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Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 5:00 AM

click to enlarge Chatsworth Chiefs Track Team circa 1997 - LISA SKLOV-WOODING
  • Lisa Sklov-Wooding
  • Chatsworth Chiefs Track Team circa 1997
When I was about five, my parents decided it was time for me to become a runner. My sister, two years my senior, had already left a legacy for me to live up to as the latest Chatsworth Chief track team legend. As a somewhat-chubby sandbox dweller, I was ill-prepared for such expectations and was perhaps the only one who took solace in the fact that everyone always cheers for the kid who finishes last.

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.

4. Yeasayer

"Ambling Alp"

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.

3. Outkast


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.

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