Fresh Beatz for Your Feetz

By on 6 February, 2015 in Meg Lewis, Music with 0 Comments
Photo by Kekka

Photo by Kekka

Most runners love a good playlist. There are some who believe listening to the meditative pattern of breath and footsteps, unimpeded by bumping bass, is more virtuous. Personally, I find value in both.

It must be a scientifically proven fact, however, that music can help us hold a pace, energize and motivate us, and perhaps most importantly, help new runners fight boredom on the road. Optimizing a playlist around the phases of your run can be both challenging and entertaining, if you’re an obsessive music fan and/or list maker. Luckily for you, dear reader, I am both.

Behold the MMLRunningList on Spotify (note: you must have a free Spotify account to listen). One hour and one minute of music of various genres and styles to lead you from stretching to warm up, to speed workout and back to cool down and stretch.

Here’s your guide to best use of this magnificent collection.

Finally Moving by Pretty Lights
Take a deep breath, put a slight bend in your knees and hinge at the hips to fold over and stretch those hamstrings while a chill beat gets your hips swaying back and forth. This track will get you through those lunges and quad stretches and even out on the first few steps of the run.

Ali in the Jungle by The Hours
The first line of this tune is “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.” The whole song is about conquering challenges. The beat is steady and the instrumentation builds as the song goes on. It’s the perfect way to set your intention at the start of a run.

Some Chords by deadmau5
Now that you’ve got your mind right, it’s time to lock into the zone and start this workout. The intro to the track is short, but suggests an epic adventure is about to begin. The electronic beat and pulse quickly helps you focus without thinking about keeping steady pace. It’s a little over 7 minutes long, too which will help pass the time during the challenging first couple of mile or so.

You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates
That last one was a little intense, so lets lighten up a bit with this bouncy, fun 80s hit. I dare you not to smile while when this starts.

6 Foot 7 Foot by Lil Wayne
OK, back to business. You’re probably finishing your second mile during this song. You need to dig in and open up another cylinder. It’s repetitive in a good way and Lil Wayne’s swagger will help you recover from that embarrassing Hall and Oates moment you just guiltily enjoyed.

GDFR by Flo Rida
The acronym in the title stands for “Going Down For Real” and that’s what’s happening on this run right now. Get excited. The work is about to happen.

Work B**ch by Britney Spears
There’s no way around it – looking good/getting healthy is hard work. Engage that core. Shoulders back, chest slightly forward. Eyes up. Forefoot. Lengthen that stride. It’s only 4 minutes and 8 seconds long. Give it all you’ve got!

Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi
You’ve probably completed three miles now. You are in the pursuit of happiness my friend. You’re living THE LIFE. Keep moving. Don’t stop.

On to the Next One by Beyonce’s Husband (Jay Z)
There are two kinds of runners in this world. The kind who run to Bey and the kind who run to her husband. You just became the cooler one.

Heavy Crown by Iggy Azalea
Yeah, the hardest part is over. The pace is slowing a bit. Did someone, maybe the voice in your head, suggest that you might not KILL THIS RUN? Oh Lord, weren’t you mistaken!?!

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Ok, this is a bit cheesy, but we’re just burning off those last fumes now and you know you love the Boss. Sing along – you can catch your breath now.

Bang Bang Bang by Mark Ronson
Slow down a bit, but don’t quit. Keep bang, bang, banging those miles out. You’re probably around 4 or 5 now, right?

i by Kendrick Lamar
Bring it on in, now. Celebrate yourself and those fantastic gams that have carried you over the streets today. Better yet, that strong, determined mind of yours that kept you going. No shame in saying it – love yourself!

Run On by Moby
It’s time to bring this to a close. Take some deep breaths. Stretch those hamstrings and your lower back. Saunter back to the car or your door knowing you’ll be running on for a long, long time.

So there is my perfect running list. What’s your favorite jam to run to?

Meg Lewis is a runner and cupcake baker who lives the loft life in Downtown Montgomery. She regularly makes her rounds through downtown and midtown Montgomery evaluating the beer selections, live musical performances and the social atmosphere of local establishments in the company of a small and close-knit group of fabulous people.

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