Thursday, August 8, 2013

5K Playlist and Race Pump Up Playlist

Gooood morning!

I'm flying to Chicago today to spend four days with my Uncle John and his family, and to celebrate my birthday a couple days early with the bff, Katie. Her birthday is only three days after mine (13th for me, 16th for her). Clearly we were meant to be friends! I haven't seen my Chicago relatives in two years, so it'll be wonderful to catch up.

My 5K Playlist!
Confession: I still haven't taken my blue ribbon out of my purse. I stashed it there after the Northwest Raspberry Festival 5K, and I don't have a place to put it in my apartment, so it's still sitting in my purse. It's in the pocket where I keep my phone, and it makes me smile every time I see it. 

Part of the reason I had such a great race a few weeks ago was definitely my mental game. I felt more mentally strong than I have in a long time. There was no, "why am I here, this hurts, wahh." It was all "yes, you've got this, you are rocking this." It was honestly kind of embarrassing, but hey, whatever works!

Another reason I felt great? I warmed up before the race while listening to my new favorite pre-hard workout playlist. It's a Fort Minor song and two Eminem songs, and the playlist leaves me SO ready to race and kick ass. 

For the 5K, I put together a playlist full of fast-paced, fun music. And guess what? It's approximately 25 minutes and my goal was to finish in less than that. I made the playlist specifically with the idea that it shouldn't end before I finished the race. Mission accomplished! :)

The Usher vs Nirvana mash-up is awesome -- I found it here, although unfortunately I don't think it's available for download anymore.

Do you use music to pump yourself up before a race or tough workout? What are your favorite fast songs?


  1. Checking out the Usher vs Nirvana mash-up now! Before a race or tough workouts, sometimes I'll pick a theme song and repeat it over and over again in my head. Strangely, during my last race, it was Sara Bareilles' "Brave"--not your typical pump-up song! ;)

  2. I have been running without music lately. I think I need to start again, it does help to keep pace with upbeat songs. I find myself using music to get excited before hockey games as well.

  3. I always do! Music is a big motivator for me before long runs (and all workouts, really). I agree Eminem is a good one for tough runs!