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Marathon All-Stars Playlist

I’m on the fence about listening to music while running a marathon, but sometimes you just need it.  I’ve ran only 1 marathon with zero music.  The other three I put on music at some point after mile 13.  My rule is to get through at least the first half without. That way you feed off the crowd, enjoy the experience and have something left in your bag of tricks if you need it.

This was my NYC Marathon Playlist:

  • Lean On –Major Lazor <–obsessed with this song
  • Wildest Dreams–Taylor Swift <–I’m becoming such a T-Swizzle fan in my old age
  • Sugar – Maroon 5
  • Chandelier – Sia
  • Started from the Bottom – Drake <–great end of race song
  • Clarity- Zedd
  • Rip Tide – Vance Joy
  • Jump Around – House of Pain
  • Shut Up and Dance- Walk the Moon
  • SummerThing – Afrojack
  • Worth It- Fifth Harmony
  • Fight Song-Rachel Platten
  • Style- Taylor Swift
  • Can’t Feel My Face- Weeknd
  • The Hills – Weeknd
  • Honey, I’m Good- Andy Grammer
  • Thinking Out Loud-Ed Sheeran
  • Turn Down for What-Lil Jon & DJ Snake
  • Original Don – Major Lazor
  • All About that Bass-Meghan Trainor
  • Shake It Off-Taylor Swift <–great shake out song
  • The ENTIRE ALL DAY Album – Girl Talk
  • Applause – Lady Gaga
  • Get Me Bodied – Beyonce
  • Blurred Lines- Robin Thicke
  • Best of Me – Morningwood
  • The Edge of Glory-Lady Gaga <–another good one for the end of the race
  • Let it Rock-Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne
  • Problem- Ariana Grande
  • This is How We Do – Katy Perry
  • Good Life- One Republic
  • Welcome to New York – Taylor Swift

Happy Sweating :)


Summer Workout Playlist

Ahh…summertime.  Could there even be a better summer song than Summertime by The Fresh Prince? I was originally going to post the songs that I am currently listening to on repeat; however, I think some summer-themed hits may be in order before the last precious weeks of summer slip away.

But if you are  curious, I’m listening to a lot of Worth It, Fight Song, Style, and I Can’t Feel My Face

Songs of Summer Workout Playlist 

Summertime – The Fresh Prince

Summertime Sadness ( Remix Version) – Lana Rey

Summer – Calvin Harris 

California Gurls – Katy Perry

I’m in Miami Bitch – LMFAO

Summertime – New Kids on the Block

Summer Love – Justin Timberlake

Hot in Herre – Nelly

Summerthing – Afrojack

Summertime Clothes – Animal Collective 

This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Mother – Maroon 5 



I love summer. So much.   I never want it to end.  Likewise, I’ve got a summer playlist on rotation that I can listen to over and over!  Check it out if you need to power through your next longish run!

  1. Original Don — Major Lazor (I’m loving this type of sound lately!)
  2. Applause — Lady Gaga (pumps me right up!)
  3. Dark Horse — Katy Perry
  4. Talk Dirty — Jason Derulo (silly lyrics, but contagious chorus!)
  5. Turn Down For What? — Lil Jon (Turn down for nothing!)
  6. Fancy — Iggy Azalea
  7. Summer — Calvin Harris (Song of Summer?)
  8. Magic — B.o.B (reminds of an 80’s McDonalds commercial, but I still love it!)
  9. Problem—Ariana Grande (Had no idea who this was until recently)
  10. Pompeii — Bastille (Like this one for the end of a run)

Top Workout Songs of 2013

2013 definitely had a few iconic songs.  Songs I could not stop playing–on repeat. Who could forget the battle to claim the official “song of summer” title? What do you think, was it Blurred Lines or Get Lucky?


While I listened to a range of music this year, I rounded up the 16 songs that best defined and boosted my workouts in 2013.   If I could only pick one today, it would probably be Applause.  Nothing gets me moving like Lady Gaga.  Except Girl Talk, but at this point, my obsession with Girl Talk is a bit redundant.  But I can’t knock what works, Girl Talk can save my workout like no other!

Enjoy. They are all worth a download, even as we say goodbye to 2013!

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If you’re thinking of joining a gym this January, check out this video from Yahoo Finance for tips to get the best deal.  There’s nothing revolutionary in it, but it reinforced that you should never pay full price or buckle to the pressure of the overly pushy membership specialists or PTs.

PS I pick Blurred Lines.


June Workout Playlist

I am hoping June will be a month of change–new habits, new workouts and definitely a new playlist!

One of the recommended items to pack for Reach the Beach was CDs—and I took that recommendation pretty seriously.  We probably listened to the CD I made at least a dozen times over the course of 30 hours in the van—I am sure some appreciated that more than others. This playlist is combination of our favorite Reach the Beach tunes and some other songs that are on my newly updated playlist! 


  1. Call Me Maybe-Carly Rae Jepsen
  2. Good Feeling—Flo Rida
  3. Turn Me On—David Guetta and Nicki Minaj
  4. You Make Me Feel—Cobra Starship
  5. We are Young—Fun
  6. Payphone-Maroon Five
  7. Drive By-Train
  8. Give Me Everything—Pitbull
  9. Someone that I Used to Know–Gotye
  10. Give It Back-Ting Tings
  11. Chasing the Sun-The Wanted
  12. Wild Ones-Flo Rida
  13. Sexy and I Know It-LMFAO
  14. Back in Time—Pitbull
  15. Brokenhearted–Karmin

Boring Playlist

This Playlist 😉

25 Best Workout Songs of 2011

It’s time again to list the songs that powered by workouts throughout the year!  This year had some great pop songs—not to mention some of the best Britney in years!

In no particular order, here they are

1. Stereo Hearts—Gym Class Heroes returned from oblivion and made a song just as catchy as Cupid Chokehold!

2. Countdown—The actual countdown of this song packs the cardio punch that Beyonce does so well.

3. Mr. SaxobeatPerfect for sprints

4. Club can’t handle me—Makes you feel cooler than Jay-Z, as you pound out the miles.

5. F*** You—This song came out of nowhere to make you remember all those people you want to forget.

6. Black and Yellow—Silly, yet effective cardio fuel.

7. Ni**as in Paris—Kayne and Jay Z take on the city of lights and win.

8. We Found LoveFrank likes to say, we found dove in a soapless place, so now that’s what I always hear.  A little slow, but still makes the list.

9. You Make Me Feel So run run run run run. I have never heard a Cobra Starship song that doesn’t make me want to dance around.

10. Party Rock Anthem—It’s not a song, it’s an anthem, and one that will get you moving at the club or gym.

11. All of the Lights—Kayne had to make the list and this song is kind of meditative and great for repetitive movements like the ellip or bike on high resistance.

12. Boom Boom Pow  You all know I want to get down, but thanks for asking Fergie.

13. Edge of Glory—During races, I like to think that I am on the edge of glory.

14. Till the world ends—What you waiting for?  Meet Britney on the floor.  I can totally picture her bopping around on the dance floor. I like the mix of techno and pop in this song.

15. I Wanna Go The Bravo song of summer, painfully addicting.

16. 6 foot 7  This is a Lil’ more hard core than some of the lighter pop songs, but still fun.  Like lil wayne, I have also dreamed of being 6 foot 7.

17. Pumped up kicks  Much the opposite of Lil Wayne, this song is light and perfect for a warm up.  It even tells you that you better run.  It was one of the first songs playing on the marathon course.

18. Last Friday night  Brings me back to summers in suburbia.

19. Give Me Everything  Pitbull spins a good one. This is a great sprint song, super fast and lots of fun. It makes you want to give it everything.

20. Internet Killed the Video Star I was obsessed with this song, for over a year I guess, but it still counts. They played it at the beginning of a race once and it totally pumped me up.

21. Square Dance  I decided to make a playlist of “at bat songs” one yankees game this season and this song really stuck.  It may not be new, but it was new to me.

22. Winner Ditto above

23. Money Grabber  I love the mix of fast and slow, it’s great for intervals.  Plus, the song is so much fun. It’s like the non-Kanye version of gold digger.

24. Hard  This song is great when you need something to get through a lazy workout, it reminds me that it’s supposed to be hard.

25. I’m Into You  I love this one.  It’s a perfect flirty, yet a little bit tough workout song.

Running Memories

Happy National Running Day!

I thought today would be a good opportunity to take a jog down memory lane. Over the years, I have run races in blistering heat (remember the More Half Ashley?), freezing cold (Gridiron anyone?), rain (NYRR 4Miler) and perfect weather (fortunately most fall under this category), every race is special in it’s own way, but some really stand out. Here is a round up of a few of my favorite race experiences, running playlists and my dream races to run in the future!

Great Races

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Turkey TrotsI love them all, but I believe I PRed in 2009 with a time of 27:24. You never know what upstate November will bring, I’ve trotted in low 30s and mid 50s!


Queens Half 2007—my first half!  I am glad they changed the course to a more fun route, but you’ll always remember your first official half!  I am excited to run it again this year!

Run as One April 2008 4M—My friend Rev guided me through this one and helped me finished strong!

San Francisco Marathon—my first ever and a major victory!


New York City Marathon—a truly magical marathon experience

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Staten Island Halfmy longest race of 2010!

Great Running Playlists

You know how I feel about music, here are a just a few of my favorites!

Best Songs of 2008

Ultimate Running Playlist

Power Running Songs

Dream Race List

This post summarizes my race wish list, to it I will add the Disney Princess Half and Lake George Half!

Do you have a race wish list or favorite race experience?  What defines a great race, a PR or the experience itself?

Swagger and Swing Playlist

One of my favorite things about watching sporting events live is the music that’s played.  In (college) basketball, it’s the music the play during timeout and half time.  In baseball, it’s the music the players walk out to bat to.  Or the pitchers walk to the mound to.

Being as I have been to my fair share of Yankees games–1.5 last weekend alone–I often get inspired by their high energy music choices and want to add them to my workout playlists.

While I was hoping that there would be a more accessible database of Yankees at bat songs, I was able to pull together a playlist of songs endorsed by the NYYs–past and present players. This mix is all about confidence and determination.  Apparently for the yankees, confidence involves a lot of Jay-Z.

As a final piece of Yankees news, I recently found out the Curtis Granderson actually has a fundraising team for the NYC marathon.  Curtis is very involved in helping you and all the members of his marathon team raise money for the Grand Kids Foundation.  You can find out more about his NYC Marathon team here. The major perk: meeting Granderson!

Fitness Faves and How He Do Playlist

I have had the pleasure of doing a guest post for Jenny of Have Your Cake!  Hop over to her blog and checkout my top five fitness must have of the moment.

I just realized that it has been a really long time since I have done a playlist.  Playlists used to be one of the few signatures of the blog.  I haven’t been listening to anything life changing, although super mash bros is almost in that category—thanks Dori!

So I asked the boy what he listens to at the gym, here’s what he’s got…


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He also mentioned, “obvi, anyone who has ever seen Bill seek the Queen’s help knows that the best song ever is New World In My View by King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan.”  Ominous, yes.  Workout song? questionable.

I should mention I almost stopped dating Frank when very early on he told me one of his favorite songs was The Sweater Song by Weezer.  Classic yes, but not a song that should be in the top five favorites.  Fortunately, since then he has proven that he does, in fact, have decent-excellent taste in music.and here we are today.

We are headed to a wedding in Rochester tomorrow, so blogging may be sparse over the weekend.  Wish us luck on our first “on the road” long run!

Shed It and Get It Playlist!

Hi Ya’ll,

We have an exciting guest post from one of my favorite bloggers, Rachel of Shedding It.   I don’t know if there is anything  that make me laugh as hard as Rachel’s Shed Theater videos.  And there are few things more useful than her great playlists!  On that note, I’ll let her take over…

Hey everyone! I’m Rachel from Shedding It & Getting It, and I’m a big fan of Melissa’s blog.

One of the main things that made me love Fitness NYC so much is her dedication to good music! I hate working out without a baller playlist to motivate me. It’s not just there as background music — I used it to set my tempo and incline and to stay engaged when I’m working out. (And entertained — to be honest, sometimes I LOL in the gym at the awesomely bad lyrics these rappers pull out.)

I usually go for themed playlists to help me set the mood, and so for my role as guest DJ, I decided to go with a Sexy Techie playlist. I’m a workout geek — I rely on my Shuffle, my fitness apps, my performance sports bras, my heart rate monitor, and a whole lot of other expensive gear to keep me motivated! And, of course, I rely on 50 Cent and JT offering, “I’m tired of using technology/Why don’t you sit down on top of me?” Um, as soon as I finish this set, I will!

  • Radio (Beyonce)
  • Electric Feel Justice Remix (MGMT)
  • Tape Song (The Kills)
  • Telephone Ghislain Poirier Remix (TTC)
  • Ayo Technology (50 Cent)
  • Phonography (Britney Spears)
  • Electric City (Black Eyed Peas)
  • Call Me (Blondie)
  • LOL :-) (Trey Songz)
  • Video Phone (Beyonce)
  • RoboCop (Kanye West)
  • Got Your Number (Nadia Oh)
  • Timebomb (Beck)
  • E-Mail My Heart (Britney Spears)
You can judge that last song, but after a hard workout, cooling down while the 15-year-old Britney croons, “It’s been hours, seems like days, since you went away…” is totally cathartic.