My 2010 Running Playlist

Happy Tuesday, NMA readers!  Erin and I had to go out of town unexpectedly this weekend so I didn’t get in the long run I had planned, but I did get out for an hour or so with my dogs. My next 50K is in a little over a month, so I really need to put in some miles if I want it to be any easier than the last, which took me five and a half hours.

Megan and I wrote a joint Running Shorts post this weekend about iPods and running music.  It reminded me how sorry a state my running playlist is currently in, so I decided to give it an update for the not-so-new year.  I checked back to the post I wrote a long time ago about my favorite running songs, where Googlers continue to submit their favorites in the comments section, for some ideas.

I pulled a bunch of songs from there to form a new 2010 running playlist, to replace my tired old one.  Some are old, some are new; some I’ve heard before but had never considered the possibility of running to.  Others (ahem, Matchbox Twenty) are from bands that I can’t stand otherwise!  Here’s what I came up with to give myself a little kick in the pants this year.

2010 Running Songs

  • Nada Surf – Blankest Year. Nada Surf - The Weight Is a Gift - Blankest Year
  • Green Day – Jesus of Suburbia. Green Day - American Idiot - Jesus of Suburbia
  • Green Day – Minority. Green Day - International Superhits! - Minority
  • Dismemberment Plan – Gyroscope. The Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I - Gyroscope
  • Muse – Time is Running Out. Muse - Absolution - Time Is Running Out
  • Matchbox 20 – How Far We’ve Come. Matchbox Twenty - Exile On Mainstream - How Far We've Come
  • The Killers – Spaceman. The Killers - Day & Age (Deluxe Version) - Spaceman
  • Muse – Uprising. Muse - The Resistance - Uprising
  • Blink 182 – Feeling This. Blink-182 - blink-182 - Feeling This
  • Coldplay – Fix You. Coldplay - X & Y - Fix You
  • William Shatner – Common People. William Shatner - Has Been (Arranged By Ben Folds) - Common People

In my iTunes travels, I came across something called “Joan Benoit Samuelson’s Women’s Marathon Mix.” Various Artists - Joan Benoit Samuelson: Women?s Marathon Mix, Vol. 1 Joan Benoit Samuelson was the first women’s Olympic marathon champion in 1984, so she’s got some street cred in the running department.  But she sure doesn’t look like she rocks too hard.  Somewhat surprisingly, this running album actually has a lot of cool songs on it.  I kind of wonder why she called it a “women’s” marathon mix, though.  You have deeply offended me, Joan.

Please note: The links to iTunes on this post are affiliate links; that means I earn a few cents if you buy any of them.



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  1. For 5 hours of running, I hope you have more songs than that
    .-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..Why, Alton, Why? =-.

  2. Okay – I have to admit that I have said to myself for about two weeks that I need to take the Christmas music off the mp3 player. I also need to get a run playlist set up as I move much better to music.
    .-= Nicki´s last blog ..A New Beer Tried =-.

  3. Homemade pasta is so delicious . That’s so sweet of Erin to make that for you. I’d love for my husband to treat me to such a nice homecooked meal for my bday.
    .-= Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather´s last blog ..Stability Ball Theme =-.

  4. Green day and blink totally rock to work to! As does Pink (I think I’ve mentioned this before.) Ok, so I always have noted that I do not like mushrooms…but I think I might. What variety do you think I should try at home first? Whats a “mild” mushroom?
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Adjusted Tina Bars & Acorn Squash and Bean Chili =-.

    • Hey Erica, the most mild mushroom I know is white button; they’re the most common in grocery stores too. I think cremini (also called baby bella) are better, and still not too strong or wild tasting. But a lot of people who don’t like mushrooms dislike the texture, not the flavor. Which is it for you?

  5. Glad I found your blog! I’m just a wannabee runner, but I do need some new music for my MP3 – going to check out your list. Also following you on Twitter as @IsraeliMom now 🙂
    .-= Anne Moss´s last blog ..Four Healthy Vegan Sandwich Ideas =-.

  6. ummmm I’m kind of obsessed with William Shatner and his ridiculousness so thanks for introducing me to that song!

  7. That mushroom pasta looks SO GOOD! Hurray recipes 🙂

    Roosevelt has some really wonderful quotes.

  8. Nada Surf and Dismemberment Plan! Great music. I hadn’t thought about running to Dismemberment Plan but it definitely makes sense. haha

  9. Great play list, thank you for sharing!!!

  10. This list is just what I needed Matt – thanks for posting this.

    Nice to see one of my faves (Muse) on there.

    The new page ‘Favourite Things’ is awesome – useful and very readable layout.

  11. LOVE the quote!

  12. green day and muse are my favorite bands!

  13. VgnRunnerGirl says:

    I was looking for a song list for my marathon training and came across your site. I LOVE that you are also vegan/vegetarian so I am perusing your site for recipes and info. As a runner and Ironman distance triathlete, there’s not much info out there discussing a vegan diet for endurance training, and I just wanted to say thanks – I have totally bookmarked your page and plan to visit often!

  14. nice selection of songs, but i hope you dont sprint to the sounds of coldplay’s FIX YOU- it can get you sleepy 🙂
    however, it is an ideal streching songs for the end of your workout.
    i would like to add one to list from my songs- the all american rejects ‘move along’ its a kick ass song to speed up your pace!

  15. I love that you have “Common People” Willian Shatner version. I have that on my running playlist, and it always makes me smile…

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