Competition Giveaway – Mind and the Ultimate Running Playlist

You don’t have to be on prescription medication to appreciate the benefits of running on your mental health. Whatever the reasons for starting out with the sport, I doubt that many runners would deny taking a run to clear the head from time to time and release the daily stresses.

The mental health charity Mind, is trying to spread the word that running feels great – and so it does!

They have launched a competition to compile the ultimate feel-good running playlist to promote Team Mind in the upcoming Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon on 9 October 2011 and one of the lucky winners will be selected on this blog.

The prize is rather grand – 5 iPod shuffles and 5 pairs of VIP tickets to the Royal Parks Half Marathon. I’ll be giving away 1 iPod shuffle and a pair of VIP tickets for the Royal Parks Half, here on the warriorwomen blog. All you have to do is leave me a comment with your suggestion for your favourite feel-good running song that you believe should make it to the final playlist to be hosted on Spotify.

You’ll need to leave the following four details in your comment:

    • Name of artist
    • Song title
    • Why this song makes you feel good
    • Entrant’s name


I’d quite like to win myself. I haven’t managed to get a ballot place in the Royal Parks for the last two years and it’s a fabulous event. I don’t think I stand much chance though, I tend to stick episodes of the Archers on my half marathon playlists and not many people would class those as hugely uplifting.

My current favourite running tune is “Harder to Breathe” by Maroon, I always feel better if I’m still inhaling by the time that one starts up.

One of the best running albums I’ve seen was put together by a UK ultrarunner over at running and stuff . He’s managed to time his playlist to perfection by matching the spirit and tone of the song to his predicted mental and physical state at every stage of the marathon. Perfect.

But that’s enough about old playlists, let’s create a new one for Mind. Tell me your tunes and try and win some running goodies.

Terms and conditions of the competition can be found here.

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3 comments

  1. I really get a boost from Florence and the Machine’s ‘Dog Days’, it’s just so right for running to! The beat is a real foot lifter and the lyrics give some purpose to your run (‘Run fast for you mother, you sisters, your brothers etc’).

    I’m just sharing my tune, but don’t need the competition prizes, so good luck to other runners đŸ™‚

  2. I’m just starting out as a runner, but I think that Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Move On Up’ is a great song to run to. It has a great beat that never lets up and a fantastic brassy sound which makes it really motivating!

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