Pumped Up Kicks

“You better run, better run, outrun my gun.”-Foster the People

417051_10151530624335299_1603940761_nOn Saturday morning, I ran a nice long 10.5 mile route along Kelly Drive and down the Schuylkill River Trail. The Kelly Drive/West River loop is a little over 8 miles and the River Trail is just about 2.5 miles. It’s an absolutely beautiful trail to run, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing. I run this route regularly. Lately, I’ve been doing a 6 mile route every other day. I took a little break, but now my legs and lungs are back to feeling strong. My times have been improving, and I think it’s because of my new work schedule AND reconstructed running playlist. I’ve added some new songs to keep me pushing myself. Plus, I’ve been randomly buying new running goodies to keep things bright in the dreary Philly winter months. Those tights are my new obsession. A nice bright orange pair of compression capris is the best way to light up Kelly Drive at 6:30am.

My typical running mornings start out at 6 am. I get up, eat two spoonfuls of peanut butter and drink a bottle of water. I get geared up then head over to Kelly Drive. It’s not far from my apartment, and there’s hardly any traffic that early in the morning. I give myself a couple of songs to warm up to, and then start my pace about 5 or 6 minutes in.  By the time “Va Va Voom” comes on, I’m ready to take off. I continue to run the pace that the song’s tempo provides, up until it’s time to cool down. Cool down  can be a tenth of a mile or a full mile.  It just depends on how long I’ve been running and how I feel towards the end. Stretching usually takes a few minutes so I let the music play, even though it only makes me want to keep running more. Now that I’ve given some insight into the beats that make me run, update your playlists and get out and run!

Song Artist
Pumped Up Kicks Foster the People
Don’t You Worry Child Swedish House Mafia
Scream & Shout will.i.am feat. Britney Spears
Va Va Voom Nicki Minaj
Feel So Close Calvin Harris
Die Young Ke$ha
All of the Lights Kanye West feat. Rihanna
The Show Goes On Lupe Fiasco
Heart of the City  Jay-Z
Around My Way Lupe Fiasco
Blazin Nicki Minaj & Kanye West
I Cry Flo Rida
Pound the Alarm Nicki Minaj
Who Dat Girl Flo Rida feat. Akon
Wild Ones Flo Rida feat. Sia
We R Who We R Ke$ha
Turn Around, Pt. 2 Flo Rida & Pitbull
We Run the Night Havana Brown feat. Pitbull
Turn Me On David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj
Where Them Girls At David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida
Who’s That Chick David Guetta feat. Rihanna
Cinema Benny Benassi
Houdini Foster the People
Titanium David Guetta feat. Sia
Diamonds Rihanna
Work It Missy Elliott
Back That Azz Up Juvenile

Oh and one last thing. HAPPY HOLY WAR! THE HAWK WILL NEVER DIE!

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