One of my goals for the year is to run more, which really means run at all since last year was a complete bust. In reality, one of my goals is to run another half marathon, really run it. I’m going to do that with the help of my favorite new earbuds and the best running playlist. Thanks #CollectiveBias and #Biosport for sponsoring this post and giving me the motivation to create a new running playlist! While I may have received compensation and this post may have affiliate links, all opinions are honest and my own!
Before we talk about the playlist and earbuds, let me tell you a story. Ten years ago my brother got engaged to my sister-in-law while we were all on a family cruise. After seeing myself in pictures from that cruise, I said that I was going to run five times a week from the day after the cruise to the day my brother got married.
And my soon to be sister-in-law laughed and said there was no way I could do it.
I’m sure you can guess how the story ended. I let my competitive side take over and ran five times a week not only until their wedding but also for months afterwards. I ran alongside my dad for the most part, and it was that summer that we decided to run our first half marathon together.
That first half marathon in Athens, Georgia was amazing. And so was the second one in Death Valley, CA almost a year later. I felt invincible. While my dad barely crossed the finish line, I could’ve run at least another six miles. I haven’t felt that good since even though I’ve “run” another 13 half marathons since Death Valley.
I want to feel like that again. And 2015 is the year that I’m going to do it.
If there’s anything that can make me feel like running, it’s a good song. There have been so many times that I felt like I needed to walk or like my legs just couldn’t go any further. And then a song like Perfect by Pink came on, and it helped me keep going and get across that finish line. I mean, how can you start walking when the music is saying don’t ever feel like you’re nothing. Or how about Kelly Clarkson singing what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Yep, a good playlist can really make the difference between an “I feel invincible” run and a run that makes you want to throw away your running shoes and just eat ice cream every day for the rest of your life.
And this my friends is the perfect running playlist. Or at least my perfect running playlist. Songs with words that remind you that you can do anything or beats that make your legs just keep moving. They aren’t in any particular order because I typically just put it on shuffle so I can be surprised.
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- “Bulletproof” – La Roux
- “Edge of Glory” – Lady Gaga
- Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
- “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson
- “My Life Would Suck Without You” – Kelly Clarkson
- “Jai Ho” – A. R. Rahman & Pussycat Dolls (from Slumdog Millionaire)
- “Roar” – Katy Perry
- “Shake It” – Metro Station
- “Girlfriend” – Avril Lavigne
- “Club Can’t Handle Me” – Flo Rida
- “Raise Your Glass” – Pink
- “Perfect” – Pink
- “So What” – Pink
- “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
- “Not Afraid” – Eminem
- “Lose Yourself” – Eminem
- “New Divide” – Linkin Park
- “Livin’ on a Prayer” – Bon Jovi
- “Don’t Stop Believin” – Journey
- “Raging Fire” – Phillip Philips
- “Float On” – Modest Mouse
- “Best Day of My Life” – American Authors
- “Wake Me Up” – Avicii
- “I Think We’re Alone Now”- Tiffany
- “Dog Days Are Over” – Florence and the Machine
- “Shake It Out” – Florence and the Machine
- “On the Floor” – Jennifer Lopez
- Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
- What the Heck – Avril Lavigne
- I Lived – One Republic
- Marchin’ On – One Republic
- Run This Town – Jay Z & Rhianna
- Flat on the Floor – Carrie Underwood
- Goodbye Earl – Dixie Chicks
- Wavin’ Flag – K’naan
- Somebody Like You – Keith Urban
- Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus
- I Run to You – Lady Antebellum
- Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
- If You’re Going Through Hell – Rodney Atkins
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There’s no sense in having the right music if you don’t have a good way to listen to it. My earbuds of choice right now are Intel SMS Audio Biosport Earbuds. They are available at Dick’s Sporting Goods or if you don’t need them right away, you can order them on Amazon like I did. I actually ordered two pairs – one for me and one for my little sister, who is also my running buddy and partner in crime. There are three colors available, but I immediately fell in love with the bright blue pair.
Since it’s been almost three years since I’ve run regularly, I know that I need to be smart about it. The Intel SMS Earbuds are awesome because not only do they fit into your ears incredibly well, they actually have a heart rate monitor built right into the earbuds. And for someone who is just getting back into exercise, tracking my heart rate is just plain smart, so I can make sure to not push my body too hard too fast. The earbuds have definitely been added to my list of running essentials.
As soon as the earbuds arrived, I knew I’d made a good choice. They came packaged in a bright blue box that matches the earbuds along with a setup guide and a code for one month free of the RunKeeper Elite app. Pairing my earbuds with the RunKeeper app was as simple as 1, 2, 3.
- Open the RunKeeper app.
- Go to settings in the app.
- Select “connect a device” and select analog headphones.
It only took me minutes to get my little sister all set up so she could take the earbuds out for a spin. After her run, she just kept talking about how well the earbuds stayed in her ears and how they didn’t move at all, even when she was dancing to the music.
In addition to having great sound quality (essential for listening to that perfect playlist), the earbuds also have an integrated charging system allowing the audio jack to power the headphones and heart rate monitor when they’re plugged into the music device, so no additional charging is necessary. And they come with a matching carrying case, so no more dealing with tangled earbud wires. That’s one more excuse to not run down the drain.