Well, folks, another year of running has come and gone. That means it’s time to reflect on the upbeat music that got me through all of the miles I logged this year. Because I did that last year and now it’s tradition. This isn’t a super typical running mix of pop songs, though I did […]
Today’s run was awesome for two reasons: 1. It was the first 70s-and-sunny day in Milwaukee this year, and 2. It was the first time I ran to my new ’80s playlist.
I’m so excited for warmer weather that I couldn’t wait any longer to start making a spring running mix. It’s fun to wallow in winter folk jams at the start of the season, but by February I want everything to be happy and danceable. Some new Santigold, a bit of Missy Elliott and even a Carly Rae Jepsen track or two.
If you haven’t listened to the soundtrack of Broadway’s Hamilton yet, I suggest you do. I was skeptical when a friend forced me to listen to the highlights during a visit in December, but I got sucked into the vortex pretty quickly. But it wasn’t until recently that I went running to my favorite upbeat tracks and found myself picking up the pace. General Washington is just so. darn. empowering.
You’ll find everyone from Jamie XX and Sleater-Kinney to Kacey Musgraves and JR JR on my Best of 2015 mix. I’ve run to all 20 of these songs and, trust me, they’ll make you want to smile, strut and crush your mile splits.
During slow work weeks, it’s the weird little triggers of joy that give me perspective and keep me smiling. Because it’s finally Friday, here are a handful of small but delightful things that got me through the week…
To run with music or without it? This spring I got into a heated discussion on the topic with my closest friend. I argued that runners should appreciate the sounds of their bodies in motion—the cadence of their breath and rhythm of their feet—or else they’re not truly enjoying the act of running, but rather drowning it out to make it more tolerable. Then she made a simple case that won me over.