Thursday, June 19, 2014

Your Complete 5K Playlist: Summer 2014

Last October I posted a complete 5k playlist. The post was really popular, so I thought I'd start doing them every few months when I refresh my running playlists. So, here's some songs to get you through these hot summer runs!

Mile 1 

For the first mile I like to start slow and steady. I like to find a comfortable pace and avoid jumping out fast so my legs don't die early. I find songs that have a steady beat. Not necessarily a slow Adele song, but one that is more calm with a smooth sound. You could call these the SWAG songs. For me, Mile 1 is all about getting into the run physically and mentally and these songs set the tone.

Song 1: Loyal - Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne & French Montana

Song 2: Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz

Song 3: Na Na - Trey Songs

Mile 2

Mile 2 is where I need to kick it into high gear. I've found my comfortable pace. Now I need to push myself to steadily increase my speed . After all, I want to beat my PR! For this mile, I choose songs that are obviously upbeat and enthusiastic. These are your "pre game locker room songs", whatever gets you hyped up. Also, I love finding a quick steady beat that I can match my steps to. That way the song does most of the work for me! It's all mental, right?

Song 1: Turn Down For What - DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon

Song 2: Fancy - Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX

Song 3: Problem - Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea

Mile 3.1

Before you know it, you're on mile 3. Not only do I want songs that are upbeat and have a catchy tempo, but now I choose ones whose beat or words really speak to me.  These last ones have to power me through to the end. So use an old school girl power song, or just your absolute fav of the day song for this mile. It's whatever you need to hear to get you across that finish line. Here's my current choices.

Song 1: Me and My Girls - Fifth Harmony

Song 2: Ain't It Fun - Paramore

Song 3: I Look Good Remix - Chalie Boy feat. Slim Thug, Juvenile, & Bun B

Hope this helps get you through your summer runs! 

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  1. This is PERFECT timing! I'm running a 5k tomorrow and I haven't even looked at my ipod in weeks! Thanks!

    -Lindsay from Dearest Darling

  2. This is perfect! Totally stealing this next time I go running. Thank youuuu!

  3. THIS IS AWESOME! I'm doing a 5K in a few months...cha-chiiiiing! Thanks girl!

  4. I love this playlist! It's perfect for getting your mind and body right! Thank you :-)


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