I’ll be honest with you, I am pretty stringent when it comes to Christmas music. I am not one of those individuals who switches on the Christmas Carols as soon as November rolls around. December 1st is my starting date, and I get exactly 31 days 25 days of seasonal tunes.
I am a traditionalist by nature and my favorites are those sung by Burl Ives and Bing Crosby (shoot – my favorite Christmas of ALL TIME is White Christmas). But at the same time, I just need those songs for a certain mood – and running is not the place where I can enjoy them. I need something a little more upbeat, driving, and keeps me motivated out in the cold and precipitation in December.
Be warned first and foremost, that these songs are not your tried and true options – these are remixes, covers, and interpretations of the classics. There are even a couple of original takes. Some are out a little more out there than others, but each provides a little more energy and emotion to keep you putting one foot in front of the other.
I utilized this playlist actually a day before my deadline of 12/1 – at the Winter Wonderland of Lights. I literally got chills (emotional ones) and I guarantee it kept my pace at the 7 minute range for those freezing 6 miles. I am not saying to replace your Chipmunk Christmas or Mariah Carey Christmas albums, but maybe toss this one on during your next run for shaking things up.