The Ultimate Race Day Playlist

race songsIf you’ve ever run a race, you know how important those moments are before the starting gun goes off. You gotta warm up, make sure your bladder (and other — ahem — systems) are good and empty, double-knot your laces, and — maybe most importantly — get in the focused mindset that you are about to do the dang thing and have a blast while doing it. And one of our fave ways to get in that mindset is by having the perfect race songs at the ready.

Which is exactly why we’ve put our collective noggins together to create this ultimate race day playlist. Filled with 17 race songs that’ll power you up to your max potential, these are the race songs we swear by. In fact, Kristen created a version of this playlist months ago and has been using it for race after race to get her mind and body ready to run. (And, hey, if the race you’re doing is okay with earbuds, it’s FANTASTIC to play while you’re actually running the race, too.)

17 Race Day Songs to Pump You Up for Your Run

  1. I Love It, Icona Pop
  2. A-Punk, Vampire Weekend
  3. Here It Goes Again, OK Go
  4. Hang Me Up to Dry, Cold War Kids
  5. What Doesn’t Kill You, Jake Bugg
  6. What You Waiting For?, Gwen Stefani
  7. Cake By the Ocean, DNCE
  8. Blow, Kesha
  9. Pump Up the Jam, Technotronic
  10. Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
  11. Can’t Feel My Face, The Weeknd
  12. Lose Yourself, Eminem
  13. Seven Nation Army, The White Stripes
  14. Animal, Miike Snow
  15. The Big Beat, Azealia Banks
  16. Another One Bites the Dust, Queen
  17. Work It, Missy Elliot

Race Day Playlist on Spotify

And here it is on Spotify!

What race songs would you add? Is there a jam you always play before a 5K or marathon? Tell us about it! If we get enough, we might just have to do a part two … —Jenn

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  1. Will definitely be using this playlist for a 10k coming up!

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