13.1 songs for 13.1 miles

running songs for a half marathon

With just two weeks left to the SeaWheeze and our hardest training run out of the way (congrats btw), it’s time to focus on the fun stuff… like getting together the ultimate race playlist. Here’s a list of 13.1 "take-my-aching-body-over-the-finish-line” songs curated by the folks who know running best, you guys!

13.1 songs for 13.1 miles

1. Dog Days Are Over – Florence and The Machine
2. So Close – Calvin Harris
3. My Body – Young the Giant
4. Run The World – Beyonce
5. Black Betty – Ram Jam
6. Midnight city – M83
7. Work Hard Play Hard – Wiz Khalifa
8. Promises – Skrillex
9. Let it Go – Dragonette
10. Let it Roll – Flo Rida
11. Run This Town – Jay Z Ft. Rihanna
12. Edge of Glory – Lady Gaga
13. Bombs Over Baghdad – Outkast
13.1 Run Forrest Run Remix …Seriously? Who comes up with this stuff!

True story - 13.1 songs will not be enough to get ya through 13.1 miles. Fear not, we’ve purposely built in time for you to unplug and take in the full SeaWheeze experience. We're with Aerosmith on this one... you won't want to miss a thing!

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When I ran my first half ( in LL shorts I hasten to add!) I asked friends to submit a song. If it made the cut (some of my friends have shockingly bad music tastes) then when that tune played on my half I would think about that person, how I knew and what they meant to me.

It was a very effective strategy! I am not an athlete, i was an overweight guy who had lost 60 pounds through running and juicing and needed all the psychological support I could get on my first half.

I still run in LL shorts, they are the most comfortable of all the brands out there.

Comment by Running On Juice — July 28, 2012 @ 7:59 am

Check Out my HIPP Play list in my book, Living HIPP–Happy Inspired Passionate and Peaceful. If you would like a copy, let me know.

Here is one:
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”!

Get HIPP, Share HIPP!

Comment by Pam Guyer — July 28, 2012 @ 8:10 am

LOVE this list!
Thanks for sharing! Always looking for new songs to keep me company on the trails! :)

Comment by Rana — July 28, 2012 @ 10:49 am

Do you set these playlists up on Pandora? If not, consider it! I’d totally follow.

Comment by Tracie B. — July 28, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

Totally downloaded some of these…and had a lot of them already! Great Play list.

Comment by Lauren @ Part Time House Wife — July 29, 2012 @ 4:44 am

You should make a Lululemon Spotify account and post all your great playlists there!

Comment by Katie — July 31, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

@ Tracie B. – can you create playlists on Pandora?

Wanted to share a link to a killer Calvin Harris/Florence + The Machines song: http://bit.ly/MRNBL5 (enjoy!!). Happy sweating-it-out!

Comment by erin @WELLinLA — August 1, 2012 @ 11:38 am

Run Forrest Run Remix is hilarious.

Comment by Jillian Walker — August 7, 2012 @ 12:13 am

Thanks for the great new playlist ideas. I post all of my playlists, but new inspiration is always great http://www.sadpony.com/search/label/playlist.

Comment by Wendy — August 29, 2012 @ 8:32 am

gonna make a playlist like this to get me through training. I’m not a runner AT ALL!! But im being challenged and will accept ;)

Comment by Priscilla — September 11, 2012 @ 9:53 am

I ran my first half last spring — Kelly Clarkson’s hit, Stronger was my go to song on my playlist that kept me going!

Comment by C. Coop — September 14, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

I have an awesome play list if you guys want one

California Girls by Katy Perry
Dance Again by Jennifer Lopez
On the Floor by Jennifer Lopez
Moves like Jaggar by Maroon 5
I like how it feels by Enrique Iglesias
Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
Lose yourself by Eminem
Run this town by Jay-z
Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga
Drive by by Train
Dirty dancer by Enrique Iglesias
U and ur hand by Pink
We found love by Rhianna
Good Girl by Carrie Underwood
Raise your glass by Pink

Comment by Danibrooklyn — September 17, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

I have to have a playlist with extra songs because sometimes I just am not feeling a certain song. But these usually make the cut – As Fast as You Can – Our Lady Peace, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson, Sweeter – Gavin Degraw, I Will Wait – Mumford and Sons.

Comment by Emilie — December 5, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

I find it most helpful to choose songs that have a BPM that matches my SPM. Translated, the beats of the song (beats per minute) line up with the speed of my stride (strides per minute). When they don’t, I end up running at a tempo that is neither cardiovascularly optimal or safe for my joints.

My optimal SPM is about 80, so if I pick songs around an 80 or 160 BPM, that works great!

There are some good free tools out there for analyzing the BPM of your mp3s on your computer. And itunes will make “smart” playlists based on a song’s BPM.

Comment by Karlie — December 31, 2012 @ 7:43 am

so so helpful!

Comment by aly leavitt — January 6, 2013 @ 10:14 am

This playlist is awesome! Music like this is so important when trying to go for significant distance. These songs really get me going.

Comment by Wheaten — January 15, 2013 @ 8:06 am

Nothing like some solid tunes to get you through a run. I find trail running with good music to be the perfect combination of stimuli. Great for all the senses! Keep up the great posts!

Comment by Steven Ganglion — January 15, 2013 @ 8:11 am

Excellent! Loved the power of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory”!

Comment by Gabriela — January 16, 2013 @ 10:57 am

Edge of glory is one of my favorite pump up songs. I’ll go for runs with it on repeat and keep on going. Awesome choice ladies!

Comment by Hallux Rigidus — April 18, 2013 @ 10:56 am

I found Work Hard Play Hard – Wiz Khalifa very offensive. I listened to the first minute and couldn’t keep count how many times Wiz said the “N” word! I’m offended!

Comment by Shari — June 21, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

Wow everyone has great song choices. I personally like a lot of older rock, Led Zeppelin to get into the groove and then sweet home alabama to keep my pace. A great starting song though is Lose Yourself by Eminem (watch the language though)

Comment by Billy Boy — August 7, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

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