Running-only playlist

Hi friends! How is your Sunday going? I’m so stoked to spend it relaxing. Absolutely nothing on the schedule, and it’s our first full day with the three of us home since our return from Italy. My body is also grateful for a down day after yesterday’s running and teaching extravaganza.

Before work, I met with the running group for our 8-mile training run. Initially, I felt pretty sluggish, but ended up picking things up and finishing a little faster than my ideal race pace. If I wouldn’t have had plans to meet everyone for the run, I would have skipped it knowing that my teaching schedule had changed to an intense day. I’d have a long run looming over my head (and super sore body) this morning, and it’s already DONE ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so thankful that running with the group has given me some critical motivation for my half marathon training. I have a group of people with a similar pace, so we can run together, I’m getting pushed with the track workouts, and they check in and hold me accountable. Getting through the last bit of hot weather is the only tough part left, and once fall and winter are here I’ll be able to really enjoy the racing season.

Canyon run

Another huge source of motivation is running blogs. There are so many fast, inspiring running bloggers out there, and one of my all-time faves is Hungry Runner Girl. About the same time I joined my running group, she posted a running-only playlist. I thought this idea was brilliant because I used to use the same songs for everything: the classes I teach + my own personal strength and cardio sessions. I would burn out on songs SO quickly, and during my run, I’d even get a little annoyed when one of my frequently-played jams would come on. No longer! Now, I have a running-only playlist, and when I hear these songs, it’s a special treat ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what’s on there right now:

Running only Each week, as we add in more mileage, I’ll add in a couple more songs to the beginning of the playlist. When Katy Perry comes on, I know I’m almost there ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s what the rest of the week looks like: (tentatively, as my teaching schedule changes each day depending on sick calls and coverage)

Sunday: OFF

Monday: Easy run

Tuesday: Strength + Teach Zumba (Sasha and I are teaching a class here in Tucson– email me if you’d like the details)

Wednesday: Teach Zumba + track workout

Thursday: Teach DJ dance, Zumba

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Long run + teach Zumba + teach Barre

Some of the things I’ve been enjoying during my long runs and in between classes:

Vega bar  1 of 1

-Clif Gel 

(the mocha flavor is the best!)

-Clif Shot Bloks

(Margarita flavor!)

Gels  1 of 1

-Vega gels

(awesome for back-to-back classes)

As far as this week’s meal plan goes, I’m going to do the usual prep work, but have NO idea what to do for dinners. If you’re making anything amazing this week, I’d love some dinner inspirationโ€ฆ especially since my brain is still swimming in fresh bread with oil and balsamic, pasta, seafood and Napoli pizza. 

What’s on your fitness schedule? I love to hear what you’re up to. Any fun new classes on the plan? Check out this month’s workout calendar for some ideas to switch things up!

Have a happy Sunday.

See ya later with some pics from the day <3



This post is part of my partnership with Women’s Running Series, a compensated campaign through Fitfluential. I’ll be running the Women’s Running Series half marathon in November– you can check out the details here! Feel free to tweet along with us (#beamazing) and the code “FITAZGINA” is good for $10 off your registration until November 3. 

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  1. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on September 15, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I totally need to switch up my playlists for different workouts! I always listen to the same stuff and it gets pretty dull prettty quick ๐Ÿ˜‰ This week I’m planning on continuing to go to my favorite cardio class/bootcamp and lots and lots of yoga!

  2. Barb on September 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Love Roar by KP. Every time it comes on while I’m running, it gives me that extra boost I need.

  3. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on September 15, 2013 at 11:40 am

    If you need a really easy and awesome healthy dinner recipe (it’s totally vegan and allergy free too) you must try my vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms ( ) ! I am thinking of making them again this week (I have made them the last three weeks and still can’t get enough!)

  4. Megan (The Lyons' Share) on September 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Wow, you really deserve your rest day today – enjoy it!! It’s a huge confidence booster when you can finish the run FASTER than your race pace – way to go!

  5. Livi on September 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    love the playlist= can’t wait to try it out!

  6. Laura Jean on September 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Love the playlist. Any chance you are going to make it available on Spotify?

    • Fitnessista on September 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Sure, I can do that later today! If you follow me, you’ll get it, right?

      • Laura on September 17, 2013 at 5:53 pm

        Yes! It’s saves so much time when someone creates a list and it’s an extra special treat when there are new songs during my run. Thanks!

      • Stacy on April 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm

        How do you “follow” someone on Spotify?

        • Fitnessista on April 27, 2014 at 7:22 pm

          you can search for friends! my username is fitnessista

  7. Anne @ my fuel and fitness diaries on September 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Awesome play list girl…I downloaded a few of these to keep my running mix fresh. Please keep sharing these!

  8. Meagan on September 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I roasted up a ton of vegetables! And did chicken legs with zaatar spice. I discovered that roasted red peppers, zucchini, and snap peas is like the perfect combination of “it’s done and nothings crunchy” type of veggie roast!

  9. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on September 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Great job on the run!! You deserve to take some rest time! I have another week of running ahead but haven’t planned it out quite yet – trying to learn to slow down and take it one day at a time!

  10. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on September 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Great playlist & great idea to have one for running only — a little extra motivation ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Allison on September 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I’ve been in a huge dinner rut, but finally had some inspiration, so, tonight is lemon-rosemary roasted chicken and roster beets. Leftover chicken going into fajitas for dinner tomorrow.

  12. Mia on September 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Wow, I bet you’re popped from yesterday. Rest days are awesome though. I just changed my w/o schedule to now include two complete rest days per week, on purpose, and let me tell ya they feel awesome! Not only is my performance better when I workout, but I’m no longer feeling so burnt out! Lovely when you listen to your body and not necessarily the brain. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Dinner ideas? Last night was spaghetti squash, roasted veggies and baked cod, got mine from TJ’s frozen (i added to raw and baked with onions, cherry tomatoes and splash of white wine) so good!
    Sweet potatoes drizzled with coconut butter and roasted veg or salad plus burgers or grilled meat. Scallops have been a treat lately. Good with a glass of wine. Also been making quick pizzas, using brown rice tortilla shells as the crust. We also had a crab, corn, and chilled avocado salad this week. Incredible!

  13. Whitney Drew on September 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I love HRG! Totally inspired by the amount she runs and her strength in general. It’s pouring down rain in Portland (1st rain in months!) so we’re keeping it cozy this week and doing homemade chili (with sweet potatoes of course).

  14. Sarah on September 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I have a running only playlist too! I keep all the newest songs on there so its a treat, helps me so much to look forward to hearing them ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Maia on September 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing, I really needed this! Now I am even more ready for my run tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  16. Mila on September 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Congrats on doing the 8-mile run nice and early in your day!

    I feel you on the dinner dilemma. Here’s a recent go-to for me:

    ingredients: fresh spinach leaves, chicken/turkey breast, cherry tomatoes, white onion (or shallots), fresh garlic, fresh parsley OR basil, feta cheese. optional: quinoa. not optional: wine.

    Prep: bring out a wine glass and pour yourself a few ounces. Next, saute some chicken breasts with oil, s&p until fully cooked, then set aside and cover/keep warm.

    Same pan: saute onion and diced tomatoes (I use fresh cherry ones this time of year because they are so good and sweet) in evoo with some s&p. Add some garlic. Saute for about 10 minutes for ingredients to heat up but not turn to mush.

    Assemble on plate: fresh spinach, cooked chicken breasts (cut up into strips), onion/tomato mix, then add crumbled feta (goat cheese might be a bit too “mild” here since there’s minimal spices), and sprinkle fresh parsley or basil on top. Refill wine glass.

    Quick, super simple, not a lot going on – but the flavors of summer are all there and it tastes very fresh. You can be totally lazy and not cook the tomato/onions but it really does bring out their milder flavors.

    I prefer to throw a “layer” of quinoa over the spinach as well, but that’s totally optional – you could do sweet potato on the side too. buon appetit!

  17. Lucie@FitSwissChick on September 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Love the playlist! Always looking for new beets.
    I baked a huge kabocha squah this weekend and will have it in defferent variations this week for dinner. I especially love it seasoned with cinnamon, ginger, coconut oil and curry powder!

  18. april on September 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    when i was training for my last half marathon, i got SO burnt out on my playlist. it’s a good idea to switch things up often so you don’t get in a music funk ๐Ÿ™‚ (and i agree – i LOVE janae’s running blog. she’s such an inspiration!)

    enjoy your day of rest with the fam! xo

  19. Ali on September 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    The dinner I am most looking forward to this week is a Thai inspired coconut and basil chicken. I make it in my thermomix wannabee, but without one, basic gist of the recipe is to sautรฉe some onion, lemongrass and ginger, add a can of coconut milk, plus soy and fish sauce to taste and simmer that for awhile. Add two chicken breasts (diced) and cook for about another 5 minutes. Add veggies – I used snow peas, asparagus and capsicum, keep simmering for a couple of minutes, then add basil so it wilts. You could add chilli but I don’t like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Lauren R. on September 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm
  21. Brooke @ on September 15, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I am just putting together my running playlist for a 5k I am running this weekend with a team of friends. I’ll check out some of these songs to see if I can’t find some that I like.

  22. Erin on September 15, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Love this idea! Tried it today for my long run and it made my run 100000000 times better!

  23. erin on September 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    ah! i’ve been frantically trying to update my playlist lately.. nothing worse than thinking “UGH NOT THIS SONG AGAIN” and trying to change the song while moving, haha. check out ‘anything’ by hedley. definitely a pump up jam ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. JennP on September 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Lady Gaga’s ‘Applause’ is my fave on the running playlist right now! For dinner this week, we have planned lettuce wrapped grilled chicken tacos (a weekly staple), spaghetti squash w/ turkey meatballs, and homemade tomato-basil soup w/ grilled cheese. Kid friendly and delicious!

  25. crystal@TheFastFitRunner on September 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I needed some new motivational songs!

  26. Bonnie on September 15, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    The farthest I’ve ever run is a 10k. You deserve a nice rest day!

    As for dinner, we like to brown some chicken, throw in some garlic, onion, vinegar, and soy sauce, simmer until sauce is reduced and thickened, and chicken is cooked through, add pepper to taste, serve with brown rice or quinoa.

    For super-easy, chicken in the crockpot with BBQ sauce (our fave is Stubbs), served with sweet potatoes and corn/avocado/tomato salad.

  27. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on September 16, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I love your playlist! A lot of those songs are some of my favs to workout too as well. I actually wish that more really great workout songs would come out. I feel like it takes forever for a new song that I love to come out and then I get sick of my other songs. Oh well! Such is life!

  28. Anna @ Fitness ร  la Anna on September 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    ‘Can’t Hold Us’ always gets my tempo up, love this playlist!

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      me too! that’s why it’s towards the end- when i need it ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. YoungMild&Free on September 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Counting Stars is the BEST song to run to! It always gets me through the tough points! ๐Ÿ™‚


  30. Brianna K. @ Hungry Gator Gal on September 17, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I could live on Crispy Sweet Potato Burgers. You can make a batch and have meals for days! Find the recipe at

  31. Elaine on September 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Love these songs! Thank you!

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