What’s On Your Playlist? – The Music That Motivates Me

I am currently in the middle of a big run and bike-focused training block that has been leaving me feeling a little bit less than fresh.  Last week I got on the bike on the final day of a hard three-day push, and I didn’t know if my legs were going to carry me through.  So what did I do?  I BLARED my music, not just to motivate me, but also to help me look past the exhaustion and visualize what was possible.

The result?  Well… I pretty much blew at the start (ha!), but I stuck with it, my legs came around and I actually had an extremely successful bike workout, and then a great run session and day as a whole.  It was huge for me mentally to see that even when I’m tired and beat down, my body still has the capacity to perform and perform well.  It is often our state of mind that is the limiting factor.

For me music motivates.  It gets me going.  It helps me believe in myself.  When I listen to music I am able to easily envision winning a race, or toughing out a hard part of a course, or feeling great and strong in the face of difficult situations.  Music facilitates positive mental visualization, and it is those thoughts that help push me in every workout that I do.

Every person is different.  Some people listen to heavy metal, show tunes, country.  But for me, its rap, hip hop and techno.

Here is my playlist that got me through Thursday’s training.  And no, it’s not a typo – I have some songs on there multiple times.  Don’t laugh, just enjoy J!!

Little Red’s Playlist 1:

  • Where The Girls At – David Guetta (feat. Niki Minaj)
  • Right Round – Flo Rida
  • Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
  • Love the Way You Lie – Eminem (Feat. Rihanna)
  • Lose Yourself – Eminem
  • Getting Over You – David Guetta (Feat. Fergie & LMFAO)
  • Silence – Delerium (Feat. Sarah McLachlan)
  • Sandstorm – Darude
  • Angel – Akon
  • Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  • Dog Days Are Over – Florence & The Machine
  • All the Above – Maino (Feat. T-Pain)
  • Levels – Avicii
  • The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco
  • Rolling In The Deep – Adele
  • Without You – David Guetta (Feat. Usher)
  • Good Feeling – Flo Rida
  • Animal – Habitats
  • Good Feeling – Flo Rida
  • Good Life – OneRepublic
  • Levels – Avicii
  • Heartless – Kanye West
  • Angel On My Shoulder – Kaskade
  • Midnight City – M83
  • Young Blood – The Naked and Famous
  • California Love – 2Pac
  • Yeah – Usher (Feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris)
  • American Boy – Estelle (Feat. Kayne West)
  • Hypnotize – Notorious B.I.G.

Happy listening!

Don’t Dream It.  Be It.



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