I’m a huge fan of soundtracking my sweaty endeavours. I’ll periodically share some of my playlists in hopes of adding some pep to your steps, spins, and lifts. Want some specific recommendations? The request line is open in the comments section!
The first request comes from Jenna out in Dawson City, Yukon*. Hi Jenna! Jenna wanted some pure pop running tunes – excellent!
A note on methodology: for running playlists, I like to keep it upbeat, and as much as possible, I like to match song beats per minute (BPM) to my pace. Pop is a bit of a challenge because a lot of songs fall around 128 BPM, which puts you at a 7:30/km pace. If you’re trying to go faster than that, you might try ignoring the beat (…and focus on poetic lyrics, like “I keep on hoping we’ll eat cake by the ocean“). This playlist is ordered in increasing BPM.
Taylor Swift isn’t on Spotify, but I can heartily recommend “Bad Blood” and “Shake It Off.”
And finally, a warning: pop running playlists are a gateway to Pitbull.
*A brief aside: I lived in Dawson City for a couple years. Physical activity is a real challenge when the majority of the year is spent in cold darkness. When I lived there, I occasionally made it to a tiny community gym with treadmills looking out onto the mighty Yukon River, or lane swim at the pool. Dawson was also the place where I started to like running outside, because I finally had some interesting scenery! At the time, running was a somewhat uncommon activity in Dawson. I remember running up Princess Street one evening, and having someone on the sidewalk gawk at me, then yell, “You’re really going for it there, eh?!” Ummm, yes? The running community in Dawson seems to be booming right now, with lots of races for all ages. Going back to the Yukon and doing a race is on my bucket list!