Most of the year, I log in my 3-mile runs 3-4 days a week and call it a day. But getting bathing suit ready requires me to kick my own ass a little. (Each year, a little more than the last!) Nothing gets me more pumped up that good tunes.
My current ass-kicker workout is an interval run. After a one mile warmup, I alternate between a 7.5 mpm pace and a 9.5 mpm pace every quarter mile for 30 minutes, total. (Vital stats: 3.5 miles at an 8.5 mpm pace and about 500 calories.)
By the time I’m starting mile three, I’m REALLY grateful for a couple of good songs to pull me through. Here are a few of my go-to tunes right now: