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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I heart Young Love

Mat KearneyDo you remember the first album you purchased or were given?

I think I was about 8 when I received my first album.  For as long as I can remember, music has been a passion of mine.  I know I don’t thank my creator enough for the blessing of hearing.  The ability to hear {for people who have this sense} is something most of us take for granted.  I can’t imagine my life without music nor do I want to.

It is extremely rare to find an album where I like every single song included.  I am always happy, being the practical person that I am, when I like at least HALF the songs on the album.  This way I feel like I am getting my money’s worth. {snicker}  It is a huge disappointment when I purchase an album {because I like one song & think I will like most of the group’s music} and only like the one song they play on the radio.  Fortunately, these days we don’t have to purchase the album without sampling it online.

This month, on August 2nd to be exact, Mat Kearney released his new album, Young Love.

Who is Mat Kearney?

Mat Kearney LiveOregon born Singer-Songwriter plays acoustic folk with a twist of hip hop attracting a wide range of fans.  Mat moved to Nashville after his junior year at California State University to pursue music.  It was also at this time when Mat picked up a guitar for the first time. Using a roommate’s guitar, he tried covering other songs. Realizing he was not too good at it, he began writing his own. Though things were going well for Mat at school, Chico caught up to him. At a school known for its partying, Mat fit right in. In an interview, Mat said, “I guess I lived it up and did what everyone said you should do in college. I discovered the depth of depravity, the bleakness of that lifestyle. It just wasn’t working. I finally started understanding there must be more to life.” Mat continued, “God found me when I was at my lowest point. That was the first time in my life when I really felt like I understood who Jesus was- it was more than knowing about Him, I felt like He met me in that time and place.”

You might recognize the song Nothing Left to Lose.  This was the first song of Mat’s I heard and instantly fell in love with.  Many other people did too as it has sold over 500,000 copies and won numerous BMI awards.  All I Need is one of my favorite songs on his album Nothing Left to Lose as well.  It was written about 2 of his friends in New Orleans and their experience during Hurricane Katrina.  He did a beautiful job bringing emotion into this song.  All I Need was also featured on Grey’s Anatomy and NCIS and began to chart on iTunes top 100 downloaded songs. It peaked at #94 on the Billboard Pop 100. {click on name of song to see music video of song}

Another song you probably know is the brilliant Closer to Love.  This song received airplay on both secular and Christian outlets.  However, one of my favorite songs from the same album, City of Black & White is Here We Go.

Mat’s songs have appeared on the following television series: 30 Rock, Dirty Sexy Money, Kyle XY, The Unit, Without A Trace, Laguna Beach, The Hills, Bones, Jericho, Friday Night Lights, Wildfire, What About Brian, South Beach, 8th & Ocean, One Tree Hill, Scrubs, The Closer, NCIS, Life Unexpected, Grey’s Anatomy and The Vampire Diaries. His song Runaway is featured on the Soul Surfer movie soundtrack.

Both Nothing Left to Lose and City of Black & White are what I consider very good albums.  I have listened to both countless times and they always make me feel good.  Mat’s music is easy on the ears, just as he is easy on the eyes. {But I LOVE my husband…don’t get jealous, honey ;)}  Both albums are well worth the purchase and then some.  You never have to worry about the language of the lyrics.  They are family friendly albums. 😀

Mat Kearney’s new album, Young Love is amazing!  I LOVE every single song!  I was uber excited to listen to his new album after seeing Mat in at Blissdom Blog Conference. {Maybe you remember me talking about it back in January?}  If you have the opportunity to see him live, do it!  He sounds just as good live as he does in his recordings.  I have to tell you little more about his show at Blissdom.

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Picture this, small venue at one of the Bar’s in the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.  {You can tell how small when you see my photos included in this post}  The only people allowed into this bar/show were the Blissdom attendees who consist of 99% women.  It was funny.  After Mat sang his first song he says, “This has to be every man’s dream, right here.”  Later in the show he remarked, “I am pretty sure this is the most documented show I’ve ever done.”  Seriously, every where you looked women were on their phones tweeting about the show.  Honestly, I thought it was kind of on the rude side.  Fortunately, he knew who his audience (social media, nature of the business) was and had a very good sense of humor about it.  He spelled his name for everyone so they could follow him on twitter.  Me, can you guess what I was doing?  Of course…I was there with my camera taking shot after shot {trying to contain my dancing feet since nobody was dancing.}

The first time I listened to Young Love I caught my 8 year old daughter dancing around the pool to it.  She gives two thumbs up, too. 😉  I have listened to this album almost every day since it was released.  The lyrics are about love, marriage and family.  Guess that’s to be expected from a newlywed.  Congratulations to Mat & Annie who were married in June of 2010.  If you want to learn more about the talented Mat Kearney, including concert tour dates, go to his website or check out the special interactive widget below.

Place your cursor over the widget {photo} to see dots. Click on the dots to be able to:

  • See the Hey Mama music video
  • Get the Lyrics
  • Join Mat Kearney’s Facebook Page
  • Get your concert tickets to see Mat
  • Listen to Hey Mama

Sources: Wikipedia and Rhapsody

This unpaid review was written because I am a fan of Mat Kearney’s music.  All opinions expressed are my own. I am grateful my friends at One2One Network are sending me Young Love as a gift. It will be in my car CD player from now on. 🙂 Thank you One2One Network.

Music Brings JOY,

Blissfully Blogging with Music

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I’m excitedly preparing for a conference called Blissdom. It’s a blog conference devoted to helping bloggers connect in real life as well as improving their blogs. It’s interesting to hear the comments I receive when I tell friends & family I’m attending. Being a blog reader for several years now, I am used to seeing blog conference badges. I’m realizing how ‘unique’ I am in my little world. This is one of the reasons I’m grateful to attend.

Many of the blogs I read are very helpful in my everyday life. I like ones who help me with organizing, books, decorating, photography, crafts, scrapbooking, running, parenting, etc. Many of these bloggers have similar interests as me. They might share my faith. Many have children and stay home as well. So, I’m looking forward to meeting women I feel like I know already from reading their blogs.

I looked back yesterday and realized I have been blogging since August 2008. Reading over some of those early posts I wrote are very enlightening. Some of them kind of surprise me. Is that really me? I began my blog to be able to keep in touch with my friends and family on a regular basis. A place for me to share my photos and journal about our family life. As with most things, it has evolved and changed over the years. I enjoy having a little place in the cyber world that is just my own. It keeps me grounded and helps me not forget who I am, as most Mom’s can do when their children are young. {incredibly therapeutic too!}

Most of my readers are usually family and friends. I love it when they leave me comments. 🙂 Every once in a while I will have other visitors who find me from a link party or such. I even had a well known author write a comment. What a special surprise! Meeting and making new friends this way has given me a sweet boost. Basically, it’s taking me a while to get to this point, {sorry!} I am hoping to be able to learn more about this at the conference.

After registering I received an extra special bonus when Blissdom announced Michelle Branch & Matt Kearney would be performing for the attendees! Music is HUGE in my life. These adult alternative artists are superbly talented. I have enjoyed listening to their music and decided to share the above playlist. Enjoy!

Music is what feelings sound like,