Marathon Playlist (help!)

The time has come for ALL THE PREPARATIONS! which means I need to finalize my ~marathon playlist~ which means I need help! I typically don’t listen to music when I run but like to have a full playlist ready on my shuffle for backup in case I need it. I tapped into it about 14 miles in at Lakefront last year and I’m feeling like this year I’ll probably need it at like mile. ..2. It just feels like it might be necessary.

So I’m calling for suggestions to help round out what I’ve already got down on the playlist. What’s your go to song?

This is what I’ve got so far:

Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
Geronimo – Sheppard
Let Go – R.A.C
I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
Wasted – Tiesto
Blank Page – Taylor Swift
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Out of the Woods – Taylor Swift
Came Out Swinging – The Wonder Years Melrose Diner – The Wonder Years
Little Secrets – Passion Pit
Carried Away – Passion Pit
Tongue Tied – Grouplove
Rare – Man Overboard
Darlin’ – The Beach Boys
Weekend – Priory
Wild At Heart – Gloriana
Pumping Blood – NONONO
Cecelia and the Satellite – Andrew McMahon
The Wild Bunch – Fireworks
Dumped – New Found Glory
Just the Way I’m Not – All Time Low
Weightless – All Time Low
Walls – All Time Low
Honey, I’m Good – Andy Grammer

But I clearly want like a 5 hour buffer here (who knows what might happen?!) so I’d like a lot more to go off of. Help!

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Viewsport Review + Giveaway!

I may have (I do have) more workout clothes than real clothes. I can’t stop myself. I’m especially a sucker for anything different and clever, and that stands out from the other typical boring stuff. So naturally, Viewsport athletic apparel piqued my interest.

The concept is like, really cool. It uses sweat activated technology (who knew that was a thing?!) to make your workout way more interesting. Basically, once you start sweating, certain graphics will appear on the clothing. I really don’t understand how it works. I assume magic. What shows up depends on which item – and there are a TON of fun options. Like, I keep looking at the website and having to remind myself I REALLY don’t need more clothes.

So I put the Do It tank to the test. When you sweat – it adds the letters to make it read Don’t Quit – which I love love love. The back has work hard printed all over the back too. I wore it to run at the gym and had a bunch of random people ask about it. Anything that gives me an excuse to talk about fitness to other people is okay in my book.

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My other favorite is the Run More Than Your Mouth (shocker) shirt – which has “work hard” show up all over the back once you activate that baby with your sweat.

My only problem with them is that they’re really cute and I want to wear them NOT working out too. And let’s be real, I just don’t do my laundry enough for that.

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Enter to win your own Run More Than Your Mouth shirt by leaving a comment below telling us how YOU #sweatproud. Bonus points for each of the following: Follow @couldberunning & @viewsport on Twitter and Instagram (let me know in the comments if you do any of the above!) Winner will be chosen at random on 5/21/15 and will be contacted by Viewsport for your contact information.

#REALwomenmove

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m all about the hashtags. Using them brought me to the fitness/running community online and to people that I now consider good (and some of my best) friends (my parents never told me to stay away from people on the internet, clearly). It’s a little bit insane the power a hashtag can have, when I actually think about it.

So naturally, when Skirt Sports launched its #REALwomenmove campaign, I was all over it. Real Women Move is about empowering women of all ages/shapes/sizes/etc. to get up and get moving. And given the fact that since I started running I’ve lost 25 pounds, and subsequently gained 20 of them back, the concept especially resonates with me. I absolutely refuse to let a minor bump in the road like a few (okay, maybe more than a few) extra pounds keep me from continuing to do what I love. In the past, this is where I’d quit. I’d chalk it up to a failure and give up. Not this time. This time I know that I love running for reasons outside of physical appearances. Occasionally, I’m actually moderately good at it.

And besides the fact that the #REALwomenmove hashtag is empowering all on its own, Skirt Sports is going above and beyond and is giving away Get Started scholarships for every 5,000 hashtags used. The scholarship includes a TON of awesomeness – bra, top, bottom, hat, socks, and a free race entry to your first 5k. You can submit your story for consideration or nominate a friend who exemplifies the Real Women Move traits.

Seriously, I wish I had known about Skirt Sports when I first started running. Their commitment to uplifting and connecting women from all over is just insanely incredible. The community is so encouraging and positive and the Real Women Move campaign is just another example of that. So hashtag away, so I can encourage you, too!

So what does #REALwomenmove mean to you?