Too Dorky For My Playlist

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After about ten years of working out to the 8 Mile soundtrack, my LA Marathon goal has finally inspired me to put a new workout playlist together. I’m not the kind of person who gets aggro and works out to death metal. I prefer to get extremely dorky and cheery. I thought I’d share with you my top ten. This goes out to all my fave running mom bloggers (Kristen, Christine, Tyler when you get back on your feet…).

A special holler to Jamie Ivey, who’s running the Chosen half-marathon for adoption this Saturday.

Warning: if you are allergic to eighties rollerskating music, major chords or show tunes, turn back now. That means you, honey.

1. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey. Shameless inspiration.
2. “Milkshake” by Kelis. Makes me feel sassy about hauling my big tush around the track.
3. “Fire Woman” by The Cult. Oh Ian, how I loved thee back in the day. Hair extensions and all.
2. “Champion” by Kanye West. Obvious, but effective.
3. “Hey Ya” by Outcast. The perfect running beat.
4. “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes. I like to picture roller skates on my feet.
5. “Let’s go Crazy” by Prince and the Revolution. Classic.
6. “Shiny Happy People” by REM. The cheerier the better.
7. “Riding on the Metro” by Berlin. Almost as good as a trip to Paris.
8. “Centerfold” by The J. Geils Band. Perhaps not as resonant if you never had the treat of seeing yourself in a magazine with a staple in your navel.
9. “Burnin’ for You” by Blue Oyster Cult. Reminds me of the juke box at a Jersey diner.
10. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem. No need to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Optional mega dork selection:
1. “Defying Gravity” from the Wicked soundtrack. Did I just admit that?

4 Responses to 'Too Dorky For My Playlist'

  1. Kerri says:

    I love it! Specially: Bette Davis Eyes, Milkshake, and Don’t Stop Believing. Sometimes a girl needs her Journey.

  2. Kristen says:

    Oh I love this list! You are making me want to start training again. Here is the list I used last year . . . but I’ve really gone more Glee lately. I need more happy in my life.

    Run On – Moby
    All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers
    Rag and Bones – White Stripes
    Fast As You Can – Fiona Apple
    Shackles – Mandisa
    Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
    She Wants to Move – NERD
    The Headphonist – Kinky
    Gold Digger – Glee Cast Version
    Sleep Now In the Fire – Rage Against the Machine
    Stronger – Kanye
    Block Rockin Beats – Chemical Brothers
    Single Ladies – Beyonce
    Saturday Night – Ozomatli
    This is It – Kirk Franklin
    Amos Story – Aaron Ivey
    Stop – Jane’s Addiction
    Shadow Stabbing – Cake
    I Wanna Get Free – The Hives
    Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas
    Give Me Something to Break – Limp Bizkit
    Keep It Rollin’ – Tribe Called Quest
    Hash Pipe – Weezer

  3. shawna says:

    These are good. I listen to a lot of Eminem, Gwen Stefani, old 80s rap, and ummm…Madonna while working out.

  4. Tyler says:

    HA! #1….best Journey song ever…ain’t nothin’ wrong with a little shameless inspiration. you go girl! I’ll be right behind you. xo

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