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One of my favorite things to do is run in the rain.


A dry-fit hat is key (here’s my other rain runnin’ tips)!  I think running in the rain is quite lovely, though, because you stay cool and comfy.  And the streets are always extra quiet when it rains on the weekends.  🙂


Prior the run (+ about 45 minutes of digestion), I had a big bowl of banana oatmeal with almonds  and chia seeds.


And then I was off!   Bye, James!


I did 3.0 miles but completely walk/run style.  I would run for about 5 minutes and walk for 2.  It was nice!  And very relaxing.


It might be the beginning of March, but April showers are definitely here in Charlotte… I loved the rain this morning.  Warm and cozy.  This is our first year in Charlotte, and Spring is wonderful so far!


Running was also fun because I was jamming to three new songs by my favorite divas:


The New Britney Song


The new J Lo Song


The new Lady Gaga Song


Although I’ve got mad love for Britney (her new song is awesomesauce), I think the Jennifer Lopez song is the best!  She premiered it during American Idol this week (which I’m loving so far, even without Simon), and it’s so catchy.  Plus, she’s got Pitbull, and anything he touches becomes a mega-hit. But… Lady Gaga’s song has an emotionally powerful message, PLUS it’s catchy.  I can’t choose!!!! They are all good. 


They are all battling it out for #1 on iTunes:


Do you follow the pop charts or not?  What diva are you rooting for?  ANd if not pop, what do you run to?



  • Jillian@ Reshape Your Life March 5, 2011, 12:25 pm

    I’m not so much a fan of POP any more… And the video for that Lady Gaga song is super creepy… Quick side note: The “unicorn” at the beginning and end of that video is a horse I worked with at one of my favorite farms. Her name is Zoelynette and she is an absolute sweetheart.

    I mostly listen to country when I run. Not the slow sad stuff but the upbeat possibly crossover stuff.

    • Caitlin March 6, 2011, 12:05 pm

      That is a seriously weird video. I just watched it.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 5, 2011, 12:26 pm

    I run to pop as well- I love the music of Britney, Lady Gaga, Pitbull (loved your comment about him), JLo, Pink, Shakira, Ke&ha, and Rihanna. They are the best to keep you going, pumpin’, and motivated. I don’t like running in the rain, though……I avoid it at all costs-glad you love it, though!

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 5, 2011, 12:27 pm

    I don’t normally listen to pop, but they really do make the perfect running songs. Usually I’m a country music kind of gal. 😀

    Great job on your run! I totally love running in the rain too. 😀

  • Natalia - a side of simple March 5, 2011, 12:31 pm

    I usually only listen to pop music just when I’m running. It’s the ideal music that gets me pumped up. I’ve run in the rain a few times and really enjoy it too except for soggy sneakers. That totally skeeves me out!

  • Freya March 5, 2011, 12:33 pm

    I follow the charts 🙂 I HATE the Gaga song, and like J.Lo and Britney’s songs the same – but I prefer Britney as a person (cos obvs I know her SO well….:p) so I want her to win 🙂

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) March 5, 2011, 12:34 pm

    I’d have to agree with you on the J Lo song. Love it! and you are right about pitbull…I love working out to my pitbull pandora station.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 5, 2011, 12:35 pm

    I loooove pop for cardio!! Though I’ve also been known to rock out to Broadway 🙂 In this particular battle I’m gonna go for J.Lo. I think that Gaga is getting kind of ridiculous and overhyped, and Brit Brit’s voice always sounds so distorted!

  • Kelly March 5, 2011, 12:37 pm

    I like J Lo the best of those three- both Lady Gaga and Britney are crazy in my mind haha. Plus I am loving J Lo on Idol and I really don’t miss Simon at all- Steven Tyler is hilarious!

    • Caitlin March 6, 2011, 12:05 pm

      Ahh I have mad hate for Steven Tyler, but I think I’m the only one.

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 5, 2011, 12:38 pm

    I don’t follow the pop charts, although I do listen to it when I run — I’ll turn on Lady Gaga or Britney through Pandora and it gives me a good mix.

    I do like running in the rain — as long as I am prepared for it and it isn’t downpouring. I hate soaked shoes!

  • Jeni @ stepping out March 5, 2011, 12:39 pm

    I ran in the rain for the first time today, a 10k race no less, and loved it! I’ll never let rain discourage me from a run again.

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 5, 2011, 12:45 pm

    I adore pop music and listen to the radio daily b/c of it (I just love radio). My big love is more “hippie” music so it’s funny that I also love pop. Britney is my favorite! She’s just so classic.

  • AJ @ Flowing to Fifty March 5, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Love your choices – I love to run to the ladies of pop. It’s always nice to cool down and stretch to Bruno Mars tho…..

  • Jessica March 5, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Florence and the Machine, The Dog Days are Over is a good running song too… especially because it talks about running fast in the song!

    The new Britney song is incredible… she can do no wrong in my eyes lol

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks March 5, 2011, 12:53 pm

    I run to the 90s Alternative Rock station on Pandora….or a mix of random songs from The Wallflowers to Ashlee Simpson to songs from RENT to Michael Jackson to Bob Dylan.

    Not super into the whole pop scene…but Glee has helped me be slightly more aware of it.

  • Becca@Start Over From Scratch March 5, 2011, 12:57 pm

    I love the Britney song! And it was written by Kesha who’s # 5 on that list!!! Love that there’s only 2 men in the top 10! Listen to Boom by Snoop and T Pain its awesomesauce! haha

  • Stacey March 5, 2011, 12:59 pm

    This just reminds me that I haven’t actually listened to any music for ages!! I’ll have to listen to these as I didn’t know any of them had new songs out!

  • Meredith March 5, 2011, 1:00 pm

    I just can’t get enough of pop music when I’m doing cardio. I don’t know why, but it’s just so fun to jam to a guilty pleasure. I looovvve the new Gaga song. Such a great message. I wish I had a role model when I was younger to tell me that I rocked and that I was born this way!

  • Mary March 5, 2011, 1:06 pm

    I saw your tweet earlier this am about only running to clubbing music. I’m the same way. Ever since I graduated college and stopped dancing regularly, I find I run to the club beats instead of coreographing to them.

    I love the new B. spears song though, I definitely just listened and downloaded it.

    I am also loving enrique as of late too… I’m just waiting for ricky martin to make his comback 🙂

  • Sam March 5, 2011, 1:09 pm

    I am right there with you on the pop running tunes. Gaga is winning my vote at the moment, though I’m LOVING the new Britney song as well. Like you said, hard to choose!

  • Jessica March 5, 2011, 1:11 pm

    I run to pop music that I wouldn’t always listen to otherwise. Born This Way is definitely my latest favorite!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 5, 2011, 1:11 pm

    Yay for Dr. Dre and Eminem up there! Sorry, although I do run to divas, I’m a thug at heart! My gym plays rap/hip-hop 75% of the time, and I love it! (The days they play pop or rock, I am not as happy.)

    That said, I like Britney and still hold her old school album near and dear to me. I like to imitate those songs during karaoke. Modern Britney is a hit-or-miss for me. It might take a while for this song to grow on me, but I totally like old Britney way more.

    I’m over Gaga…

    JLo is all right. Again, I like her older stuff better.

    About clubbing music, I was a huge fan of electronica — well, still am. I try to find new songs that have electronica in them to incorporate onto my running playlist, even though the genre isn’t as popular here as it used to be.

    There’s my opinionated 2 cents!!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 5, 2011, 1:20 pm

    I think I like Britney’s song best!

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 5, 2011, 1:22 pm

    I don’t follow the charts and sadly hear about music from my blog friends. Now I have to go check out the ones you mentioned! Have a great afternoon!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 5, 2011, 1:22 pm

    I’ve been a fan of Britney since the beginning. And Kesha.. I don’t most people don’t like her but I’m addicted to her new song!

  • Kara March 5, 2011, 1:23 pm

    You forgot the best part of running in the rain. It makes you feel hardcore! 🙂

    I don’t really like any of those songs, but I think they’ll grow on me. I hated all of Lady Gaga’s songs at first and now I like them.

  • Kira March 5, 2011, 1:39 pm

    I actually really like Britney’s song the best. She did some really good dancing in the video and I think she did great!


  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 5, 2011, 1:41 pm

    I think the Britney song is the best of the 3. The GaGa song is a rip off of two of Madonna’s songs! (Express Yourself & Vogue). I prefer GaGa, but I can totally hear those other songs in “Born this Way.”

    • Christena March 5, 2011, 4:28 pm

      I 100% agree about that Born This Way is a rip-off! All throughout the song I just keep wanting it to break into “Don’t go for second best,baby, put your love to the test…”

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) March 5, 2011, 1:44 pm

    I’m going to download the B. Spears and J.Lo songs…I’m actually not a big fan of the new Lady Gaga song… I know. Call me crazy! But I still love her. However, B. Spears will always be the best! 😀

  • Emilie March 5, 2011, 1:45 pm

    I am so out of it when it comes to music these days. Somehow it all just passes me by.

    Running in the rain is the BEST! Except of course when it’s a hard and cold rain. But I love it because it’s one of the few times you can really get some time to yourself in Central Park.

  • amber March 5, 2011, 1:52 pm

    I tend to run to Pandora Radio, because I have a strange property, and it is set up so I can run laps around my house (I know it sounds weird but it works really well for goal-setting) and my internet reaches my ipod the entire time, so I can Pandora. I usually go for Ke$ha radio, because it gets me pumped. 🙂

  • Fit Chick Britt March 5, 2011, 1:53 pm

    I love to run in the rain too! I haven’t listened to the J-Lo or Britney Spears songs yet, but I have to say I can’t stand Born This Way. I usually like Lady Gaga’s music too.

  • Kelly March 5, 2011, 1:59 pm

    I work-out to what I call “crap” music…it’s stuff I normally wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole, but because it’s catchy and upbeat, it’s easy to work-out with. Although, I do listen to non-“crap” music while working out, too, and I recently discovered Ellie Goulding, which is on repeat for the full hour recently. Love “Guns and Horses”, “Starry Eyed” and “Lights”. I like the acoustic versions on YouTube, too. She just has a different voice while still being upbeat.

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews March 5, 2011, 2:00 pm

    Love the new songs! Thanks for posting them.

  • April @ Crazy Fabulous Life March 5, 2011, 2:01 pm

    Do you wear your Garmin during rainy runs? I’ve heard such conflicting info on whether or not Garmins are truly water proof. What’s your take?

  • sarah March 5, 2011, 2:04 pm

    Thanks for the JLo song!! I confess to not being a huge Lady gaga fan.

  • Camille March 5, 2011, 2:07 pm

    I’m not a JLo fan and I don’t like any of the new Britney stuff 🙁 It’s too bad because I grew up loving her!

  • Emma March 5, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Wow I haven’t heard any of those songs yet! I am living in New Zealand for a few month, and the American music is a tad delayed here, lol
    Also I love running in the rain, too! it’s refreshing! I ran my first race in the rain yesterday, it felt like the sky was rooting for me!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 5, 2011, 2:41 pm

    Nawww not into Pop. But I’m very happy for ms. Spears for doing so well these days! 🙂

  • Nikki M March 5, 2011, 2:46 pm

    I just downloaded Gaga’s new song this morning before my 5K! I was super nervous (being my first 5K) and thought some new tunes would help! They really did. I ended up placing 3rd in my age group and finished in 28.21!! I’m not sure if that is great or not, but I’ll take it for my first try!!!! Your blog really inspired me to get into running, so THANK YOU 🙂

  • monicanelsonfitness March 5, 2011, 2:47 pm

    I love running/biking in the rain too!

    J Lo gots it! Gaga is lame to me now, she certainly is not Madonna, geesh- I am just Not into her and I am always rooting for Brittany!

  • Fallon March 5, 2011, 2:55 pm

    I love the new Lady Gaga song!!

  • Shah'ada March 5, 2011, 2:59 pm

    I use the iTunes chart as a guide for buying new running music lol. Honestly, I LURVE Pitbull. He takes sexy to a whole new level, and honestly, I don’t even know why. But anything he is in becomes my new running favorite lol. Gaga . . . meh. She’s not Madonna. I’ve loved her up to this point, but her new song is *not* doing it for me.

  • Lacey March 5, 2011, 3:13 pm

    Thanks for posting the songs up. I had not had a chance to listen to them since they all came out. I think out of the three my favorite is the JLO 🙂

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) March 5, 2011, 3:24 pm

    I LOVE J-Lo’s new song!!! She looks in awesome shape too.

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged March 5, 2011, 3:25 pm

    It took me a while to like the Gaga one, but I love it now! And Rihanna’s S&M is SO catchy! Normally I dont listen to pop but I do add some of the better ones to my running or workout playlists.

  • Kath March 5, 2011, 3:26 pm

    I listened to all three just for you. GaGa’s was by FAR the best and had me dancing in my seat. The other two were meh.

  • Ashley March 5, 2011, 3:42 pm

    Don’t hate me but I wasn’t a big fan of Britney’s new single. Maybe it will grow on me.

  • Baking 'n' Books March 5, 2011, 3:47 pm

    Not really a fan of Gaga’s song – I love the message of course! – but it just feels like too much “generic pop” to me – and definitely like Madonna’s song!(which isn’t a big deal – but it was better 😉 ).

    Do you mind if I ask why you Run/Walk? And if you do it for all your runs?

    Hah! It’s POURING here! Rain is good for staying in 🙂 Especially when it’s nothing but enormous puddles and heavy sloppy, slush everywhere. Otherwise a little bit is cool.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 5, 2011, 3:59 pm

    Pop is the best thing to run to in my opinion. That, or alternative rock because a lot of those songs have really intense parts that are great for pushing through hills or tough moments.

  • Lisa March 5, 2011, 4:11 pm

    I love running in the rain too for the empty sidewalks and jumping over puddles! I like to keep my player on shuffle when I run but I don’t think I’d really classify much of my music as pop, although I love the Cee Lo Green song in its original form. When I really need the music to push me I go for Gogol Bordello all the way!

  • sirenjess March 5, 2011, 4:26 pm

    I going to regret saying this but I totally love the Lady Gaga song only because it’s a complete rip off of express yourself by Madonna. Seriously the song sounds the same. I hate running in the rain. Try running a marathon in the rain or better racing it; it’s neither fun nor refreshing. What exactly is awesomesauce and how do you pronounce it?

  • Christena March 5, 2011, 4:31 pm

    Love pop for running and have Britney, JLo, & Gaga on my ipod, but I’m not crazy about any of these songs. Loving American Idol this year. The judge have great chemistry.

  • Julia March 5, 2011, 4:39 pm

    I don’t run with music, but right now I really like Blow by Kesha and Backseat by New Boyz

  • Amanda @ The Artsy Kitchen March 5, 2011, 4:41 pm

    I really really love that Jennifer Lopez song!! It’s one of my new faves too! And as much as I hate to admit it, Lady GaGa is awesome for workout music!

  • Michelle March 5, 2011, 4:43 pm

    I’m a little embarrassed to admit this but I run to music from Broadway shows a lot. It helps when I have a long run because it can take my mind off the run and focus on the plot of the show. This is especially helpful on long treadmill runs!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write March 5, 2011, 5:17 pm

    I have to say I don’t love any of those songs, but they would all be great workout songs. I don’t necessarily LIKE the songs I work out to. They just work.

    #10 on your list is a FANTASTIC song. Love!

  • delia March 5, 2011, 5:18 pm

    I hadn’t heard that Britney song before, but I had heard the JLo and Gaga songs already, both of which are great. I was driving to a half marathon a few weeks ago, and I must have heard “Born This Way” a zillion times, but I still get excited when I hear it on the radio now.

  • Susan March 5, 2011, 6:14 pm

    I love pop songs on a general basis. Of the three songs here, I think I like th JLo best. Could not get through the Gaga video – just too weird. Of all three artists, I think I like Britney best for her catalogue. I have a strange weakness for some of her later stuff – Piece of Me, Break the Ice, Circus…

    As for Pitbull, they’ve done some songs I love, but there is one they did with Crookers that I love but isn’t available in this country. =( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmdAUSrn2FI . I heard it the first time in a Body Jam class. Warning – very repetitive beat, lyrics not too deep.

    • Susan March 6, 2011, 8:55 am

      Oh – and I forgot in my original reply. I used to run to songs, but I’ve found I run better running to a specific podcast. Believe it or not, NPR’s Car Talk keeps me going. I have no idea why, but it works!

  • Priscilla March 5, 2011, 6:27 pm

    I like Gaga, but other than that I am not much a pop fan. My latest favorite is Cage the Elephant “Shake Me Down.” That is one of the best songs I have heard in a long while…

    And don’t laugh, but the Infant Sorrow song (yes, Infant Sorrow/Aldous Snow from Get Him to the Greek) “Coming Up” is on my running playlist. The best for hills…trust me!

  • Kristyn March 5, 2011, 6:35 pm

    I’m a Britney girl through and through. I grew up in high school with her so she’s my diva of choice. I’ve got all her hits on my ipod (probably lame, but I’m ok with that).Cee Lo is definitely kickin it on my playlist right now. And have I got some random awesomesauce for you. =) I was running a 5 miler today in the gray PA weather and what comes on, none other than the Thong Song. The epicness of my ipod never ceases to fail me. As awful as that song is…it takes me back to freshmen year of high school and it was definitely my fastest lap. Ah Sisqo. Hilarious.

  • Ashley March 5, 2011, 6:40 pm

    What shoes are you wearing..I think we have matching ones!

  • Mrs. Muffins March 5, 2011, 7:05 pm

    Aah, I love you. I’m planning on running in the rain tomorrow so I was glad to see your tips. I really like running in the rain too 🙂 So, I have decided that EVERY running playlist should have “Amazing” by Kanye West on it. It’s like THE best song.
    “I’m amazin’, yeah I’m all that
    If I ain’t on my grind, then what you call that?
    Victorious, yeah, we warriors
    We make history, strive off victory”

  • maria @ Chasing the Now March 5, 2011, 7:05 pm

    I don’t follow the charts, just listen to what I like–sometimes I use the ‘popular’ tag on Grooveshark to find more upbeat stuff for working out.

    Really don’t like the new Gaga song, though.

  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 5, 2011, 7:26 pm

    Yesssssssss I’m glad i’m not the only one in the blogworld who loves her pop music 🙂 I am also a fan Lady Gaga and good ‘ole Britney Spears. Love Rihanna, too.. but not too big a fan of her S&M song — the message is not exactly my thing.. but then again a lot of the pop songs aren’t! I just like the beats 🙂

  • Jacalyn March 5, 2011, 7:30 pm

    I use to love playing in the rain when I was younger. My sister and I would play volleyball, tennis and football in the rain. Why the heck haven’t I RUN in the rain? I should have today. Instead, I put myself on the dreadmill. I am so hitting the streets next time it rains.

  • Lisa March 5, 2011, 7:53 pm

    Funny…I live in Oregon (born and raised in Seattle) yet I HATE the rain. It sucks to get wet and have soggy shoes. Yuck. But I do like running in a slight drizzle. That can be refreshing.

  • Ashley March 5, 2011, 8:04 pm

    Aww that pic of james is precious! I never really follow the charts. Just like what I like : )

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 5, 2011, 8:06 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of running in the rain. Since I have glasses, I can’t see at all when it rains! I’m also scared I’m going to slip and fall- it’s happened many a time 🙂 It keeps you nice and cool, though!

  • Krystin March 5, 2011, 8:32 pm

    I don’t comment much (except when I saw your article in The Pitt News), but just wanted to say I found an operationbeautiful note in the Hillman lib the other day and loved it!!! Just letting you know that I found evidence of OB in Pittsburgh!

  • Melissa @ TryingToHeal March 5, 2011, 8:56 pm

    i heard you’ve got a nasty storm coming tonight or into tomorrow! good thing you got you run in today!

  • Dani March 5, 2011, 9:21 pm

    I love all 3. I really do but their new stuff…..I dunno has no originality to it. Gaga’s song sounds too much like madonna and jlo just completely ripped off lambada(seriously dl it you will be amazed…..and Brit….goodness girl I seriously can’t tell the difference between that and the last single you release.

    I’m really into Adele and Florence + machine. Their voices are sound like instruments they are so beautiful!

    It you want some good work out jams check out iio, inna, Morgan page. They are different and super upbeat!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef March 5, 2011, 10:06 pm

    running in the rain is my favorite, if it’s above about 40 degrees. any colder and it’s freeezing!

  • Maren March 5, 2011, 10:06 pm

    That’s so funny that you posted that because right when I saw that you were loving those three, I jumped to my iTunes to download the new jlo song and I was going to tell you they were all top three! but you beat me to it! 😉

  • Robyn March 5, 2011, 11:14 pm

    Lady Gaga’s song is simply Madonna’s Express Yourself, but not quite as good, so I just couldn’t keep her in the running. I’m really glad to see JLo back on the charts, though.

  • Coco March 5, 2011, 11:14 pm

    I like to run/work out/dance to pop and hip hop music, but when it comes to general listening, I tend to like indie rock and classic rock.

  • Sana March 5, 2011, 11:16 pm

    Running in the rain makes me feel badass, and eliminates te need for a post-run shower.
    Justtt kidding!

  • Robyn March 5, 2011, 11:24 pm

    Oh, I did want to say that even thought it’s not fast, you might like I’m Good by Clipse. It always makes me smile.

  • megan @ blackberries for jam March 6, 2011, 8:04 am

    I don’t listen to music when I run, but I LOVE Lady Gaga. She is a genius. Her crazy antics are the best.

  • Lauren @ChiGalLauren March 6, 2011, 8:43 am

    Britney all the way!!!!

  • Courtney March 6, 2011, 9:47 am

    Oh, I’m a 90’s pop girl at heart! Reminds me of childhood, haha. I love running in the rain too! My cross-country coach’s favorite line for rain runs is “You are waterproof!!” 😀

  • Ellie @ The Mommyist March 6, 2011, 10:04 am

    If you like to run in the rain you should move to Oregon!

  • Emily March 6, 2011, 10:06 am

    Thank you for pushing me out the door this morning! It’s raining out here… this bit of inspiration was really what i needed! 🙂

  • brittany March 6, 2011, 10:59 am

    thanks for reminding me to download those 3 songs! they are perfect to workout to!

  • Amber K March 6, 2011, 12:17 pm

    I love listening to music, but I don’t pay attention to the charts at all. I don’t care what other people think is popular, only what I like! 🙂

  • Ali @ Ali Runs March 6, 2011, 1:45 pm

    I love running in the rain when it’s spring weather out. That is my idea of an almost perfect run (perfect being 60 and sunny). 🙂

  • postcollegecook March 6, 2011, 3:39 pm

    I am jealous of this “spring” you speak of. Still have snow on the ground here in Milwaukee! Yuck.

  • Alexa @ SimpleEats March 6, 2011, 5:10 pm

    I will probably ALWAYS be a Britney lover. That girl got me at “Hit me baby…” Love her! Great choices for running music, by the way!

  • Michelle March 6, 2011, 8:45 pm

    I love running in the rain! And the snow. I’ve had some great times in races with participation. Today I ran with the new Ke$ha song (Blow) and I loved it!

  • Erin Lopez March 6, 2011, 10:18 pm

    I run to a bit of pop and club stuff…drum and bass works wonders! And go J-Lo! 😉

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing March 7, 2011, 10:28 am

    I am a big fan of Top 40’s music – I don’t care if that makes me lame! My favorite at the moment is the new Katy Perry song – so much fun :).

  • Scott March 9, 2011, 9:07 am

    I totally agree with you about running in the rain. I find the weight of the rain to be very relaxing. I like running in the snow even better, it’s incredibly quiet during a snowfall, especially because most cars are off the road.

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