Thursday, March 18, 2010

Help! I Need a Play List!

This week started the actual training part of my 5K training (as opposed to pre-training, which was walking at whatever pace I could sustain). I did pretty good today but I need your help.

Because my training consists of short bouts of running (er, walking fast) and walking at about 1 to 1 1/2 minute intervals, I'm having to look at my cell phone all the time. It is a pain. I can't tell you how many times I've almost dropped my phone in the road. I never get the timing quite right.

So I was thinking I'd make a play list of faster songs (for the faux running times) and slower paced songs (for the walking times) to help guide me through my workout.

Great idea—except everything on my iPod is 2 1/2 to 3 minutes long. Or more. Which will work great in a few weeks when I've worked up to that. But for now, I need some music suggestions.

So please, please, please, I'm begging.

Check your play lists and see if you have some short songs that:
  • are 1 to 1.5 minutes in length
  • some fast and peppy, some slower
  • are suitable for adult listening (for example, nothing on this list)

I like rock, pop, pop country. I don't much care for the really heavy metal or rap.

Post ideas in the comments.

Thanks so much!


CL Beck, author: MormonMishaps said...

Sorry ... I tried to help and looked through almost 500 songs. The only ones that were 1-1.5 minutes were Christmas songs. Interesting to find that out, but not any help to you.

Good luck on it!

Mrs. Organic said...

I do the interval thing too, but I like to run the first half of a song and walk the second half. rap really does have a great beat for running. But I'll give you some of my 80s pop faves:
Take a Chance On Me by Erasure
Missionary Man and Walking on Broken Glass by Annie Lennox
Life in One Day by Howard Jones

some contemporary songs:
That's Not my Name by The Tings Tings
Lollipop by Mika
Just a Little Bit by Gina G

and then there's always a good selection from Prince (his tend to be shorter).

John Ferguson said...

I haven't tried this yet, but it seems like a good idea. I read an article that explains how to organize your current music using beats per minute (BPM). That way you can control how fast the music is when you want to. Here's the article:

I also didn't find any of my tracks that were short enough to fit the bill. Most of them were 3-4 minutes. That being said, you could always take some of your favorite tracks and cut them down to the size you want.

For a faster pace, I like the album Super Fan Fever Stadium Jams; as well as some 80's music like Roxette (The Look, Joyride), Walkin' on Sunshine, Gloria Estafan (Conga, Rhythm is Gonna Get You, Get on Your Feet); and some good 70's disco anthems like Stayin' Alive, Celebrate, YMCA, etc. You might be able to find shorter songs by going back to earlier stuff like Tutti Fruiti, Rock and Roll is Here to Stay, Beach Boys, Credence, Elvis, At the Hop, Johnny B. Good, Break on Through, etc.

I don't normally have as much trouble running slower, so I don't have any specific recommendations for that pace. Sorry.

I hope this helps.

David J. West said...

I have a vast collection of music, VAST, and yet I am just not finding much of anything that short-at least nothing suitable.

Oh wait looking through my wife's collection-a bunch of the Bee Gee's LIVE songs are the length you are seeking, but its the BG's.

Th. said...


From shortest to longest, all 1-1.5:

She - Harry Connick Jr.
Window - They Might Be Giants
7 - Moby
When I Was Born for the 7th Time - Cornershop
Mr Zebra - Tori Amos
Mean Mr Mustard - The Beatles
Run Devil Run - Jenny Lewis
Morgan in the Morning - They Might Be Giants
Fooba Wooba John - Burl Ives
Dig My Grave - They Might Be Giants
Workers - Tori Amos
Polythene Pam - The Beatles
I Hope that I Get Old Before I Die - They Might Be Giants
Fight Song - The Aquabats!
Which Describes How You're Feeling - They Might Be Giants
Shoehorn with Teeth - They Might Be Giants
Follow the Music Further - Harry Connick Jr
Race Car Ya-Yas - Cake
Are You Ready for the Summer - Lisa Loeb (technically a kids song, but who cares?)
Time - Cat Stevens
Meet James Ensor - They Might Be Giants
Golden Slumbers - The Beatles
Judy Is a Punk - The Ramones
Witch - Belly
She...Blessed Be the One - Harry Connick jr
Over It - Matthew Sweet
Carry that weight - The Beatles
At Last - Neko Case
A Widow's Toast - Neko Case
The Mesopotamians - They Might Be Giants
Mona Bone Jakon - Cat Stevens
If I Wasn't Shy - TMBG
Your Own Worst Enemy - tmbg
Simple Things - Belle and Sebastien
Islands - Cat Power
'Cause I Love You - Johnny Cash
The next time you say forever - Neko Case
Operation Peter Pan - Tori Amos
Song for the asking - Simon and Garfunkel
Hypnotize - The White Stripes
Theme Song - the Aquabats!
Teddy Bear - Elvis
Ebudae - Enya
Jack Rabbit - Elton John
I got stung - Elvis
Make Believe - Matthew Sweet
Commando - The Ramones
April Come She Will - Simon and Garf
It's not my birthday - tmbg
Space Rock - Weezer
Ariadne - Dead Can Dance
Wart Hog - the Ramones
New Year - The Breeders
Hard Headed Woman - elvis
Skylark - Spacehog
Nothing can stop me - Buddy Miller
Older - tmbg
Flipside - The Breeders
Rosemary - Grateful Dead
Possibilities - weezer

Th. said...


Cratch. I just realized I went all the way to 1:59.

Stop after Meet James Endsor.

Th. said...


No problem. You just caught me at a good time.