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43 Songs: The Ultimate Running Playlist

While visiting my parents in Indiana, I thought I’d be able to keep up my training for an upcoming half marathon (I’m planning to NOT repeat this total FAIL). But, I’m currently stuck inside, watching the freezing rain outside, and am just not hard core enough today to get out there and run in that mess.

Whether you're in marathon training or just looking for a great workout mix, this Ultimate Running Playlist is sure to get you moving!Meanwhile, why not take this time to finally share my running playlist with you? I listened to this mix while training to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It’s pretty random – and no, I wouldn’t let my kids listen to some of these songs – but they all either make me happy or pump me up.

So, without further ado, The Ultimate Running Playlist:

1. Renegades– X Ambassadors
2. Fight Song – Rachel Platten
3. Love Runs Out – OneRepublic
4. Stitches – Shawn Mendes
5. Shots – Imagine Dragons
6. TiK ToK – Ke$ha
7. Rolling in the Deep – Adele
8. Raise Your Glass [Clean] – Pink
9. Photograph – Ed Sheeran
10. One Thing – One Direction
11. Lose Yourself [Clean] – Eminem
12. Drive By – Train
13. Counting Stars – OneRepublic
14. Good Feeling – Flo Rida
15. Black Widow [feat. Rita Ora] [Clean] – Iggy Azalea
16. Try – Pink
17. I Lived – OneRepublic
18. Maps – Maroon 5
19. Boom Clap – CharliXCX
20. You Make Me Brave – Bethel Music
21. Bang Bang – Ariana Grande & Jessie J & Nicki Minaj
22. Brave – Sara Bareilles
23. Greater – MercyMe
24. Titanium (Feat. Sia) – David Guetta
25. Team – Lorde
26. Dark Horse – Katy Perry
27. Grenade – Bruno Mars
28. There You Go – Pink
29. Roar – Katy Perry
30. Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
31. We Found Love – Rihanna
32. Burn – Ellie Goulding
33. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
34. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
35. Club Can’t Handle Me (feat. David Guetta) – Flo Rida
36. Feel Again – OneRepublic
37. Firework – Katy Perry
38. Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
39. The Lost Are Found – Hillsong Worship
40. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
41. Awake My Soul (with Lecrae) – Chris Tomlin
42. Part Of Me – Katy Perry
43. Geronimo – Sheppard

What’s on your favorite playlist? What should I add?

Food, Faith, Fitness… and a FREE BOOK!

‘Tis the season for starting fresh! I will eat better! Exercise more! Read my Bible EVERY! DAY! (Who’s with me!?)

Aaaaaand, true confession: ‘Tis ALSO the season for a roller coaster ride of preoccupation with body image, crazy diets, and perfectionism. (Sigh.)

Well, friends, if you’re riding the same coaster as me, I have a timely treasure for you: Devotions for a Healthier You {Feeding Mind, Body, and Soul}, by Katie Farrell.

You guys. Katie’s devotional is beautiful. It’s heartfelt. It’s so approachable, and it’s SO NEEDED.

Katie is the creator of (a hugely popular blog where she lives out her passion of teaching women to find their identity in Christ and ending misconceptions about healthy eating). The devotions in her book are inspired from her personal journal entries and range in topics from body image to understanding and receiving God’s love for us.

She’s a recipe developer. She’s a registered nurse. She has been through every form of disordered eating you can imagine. She loves Jesus. And she’s found freedom.

Basically, the girl knows what she’s talking about – and shares it generously in this devotional.

The book drew me in with its beautiful photography (who doesn’t love a pretty book?).  But it kept me coming back for more once I began reading. I truly felt like I was digging into scripture with a friend over coffee. I’ve never met Katie personally, but I kind of feel like she “gets me.”

The devotions are so engaging, the fact that there are healthy recipes & a meal plan included is like a crazy jackpot prize on top of it all.

As I seek to live healthier this year, I’m grateful for this resource to help anchor me from all directions – mind, body, and soul.

Actually, I think it’s so great that I’m giving away a free copy to one of you!

Here’s how to enter:

– subscribe to my blog (if you’re already subscribed, I’ll count you too!) = 1 entry

– comment on this post = 1 entry

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Enter all three ways for the best chance to win – I’ll pick one winner randomly and announce the winner on Monday, January 12! Good luck!!!

Disclosure: I received a free sample book to facilitate this review and giveaway. But rest assured, all opinions are my own. I only promote products I genuinely like!