Running headphones

My Running Playlist

I have been using the same shitty headphones for a long time (see above). Sorry Sony, I know you’re meant to be good, but this is a loser-product, barely audible at times and frequently cutting out in one ear.

I don’t know why it took me so long to replace them but I am guessing it’s something to do with the overwhelming range of products available. On top of that, I wanted to take my time and make a better choice.

So now I have a new pair of wireless headphones that I have been loving in my last few gym sessions, I thought it might be time to write about music and running.


I am into lots of different types of music and when I was younger, I used to have a five speaker surround-sound stereo that I bought with money from my part-time job. I used to be quite anti-social with it. Back in the early noughties, it was still all about stereos, and everyone used to talk about sub-woofers a lot. The i-pod classic was still in it’s infancy.

These days, I try to be more considerate towards both my neighbours, and my long term sense of hearing.

That is, apart from when I go running. It is on runs that I sometimes really let loose and blast my ears.

Which brings me to my playlist. I actually have several, but this is the first one I made for Zombies, Run! about a year ago. The idea behind this playlist is that it’s a soundtrack to being chased by zombies.

And yes, this is a post I would really encourage you to comment on. Let me know whether I could get away with playing that shit in public, as suggested by irunelite. Tell me I’m a philistine, or point me towards a new band.

Either way, I would really like to hear some opinions on this one (not least of all because this post is little more than a thinly veiled attempt to crowd-source an expanded playlist!)

  • Never Let You Go (Rudimental, featuring Foy Vance)
  • Watercolour (Pendulum)
  • Invaders Must Die (The Prodigy)
  • Mystery Fish (Aesop Rock)
  • Wait and Bleed (Slipknot)
  • Duality (Slipknot)
  • Empty (Garbage)
  • Turn (Therapy?)
  • Vampire Love (Ash)
  • Broken Home (Papa Roach)
  • Too Late (Dead By Sunrise)
  • Sunburn (Muse)
  • Rise Of The Eagles (The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster)
  • How You Remind Me (Nickelback)
  • Mayhem (Halestorm)
  • Not LivingĀ  (Coal Chamber)
  • Let Me Know (No Wyld)
  • Silent So Long (Emigrate)
  • Spit Out The Bone (Metallica)
  • Waiting All Night (Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre)

Now I’m off to run a race that doesn’t allow headphones!



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I love running, but don't always train in the way that I should. I started my blog in between my first successful completion of a marathon (although I wrote the first post a few days prior to that) and my first ultra marathon, which was the first half of the 100k "Race to the Stones". Maybe part of my reason was to publicly call myself out on my own stated goals. I chose the name "half arsed runner" because I wanted to show that my motivation levels are far from perfect, and that it's OK to be human.

11 thoughts on “My Running Playlist”

  1. I get away with Nickleback (Never Again, This is How You Remind Me, Too Bad). I have also been running to Sublime (Santeria and What I Got – not exactly zombie chasing music).
    You really took me back by mentioning Papa Roach, Garbage, and Slip Knot. Maybe an A list (for anywhere) a B list (for less crowded) and a C list (for only by myself) In my Need Headphones post, I mentioned that ‘Sometimes it makes sense to wear headphones. On a group run, during a race, or on a day where everyone is out running on the trail.’
    Where you live probably plays a factor in this discussion too. I live in a big city next to a train station, two major highways, and a police and fire station. I am used to high traffic and noise and so are my neighbors. Granted, I don’t think I would go run down the block with Papa Roach (the only song I remember is Last Resort) or Slipknot playing. Maybe on a very low volume but not the zombie chasing volume! Weezer has a few songs that might be good for your list… (Annie are you ok). Also Imagine Dragons (Radioactive). I will give it some more thought today when I am more awake!

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  2. Please tell me what kind of wireless headphones you bought!!! I have exactly the same pair you had and the same problem with one cutting out!! I’m on the hunt for a new pair, but there are just so many!

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  3. That’s why I was so happy to see you choose a pair. I haven’t bought a pair because I couldn’t decide on one. I am the most indecisive person!

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