What do you do when shit hits the fan? When I first started running, I thought I could actually physically run from my problems. Nothing was happening for me. I was stuck, bored and I could feel myself slipping into old habits. So when I figured out that the pain I felt from running meant I was getting stronger, I leaned hard into that pain. I drank the Koolaid (or should I say electrolyte mix???) and now there's nothing better than putting on my shoes, throwing my middle finger up in the air and going for a long run when shit hits the fan.
Going through a breakup?
Relationship speed bumps?
Did you get cheated on?
Are your kids driving you over the edge?
Quit your job?
Want to stab your boss and/or coworkers? (METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING OF COURSE. JESUS DON'T STAB ANYONE.)
Do you have 99 problems and they all have to do with money?
Having an identity crisis?
Feeling insecure about your weight?
Or maybe you just don't feel like you fit in anywhere.
That isn't even the tip of the iceberg but these are some of the many reasons why you should run away/start running! Life is tough and it doesn't get any easier! I was talking with a coworker this morning and she looked at me in tears and says, "I think I just need to go for a run. How do I do that?" And I was like GIRL! I GOT YOUR BACK! I'm going to crowd source you an empowering conquer the word playlist and then we're going to go run for a good 2 minutes."
And she was like "WHAT?" And I was like, "Then we'll walk and then we'll run again!"
I asked the Run, Selfie, Repeat community over on the Twitterverse and The Facebook what songs they listen to when they need to feel empowered. So here is your "Empowering I'm Going to Conquer the Worst Playlist" for all those moments when you want to blow something up, set something on fire or punch someone in their hope (because revenge is best served by doing something great. And if you really want to say "F*ck you", go run a half or full marathon and then be like "SUCK IT.")
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) by Pink
Heartkiller by HIM
Sabotage by Beastie Boys
The Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga
What Are You Waiting For by Nickelback
Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce
Run, Run, Run by Michelle Lewis
Go Harder by Future
It's My Life by Bon Jovi
Dig by Incubus
Play It Right by Sylvan Esso
Crystallize by Lindsey Stirling
This Is A New Year by A Great Big World
High Road: Fort Minor (feat. John Legend)
Higher and Higher by Craig Wedren and Theodore Shapiro (Wet Hot American Summer)
Burning Gold by Christina Perri
I Will Survive Cover by Cake
Pretty Girl Rock by Keri Hilson
Day Dream by the Lovin Spoonful
Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine
No One Like You by the Scorpions
Lost In The Echo by Linkin Park
Rolling In The Deep by Adele
Miranda Lambert by Mama's Broken Heart
Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy
Collar Full by Panic at the Disco
Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
Feel Again by One Republic
Don't Stop Me Now by Queen
Domino by Jessi J
SKRILLEX by Bangarang
A Little Want To by Reba McEntire
Magic by Bruce Springsteen
Wake Me Up by Avicii
All Day by Girl Talk
Grown Woman by Beyonce
I Don't Fuck With You by Big Sean
My Hero (acoustic version) by Foo Fighters
Never Give Up On The Good Times by the Spice Girls
In My Head (feat. Nervo) David Guetta & Daddy’s Groove
I’m Every Woman by Whitney Houston
A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay
Firework by Katy Perry
Fight Song by Rachel Platten
I Lived by One Republic
And finally, because this song should be on every playlist you have --
I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston
BOOM! What's your empowering conquer the world song? Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.