Today I began my triathlon training for the year. By that I mean I got my butt in the pool and swam. I haven’t swam since August because, well, I don’t like to swim! Lay on a beach, yes. Float on a raft in the middle of the pool, yes. Sit in a hot tub, of course. Actually swim, no! Unfortunately 1/3 of a triathlon is swimming so I have to start the training.
So I got my suit on, stuck my head under the shower, and walked out to the pool. Of course, since it’s January, every lane was filled with three people. I stood, freezing now, while the lifeguard filled me in on the abilities of the swimmers in each lane and which lane would be best for me to join. Finally I slipped into the water, adjusted my goggles, and dove under. “Wow, this feels great!”, I thought. Then I surfaced and began to swim the freestyle (which looks nothing like the real freestyle) and it became painfully clear to me just how long it has been! All I could think was that I am glad it is only January!
Part of my dislike of swimming is overcoming the boredom of back and forth laps in a pool. When I run (my favorite!) I have my playlist to keep me company if I am running alone. I love my running playlist. It’s named “Running Fast”!
In the spirit of the new year and new exercise and race goals, I will share my list with you. I would love to hear songs that you use too while working out because I am always looking for new song to add to my list!
Disclaimer: this playlist is based on songs that will make me run faster and workout harder. The faster the beat the better. I have a wide variety of styles of music. There is definitely more Hip Hop on the list than I listen to in “real” life. I am not a Hipster and my goal is not to find songs that no one else has ever heard. Again my goal is to find fast songs! I also always choose the “clean” version of the song.
That being said, in no particular order, here is my list:
Lets Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas (ha, had to include since every race now begins with this!)
Uprising – Muse
Right Round – Flo Rida
Such Great Heights – The Postal Service
Enter Sandman – Metallica
Talk Dirty to Me – Poison
Face Down – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Modern Love – David Bowie (oh yeah, by the way, I grew up in the 80’s…)
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey (no, not the Glee version)
Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses
Down – Jay Sean
In the End – Linkin Park
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen (how could I not include this or this one…)
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
Float On – Modest Mouse (my favorite pick me up song!)
Once In a Lifetime – Keith Urban (yes, even Country makes an appearance)
Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard
The Impression That I Get – Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Wild Ones – Flo Rida (what can I say? Flo Rida knows how to drop the beat!)
Neutron Star Collision – Muse
Sandstorm – Dardue (trust me you’ve heard this one at games)
Walk This Way – Run- DMC
‘Till I Collapse – Eminem
Bryn – Vampire Weekend
Dirty Little Secret – The All-American Rejects
Kings and Queens – 30 Seconds To Mars
Pump It – Black Eyed Peas (I know, I know more Peas but the song is fast!)
Mac Daddy – tobymac (cuz I do want a Mac!)
Stronger – Kanye West
So, what are your favorite songs to work out to? I would love to have some new songs to listen to!