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My first race of the year is tomorrow! I’m both excited and nervous. I’ve done a couple of treadmill workouts off and on since January, but I’ve only ran outside once — and that was only 2 miles. In other words, this 5K should be interesting. I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself. If I finish in less than 45 minutes and I don’t die, I’ll consider it a win. No lofty goals here.

David and I participate in Purple Stride each year (this marks our 4th year, I believe) to support our good friend, Lindy, and her family. Purple Stride raises money to fight pancreatic cancer, which is the most under-funded and under-recognized of all major cancer killers. The National Cancer Institute only gives 2% of its annual budget to pancreatic cancer research, which is ridiculous because this type of cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death, with a five-year survival rate of just 6%.* (*Information taken from PurpleStride.org.) While the statistics are dismal, it doesn’t really hit home until you know someone affected by it. Lindy’s aunt lost her battle to pancreatic cancer, so this cause is near and dear to her family. We’ve grown close to Lindy and Jerod and their families over the years, so David and I like to join them each year to lend moral support.

I’m excited for this race because it not only kicks off race season for us, but I get to make a playlist for each run again — because really, life is too short for bad workout songs.

Enough of me writing. Let’s get to the music! This is what I’ll be listening to as I pound the pavement on Saturday morning.

  1. Moonshine — Bruno Mars
  2. People Like Us — Kelly Clarkson (an ab workout song from BodyCombat that I just LOVE)
  3. Counting Stars — OneRepublic
  4. Drink to That All Night — Jerrod Niemann
  5. The Phoenix — Fall Out Boy (always a favorite of mine)
  6. Up On The Ridge — Dierks Bentley (does this mean I like bluegrass now?)
  7. Don’t Stop the Party (feat. TJR) — Pitbull (finally bought it!)
  8. TKO — Justin Timberlake
  9. Break Your Heart (feat. Ludacris) — Taio Cruz (finally bought it!)
  10. Hey Brother — Avicii
  11. Young Girls — Bruno Mars
  12. Applause — Lady Gaga

I started these playlists not only to enjoy some awesome peppy music while I run, but to also motivate me. You see, I set these things up as timed playlists. I keep in mind which song is at the end of the playlist (which means you can’t have it set to shuffle!) and maybe one or two before it. That way, it’s easy for me to keep track of where I’m at and it’s a motivator for me to finish the race before the last song ends. That shouldn’t be too hard this time — this playlist is 49 minutes long.

If you decide to use any of the songs or the timed playlist idea, let me know how it goes. Happy exercising! :)