These days, there is no one to make me go running (unless you count my boyfriend's constant verbal affirmations of Jessica Biel's beach body). So, in an effort to re-live the days of my youth and force strangers to clap for me, I have signed up for my very first half-marathon.
When I started training, I hoped I could somehow catch the eye of some dejected, aging coach who would whip me into shape as "Eye of the Tiger" played in the background -- just like in every magical movie montage. Pretty soon I realized "Eye of the Tiger" doesn't have the same effect when played on loop. In an effort to keep my musical inspiration fresh, I went in search of some new badass training songs. Here are my top five.
5. Matt and Kim
"Don't Slow Down"
Pretty self explanatory: The chorus repeatedly reminds you not to lose pace while a fun beat plays in the background. The ultimate guilt-trip is just a listen away.
This one is a total feel-good listen, for when you are feeling your worst. When you get tired you can just imagine you are completely naked, running down a hill as a giant dripping silver-faced man gives you good advice from the sky. Don't get too inspired though. I hear mid-race nudity is generally frowned upon.
I dare you to try to walk while this song is playing. When this song comes on in my running playlist I not only start running faster, but I start dance-running. Because I am a white girl, this is probably a pretty awkward thing to do, but I just can't help myself.