Refresh your Running Playlist

This weekend in Toronto the temperature is going up to an incredible high of TWELVE DEGREES CELCIUS!! sarcasm.

Truth be told, this buffer between cold and warm is my favorite temperature for running. Throw in the fact that I have found a few friends in my new-ish neighbourhood who also plan on crushing the Sporting Life 10K race in May, and suddenly we have ourselves a new running club that hits the pavement a few times a week.

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A friend transplanted in New York saw this running group picture and asked for a playlist to help get her motivated to run.  I love getting requests for specific posts, so ask and you shall receive!  My playlist needed some refreshing, so after some digging, prodding and listening to remix after remix, here you go – a spring playlist refresh to help move your legs. (N.B., Alex: if you plan on running another marathon, this won’t suffice – it’s just over an hour of music ;) )

The challenge I’d love some help in resolving is getting this mix to my phone. Soundcloud has a free app for streaming, which is one way of getting this to work. Any idea how I can download/copy this to my phone so I’m not reliant on having a healthy signal? Advice is appreciated!

Happy running/gymming/listening and hoping this helps to usher in spring!

Pump Up Your Workout Playlist

Maybe it’s the new year, maybe it’s the indulgences from the past holiday season, maybe it’s the twelve degree weather or perhaps I just have some ‘me’ time again, but I’m back in full force at the gym. Are you with me? Some of you must be – there are way too many people crowding the gym and running the streets for you not to be one of them.

If you’re doing anything other than going to group fitness classes (say, perhaps, the Nike Training Club workouts that are currently kicking my butt), I’m sure that you’d welcome new additions to your workout playlist. I’ve hunted down the best remixes, tried them out to make sure they keep my energy up and removed the tracks that I bore of easily. Truth be told, this is part of larger playlist that I’ve been listening to for a couple of years now. You should be able to download this playlist from Soundcloud to import it to your preferred music devices.

I’m officially on the hunt for some new tracks to freshen up my list, so please share your favorites with me! Once I’ve honed a new list, I’ll be sure to share it with you!

Get Moving: Tracks for your Workout Playlist

After a fun, indulgent and lazy long weekend, this morning it was back to the gym for me. Countless lunges, squats, crunches and time on the elliptical and treadmill isn’t easy for anyone and I find I need really great music with a quick pace (or beats per minute/BPM) to get me working hard right until the bitter end.

Once upon a time, I used special software that measured the BPM of all of my workout tracks to keep the songs and beats consistent (and consistently high). That playlist was wiped (sigh) and I’ve since been working to bring a solid playlist back together, mostly through memory and trial and error at the gym.

Over the next little while, I’ll share with you some of my favorite tracks to add to your playlist and keep things fresh.

Here are 5 of my favorites right now.

Amy Winehouse – Rehab (Hot Chip Remix)

Annie – Heartbeat (MSTRKRFT Remix)

Florence + the Machine – Kiss with a Fist

Cut Copy – Hearts on Fire

Cut Copy – Hearts on Fire (Aeroplane Pop Remix)

Daft Punk – Technologic (Peaches No Logic Remix)