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Running Playlists

If you’re anything like me, you need music to get you going on a run.  If my iPod battery runs out, I don’t run.  I just can’t.  I need that upbeat music pounding in my ear… telling me to go faster and be energetic!  Here’s my current favorite playlist on my iPod (current music).  If you right click the picture, you can save it to a word doc and print it out.  Feel free to PIN and share on Pinterest too!  Check out the links below for several more running playlists.

Here are a collection of links to other running tunes playlists- I tried to include a variety in case you do not have my taste in music! Keep on Reading »

Shelby N. - August 23, 2012 - 10:25 am

Awesome post! I can never have too many songs to shuffle in my playlist! Can’t wait to look through all of these! Now that I’m into the 25+ minute runs on c25k I really NEED some good beats to keep pushing me! Thanks!

bridget {bake at 350} - August 23, 2012 - 12:46 pm

I can’t wait to add some new tunes to my playlist…and to click over to all of those lists!!! Thank you, Lori! You are so hip & current…I don’t think I recognized ONE song on your list. Someone needs to join 2012 (me). ;)

Kristen Doyle - August 23, 2012 - 1:28 pm

I have wanted to put a great playlist together and here you’ve done it. I’m just going to copy!! :)

Christine - August 23, 2012 - 9:04 pm

I just can’t go without my B-52′s! Thanks for the list. I look forward to perusing them soon.

Paula Kiger - August 23, 2012 - 9:30 pm

Here’s my current favorite list! Thanks for sharing yours. 1. Empire State of Mind by JayZ (for a warmup) 2. The Time (Dirty Bit) by Black Eyed Peas 3. Run by FloRida feat. RedFoo (this one was awesome for running!!) 4. Liv Tonight by Nelly and Keri Hilson 5. Turn Up The Radio by Madonna – Offer Nissim Remix 6. Include Me Out by Robyn 7. TimeBomb (Extended Version by Kylie Minogue 8. Till The World Ends by Britney Spears (Bloody Beatroots Extended Remix) 9. Come n Go by Pitbull feat Enrique Iglesias 10. Run The World (Girls) by Beyonce 11. Roll by FloRida w/Sean Kingston (this one wasn’t a perfect fit tempo wise) 12. In the Ayer by Flo Rida w/will i am 13. Don’t Trust Me by 3 Oh 3 (I didn’t really mean to include this one in this mix – it’ll probably get the boot) 14. Starstrukk by 3 Oh 3 15. What I’ve Done by Linkin Park 16. Electricity by Ashley Jana 17. I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz for cool down – the whole thing is roughly 1:10. It also is like a little tiny summary of my life b/c I love/miss almost everything about New York (hence #1) and as the last song says I don’t plan on giving up at least on the running goals. :-)

Darlynn @ The Little Blog Dress - August 24, 2012 - 3:55 am

Thank you so much for including me! I am the same way: no iPod no run! Can’t wait to click on all the links!

Maggie - August 24, 2012 - 12:15 pm

I’m only a few weeks away from finishing the C25K program so I need something new to keep me motivated. I signed up for a 5k on October 13th so I really can’t punk out now. Thanks for the great lists! - August 24, 2012 - 2:23 pm

I love this round up of running playlists. I’m always looking for new songs to add to mine to keep thing interesting. I posted one a couple of weeks ago on my blog here….

5 Things | Recipe Girl - August 28, 2012 - 5:00 am

[...] just right click and save it to a word doc and you can print it from there), or click over to the Red Faced Runner Site, where I listed 23 more playlists that include musical interests from indie to rap to classic rock [...]

5k Challenge Countdown & Silencing “The Little Voice”

Three and half weeks. That’s how far away we are from the first Red Faced Runners’ 5k Challenge! We are inspired by so many of you who took either tentative steps or enormous leaps out of your comfort zones to join us on this quest.

Logging onto our Facebook page each day brings updates such as, “I’m running 25 minutes straight for the first time today and I’m terrified.” Then, later in the day: “I did it and I feel fantastic! I never thought I’d be able to do it.” The preconceptions you had of your own physical limitations are wiped away every time you lace up your running shoes.
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beth greene - August 16, 2012 - 8:13 am

you go, Dara!! my “little voice” was being loud as heck this morning but i shut her right up and added a minute to my last two run intervals. i’m now running almost 10 minutes longer than i’m walking, which is no small feat considering that july 10th was my first ever run. ever. i can’t wait to map out a 5k route (maybe 10?) on the last day of our vacation in 3 weeks and show that “little voice” who’s boss. i love this group!!

Dara - August 16, 2012 - 9:54 am

Beth, that is fantastic! It sounds as though your “little voice” is being drowned out by your footfalls on the pavement. Keep on going!

Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta - August 16, 2012 - 12:14 pm

The sci-fi geek in me totally thought of Star Trek when you said “Energize” :D It’s a great word though, especially when you’re starting another run interval, I may have to steal that for my next run! Then I’ll just imagine that the annoying little voice isn’t allowed on the transporter and it’ll be left behind when I get beamed ahead! <– geek :)

My ankle issue put me a little behind on the training so I think I'll be attempting my own personal 5K that weekend instead of an actual race which makes me sad, but I figure a run is a run and with all of this virtual support I still have to try and do it. Don't worry though, I'm totally into it and will be signing up for a real race for sure!

Love this site!

Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen - August 16, 2012 - 4:36 pm

I had to keep telling that inner voice to shut it the other day!! Great post, Dara! Can’t wait for the 8th!! ♥

Courtney G. - August 16, 2012 - 5:21 pm

What a great post. It can be so hard some days to silence the voice. I work hard to beat myself. And not compare myself others out there running. I am not fast, I do not run *far*. But I am running. I run for me. I run for my sanity and to make myself feel better. The half hour of silence is a treat too. If I keep chanting positive things in my head as I run, I will finish a success.

Sarah Z - August 16, 2012 - 5:58 pm

Unfortunately the run that I was planning to do that weekend has been cancelled, so I’m looking for a replacement in the area. I have a 2 mile run on Sunday but I wanted to actually do a 5K on Saturday. Good luck to you Dara on your marathon. I love your posts! And good luck to everyone else in the next few weeks.

Carolyn - August 21, 2012 - 5:10 am

Oh that little voice…it can be pure evil, sometimes. Thanks, Dara!

Be Inspired

Lately, I’ve been grasping for inspiration everywhere I look. I search for music, words and pictures to inspire, motivate and keep me on track.

With the Summer Olympics in our rear view mirror, you’ll probably agree that over the past few weeks there has been plenty to gain inspiration from. From the stories of incredible athletes to the well played commercials by brands, inspiration was everywhere we turned.
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bridget {bake at 350} - August 13, 2012 - 9:25 am

Ooo….great list of inspirational links, Kristen! I loved that running commercial during the Olympics…and well, everything else you linked to. :) Happy running!

Amy @ The Nifty Foodie - August 13, 2012 - 10:12 am

Wow! Thanks so much for including my post in here! “Hey Fat Girl” is one of the posts that really got me inspired to run and keep going with Couch to 5K. It’s an excellent post!

I’ve also been following Ruthanne for a while (mainly because she is so dang crafty), but now that she’s running, it’s so amazing to see how much she has accomplished!

Sarah Z - August 13, 2012 - 10:31 am

The olympics were a HUGE inspiration to me and now the two Nike Greatness commercials that I saw – the boy running and the skateboarders. Plus finding the Red Faced Runners has been great. I like to see things daily to motivate me and I do being a part of this group!

Carolyn - August 13, 2012 - 5:43 pm

I’ve really been struggling with my running lately. But then I read Born to Run and I am so hugely inspired. I have a background in human evolution and so much of what he wrote really clicked with me. We are evolved to run long distances and I want to find that in myself again. It’s truly exciting to feel this love for running again.

Terri A. - August 13, 2012 - 5:55 pm

Even though I have run about 10 half marathons, numerous 10k’s and such, I have never considered myself a true runner. I’ve never really liked doing it, but like how I feel when I finish (usually). I’m really, really (no, really) slow and am always the last to finish out of the group that I run with. I just took about 1 1/2 years off of running while going to school full time and working full time. You have now inspired me to get back out there and go. I’m only on the 2nd week of the program, but am making myself run up the hills if that’s where I am in the run part of the run/walk. You’ve inspired me to just get out there in the blazing temperatures in the mornings. So, know that you all are just as inspirational (or more so!) than any of the commercials out there. Rock on!

Mr. Dine & Dish - August 13, 2012 - 6:31 pm

I am inspired by this site and the success stories this group shares. I started exercising this Spring because of the positive impact it was having on my lovely wife. I am not a big sharer as Kristen can tell you, but this group makes me feel better and inspires me every day.

Nicholas - August 13, 2012 - 8:09 pm

This site, my wife and the feeling I have after exercising. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me to get out and do something.

Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen - August 14, 2012 - 6:28 am

Great reads. I loved that nike commercial. It made me teary. I am inspired by you all right now. I KNOW #RFR5K is the reason why I didn’t stop after reaching my first 5k goal in April. There are times when I think I should take the day off…then I remember that I have a 5k to rock on September 8th ;)

How to Avoid Runner’s Burn Out

I love running.  And yet there are times when I truly, sincerely hate it.  It can feel like such a burden, like such an obligation, and at times I find myself weary of the whole sport.  Ugh, another run today.  Didn’t I just do one, like, two days ago???  Why am I putting myself through this?  Ultimately, of course, I know exactly why, but it can be hard to break through that feeling of burn out.  Sometimes, I just want to hang up my running shoes and pick up a new sport altogether.  But I never do.

Every runner feels this at some point, and not just once or twice, but often on a semi-regular basis.  It’s a given, it goes with the sport.  So how do we push through and keep going?  Here are a few little tips and tricks I thought of to keep you motivated and keep you moving.  Not just in the here and now, but for the future.  Because if you haven’t suffered runner’s burn out yet, you will.  And if you already have suffered and conquered it, you will likely suffer it again.  But it doesn’t have to be the end of your running career.  Not by a long shot!
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Dara - August 9, 2012 - 9:06 am

There have been many days that I hear the alarm go off and I think, “I just don’t want to lace up those running shoes today.” Knowing that my running partner is out there waiting for me is the best motivation. And you know what? At the end of EVERY SINGLE RUN, I find myself saying, “I am so glad I did that!”

There are so many fantastic suggestions in this post, Carolyn!

Lori @ RecipeGirl - August 9, 2012 - 9:28 am

Nice post full of wonderful tips! Change of scenery is definitely one of them for me… I tend to be a treadmill runner, but it’s so nice to get outside and see and feel everything around me. I find that running/exercising is a great outlet for my creative thinking to take off. I often come home with some new recipes in my head!

bridget {bake at 350} - August 9, 2012 - 10:32 am

I SOOOOO needed this post. I disliked everything about my run today…the trail, the weather, my music, my shirt. ;) I was feeling a little bored and want that feeling back of being happy to be out there!

And, yes, I have written MANY a blog post in my head while running. Thinking about cookies while running is a great motivator!

Kristen Doyle - August 10, 2012 - 8:26 am

Since I’m back on my journey after energy, I’m energized and ready to run, but I know that burnout is again, right around the corner. You have given some seriously great tips here. My favorite way is to change the route. Often times, that’s what it takes for me!

Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf - August 10, 2012 - 10:51 am

Absolutely, all of it!! Shake it up – you’ve provided some awesome and fresh ways for us to do this as we keep working in the trenches. The work is worth the rewards but sometimes we just need a little change here and there! Thanks for this post, Carolyn!!

Aggie - August 10, 2012 - 8:17 pm

This is such a great post. I experience runners burnout oh so often. I’m feeling it right now as a matter of fact. I’m hoping a change in scenery after kids go back o school and I can un a bit outside will help.
And…I’m cracking up because I’ve written quite a few blog posts in my head while running!

Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen - August 14, 2012 - 6:29 am

Loved this, Carolyn. I think changing things up is key for me. I’m always trying new runs :)

Kristi - August 15, 2012 - 8:57 am

I definitely needed this post today! I have been struggling for a couple of weeks to find my motivation to get back into running. I ran into some problems several weeks ago and I took a “couple” days off and here I am 2 weeks later realizing I haven’t ran at all!! Time for me to quit worrying about how much I have left to accomplish and be proud of the things I have accomplished to this point. Thanks for the virtual kick to the butt! :-)

Why I Run – An Inner Monologue

I’ve only run half a mile and I’m already fighting the thoughts swirling in my mind.

You can’t do this.

How much longer is this gonna take?

I want a donut.

My legs are killing me.

Walking is good enough.
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Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf - August 6, 2012 - 7:46 am

What a great way to start the week. Get out there because you CAN. Thanks, Krista!!! :)

bridget {bake at 350} - August 6, 2012 - 8:53 am

I love this. I have that little inner dialogue going, too. I just *barely* eeked out my run yesterday. I so wanted to stop. Now I know I’m not alone. ;)

Jilly - August 6, 2012 - 9:36 am

I’m new here. Started running in fits and starts about 7 months ago. Today my son said “mom you’re all sunburned”. And, then I knew. I’m a red-faced runner. Great quote!

Shawn @ I Wash You Dry - August 6, 2012 - 9:38 am

Glad to know I am not the only one thinking about doughnuts while I run! ;) great post krista!

Southern Gal - August 6, 2012 - 9:42 am


Lori @ RecipeGirl - August 6, 2012 - 9:44 am

I do that inner-dialogue thing too. I actually create evil baking recipes in my head while I’m running… helps pass the time!! But I totally do that … “I can’t run any farther” thing too, usually pointing out a tree in the distance and telling myself I can get to the tree, and then when I get there I tell myself I can get to the next marker, etc. It’s totally not easy for us people who are not natural runners.

Cara - August 6, 2012 - 10:22 am

Krista? Are you living inside my head?! Sometimes I think that this is the most exhausting thing about running…not the physical part, the mental part. These conversations with myself really take it out of me. Glad I’m in good company!

Melissa - August 6, 2012 - 11:02 am

I can so relate…especially to the “want a donut” part! ;) So glad to know I’m not alone!

Janine ( - August 6, 2012 - 11:02 am

I’ve been struggling, which has led to slacking. I will get back out there! Thank you for the inspiration!

Amy - August 6, 2012 - 1:24 pm

I’m headed in a few minutes to run, and my dialogue has already started before I even get going. Glad to hear I’m not alone, and that it’s always about keeping putting one foot in front of the other.

Robyn | Add a Pinch - August 6, 2012 - 1:28 pm

I think my inner monologue and your inner monologue must be related. They sound like twins, actually!

Gwen - August 6, 2012 - 6:54 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post. I am on my 8th week of my couch to 10k training. I have attempted this 25 minute run twice and both times my head was telling me that my legs and lungs had enough. I will not give up, but it is nice to know I am not alone in this struggle. Keep it up!

Krista - August 6, 2012 - 7:38 pm

I am truly humbled at how this post has touched you all. I apologize ahead of time for perhaps making you crave a donut and I promise I’m not living in anyone’s head…I think. It’s so comforting to know we are all doing this together!!!

Carolyn - August 8, 2012 - 7:14 am

Yeah, mama! I feel that all the time and pushing through it makes it all the sweeter when I am finished!

Gwen - August 8, 2012 - 8:46 am

I tried my 25 minute run again today. I made it to 18 minutes this time, before grabbing the treadmill. I decided to back up the training to 20 minutes until I can master that. Hopefully, this will eliminate any discouragement.
Thank you again for this post. Although, I never met you ladies, I could hear your voices, saying just push through to 15 minutes, now 20…. I know I will get there, it will just take a little longer than I hoped.
BTW, I also have Kelly Clarkson (Stronger) on my ipod (the song comes on around the 15-20 minute mark…imagine that!).

Aggie - August 10, 2012 - 8:22 pm

My first 2 miles are always brutal. Like I hate running brutal. Once I hit 3 I start to be a little nicer to myself. Stronger is such a great running song!

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