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A fantastic soundtrack, especially when it’s still cold and dark outside, is exactly what you need to both get you in the mood to run and pep you up on a run.

As a rule I always run to music. Occasionally, however, I run without it. There’s something about running which I find is very good for clearing my mind. It’s cathartic. It’s even more so when you decline distraction in favour of concentrating on your breathing. I naturally then start to work through problems or I will simply enjoy taking in my surroundings.

Notwithstanding that rare exception, when pounding the pavements what I really need loud music which is both empowering and has really good beat. This is particularly true when I run a half-marathon or marathon (I learned too late that Bath Half doesn’t allow music at all (and they are a stickler for enforcing that rule)). Get the right track and music will pick you up when you are flagging and spur you on. Or, if you are running well and you are feeling strong then the right track can make you feel  untouchable.

I have gone through my running playlists (going back nearly a decade) to pick the crème de la crème of high energy tunes.

For me, listening to a cracking set of tunes combined with a large dose of stubbornness is the exactly what I need to get me around a course.

If you need some songs to get you out the door and running (and keep running), these, in my experience, will do the trick:


Power – Kanye West

Eez-eh – Kasabian

Crown On The Ground – Sleigh Bells

Over And Done With – The Proclaimers featuring Nicky Campbell

Creeping up the Backstairs – The Fratellis

Rumour Has It – Adele

Selfmachine – I Blame Coco

Gangster Trippin’ – Fat Boy Slim

Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna

Poker Face – Lady Gaga

Weight of Living Part II – Bastille

Supermassive Black Hole – Muse



Run The World – Beyoncé

Harder Better Faster Stronger – Daft Punk

Bulletproof – La Roux

Naughty – Matilda The Musical (a bizarre choice you might think but trust me)

Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars

Dog Days Are Over – Florence & The Machine (a staple for seven years)

Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

Fighter – Christina Aguilera

The Distance – Cake

Lose Yourself – Eminem



You Make My Dreams – Daryl Hall& John Oates (always the first song on my playlist)

Ca Plane Pour Moi -Plastic Bertrand (one of my favourites)

Rolling on a River – Tina Turner

Peanut Butter Jelly – Galantis

Runnin’ (Lose It All) – Naughty Boy featuring Beyoncé & Arrow Benjamin

Town Called Malice – The Jam

Shut Up And Dance – Walk The Moon

Good Feeling – Flo Rida

Paper Planes – M.I.A.

99 Red Balloons – Nena



I’d love to know your song choices – it might take me a little while to see them, I’ve been listening to all of these songs whilst writing the post and I am going to have my trainers on and be out the door in five minutes!