Running playlist: pandemic edition

10 indie and alternative rock songs to motivate your solo runs 
BRITTANY GEROW/THE VARSITY
BRITTANY GEROW/THE VARSITY

Living with physical distancing measures is like running a marathon — emotionally demanding and exhausting. Your actual runs shouldn’t feel like a trek right now! Here are 10 songs to carry you through your run while you keep a safe distance. You can also find the playlist on Spotify.

1. “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap 

Why not warm up to the sound of “Sweet Disposition” — an indie anthem — by The Temper Trap? Start with stretches and a slight jog to loosen your muscles. The way this heartfelt song slowly builds up suspense to the chorus will give you butterflies before your long run ahead.

2. “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine 

In the chorus, Florence Welch sings, “Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers / Leave all your love and your longing behind / You can’t carry it with you if you want to survive.” She’s right — you will not survive your long-distance run if you don’t momentarily clear your mind of your concerns.

3. “You Seemed so Happy” by The Japanese House 

If you sometimes wonder what running on clouds would feel like, I strongly recommend this dreamy tune by solo artist Amber Bain from The Japanese House.

4. “Armistice” by Phoenix 

Starting a cardio workout is always difficult, because while your mind is telling you to keep going, all your body wants is to go back to the couch. This is the tune to help you make a truce with your body, like a signed armistice.

5. “Undercover Martyn” by Two Door Cinema Club 

This absolute indie banger is guaranteed to get you pumped. The lyrics suggest leaving your comfort zone and going outside “on the main streets” to discover new things — which is totally encouraged, as long as you’re respecting public health guidelines.

6. “Reptilia” by The Strokes 

There’s nothing more motivational than Julian Casablancas singing, “please don’t slow me down if I’m going too fast” halfway through your run. “Reptilia” will make you feel like you’re invincible.

7. “Keep Your Head” by The Ting Tings 

Synchronize your pace to the beat of this song by British indie rock duo The Ting Tings. This track fits perfectly in this playlist because the lyrics keep repeating “10 minutes to go.” Listen to this song when there are roughly 10 minutes until the end of your workout!

8. “See The Sun” by The Kooks 

This one goes out to my fellow indie rock lovers who appreciate good basslines and guitar riffs. Take this opportunity to see the sun and appreciate running outside.

9. “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure 

End your workout feeling just like heaven from all the endorphins your body has produced!

10. “Cardiac Arrest” by Bad Suns 

After your power sprint to reach the finish line, steady your heart rate to the sound of “Cardiac Arrest” by Bad Suns. As ironic as it may seem, this song has fewer beats per minute — also known as a slower tempo — and will help you cool down while still keeping you energized.

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