I feel I must recommend is #1 Spice by HAB and Young Cardamom. It’s from Disney’s Queen of Katwe and is literally about salt (special salt from Lake Katwe to be exact). It makes me smile every time I hear it.
The Slow Easy Run Playlist
It’s really hard to run slow and easy when a fast and fun song comes on. It’s a good idea to make a playlist specifically for your slow and easy days with slower song speeds in mind. Just make sure the songs aren’t so slow they make you want to walk instead of run. It’s also a good idea to make sure the songs have similar tempos so you can keep an easy pace.
My song recommendation for this type of playlist is Power is Power by SZA, The Weeknd, and Travis Scott.
Song intervals can be really fun. Pick songs of varying tempos and try to include a good mix of both slow and fast songs. Run fast for the fast songs and slow down for the slow songs. You can do this in a structured way by creating a tempo pattern or hit shuffle and make it a fartlek run.
A fast song I would add to this playlist is Run the World (Girls) by Beyoncé. A slow song you could try adding is Dernière Danse by Indila.
Sing Along Playlist
If you have a really long run and you need some help to stay motivated, I highly recommend putting together a sing along playlist. You could add Disney movie soundtracks and musicals, or maybe your favorite karaoke jam. This type of playlist definitely helped me on some long runs when I was training for my first marathon. I should also explain that it did not embarrass me to be seen singing loudly (and badly) while running along the canal. If you are easily embarrassed, you can still sing in your head.
My song recommendation for this playlist is I’ll Make a Man Out of You from Disney’s Mulan.
It’s probably pretty obvious that most of my music recommendations come from movies and films. I would love to hear what you’re listening to on your run. Comment below and let me know on twitter or Instagram (@breOutside).