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Michele Gonzalez: My Running Playlist

Michele Gonzalez does most of her running solo, so she sometimes turns to music for some extra motivation.

Although I’ve been trying to limit my music usage on runs, I still love listening to it on easy recovery and long runs. I do 99 percent of my running solo, so the music is a great companion on the days I just need to get miles in. I plan to use music for my goal marathon—the Honolulu Marathon—in December.

There really is no one genre that I have on my playlist—it’s a mix of hip-hop, pop, country (I still love country after living in Texas for five years!), alternative and a handful of songs that are meaningful to me. My only requirement is that the song has to make me happy, excited or pumped up—something that is going to make me want to push harder and forget about the pain. Some of the songs are fast, others are slow. Some are acoustic while others are the live version with a screaming crowd in the background.

I typically won’t update a playlist during a training cycle. I love having new music to listen to on race day—I often wait until race week to find and download new songs that I’m not already bored with! So my race week to-do list often includes a bullet to update my playlist!

I’ve also been utilizing Pandora frequently these days rather than a set playlist. There’s something so fun about not knowing what songs will come on—I just set the channel I want to listen to (lately, my obsession is with the “Say Something” channel). And it means one less thing to worry about charging and bringing with me!

These are some of my favorites on my playlist right now:
Skinny Love — Birdy
Let Her Go (Acoustic) — Passenger
All About the Bass — Meghan Trainor
Read All About It, Pt III — Emeli Sande
Shake it Off — Taylor Swift

What are some of your favorite tunes on your playlist?