I hate to even say the W word right now, but winter always puts me in a funk.
It starts out awesome…the first snowflakes are pretty, I get to rediscover slippers and fuzzy blankets, and, of course, winter=Christmas.
But by this time of the year, every drop of patience is gone and I want nothing but crazy high temps, grilled food, tan lines, the fresh-cut-grass smell, and flip-flops.
A little Hawaiian garb never hurt anyone, either.
Oh, and one more thing: I want to run outside in shorts and a tank (without my nose running with me). Treadmill: thanks for the memories, but I think we need some time apart. Like, lots of it.
Luckily, the signs of spring are looking more and more promising every day around here, and it’s officially time for me to come out of hibernation and shake off the funk.
Step 1: Playlist makeover. I’m desperate for some fresh tunage.
I thought you might be. Spring playlists are popping up all over the blogosphere lately, and I just keep wishing there was some way to corral them all together in one place…OH. WAIT.
Welcome to the Spring Playlist Link-up!
There are so many EPIC mixes of THE BEST WORKOUT SONGS EVERRRR out there. But really, the best mix is the one YOU like, and unfortunately, no one can you tell you what that is except you.
Which means: you have to do your homework.
So I’ll share my list with you, and maybe you’ll find a song or two that interest you (or maybe you’ll think my taste in music is astoundingly bad, which I’m also cool with). Then, take a look at the links at the end of this post. Several of my awesome Sweat Pink pals have agreed to post hot new playlists on their blogs, too, and we’re linking them all here!
Finally, if you’re a blogger, feel free to post about your new playlist and link up with us to keep the playlist love flowing!
Ok, enough babbling. Here’s my list (followed by YouTube links for your listening convenience)…
I know this is a pretty eclectic, random mix. There’s old, there’s new, and apparently, I was really feeling the techno. But there’s only one cardinal rule in playlist makeovers: go with what speaks to you.
L’Amour – Bingo Players – This has been my #1 interval training song for a long time, actually. (The chorus is perfect for sprints.)
We Run the Night – Havana Brown – A must-have for any runner.
Welcome to the Club – Manian – I dare you to listen to the chorus without moving a muscle of your body. Double dog dare.
Stereo Love -Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina – I’ve been meaning to get this on my ipod ever since it hit the radio. It’s a little overplayed now, but I still like it.
Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding (Blood diamonds remix) – Love this girl. And this beat.
Titanium – David Guetta feat. Sia – It’s kinda nice having a treadmill in my basement if only for songs like this, which inevitably lead to extravagant lip-syncing and embarrassing hand gestures.
Antidote – Swedish House Mafia & Knife Party – See above re: feeling the techno.
The City – Madeon – Great, steady beat.
Levels – Avicii – I just discovered this song. Great long-run entertainment.
Starlight – Muse – Just in case there are still people out there who don’t know about this song. MUST. HAVE.
The Very Best – Kondaine ft. Seye – Possibly the #1 Feel Good Song in history.
Right round – Flo Rida – Because I forgot about this song!
Gangnam Style – PSY – You know the song, but have you tried working out to it??
Greyound – Swedish House Mafia – Maybe I just like the silver dogs….
I Remember – Deadmau5 (or anything by Deadmau5) – Another awesome steady beat.
Lights – Ellie Goulding (Bright Lights radio edit) – I was trying to limit my Ellie’s, but I couldn’t help it.
Baby I Like It – Ricky Iglesias – Guilty pleasure?
Chariots of Fire – I try to make this my approaching-the-finish-line song, when I can pull it off. I also use it during training runs, and visualize myself crossing the finish line. This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but sometimes it actually moves me to tears!
–Have you ever tried listening to bold instrumental music like this during a long run? I haven’t, but I’m thinking about trying it!
–There are obviously tons of great workout mixes and remixes you can find online. When I trained for my marathon, I was in love with these guys. (Although, er, they were free at the time. But worth the investment now!)
Where do you go for workout music inspiration?
What kind of music gets you powered up?