Workout Recap & Songs From The Week


How do you handle the music you listen to during your runs?

If you listen to music at all.

I have a playlist but I reserve it for special occasions like races and really tough runs (mentally and/or physically) in order to give myself a boost of inspiration when I need it.

I also like to have a list that doesn’t make me want to constantly change the song (terrible habit of mine since I was a kid).

I hold a select group of songs dear to my heart and because I refuse to let them burn out, each time I hear them, I feel the rush of energy captured in my memory from a race or from another moment in my life that made me really happy.

For routine runs, I mostly listen to Pandora which means I am exposed to a wide variety of songs – some of which I can’t stand (and then I start flipping stations and pressing the thumb button) but sometimes I get some great songs  and I discover music I love to run to and on occasion, then add to my playlist.

In fact, sometimes I find that I don’t need the fast, upbeat music which you would normally associate with running. You may be surprised what the slower songs do for you mentally which plays out physically.

Over the past week, I decided to pick a song from each workout that I heard which I liked enough to tell you about.

Maybe it will be a song you want to add to your list.

weekly workout recap



35 Minute Mile High Pure Barre DVD & 6.30 Miles

Today’s favorite song: What A Feeling from the movie Flashdance

what a feeling

Loved that movie!

I could tell you my average pace here but it really doesn’t give you the whole story so instead I will give you my splits just so you can see that my runs can be all over the place:

  • Mile 1 – 9:09
  • Mile 2 – 8:47
  • Mile 3 – 9:30
  • Mile 4 – 9:06
  • Mile 5 – 8:36
  • Mile 6 – 8:35

I can’t explain how I jumped up to 9:30 but if I had to guess, I was probably busy changing Pandora stations.




7 Easy Miles

Today’s favorite song: Poison by Bel Biv Devoe


Pandora kept shutting off but in between frustrating me, I was dancing to Poison as if I were still in seventh grade and pointing my fingers with that tapping beat probably looking a bit foolish.



45 Minute Pure Barre Studio Series DVD & 6.2 Miles

I had never heard this song before but a few words in, I was hooked and giggling.


At first I was crying, And then I got mad and I started buying, Feels good, swiping your visa, Louis, Gucci, flight to Ibiza….

6 miles  =  1 mile warm up -> 3 miles @ 8:00 -> 1 mile @ 8:30 -> 1.2 miles easy



35 Minute Pure Barre Mile High Series & 6 Easy Miles

I was listening to the Pitbull Pandora station yet somehow I got one of my favorite songs ever:

i dont wanna live without your love

Don’t ask me how I ended up with a classic love song but I will take it.




I changed the sheets and went to the gym.

I have a California king bed. Just getting the entire comforter off so that I can figure out how to get the sheets on in the right direction (because I never can on the first try) and making it all look nice is a workout in my book.

In the gym:

20 Minutes Elliptical ->Free Weights (biceps, triceps) – > 25 minutes back on the elliptical

Favorite song of the day:

living in new york city

One of my new favorites and may actually make it to my race playlist.



15 Miles?

There’s a question mark to the miles because my phone experienced hypothermia again. I wasn’t even cold (they tell me that the real feel temperature was 8 degrees) but clearly my phone couldn’t handle it.

I was holding steady at an 8:47 pace for nine miles when the phone got too cold and shut down on me. I had an idea of what time it was so I just ran what I think was another six miles.

Other than my phone not being reliable and having too many miles of listening only to my thoughts, it was a great run.

Favorite song before the phone died:

love somebody

Still one of my favorites from my favorite summer of 2013.


Pure Barre Studio Series DVD

I didn’t listen to Pandora today but here’s an honorable mention from the week:


Life tip: No one is keeping you hanging on — you are keeping yourself hanging on.

You are in charge of yourself and the situations you allow yourself to be in. You can let go whenever you feel like it.


Do you have a system with your music and playlists?

Favorite Pandora station?

Do you count changing sheets as a workout?


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  1. says

    Ever since I stopped listening to music while I run outside I appreciate it even more when I get to listen to it if I run on the treadmill. I will also play either my iTunes playlist or pandora while I am blogging sometimes. I love the Billy Joel pandora station.
    And I am pretty sure my phone died on hypothermia on my run yesterday but I didn’t even think it was that cold out!
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  2. says

    Not a fan of changing the sheets in the least. I don’t know what it is, but I can never seem to find a fitted sheet that actually -fits-… most of mine end up a tad too small and I can’t get one of the corners down completely. Either that or I’m just doing it wrong. And I usually only use music if I’m running inside. When I’m out, I prefer to hear what’s going on around me.
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  3. says

    Yes! I have so, so, SO, SO SO SO many great running songs. I’ll write a post about it soon because I need to share them with the world! But you know what I’ve been doing lately? Listening to audiobooks. I’ve always been an avid reader but lately, with so many kids and such an insane life I haven’t been able to read much anymore. Listening to them isn’t the same, but it’s better that nothing. The last one I “read” and loved was Amanda Palmer’s “The Art of Asking.” Amazing.
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