A run without music is like…a run without running (we don’t really run unless there’s music involved). Having the right playlist ready to go before you lace up your sneakers, whether it’s full of upbeat jams to power you through a sprint or lower-tempo hits to set the pace for a steady jog, is sometimes all it takes to help you go the extra mile. Here are some top picks straight from our running playlist.
“Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself”
An upbeat melody paired with a positive message works double time to keep you motivated.
This jam has helped us through a tough workout once or twice. And by once or twice, we mean maybe a couple of hundred times.
Years & Years
This is a go-to feel good song, perfect for those lags in your run when you need a boost.
We’ve usually got “Wake Me Up” on repeat, but for the sake of changing things up, this is another Avicii favorite of ours that does the trick.
The change in pace between the verses and the chorus makes for a nice back and forth if you’re trying to alternate between slower jogs and faster sprints.
This is the perfect song for when you’re trying to convince yourself that you’re enjoying your run a lot more than it feels like you are.
“We Own It”
We can’t help but feel like serious athletes in training when we blast this during a run. (The musical progression in the background of Wiz Khalifa’s hook at the end makes for a nice build-up to a sprint. Just sayin’.)
This chill beat makes for a run that feels less like a party and more like a morning mission.
“Nobody to Love”
Your run might turn into some odd mix between jogging and dancing during this one, but as long as you’re moving, it’s all good. (Plus, passersby will surely enjoy it.)
There are few things more capable of embodying intensity, and transferring it to your run, than Sia’s voice.
About Tamara Rahoumi
Tamara Rahoumi is a writer on The Path Editorial Team. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in magazine journalism at NYU. Her passion for wellness always has her researching the latest fitness trends, experimenting with recipes from superfood cookbooks, and working towards an overall healthier and happier lifestyle. In addition to reading her articles on The Path, you can follow her adventures on her lifestyle blog, The Curly Nomad.