A few days ago I went on an amazing run. One of those runs where before you know it, it's been almost an hour, and you feel like you could keep running forever. I headed out, without a specific route in mind, and just discovered my neighborhood a little bit more.
One of the best things about running outdoors that I often forget about is the fact that because you have to stop at red lights (if you are running in the city), you end up doing intervals instead of a straight run. I've already read about how much better interval-training is, compared to running nonstop, because the act of starting and stopping pushes the body a lot harder. It also feels easier, getting to stop every so often.
And the most crucial part of any run is the playlist. If I have a bad playlist and no new music, my run will almost without fail be shortened. The other day I put together this playlist, with some tracks taken from Angela from 'Oh She Glows'. I have some songs from the Glee Soundtrack on here. I don't even watch the show regularly, but I've found some of the cover songs to be really fun and motivating to run to.
So here it is, my Run-Extending Playlist.
|Here's a photo of supermodels running to inspire you.|
Moves Like Jagger- Maroon 5
We Found Love- Rihanna
Don't Stop Believin' - Glee Cast
Hurts Like Heaven- Coldplay
Mr. Saxobeat- Alexandra Stan
On the Floor- Jennifer Lopez
Misery- Glee Cast
Black and Yellow - Wiz Khalifa
Good Feeling- Flo Rida
Memories- David Guetta
The playlist is about 45 minutes long, which is perfect for a long, leisurely run outdoors.
Also, I'd like to mention that I run when hungover, and it really helps. Last night I had a few glasses of wine and am not feeling particularly perky but I know a run will straighten me out. People tend to have mixed feelings about this so I encourage you to try it. You might find that it gets rid of your hangover much better than that bloody mary and eggs ever could.
*Edited to add that my run really did annihilate my hangover!