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Run Oregon Tunes – A Very Running Christmas Playlist

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. That's why I put this playlist together.

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.

Merry Christmas!

About Matt Rasmussen (1464 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

1 Comment on Run Oregon Tunes – A Very Running Christmas Playlist

  1. Nice playlist! I get a little tired of the traditional Christmas songs–I definitely prefer songs more along the lines of Fall Out Boy’s “Yule Shoot Your Eye Out” and The Maine’s “Santa Stole My Girlfriend” and “Ho Ho Hopefully” (aka Marilyn’s Emo Christmas Mix).

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