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First 5K after Having a Baby Playlist

I haven’t raced with music since 2006. Typically I don’t run with music very much at all unless I’m on the treadmill. However, coming back from a year off and carrying an extra 20-ish pounds of baby weight (and that was after losing 20-ish pounds) – I needed the extra motivation of a running playlist.

My goal for this particular 5K, being my first in over a year, was to break 40:00. I had a few extra songs on hand if I needed them, but super-secretly wanted this list to be it (I think it’s around 36 minutes even?). Turns out it was. Well, almost. I had to repeat the last several seconds of “Footloose” once. I finished under 37:00 thanks mostly (as you can see below) to Queen.

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen

I Melt With You – Modern English

We Will Rock You – Queen

We Are The Champions – Queen

Ali In The Jungle – The Hours

Firework – Katy Perry

Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

Keep Your Head – The Ting Tings

Footloose - Kenny Loggins

Have you ever needed musical motivation? If you run with music, what are some favorites from your running playlists?

3 Responses to “First 5K after Having a Baby Playlist”

  • Laurie says:

    Mine are mostly “radio mix” or “club mix” or “dance mix” of a lot of songs, even some you listed, so that I can have at least 130-175 BPM. So, the songs I’m about to list are not by the original artists. And, some are just lame songs that are old school (ex. Ace of Base), but with the beat they make great running songs, at least for me.

    Old School Playlist:

    For What It’s Worth (from Forrest Gump) (Dance Remix)
    Walk Like An Egyptian (Remix)
    Manic Monday (Remix)
    One Way Or Another (Dance Remix)
    It’s a Beautiful Life (Remix)
    Freeze Frame
    Footloose (Workout Remix)
    Your Love (I Don’t Want to Lose Your Love Tonight Dance Remix)
    Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Club Mix)
    Hey Mickey (Jock Jams Mix)

    That’s just one playlist of the many, but many people laugh when I let them hear some of the songs. But again, I have ‘em more for the beat than the actual song, and it’s hard to find songs at the bpm I prefer. But I have lots more (a lot more current) if you’re interested in a variety of faster bpm.

  • AJ says:

    And, some are just lame songs that are old school (ex. Ace of Base), but with the beat they make great running songs, at least for me.

    Some of the lamest songs make the best running songs. :P


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