Friday Five – Fitness Tunes

Yay, happy Friday!

I had kind of a tough day at school Thursday. But it had a nice ending. I was still hanging around, getting ready to leave, finally, a bit after 4pm when my principal flagged me down as I was dropping off some student work in the main office. I had a really nice conversation with my principal about dealing with a really tough class I have towards the end of the day. I think the decision we made together about how to handle this class is going to help, and it feels really good when the conversation ends with your administrators saying “Don’t worry, we’ve got your back here.” Such a complete 180 from the last district I worked for. And it feels refreshing and reassuring.

I got home late and just couldn’t muster a run. I did take Griswold for a mile long walk. But I still felt the need to do something.


Yup. Got myself to the pool. My first swim since Irongirl Syracuse (oops) and it was tough but it sure did feel nice. Swimming can be so soothing sometimes. Took me thirty minutes to find my goggles and I ended up forgetting a towel, but the soggy ride home was worth those 1200 yards of bliss in the water.

But today is Friday and I’m here to play along with Cynthia, Mar, and Courtney for Friday Five. The theme for today is Favorite Fitness Tunes!I haven’t bought new music in a while, it’s on my to do list before Sunday, so bear with me here!

5. Roar – Katy Perry: Can’t lie. This song was stuck in my head my entire race at IM Syracuse and I sang it to myself, audibly, during the run. What else can you really do when five hours into a race the song is still on loop in your brain. Might as well sing along.

4. Paradise – Coldplay: This is one of those songs that I stick in the middle of my playlist. It has the right lyrics and tempo that when it comes on you just put your head down and dig deep.

3. Anything by Pitbull: Yup, I cannot deny my love for Pitbull. Not really, I wouldn’t normally listen to him, but his music always has the perfect beat and tempo to match my running pace to. I love running to Pitbull and I have more of his music on my playlist then I’d like to admit.

2. Stronger – Kanye West: This song has been in a top spot on my running playlist since my high school days. It has the highest play count over any single song in my itunes library by at least ten fold. This song will never not push me to work harder, better, faster, stronger. And for those of you who are asking, yes, I have the original version by Daft Punk in my mix too.

1. Wake Me Up – Avicii: This song was my anthem during Syracuse training. And whenever I hear it, it reminds me of how far I’ve come and how far I still want to go. This will be my Ironman anthem someday. Someday soon, hopefully.

I do have a short list of downloads I plan to buy up tomorrow. I’m totally open to more suggestions though. I could use some new jams badly!

Best song to get you pumped up?

Favorite finish line song?


14 Thoughts on “Friday Five – Fitness Tunes

  1. I would agree with you – anything by Pitbull is great! Pitbull remixes- even better! I also like Imagine Dragons.
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  2. I have Wake Me Up on my race playlist!

  3. It’s an oldie, but I love P!nk “Raise your glass” to get pumped. “Bailando” by Enrique has a really good tune also.

    I don’t listen to music while I run, so I don’t really have a finish line song.
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  4. All great songs! I agree anything w Pitbull I am a fan of.
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…Songs that were Made for Runners and a FREEBIE FOR YOUMy Profile

  5. Paradise!!! YES!!!!! LOVE that song!
    Phaedra @ Blisters and Black Toenails recently posted…Getting my Gobble On & A Weekly Re-capMy Profile

  6. I love Coldplay as well and Wake Me Up is a great song! Stronger by Kanye is always on my Ipod…that one gets me going every time. Linkin Park is my favorite band, so I find that bunches of their songs are great training tunes!

    My “anthem” during IM training was Feel This Moment by Pitbull ft Christina Aguilera. I would think about how amazing it would feel crossing the finish line and it would pump me up every time! Now when I hear it I think about all the hours I spent training and how amazing it WAS crossing that finish line! I think this one will also ALWAYS be on my Ipod!!!
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  7. Great choices. Nothing wrong with some oldies. I have way older ones on my list.
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  8. i love your list! such fun songs and they always pump me up!
    Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC recently posted…Friday Five: Five Fav Fitness TunesMy Profile

  9. I have been loving Katy Perry’s song “This Is How We Do”. I really need to get my butt back into the pool.
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  10. I love anything by Britney Spears to get me moving, especially “work Bit$#” Great playlist!

  11. This song wasn’t in my top 5, but now that I think about it, I do think it’s my pump up song: Scream & Shout by & Britney Spears. And my favorite finish line song is definitely Hall of Fame by Script & Best song ever! Oh and I love me some Pitbull too!
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  12. YES #3 always #3 – can’t believe I forgot to include Pitbull on my list – love him!
    Mar on the Run! recently posted…Friday Five: Favorite TunesMy Profile

  13. I love all your songs! Katy Perry is basically my favourite, but I also get a lot from Eminem on my list. Sia’s Chandelier is exquisite, and makes me want to pick my butt up and run.
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