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The Best Running Music to Add to Your Playlist

Participating in the Summer Run Streak? These tunes will keep you motivated from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July.

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Whether you’re running outside or just hitting the treadmill, good music can often make the difference between a rave run and a blown goal. That’s why we’re putting together 90-minute playlists each month chock-full of songs with enough of a beat to keep you moving.


If you’re reading this, that means the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak is officially underway! (Break for applause). Many courageous individuals—including yours truly—have taken up the calling to run at least one mile every single day from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July. No days off, no cheat days, just getting up each morning to squeeze at least a little bit of running into already busy days. Some days there will be long, luscious weekend morning runs, and some days we’ll be cramming ten minutes in before bed, but the running will remain constant.

Why streak? Well, of course there are the health benefits of daily exercise and the perpetual quest to become a better runner. But there is also something positive about repetition, dedication, and creating a habit. Running becomes many things—a part of daily life, a friend, a form of relaxation, and a constant that you come back to rain or shine, good days or bad. There will be days when you desperately don’t want to run. Days you are tired or are incredibly busy or would rather binge the new season of Stranger Things. But they don’t call this a streak for nothing—you’ll be running those days too.

Never fear, because for those days you don’t want to run—and even for the days you do—I, your compatriot in streaking (the fully-clothed kind), have created a motivational summer playlist full of bops that get you out for a jaunt around the block. We start and end with the summer’s obsession, Harry Styles, because it’s his world (house?) and we’re all just living in it. Packed in between are plenty of other hits, so as you run through Flag Day, Pride, Juneteenth, and under those Fourth of July fireworks, press play for an extra bolt of energy. It’s only 36 days. You can do it!

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Find out how a streak can change you, and share your journey with us! Where will you run? How will you make it happen? How will your life change? We want to hear about it! Share your progress and motivate other streakers by “liking” the streak on Facebook. You can also share updates on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #RWRunStreak.

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