Music has been a huge part of my journey.
Maybe you saw this tweet the other day?
Having music that’s motivating and enjoyable had truly been something I’ve come to depend on.
When I first started excising, I didn’t set goals on time, distance or speed. My only rule was that I do it consistently.
For motivation, I created music playlists that were exactly a half hour long, so I didn’t have to bring a watch or phone with me on my walks. I would plug in my headphones, tune the world out and go.
This turned out to be a great move in the long run because these walks were such positive experiences. My whole life I’ve always hated working out. It was tiring, painful, and I felt like, a waste of time.
But not having any goals or expectations for my walks allowed me to focus in on the mental benefits of exercise. After an hour strolling through the park, I was always less stressed, happier and more focused.
This experience changed exercise from something I hated to treasured “me time” where I didn’t have to respond to any texts or answer phone calls. I could zero in on just what was going on in my own head.
However, when I began running, time, distance and speed began to matter. For my first 5k I set one goal: Finish under 40 minutes.
Then I made a new running playlist to be exactly 40 minutes long. I knew that if I began to hear the last couple of songs, it would motivate me to run faster.
So here it is, my 5k, 40 minute playlist. Enjoy!
Beverly Hills – Weezer
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
Not the Doctor – Alanis Morissette
Possum Kingdom – The Toadies
Pull up the People – M.I.A.
Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People
Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
Silver Lining – Rilo Kiley
Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine
Super Bass – Niki Minaj
What I got – Sublime