How to Create the Ultimate Running Playlist

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There are many components to the quote-end-quote perfect run. Good weather is always a factor, although this ranges depending on your personal taste. The same goes for your attire: I like long leggings with a tank top and a zip-up on top, but all that really matters is that you’re comfortable without sacrificing movement. Your route is equally important, too, because nothing makes an uphill trek more worth it than some stunning trees to line your path. But of all these things- conditions, outfit, scenery- none are more important than the playlist. I only got into running regularly over the summer, but in that time I’ve come up with a surefire formula for making sure I have great tunes going no matter what. The key? Matching the beat/mood of the song to the stage of your run. Confused? Keep on scrollin’ and you’ll see what I mean. 🙂

 :: The Beginning ::

I love listening to really upbeat, kicking butt-type songs when I first start running. Not only are they fun to listen to in general, but they’re perfect for getting me amped up for what’s ahead. Below are my top five of the moment.


“Freedom” – Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar

“Wild Things” – Alessia Cara

“Dog Days are Over” – Florence + the Machine

“Sit Still, Look Pretty” – Daya

:: The Uphill Battle ::

We all know that moment- the toughest part of your route where the inclines (not to mention the burning!)  seem unending. In these moment, it’s essential to have the right music to push you through.

“80s Mercedes” – Maren Morris

“Ironic” – Alanis Morissette

“Alive” – Sia

“Ex’s and Oh’s” – Elle King

“Don’t” – Ed Sheeran

:: The Home Stretch/Cool Down ::

The final moments/cool down process are probably the most important part of your run. I like to set the right mood by listening to slower, more relaxed songs that are great for making it down that last stretch as well as stretching your muscles.

“Breakaway” – Kelly Clarkson

“Fast Car” – Tracy Chapman

“Hold Back the River” – James Bay

“Renegades” – X Ambassadors

“Chasing Pavements” – Adele

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What’s your go-to running playlist? Do you follow a specific formula, or just go with the flow?


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