How to build a running playlist


Step 1: Get yourself an iPod or similar and invest in a comfortable pair of headphones (there is nothing worse than having to faff around with a dodgy pair mid-run).

Step 2: Have a rough idea of how long you will be running for. You want to tailor the playlist to fit the natural arc of your run.

Step 3: Start with a song you LOVE - one that makes you happy. Then hopefully, within the first 30 seconds you will be thinking ‘This is such a great song, I LOVE this song’ not focusing on the fact that you are running.


Step 4: When compiling your playlist keep in mind that some of the best running playlists are akin to guilty pleasures playlists. These songs need to keep you moving – if Britney Spears, Girls Aloud, Ace of Base and N Sync do it for you, queue ‘em up. There’s no shame in it! (A good motto all round where running is concerned – it’s a sweaty, red-faced business)

Step 5: The middle section of your run will probably be the hardest. You’re feeling the burn but not yet on the home straight. Shouty, angry songs work well at this point. Jay Z, grunge and scorned lovers (ahem, Taylor Swift) should get you through.


Step 6: For the sprint finish something pacey with a driving beat is perfect. Then throw another happy tune on at the end to stretch out to.

TOP TIP: Change your playlist every couple of weeks, especially if you often run the same route. Monotony does not a motivated runner make. If you know which tree you pass when Beyonce tells you Jay-Z’s love got her lookin’ so crazy right now, you need to mix it up.

Georgia's #ELLErun Playlist

Heartbeats by The Knife

Call me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen

Crazy in Love by Beyonce

We are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift

99 problems Jay Z

Infinity Guitars by Sleigh Bells

Celebrity Skin by Hole

Some Nights by Fun

Dancing on My Own by Robyn

Give it Up by KC and the Sunshine Band

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