Workout Songs I’m Lovin’

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Last night, we randomly decided to paint a wall in our office with chalkboard paint (literally, paint that turns into a chalkboard when it dries).  It ended up only being an hour-long project, and it was kind of fun because how often do you say, “We should totally do this,” and actually end up standing up, gathering the supplies, and doing it? 


I need to do another coat and the edges today before we get to start drawing on our idea wall.  I also want to do some sort of wall décor to make it pop when blank – I was thinking of a painted wooden alphabet (like so?) down the skinny side on the right.  I imagine we won’t keep the chalkboard up forever – we’d like to make the office all snazzy one day with built-in shelving – but it’s fun for now.


Good times. Smile


On to the point of this point:  I need some fun playlist suggestions, so I thought I’d reveal what I’ve been jamming to lately on my runs in hopes that you’d be inspired to do the same.  I’d love some new song suggestions!  Oh and try not laugh too hard at my love for Justin Bieber…


Ellie Goulding – “Lights Bassnecter Remix”

Justin Bieber – “Never Say Never”

Edward Maya and Mia Martina – “Stereo Love”

Pitbull and Lil Jon – “The Anthem” (I feel like every person that grew up in Miami knows this song by heart – am I right?)

Cher Lloyd – “Want U Back”

Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen – “Good Time”

What workout songs do you have on repeat?



  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 4, 2012, 7:48 am

    I love the Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City song too! I recently posted my half marathon playlist for a race I ran at the beginning of August ( and another one I’ve recently fallen in love with is Desperate Boys and Stupid Girls by Kimberly Caldwell. SO good!

    Oh, and about the chalkboard paint thing- nice job!! My roommate and her boyfriend recently surprised me with a massive board painted with chalkboard paint for my birthday, after listening to me say for months that I wanted one for blog photography purposes. I think Henry might become quite the artist as he grows up! 🙂

    • Alett September 4, 2012, 11:11 am

      Great playlist!
      I hope the Sea Wheeze went well for you 🙂

  • Kate-just Kate September 4, 2012, 7:49 am

    Love the wall of ideas idea! ha!
    did you know you can mix your own chalkboard paint colors??

  • Army Amy* September 4, 2012, 7:51 am

    I’m a huge fan of pop music when it comes to running. “Tearing Up My Heart” by NSync is my current fave. It always pumps me up and it never gets old.*

  • Jaclyn @ JustJac! September 4, 2012, 7:51 am

    where did you get the chalkboard paint?! – aweeeeesomeeeeee!!!!!!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 4, 2012, 7:53 am

    I’m not a huge Rihanna fan, but she has some great songs for working out. I’m one of those weird people that likes a good mix of fast beats and slower beats when I workout. I live Bon Iver when I run.

    Love the chalk board wall! We used to have that at our old office. It really does come in handy and it’s fun!

  • Miranda @ Biting Life September 4, 2012, 7:55 am

    That chalkboard wall is so cool! If you decide to keep it for a while, I’m sure Henry will LOVE drawing on it when he gets a little bit older!

  • Laura September 4, 2012, 8:19 am

    We used chalkboard paint for the first time a couple of months ago on our wall and we love it, so fun!

  • Sue September 4, 2012, 8:20 am

    I currently love “Balada” by Gusttavo Lima, “I follow rivers” by Lykke Li, “Tacata” by Tacabro (silly, but great beat), and “Flipside” by Moloko (old, but still awesome).
    A very weird and random mix, I know.

    • Anneliese September 6, 2012, 10:10 pm

      Oh my gosh, I just listened to “Tacata” and I LOVE it! Can’t wait to listen to it on my next run! Thanks!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 4, 2012, 8:36 am

    Ahhh! When I was younger I wanted to do that to part of a wall in my room so badly but my mom always said no! How cool!

  • TiffanyS September 4, 2012, 8:37 am

    “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls”-Foster the People (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this song), “Shake It Out”-Florence +The Machine, “Everybody Talks”-Neon Trees, “Some Nights”-Fun, “Blackout”-Breath Carolina, “Porn Star Dancing”-My Darkest Days, “Gotta Get Me Some”-Nickleback, “Woohoo” and “Not Myself Tonight”-Christina Aguilera.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed September 4, 2012, 8:42 am

    I like to run to the artist Girl Talk. He mixes pop, rap, and rock into mashups that are great for working out. And great for song ADD!

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance September 4, 2012, 8:42 am

    I’m addicted to “Some Nights” by Fun. I love the beat!

  • Leanne W September 4, 2012, 9:06 am

    For my first distance race (10 miles) 2 years ago, Edward Maya’s “Stereo Love” was my anthem. I literally listened to it for a solid half hour on repeat. Great pump up song!!

  • Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles September 4, 2012, 9:08 am

    Such a great idea! I really think chalkboard paint has been one of the best recent home decor inventions. And I love the curved doorway!

  • Lindsey September 4, 2012, 9:11 am

    Some Nights and We are Young by Fun!

  • Beks September 4, 2012, 9:30 am

    I love Chalkboard paint! I want to do something with it soooo badly!

    Last night, when I was working out, I was rocking to Katy Perry, but when my workout started getting really hard (Day one of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit program, and I’m really out of shape), Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” came on. Bit of a cliche, and I wasn’t able to power through all of my last round of narrow push ups, but I was rockin’ anyway. 🙂

  • Rachel O. September 4, 2012, 9:37 am

    i highly recommend downloading the stuff you should know (SYSK) podcasts! they are so informative and really help take my mind off running – i actually tend to run a bit faster since i’m not constantly thinking about the beat of the song and the song pushing me along. oh and at the end of any run i feel so much smarter!

    love that you painted that whole wall in chalkboard paint! so fun! i was thinking of painting a smaller wall in my entry way to leave messages as we come and go and as friends stop by!

  • Amanda September 4, 2012, 9:44 am

    Love the chalkboard paint – so fun! And I love that Henry makes an appearance in many of your photos 🙂

    Like several other commenters, I am loving “We Are Young” by Fun.

  • Jenn C September 4, 2012, 9:53 am

    Love Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen, have that song on repeat all the time, gotta love home grown talent :). Also, Cher Lloyd, can’t get that song out of my head. Lots of Linkin Park for my workout music, its loud and I love the mix of rock and hip hop.

  • Mandy September 4, 2012, 10:12 am

    Aw, man, I’m so into that Cher Lloyd song right now! And you think you’re Justin Bieber love is bad? I’m way too into “Baby” when it comes on and I’m running. I just can’t get enough!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 4, 2012, 10:27 am

    I love M83’s “Midnight City”! So good!

    And i love your chalkboard wall – what a great idea!

  • KaraHadley September 4, 2012, 10:29 am

    Ahhhh! I just started listening to the radio again and that Cher Lloyd song is my FAVORITE!

  • Sara September 4, 2012, 10:32 am

    Hey Caitlin!!! PLEASE try these songs even if they sound odd at first… I PR’ed in the half marathon to these AND they get me through stressful times in college! Have a great day!

    1. DJ Fresh Flux Pavillion and Doctor P Remix- Louder
    2. Wynter Gordon- Til Death R3hab Remix
    3. M83- Midnight City
    4. Steve Aoki- Cudi the Kid
    5. Swedish House Mafia- One
    6. David Guetta & Afrojack- Louder than Words
    7. Leona Lewis & Avicci- Collide
    8. Nervo- We’re all No One
    9. Tiesto ft. Tegan & Sara- Feel it in my Bones
    10. Katy Perry (Benni Bennasi Remix)- E.T.
    11. Guru Josh Project- Infinity
    12. Starkillers & Nadia Ali- Keep it Coming
    13. Kaskade ft. Rebecca & Fiona- Turn it Down
    14. Goyte- Somebody that I Used to Know Remix (dBerrie Remix)
    15. Imagine Dragons- It’s Time
    16. Kaskade ft. Skylar Grey- Invisible
    17. Benni Bennasi- Rocket in the Sky
    18. Nero- My Eyes

    • Sara September 4, 2012, 10:33 am

      p.s. I got all of them off of YouTube- I’d post all the links but I have to get ready for class 🙂

      • Sharon September 4, 2012, 8:50 pm

        #9 is on my playlist for sure!

  • Courtney September 4, 2012, 10:34 am

    I loveyour playlist! I usually just turn on Pandora when I run and either listen to the Pitbull, Nicky Minaj, or LMFAO station. All of them are good and keep me pumped up during my run.

  • Heather September 4, 2012, 10:38 am

    The two songs I have on repeat right now are
    The Wanted – Chasing The Sun
    Young the Giant – My Body

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras September 4, 2012, 10:49 am

    Some Nights by fun. makes me feel like I can conquer the universe.

  • Julianna @ Julianna Bananna September 4, 2012, 11:10 am

    quite a few of these are on my current workout playlist as well! i’m also loving everybody talks by neon trees, we are never ever getting back together by taylor swift, fine by me by andy grammer, and banner of love by luminate.

  • Ali September 4, 2012, 11:16 am

    Did you know there is whiteboard paint too? I’m thinking of doing this in an entire wall in my office at work since whiteboards never have enough room!

    Also – I’ve been known to listen to embarrassing things when working out too (read: MC Hammer). I love to listen to Jillian Michaels Podcasts as well.

  • Michal September 4, 2012, 12:03 pm

    I’ve always wanted to have a chalkboard paint wall! When I was in middle school I was going to be a foster mom when I grew up, and the chalk wall was going to be like an art therapy space. I was just thinking this weekend that I wish I had a house so I could just do it already. 🙂

  • Annette@FitnessPerks September 4, 2012, 12:51 pm

    LOVE the chalkboard wall! FUN!

    I love Whistle by Flo Rida <–fuuuunnn beat. And Pink's stuff is pretty good lately too!

  • Erica September 4, 2012, 1:02 pm

    My playlist is a huge mix of contemporary Christian, country, pop, and some oldies. I mean, how fun is it to be on a run that is dragginggggg and have something from NSync or BSB or Britney Spears come on?! Something like that, that I haven’t heard in a long time always puts some pep in my step!

    And I LOVE LOVE the chalkboard wall! We have a log home so I don’t have any walls I could do this on, but I totally would if I had one:)

  • Lauren W. September 4, 2012, 1:06 pm

    So fun!! I actually just did the chalkboard paint project a few months ago in my apt–biggest tip- you’re supposed to let the paint dry for 2 days and after that, make sure you take a piece of chalk and cover the entire wall with it. Leave it on for a min or two and then you can erase it all. It helps “set” the chalkboard paint so that you aren’t left with ghost writing (where you erase but can still see it). Can’t wait to see all of your ideas and fun drawings!

  • Amanda September 4, 2012, 1:33 pm

    Keep The Car Running by Arcade Fire is my running staple. It makes me feel like I can run 5-minute miles or something.

  • Kelsey September 4, 2012, 1:52 pm

    my 5k playlist from last week:
    do you remember – ane brun
    let it roll – flo rida
    hands in the air – timbaland
    let me love you – ne-yo
    cinema – benny benassi
    i cry – flo rida
    fast car – taio cruz
    spectrum – florence and the machine
    tip toes – jayme dee
    all night longer – sammy adams
    dancing in my head – eric turner
    feel again – onerepublic
    tiptoe – imagine dragons


  • K @ Finding a skinnier me September 4, 2012, 2:34 pm

    I am obsessed with listening to Spectrum-Florence and the Machine, Too Close- Alex Clare and Sweet Dreams by Beyonce when I work out!

  • Jenna September 4, 2012, 4:06 pm

    Love the wall!
    Have you considered some multi-sized open picture frames [different shapes, colours, sizes] to block off the space a bit. I could totally see myself having fun with chalkboard, chalk and empty picture frames – drawing in random family chalk portraits, landscapes, love notes, weather forecasts, etc. So. Much. Fun. 🙂

  • Jessica September 4, 2012, 4:52 pm

    I really wish I could do a wall of chalkboard paint in my classroom!!

    I’m sure you’ve heard of this, because it is ALL OVER the internet, but Gangnam Style by PSY (It’s K-pop) and it is SOOO addictive, the video is awesome, too!

  • Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes September 4, 2012, 4:58 pm

    The only time I seek out rap/hip-hop music is for working out; my half-marathon playlist contained a ton of high-energy songs ( Can’t wait to see some artwork on the chalkboard!

  • Stella September 4, 2012, 5:22 pm

    Ellie Goulding’s new song is awesome too – Anything Could Happen
    ( – perfect for a run!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 4, 2012, 6:49 pm

    I love the idea of a chalkboard wall – I’m hoping to paint some of my kitchen cupboards with it. It’s so fun!

  • Sharon September 4, 2012, 8:52 pm

    I’m really liking David Guetta ft. Sia – “Titanium” and “She-Wolf (Falling to Pieces)” lately. Also, “Wake Up” by Arcade Fire.

  • Becky September 4, 2012, 9:27 pm

    My husband and I painted our entry way wall with chalkboard paint. Be careful, it doesn’t stay that black forever. At least with the brand we used, it will always be slightly grey after you use any chalk on it!

  • SarahNW September 4, 2012, 11:56 pm

    three completely different songs that I sometimes play on repeat to get me through a tough run:
    Quien Eres Tu – Maria Jose ft. Trey Songz (WHAT?! so good.)
    Amazing – Kanye West ft. Young Jeezy (because how can you beat a song that repeats “I’m amazing, so amazing” like forty times)
    No One Knows – Queens of the Stone Age (a great pacer song, the beat is strong and awesome for an 8:20 mile for me)

  • Jen September 5, 2012, 12:35 am

    Oh, wow…I’ve never heard of chalkboard paint! How FUN!!! This is totally bringing out my inner three-year old – I waaaant to draw on the walls! 🙂

  • Katy @ HaveYouHurd September 5, 2012, 10:07 am

    I absolutely LOVE the Lights Bassnectar remix…gets me pumped! I’m also loving “One More Night” by Maroon5!

  • Stephanie Clement September 5, 2012, 1:12 pm

    oh!! I did this in our old kitchen and LOVED IT!!! It got so much great attention (who doesn’t love compliments). I took gold and silver sharpie paint pens and drew like curly que designs on it and like a bike, birds, and other random things that I thought were awesome at the time. I never stopped loving it 🙂 I will warn you….chalk & sharpie are a total *female dog* to paint over!!! very cool!!

  • victoria September 8, 2012, 9:40 pm

    check out play by david banner – alittle rique but I think it would be great for running! I found it recently by shear accident on a nike rockstar workout video! LOL – I”m still “viewing” the jillian 30 days one you are doing – having actually tried it yet. Tommorow right?

  • victoria September 8, 2012, 9:42 pm

    Ok – so I just googled this song and wanted to add the caveat that my version is the Clean version – looks like the dirty version is far beyond just risque! I must be getting naive in my old age bc the dirty version was well too dirty for me!

  • victoria September 8, 2012, 9:44 pm

    well shit – was trying to send you a good song and now googled the clean lyrics and well maybe it’s just my old cd that the lyrics repeat the part mainly about running and not all that other stuff. Ok – so I’m embarrased!

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