Couch to 5K Workout Mix- Top Ten Tuesday


Well there it is. Out there for all of the internet to see. I am doing Couch to 5K. I have not mentioned it because that means you all know. And what you should know is I hate running.

I am not sure hate is a strong enough word. I might even be allergic. Have I mentioned before on this blog that I used to “run”? As in I went out for cross country in high school. I was consistently last on the JV team. And as my parents will be quick to remind you, there may have been a race in which I faked a knee injury so I didn’t have to run anymore.

So I had heard a lot about C25K and how in honestly took you from the couch to running a race. I have been working out taking kickboxing classes 3-4 times a week at the gym so I am a small step above couch ridden. But it is a small step.

In my attempts to become a runner I am actually not hating it too much. I never want to do it before I hop on the treadmill, but I start to enjoy it a little midway through. So we’ll see how I feel as the weeks go by. What I do know is that part of the reason I am sticking to this thing is my music mix.

So I present the Top Ten Tunes on my C25K playlist. Disclaimer: my faith should not be judged by my music taste. I listen to God honoring music almost all the time but when I am exercising I need some bass. And apparently some borderline inappropriate lyrics……

  1. Single Ladies (Beyoncé): This is a must. My only problem is I long to throw my hands up when she tells me too. Not sure how that would play out at the gym.
  2. Good Things (BoDeans): This is my favorite cool down song. It brings me back to a happy place.
  3. Mercy (Duffy): This song is on multiple playlists of mine cause it is just that awesome.
  4. SexyBack (Justin Timberlake): If loving Justin Timberlake is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
  5. Raise Your Glass (Pink): This song is infectious. Again, I have to resist doing some fist pumps during it, but this song gets me moving!!
  6. Yeah (Usher): I can’t possibly defend the lyrics of this song. They are really foul. So I kind of hate that I love it but I do. What it really makes me want to do is dance, but it also makes me run.
  7. Disturbia (Rihanna): The beat in this song is undeniable. And it is almost in perfect time to the tempo my feet want to move. I also have “Please Don’t Stop The Music” in the mix.
  8. Boom Boom Pow (Black Eyed Peas): I really don’t know what to do with you if you don’t like this song. Truly.
  9. Poker Face (Lady Gaga): I personally find her to be so annoying, but darn it, I can’t deny some of her songs are awesome.
  10. Tik Tok (Ke$ha): See above explanation. I mean I just had to type a DOLLAR SIGN for her name (and spell check just exploded). But if this song isn’t on your workout mix you are missing out. It is awesome to run to. And *gulp* my personal favorite workout song on the list.
  11. What is on your workout mix?

    This post is linked up to Top Ten Tuesday over at Oh Amanda who is coincidentally also running a bit. And probably listening to holier music than me. She will also most likely not know any of these songs….


  1. Jennifer McDoug says:

    I juat downloaded c25k today. I have been walking for a while, but the whole running thing is new. I desperately like the idea of being a runner, but am not sure my body can hang. We’ll see! I will look forward to hearing how it goes for you!

  2. Love it! (Don’t love boom boom pow, though… don’t hate me). We like (and feel shameful about) so many of the same catchy awesome (slash terrible) songs!!! :)
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  3. Hmmm….don’t have a play list b/c I don’t run!

    Good luck with the 5K!
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  4. I have been hearing such good things about the C25K program and just CANNOT wait till start it. But there is still too much ice on the ground here, couple weeks maybe. I have never exercised period before so it should be interesting :) Because of the never exercising I don’t currently have workout songs but mine would probably be very much like yours only add some Eminem. Guess we’ll find out soon *crossing fingers*
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  5. I love C25K! I ran a half marathon in 2 hours and 21 minutes, two years ago. Then I had my sixth kid. I’m still trying to get my running legs back. I use C25K when I run outside because I hate running outside and don’t push myself enough without it. I am loving the training program though.

    I listen to lots of music when I run. I like Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars. I still love Hey Ya by OutKast even though it is so old. I want to find out the titles of the some of the songs we use in Zumba because I love them. Alive Again by Matt Maher is good and clean. ;)

  6. I’m no runner, but I LOVE your list! “Mercy” and “Raise Your Glass” are favorites.

  7. I did C25K last spring and it’s a great way to become a “runner.” I have #’s 1, 3, 9, and 10 on my playlist. It’s cracked me up what you said about your workout mix and your faith. I feel the same way!! My kids always want to know why they can’t listen to that playlist.

  8. You will be proud to know that I know uhm…2 of these songs. But you should be happy to know that when I hear Mercy (also one I could listen to on repeat) I think of Katee and Twitch.

    And yes. I just got my confirmation that I am indeed RUNNING a 10K in July. #holdme
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  9. Renee says:

    Awesome Jill! Remind me to tell you the time when Jeff and I ran a 5K together – it was pretty funny. You will do great!

  10. Becky says:

    Some songs I couldn’t sit still during if I was tied down include these 4 from Kenny Loggins: Footloose, I’m Alright, Danger Zone, and Playing with the Boys.

    Other than that, I got nothun’ because it looks like you’re more of a Beyonce/Rhianna kinda gal and I’m more of a Daughtry/Default kinda gal.

    Although for something completely different (and if you have great earbuds) try Great Day by Lindsey Buckingham.

  11. I agree about Raise Your Glass! I can’t sit still when I hear it! I crank it up when it comes on the radio… in my minivan. Hm.

    I’ve done week 1 of C25K but then I was a Slacky McSlackerson for a week. When I finally get back to it tomorrow, I’ll probably start on week 1 again. I didn’t hate it. It was kind of cool because I’ve never run (unless you count trying to catch up to the ice cream truck when I was a kid).

    Thanks for the ideas to add to my playlist!! I’ll be checking them out. Good luck with the rest of your C25K!
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  12. Monet Parret says:

    THANK YOU! You have made me feel so much better about my ipod! As a woman of faith I feel pressure from the Church as a whole not to listen to anything that doesn’t praise God. But my workout mix needs some umph. If i’m going to run (and that’s a big if) i need something to help me keep pace like the remixed version of Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne . You can totally run to that song! It’s also fun to do sit-ups to “Don’t stop til you get enough” by Michael Jackson. You’ll laugh at yourself when you tell Michael you’ve had enough but the music compels you to keep going. Good luck with the C25K. All I do these days is exercise at home with my Wii.

  13. Love “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga, and “Raise your glass”, too. They are infectious, get you going songs. Good for you for putting it “out there” on the blog. Accountability, right?
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  14. have been looking for a good play list to run to. thanks for sharing yours :)
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  15. Runnermoomy says:

    The music from Glee. And you can go on iTunes and find running compilations.

  16. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been wanting to start C25K. I’ve been struggling with finding Christian music to run to. So far I’ve got We Shine by Stellar Kart, Hero and Awake & Alive from Skillet and No One Like You, Running Out of Time & Come Alive by Barlow Girl. I will have to listen to some of yours and see what works for me. Thanks so much for sharing =)

  17. Love the list! Single Ladies is a catchy song–I don’t care who you are! I love “Mr. Blue Sky” and “Don’t Bring Me Down” by ELO for mood pick-me-ups while I’m running. “Somebody Told Me” by the Killers also has a good beat. I agree, sometimes wholesome music with a good beat is hard to come by.
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    • Oh my word how lame am I that I don’t know who ELO is!! I used to be so much hipper before I had kids :)

      • You’re not lame! They’re actually a 70s band I only know about because my parents listened to them. I haven’t actually heard of two of the artists you listed, and I probably wouldn’t recognize most of the songs if I heard them. I’m very lame about knowing who’s who in music these days…and I’m 25 with no kids! I’m waiting for future babies to get me back into the music scene–maybe some Yo Gabba Gabba will help me out!
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  18. Good luck with the run! I have hated running ever since they made us do it in gym class. Rock on :)!

  19. You’re going to think I’m crazy when I write this, but try it! A great song to pump you up is Somebody to Love by Queen. I’m telling you it works.
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  20. Great list. I used to listen to this type of upbeat music when I ran off and on back in the day. It’s been about 3 years. Good luck on your C25K. You could end up being a running fanatic by the end of it all. Or you may keep the motto of my friend “why run when you can walk?”
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  21. LOVe that couckto5k – it’s how I started running and last year completes 2 1/2 marathons. I think I can say I’ve run a marathon now…in installments :)
    I love the bodeans – and that song is one my list too. You’re the oNLY other person who even seems to know it exists. I think it’s a good “get me out of a funk” song too.
    I really like Lady smith Black mamabazo – the african beat from ANY song off their favorits album is awesome – But I especially love to clap when I run (and I run on a long secluded stretch of road GPS can’t find) Emgodini & rejoice: now my spell check is exploding…
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  22. So now that I have the playlist, the app and the new shoes, does that mean I actually have to get off the couch?
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  23. Wahoo! I did a playlist Top Ten, too, and I have to tell you that some of your songs are on my playlist!

    Disturbia is my power song — I love it, probably because I’m a little bit on the crazy side.

    I wanted to put Tik Tok on my list, but I just couldn’t stomach it. :)

  24. Throw some Katy Perry (Teenage Dream and/or Firework) in there, and I’m with ya. I need to update my iPod and get my butt off the couch. I tried C25K a couple of years ago and banged up my knee. I need to get back on it! :)
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  25. Abbie J says:

    My gym has a class called Body & Soul. It’s a regular aerobics type class but it uses Christian music. Toby Mac’s I get Back Up is a great motivator! Here’s a link to the current song list if you’re interested http://www.bodyandsoul.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53&Itemid=63
    Good luck with the C25K

  26. I’m headed to itunes now to download a few that you mentioned. I also need some serious motivation to run! Good luck

  27. I love all these songs! Music is a great way to get moving!
    I think I will be cleaning house today with some loud music :)

  28. I did Couch to 5K last year, and I am starting it again this spring. The 8-12″ of snow that we are supposed to get is putting a damper on that, at least for the next couple days. ANYWAY, you inspired me to make my workout mix! So here’s a few songs that might qualify as a bit more “spiritual” (or at least without the raunchy lyrics : ) but still have a fun beat. Note: I did add a few of your songs to my mix too!

    “Hold Me” – Jamie Grace – downloaded it free yesterday from iTunes : )
    “Dear X, You Don’t Own Me” – Disciple
    “Loser Like Me” – Glee
    “Luv is a Verb” – dcTalk
    “I Am Free” – Newsboys
    “Amish Paradise” – Weird Al
    “Good People” – Audio Adrenaline
    “Some Kind of Zombie” – AA
    “Jumping in the House of God” – World Wide Message Tribe
    “Dead Man (Carry Me)” – Jars of Clay
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  29. This is a great list! I know all of the songs and it really makes me moves. I can use this if ever I want to workout. Thanks for the ideas.
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  30. I am shocked and so proud that you are running!! I have a few of those on my running list as well– I also like Lady Antebellum’s “I run to you” and Carrie Underwood’s “Crazy Dreams”
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  31. GOOD NIGHT you have a lot of comments. And might I just say…loving your blog. found you during the UBP and not regretting it.

    Although on second thought…what’s up with making me feel guilty for being couch potatoey?

    My play list contains songs from Grease. Oh yea, nothing makes you run like the chicks will scream (and other stuff) for greased lightening. Or so I’ve heard since I seldom actually run.

    Some more stuff I have is from Michael Jackson.

    and one day some Reba, He thinks his name is John, crept on there and that kind of slowed me down. That song is a downer.

    But I’m with you on rocking out to the workout. I listen to Christian music the rest of the time.
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