So I’ve been trying to get back into that whole running thing lately. For most of December and January I was running maybe one day a week, pretty half-heartedly, and opting for other forms of exercise for the rest of my workouts (a lot of BodyPump).
But I want to run a 10k (my first!) this spring, so for the past two weeks I have been stepping up the running to two to three days a week. Mostly on the treadmill, but I did squeeze in an outdoor run last Monday after work. It was 10 degrees C and beautifully sunny when I arrived home, I couldn’t pass it up!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably know how I feel about the treadmill. I don’t enjoy it, and that is an understatement. Most of the time I want to punch the treadmill in the face.
But for the past couple of weeks the treadmill has been more than bearable for me, and I’m pretty sure it’s due to the playlist I have been running to recently.
I feel like there are a lot of really great songs out right now! Sometimes my running playlists are just filled with mindless (but upbeat) Top 40 songs that are okay, but don’t really make me think about anything in particular. They keep me motivated to move, but they don’t excite me.
My favourite playlists include songs that I absolutely adore, and I’m so excited to hear them that I can’t wait to go for a run again.
I currently have a lot of song obsessions, and I’ve filled my most recent playlist with them. Here are a few of the highlights:
1. Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye
I mentioned this one last week, but I can’t leave it out. It’s still a playlist highlight. I really have to force myself not to listen to this song on repeat, because I tend to do that with songs I really like, and then I ruin them for myself. So far it hasn’t lost its luster!
2. We Are Young by Fun. (feat. Janelle Monáe)
Ah this song, so good. I can’t get enough of it. This accoustic version (click the link to hear) is also quite fab. I actually may like it better… But both versions give me tingles. Love love.
3. Big Black Car by Gregory Alan Isakov
This song (no video so listen via that link) was on the McDonalds holidays commercial in Canada. Every time the commercial came on TV I would stop whatever I was doing and just listen. I loved it. It made me feel warm and comforted and tingly and nice. It is the musical equivalent of wine to me. It’s slow, but I love to run to slow songs if I’m into them.
Thanks for introducing me to this song, McDonalds!
4. Toes by Lights
I don’t have much to say about this song, but I really like it. Also, I find Lights really interesting to look at.
5. Gold On The Ceiling by The Black Keys
I’ve been listening to Lonely Boy ( <– the video kills me!) for a month or so now (who hasn’t been? It’s a great song), but it is starting to not have the same effect on me as it did when I was first listening to it (hate it when that happens!). And then I heard Gold On The Ceiling. And I was instantly a fan. I don’t know if I like it quite as much as Lonely Boy, but it’s pretty groovy.
6. White Doves by Young Empires
I can’t find the video for this song, but you can listen to it here. I like this song more every time I hear it!
7. Yo Hello Hooray by Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker
No video for this yet either, but you can listen here. This is a local band that I have actually seen a couple times. I like them a lot, and I love that Edge 102 supports them and is trying to spread the word about their awesomeness! N/A OK is probably my favourite song of theirs, but I’ve had it on a few of my playlists, so it has lost a bit of its luster for me.
Here is the rest of my playlist. Also great songs!
Bohemian Like You – The Dandy Warhols (oldie but a goodie!)
Color On The Walls (Don’t Stop) – Foster The People
Damini – USS (this song is about Damini the elephant that starved herself after her best friend died :()
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Hit Me Up – Danny Fernandes ft. Josh Ramsay
Inside Out – Eve 6 (takes me back to the 90s!)
Lonely Boy – The Black Keys
And I can’t forget about Whitney Houston. I will probably make a little tribute playlist for her.
I was so shocked and sad when I heard the news about Whitney yesterday. I am watching the Grammy’s as I type this, and LL Cool J’s tribute to Whitney in the beginning definitely brought tears to my eyes. She was so talented!
What songs are you obsessed with right now? I love, LOVE being introduced to new music, so bring it!