Move to the Music

By Megan Cox

Because I’ve been relegated to the treadmill for my first few weeks of training, it’s time to talk about one critical element of machine-bound running: music.

As you may know by now, this mama of two (one of which is a mere eight-weeks old—hello 3 a.m. feedings!), is working toward her first race in four years. I’ve got six months before my half marathon, and the month of June is devoted to getting back into the swing of things—namely, being able to run a 5k at a passable speed (i.e,, something faster than a power walk).

So, my iPod is my new best friend. However, I haven’t been updating it on a regular basis, and the hodge podge of Broadway musical numbers, nineties tunes, and expired Top 40s (I’ve got Brittany Spears songs before her meltdown on there—gasp!) is enough to make me blush. Besides, I’ve got to get some songs that really rev me up. I’m not so fond of the treadmill.

I’ve got a few tunes to get me started—Colbie Caillet’s “Brighter than the Sun,” Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten,” Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars,” and Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” are a few favorites that are definitely making my training playlist. I also love Muse’s “Supermassive Black Hole,” and no, I don’t care if you think it’s lame because it was from the movie Twilight. I am past thirty and care more about what I like than being cool. Not that I was cool before…

Anyway, if you, like me, are searching for good running tunes, a quick Google search will lead you to a variety of sites with songs to get you motivated. One site that looks pretty awesome is It’s a site for runners designed by runners, and it can help you manage playlists and find songs that coordinate with the length of your workout and even the pace of your mile! Isn’t technology the bomb?

I’m always open for suggestions, so if you know any songs that are good for a steady jog, please post them here! And I promise I won’t judge, even if you have a fondness for nineties boy bands!

This is a guest post by Megan Cox, an Oklahoma City-based novelist, writer and contributing blogger for HalfMarathons.Net. Learn more about Megan at her website.

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