Running Music for 40 Somethings

Training for a half marathon gives you time to think, ponder and reflect.

Last Saturday I ran 10 miles in preparation for my half marathon I’m running this Saturday.

Running for 2 hours requires your ipod/mp3 player to be full of good high energy music to keep you motivated!

I decided to share the tunes that keep me running in hopes to help others stay motivated. 😉



Tears For Fears

  • Shout
  • Head Over Heels
  • Mad World
  • Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)
  • Mothers Talk
  • Change

Book of Love

  • I Touch Roses
  • Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes)
  • Alice Everyday
  • Getting Faster
  • Pretty Boys & Pretty Girls
  • Tubular Bells
  • Counting The Rosaries

Depeche Mode

  • Just Can’t Get Enough
  • Everything Counts (Huntemann Remix)
  • Strangelove
  • Peace
  • Walking In My Shoes
  • Shake The Disease (Tiga Remix)

Various 80’s Songs

  • Music Box Dancer by Pepe
  • The Walk (Infusion Mix) by The Cure

Various 90’s Songs

  • Better Off Alone by Alice Deejay
  • Twilight Zone (Rave Version) by 2 Unlimited
  • Move Any Mountain by The Shamen
  • Popcorn by Crazy Frog
  • Get Ready For This by Crazy Frog
  • Blue by Eiffel 65

Various 2000’s

  • Hello by Martin Solveig
  • Hearing Damage by Thom Yorke
  • Let’s Get Lost by Beck
  • I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ (Paper Factory Version) by Scissor Sisters
  • Heads Will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • One More Time by Daft Punk
  • Shake It by Metro Station
  • Atlas by Battles
  • Ambling Alp by Yeasayer
  • My Body by Young the Giant
  • Till The World Ends by Britney Spears
  • Forward Motion by Meese
  • Tell Me It’s Over by Meese
  • Love And Affection by Neon Trees
  • Girls And Boys in School by Neon Trees
  • Farther Down by Neon Trees
  • Running Up That Hill by Placebo
  • Amazing (Kaskade Remix) by Seal
  • Sunrise by Simply Red
  • Punching In A Dream by The Naked And Famous
  • Young Blood by The Naked And Famous

Owl City

  • Galaxies
  • Deer In the Headlights
  • The Real World
  • Angels
  • Honey and the Bee
  • Kamikaze
  • Alligator Sky

Mat Kearney

  • Ships In The Night
  • Count On Me
  • Sooner Or Later
  • Chasing The Light
  • Learning To Love Again
  • Down
  • She Got The Honey
  • Young Dumb And In Love
  • Hey Mama

Ellie Goulding

    • Run Into the Light (Whole Album)

This album has been a favorite of mine while training this time.  Ellie is a runner.  You can tell she remixed these songs for running!  It’s perfect for 3 miles.

Christian Running Music

  • Fields of Grace by Big Daddy Weave
  • In My Heart by Jump5
  • With All of My Heart by Zoe Girl
  • R U Sure About That? by Zoe Girl
  • Here and Now by Zoe Girl
  • Mega-Mix (from Shine) by Newsboys
  • 02 Avalon Remixed (whole album) by Avalon
  • Come Together by Third Day
  • Get On by Third Day
  • Revolutionary Love by David Crowder Band
  • No One Like You by David Crowder Band
  • Flood by Jars Of Clay
  • Get Back Up by Toby Mac

Fitness Mix Album by K2 Groove

  • Ride Like The Wind
  • I Ran
  • Chariots of Fire
  • All I Need Is A Miracle

Shan’s TIP: I highly recommend you DO NOT listen to your running music when you are NOT RUNNING.  This ensures you will not get tired/bored of the song while running.

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  1. Your tip at the end is so true!! And it’s funny, when I hear one of my running “tracks” when I’m not running, say on the radio, I start to feel like I need to go for a run! It can be motivating (or it can make you feel guilty).
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  2. First off, I am on my iPhone waiting for my van to be serviced. Enjoying the mobile version! I couldn’t agree more about running with music. You have eclectic taste that provides lots of variety I bet. We have a few overlaps 🙂 Will you race with or without your music?

    • Oh good, glad to hear the mobile version is working well. Hubby likes it too. “Loads faster than the original, ” he says. 😉 I do have a very wide variety of tastes, but most of these songs have a steady beat to help keep me running. I laughed reading your last question because the answer is a LOUD resounding YES! When we are running together I will have it turned off or turned down low. The first half I ever ran…I ran with my best friend. We talked the whole way while my mp3 player stayed off and in my pocket. At mile 12 she told me to “go!” She didn’t intend on running the full half because of her having injuries. So I put on my headphones and powered up the music! I felt like I was running like the wind passing people on my last mile of the race. The music pushed me along and it felt great! Not sure I will feel the same way being 9 years older…we shall see. But since I haven’t had anyone to train/talk with this time, I’m thinking I will need my music on low. I hope I can talk without it being a burden while running.

  3. Great choices! now all I need is the will to run 🙁
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  4. I love your music choices!!!!
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  5. A lot of great songs you got there. I agree with you with your tip to not listen to it when you’re not running. I mean, hearing my songs for running or for workout makes me wear those rubber shoes and start running. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
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  6. Without the music. I won’t be able to train all – I go for rock ‘n roll!
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