Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts is running her first marathon in London in April. She shares some of the tunes that get her motivated.
Rudimental feat. John Newman & Alex Clare – Not Givin In
I like to start my Sunday long runs with a song where you can work your way into the run and build up. This track is perfect for that and the words help me believe that I can get through the session and finish. I’m new to this, so every time I do a long run it’s the furthest I’ve ever been. Hopefully I can make the full 26.2 miles in April!
Leathal Ethal Bizzle Feat. JME & Tempa T – Rari Workout
If anyone knows how to get people moving, it’s Lethal B. This goes off in clubs and at festivals, and sounds incredible on quality headphones. Perfect motivation.
DVBBS & Borgeous – Tsunami (original mix)
This is great for hilly runs, it builds and builds. Part of the song is staccato and it really helps me get up those inclines when my legs feel like lead. The drop is huge and makes reaching the top of the hill feel even better. There’s a version with Tinie Tempah if you prefer to hear it with vocals.
The Killers – Mr Brightside
This song will never not sound good to me. As soon as I hear the guitar opening I have the strength to get through the next three minutes and 44 seconds.
Rihanna- We Found Love
This one reminds me of raving to Rihanna’s set at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hackney. We were jumping so hard that my phone fell out my pocket and I didn’t care (I crouched down and got it at the end of the song!) A quality Calvin Harris beat and soaring vocals from Rihanna make this perfect to run to.
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor
A couple of my resident DJs on my radio show have requested this for a feature we do called Workout Wednesday and it went down so well with our listeners. It’s got full-on energy and a great rhythm to run to.
Duke Dumont – I Got U
No matter whether it’s cold, dark, raining or foggy, this track transports my mind to sunnier times. I love the original of the vocal track, Whitney Houston’s ‘My Love Is Your Love’, but it’s not really a song I can run to. Duke Dumont’s rework is excellent and works nicely on a tough long run.
Faithless – Insomnia
A timeless classic. It builds and builds and then bursts into the famous riff! I’ve not tried energy gels yet but I imagine they feel like this song! There are lots of remixes of this track that you can choose to include on a running playlist. If you like bass go for the Armand Van Helden remix, if you want a recent incarnation, there’s an Avicii 2.0 remix – but I love the original 96 release. It still sounds incredible.
Benny Benassi – Satisfaction
When I feel like I can’t go on and my legs start to feel sluggish, this gives me a lift and keeps me going. It’s got banging beats and filthy good bass!
The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
Instant joy! I’ll usually try and find this at the end of my run to cool down to, when I’m happy that I’ve made it out and completed part of my training plan. Yes!
Disclousre – Bang That
This has a strong banging beat that sounds great on a run! Especially on a hilly course, it gives me that little bit extra to finish strongly. It’s also 125bpm and that seems to be the best tempo of music for me to run to.