on the road again…

Sooooo, my doctor gave me the go-ahead to start running again on Wednesday, which means I’m hitting the road tomorrow morning or um, maybe I went yesterday(OK, twice, because running through Millcreek on an almost Spring day is a long slow drink of happiness).

But since I’ll be struggling to keep up any sort of pace, I am in dire need of your help.

Tell me please, your favoritest, bestest, motivatingest workout song EVER(even better, your top 3) and I’ll make a downloadable playlist for all of us(not that I have any idea how to do that, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.)

Please, oh please.

xoxo, m

p.s. and though I do love me a good country tune, no Willie Nelson, please.

March 12, 2009
March 17, 2009



  1. Linkous

    March 15, 2009

    my best workout song was talking to YOU when we ran together :). I’ve never run as far before or since! Have fun on your runs–wish I lived down the street still 🙂

  2. Dave's World

    March 15, 2009

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  3. Dave's World

    March 15, 2009

    The best workout song is obviously “Yakety Sax.” It is the theme song to the old Benny Hill show. It might not seem very motivating, but if you ever watched the Benny Hill show, everyone always ran really fast when that song played

  4. Michelle

    March 16, 2009

    Yakety Sax! I had to go look that up. You crack me up, Dave!

  5. Tracy

    March 16, 2009

    YAY!!! I am so happy for you to be running again! That makes me smile. Sorry, no help with songs from this runner – I am an avid one, but have never been able to listen to music whilst running. My crazy mind is too loud.

  6. Nina

    March 16, 2009

    hmmm I have a ton:
    but…lets see
    Christian A. ain’t no other man, fighter and beautiful
    Complicated Avril Lavigne
    Chris Cox Megamix by britney spears
    Cha Cha by Chelo
    tubthumping chumbawamba
    oh la la goldfrapp
    mostly anything (that’s not a song that means mostly any of her songs) by p!nk

    most aren’t super fast but neither is my “running” which is more like plodding heavily 🙂

  7. Nina

    March 16, 2009

    that’s christina not christian and I can’t spell her last name – aguilair?

  8. Shelah

    March 16, 2009

    Oh woman, I am SO happy for you!!!

    Wanna run together when we’re neighbors?

    I love Saul Williams’s List of Demands. And (of course) the soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire.

  9. Heather

    March 16, 2009

    “Ain’t Nothing Gonna Break My Stride”
    Was the favorite song of my high school cross country team. Now I am homesick for Utah thinking about running through Millcreek Canyon. I am so happy for you that the doctor let you run again.

  10. Blue

    March 16, 2009

    Here’s my running CD…made by my sister for me to train for my 1st 1/2. Might be some good ones here. I particularly like I Run For Life…so inspiring. ♥

    Running – no doubt
    Breathe In – Frou Frou
    Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
    Butterflies and Hurricanes – Muse
    Starlight – Muse
    First Time – Lifehouse
    Can’t Stop Loving You – Van Halen
    Don’t Get Me Wrong – The Pretenders
    All I Need – Matchbox 20
    You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby – The Smiths
    Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
    Take Me Away – Lifehouse
    Run Run Away – Slade
    Run Away – Real McCoy
    Out Of Breath – Lifehouse
    Sister Christian – Night Ranger
    I Run For Life – Melissa Etheridge
    Run – Addison Road
    59th Street Bridge – Simon & Garfunkel
    Who Wants To Race Me – Sponge Bob Square Pants

  11. Selwyn

    March 16, 2009

    If you are cranky when you head out on your run, try “Hate On Me” by Jill Scott (great to get your angst out really quickly!).

    If you want a gradual build up, no lyrics, any of the Metamorphisis by Phillip Glass. (If you watch Battlestar, you’ll recognise it)

    World style:
    Life Begin Again (Afro Celt Sound System w. Robert Plant)
    Mambo Italiano (Drive Shaft)
    Beware the Boys (Panjabi MC – “Stick It” soundtrack)
    Treaty – Yothu Yindi

    Groovy Style:
    Request Line (Macy Gray/Blackeyed Peas)
    Excalibur (F.C.B – early techno from famous opera I keep forgetting the name of!)
    Dirty Harry (Gorillaz)
    Black Betty (Spiderbait)
    Rush (Big Audio Dynamite)
    The Power (Snap)
    Stronger (Christina Ag-a-leer-ra)
    The Puppini Sisters have some groovy songs too, lots of different tempo’s as well to suit your running style!

    Great for cool down – The Crowd by The Cat Empire (Aussie band that is excellent!!!!)

    Run run run is fun fun fun!

  12. LadyK

    March 16, 2009

    Favorite work out songs and other suggestions:
    1) Total Eclipse of the Heart (there’s a club/mix version with heavy beats that gets me energized, but the regular version does the job)
    2) I Will Survive
    3) I can only imagine – Wynonna (for the warm up/cool down)
    4) Chasing Pavement – Adele 19
    5) So What – Seriously, anything by P!NK
    6) Mary Jane Shoes – Fergie (1 F word, try to find the clean version )
    7) Pat Benatar stuff
    8) Beautiful Girl -INXS (It’s short but it makes you feel beautiful)
    9) Everything to Everyone/Anabella’s Song/Wonderful/Learning how to smile/Brown Eyed Girl – Everclear
    11) The sound of pulling heaven down – Blue October (if you like Angst music most of they’re stuff is good)
    12) And of course… Eye of the Tiger

  13. Chelle

    March 16, 2009


    I am not going to give you any song suggestions, even better…

    I am going to run with you and SING to you!

    HA! (okay, maybe we can just talk)

    It’s too early to call you, but HOORAY! I was going to call and complain to you yesterday that I am dissatisfied with the lack of time that we are spending together these days. We’ve gotta get back on the road early morning! : )

    Pipeline trail…get ready!


  14. Mitchell Family

    March 16, 2009

    My favorite running up a big hill song is The Scientist by Coldplay. It’s kind of slow and steady and I like the lyrics, “No one said it would be easy, no one said it would be so hard.” And right in the middle the drums come in and the beat picks up and I surge up the hill. Actually, if I hear it while I’m doing dishes, I long for a big long hill to run up, sick but true. I can’t wait to run with you in April. Ruth

  15. martha corinna

    March 16, 2009

    Dang, I was totally going to suggest some Willey.

    I’m so glad, running is such a blessing. And,I’m not sure if you were kidding but I was totally being sarcastic about being a fast runner. I haven’t been a fast runner since I was 17. But we should meet up for a race.

  16. Sara Jane

    March 16, 2009

    Hey Ya by Outkast.

    Under Pressure David Bowie
    Fidelity Regina Spector
    Bleeding Love Leona Lewis

    I have other Rap/ Hip Hop things I like, but most people don’t tend to like that kind of thing. I was raised in Alabama so that is what I grew up listening to.

  17. Linn

    March 17, 2009

    Okay, here are just a few of my running songs.

    If I had $1,000,000 (Barenaked Ladies)
    Mayberry (Rascal Flatts)
    The Scientist (Coldplay)
    You Wear Flowers (Peter Breinholt)
    Where the Streets Have No Name (U2)

    That last one will get you running insanely fast. Even whimpy me runs like a crazy woman when this comes on.

  18. Alyson (New England Living)

    March 17, 2009

    Anything by Andy Partridge. Anything by that guy seriously puts me in a bouncy, happy mood.

  19. Coach A.

    March 17, 2009

    Wow! Sooooo many tunes to choose from!! Just a couple for starters…

    Good warm-up song LOL:
    “When I Get Where I’m Going”
    – Brad Paisley

    Zippy mid-workout song:
    “Keep on Shining”- Natalie Grant

    Have fun!!
    Cuz’n A.

  20. Coach A.

    March 17, 2009

    Here’s the ULTIMATE…[heh heh]

  21. Michelle

    March 17, 2009

    ooh, these are fabulous suggestions… so many songs I’d never heard of. Thank you!

  22. Michelle

    March 17, 2009

    Ok, twenty $$ later….thank you so much. I can hardly wait to urn with all my new tunes. And who knew my sister was a Coldplay fan?

  23. Jan Russell

    March 17, 2009

    Mine is I Will Survive. Which is not actually true, I’m certain running would kill me.

  24. Lizzy

    March 20, 2009

    Aunt Michelle,
    how could you not know my mom is a Coldplay fan? I’m really surprised that almost every song in the comments suggested I know and agree with. I don’t actually know that much music either. Y’all like good music. I think Stolen by Dashboard Confessional has a really good running beat as well as Murder of One by Counting Crows.

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