I think it's kind of fun to run to songs that are either affiliated with running or have "run" (or "walk" or "dance") in the lyrics/title: the theme from Chariots of Fire, Springsteen's Born to Run or Dancing in the Dark, the Proclaimers I Wanna Be (500 Miles), Men at Work's Safety Dance, Pat Benatar's We Belong (watch Talladega Nights if you're wondering about that one!), Eminem's Rabbit Run, Kanye's Jesus Walks.
If you want music with a good beat but without lyrics (sometimes people like lyrics but sometimes people find them distracting), I like the Afro Celt Sound System and Bond.
Someone posted a question about running music a couple weeks back and there were a lot of responses to that. If you can find the question, I'm sure that will give you a lot of ideas. Also, iTunes has a lot of running and workout iMixes. Have fun! (Although you may want to think about using the iPod in the race itself -- lots of discussion about that issue too ...)
Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.
I start out almost all of my elliptical workouts with AC/DC's "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock And Roll)". I also suggest Cake's "The Distance" and Iron Maiden's "Run To The Hills".
"Showdown" - Electric Light Orchestra
"Mad World" - Tears for Fears
"Black Betty" - Ram Jam
"Juke Box Hero" - Foreigner
"No Not Now" - Hot Hot Heat
"Stuck in the Metal" - Eagles of Death Metal
"Fox on the Run" - Sweet
"Blinded by the Light" - Mafred Mann
"Sweet Lullabies" - Jason Michael Clark & Chris Youkum
"You Shook Me All Night Long" - AC/DC
"Back in Black" - AC/DC
"Highway to Hell" - AC/DC
I am an absolute IPOD geek. I have playlists for pretty much every work out I do. I have a lot of them named by either the event I am training for or how long they are. One of the things I have found is to make playlists of my favorite songs. Sometimes I just surf iTunes to find songs I forgot I like. My favorite playlist right now has:
Higher Love - Steve Winwood
Hit me with your best shot - Pat Benatar
Livin La Vida Loca
Hurt so good
The way you move
Check itunes in the Podcast section- there is a great one called Podrunner. It is free to download and, if you like dance type music, it is great. Many of the mixes are at least an hour long.
i-Tunes also has a few playlists in their "essentials" section that are good compilations. Type in "i-Tunes essentials" in the search bar to find them:
Running through the Hits
Running through the 70s (and 80s, and 90s)
You can look at the lists, and either put them together with your own library, or purchase the setlist from i-tunes. Most have three sets of 25 songs each, for a total of 74-75 songs per list.
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Personally, like running to Dave Matthews, Dashboard Confessional, Eminem, Fallout Boy, Modest Mouse, Angels & Airwaves, and of course "Sirius" by the Alan Parsons Project (formerly the opening music for the Chicago Bulls, among others). It's an interesting mix, always changing as I hear new tunes to add to the collection.
If you're a Mac user checkout Tangerine! found at: http://www.potionfactory.com/tangerine/
It will build your playlist based on a time given and look at the beats per minute of songs to give you a playlist that increase/decreases in tempo and feel.
My current running playlist has about 200 songs in it, so I won't list them all.
Here are some of the highlights of a few recent runs:
Lose Yourself - Eminem
Stolen - Dashboard Confessional
Read My Mind - The Killers
Numb - Linkin Park
Wolf Like Me - TV on the Radio
Survivalism - Nine Inch Nails
Keep the Car Running - Arcade Fire
Points of Authority - Angels and Airwaves
Santa Monica - Everclear
Into Your Hideout - Pilot Speed
Signal Fire - Snow Patrol (great interval/fartlek run!)
The Idea of You - Dave Matthews Band
Soldier - Eminem
It Hurts - Angels and Airwaves
The Crane Wife 3 - Decemberists
The Adventure - Angels and Airwaves
Tessie - Dropkick Murphys
I'll post a few more every so often if people are still reading - and I'm always looking for new tunes to add!
the next installment - in case people are still reading!
Square Dance - Eminem
Politik - Coldplay
Powerless (Say What You Want) - Nelly Furtado
Slow Decay - Dashboard Confessional
In the End - Linkin Park
Where the Streets Have No Name- U2
Do It For Me Now - Angels and Airwaves
Move Along - All-American Rejects
God Put a Smile on Your Face - Coldplay
I'm Shipping Up To Boston - Dropkick Murphys
Everything to Everyone - Everclear
Famous Last Words - My Chemical Romance
Speed of Sound - Coldplay
From the Inside - Linkin Park *great tempo run!
Living in Your Letters - Dashboard Confessional
Dashboard - Modest Mouse
Hailie's Song - Eminem
The Gift - Angels and Airwaves
This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race - Fall Out Boy
Trip Like I Do - Crystal Method
AM Radio - Everclear
Konstantine - Something Corporate
The War - Angels and Airwaves
Such Great Heights - Postal Service
Down - Blink 182
My running playlist is very eclectic, but my favorite to run to (the one I speed up with when I hear it), is definitely 'Apache' by the Sugarhill Gang. Missy Elliot has a nice improv on it called 'We Run This'. I find the title to be appropriate. =)