Confession: I used to think that the only real reason to do cardio was to look good in a swimsuit. And since my 20-year-old body pretty much maintained itself (*sigh*… those were the days!), I didn’t work out super regularly because — why? Then a few things happened in my life that changed my perspective. First, I got my first “grown-up” job post-college and discovered that running was a great way to focus my mind and relieve stress after work. Then when I was 24, I was in a really bad car accident that left me in a neck brace and unable to exercise for 4 months, and for the first time ever I discovered that having the ability to exercise and push my body physically is actually a great privilege… one I haven’t taken for granted since.

Music is a huge part of my workout routine — the combination of great beats, my feet hitting pavement, and the exhilarating knowledge that I’ve pushed myself to my limit has become an addictive way to start my day. When I skip working out to sleep in, I end up feeling lethargic and irritable, and the endorphin rush that comes from getting my heart rate elevated first thing in the morning is more effective than a jolt of caffeine. Which is why I’m excited to be partnering with Spotify this fall for its new “Running” feature that has made my workouts more fun — I actually feel excited to slip on my running shoes in the morning and get outside to discover some great new music! The way it works is: you choose the genre, then Spotify Running matches the tempo to your running pace, helping you run farther and faster and letting your mind drift with the music.

In honor of the launch, Spotify asked me to share why I run, and after thinking through all the different reasons, I adopted the mantra, “Will Run For Happy Vibes.” When I work out first thing in the morning, I definitely feel like the best version of myself. I’m more relaxed, more generous with others, and excited to dive into my workday and get stuff done. The energy boost that comes from a good workout is a much stronger incentive than a toned bod (though if that’s a side benefit, awesome.)

And now, the giveaway! We’ve partnered with Spotify Running to give you some extra incentive to lace up your sneaks and hit the pavement. One lucky winner will receive: One (1) year Premium subscription to Spotify, One (1) pair of Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones, One (1) Nike Gift Card ($75), and a supply of healthy gourmet snacks! To enter, all you have to do is check out Spotify Running, then leave a comment on this post letting us know your favorite musical genre or Spotify Running playlist!

Contest ends next Thursday November 5th at midnight CST, and winner must be at least 18 years of age and live in the US. Good luck!

This post was made possible through my partnership with Spotify. The prize was provided by Spotify, but Spotify and its agents and representatives are not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Spotify or its agents and representatives.

*photos by Kristen Kilpatrick

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  1. 1
    Monica October 30, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Since I’m a heck of a lot older than you I can say I run cause I can. I’m greatful for the fact that, save for a knee that gives me some pain, I can still put on my shoes and go. I sill like my 80s music but I’ll listen to anything that helps me maintain my pace thanks for listening

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    pbandj27 October 30, 2015 at 6:57 am

    So hard to choose! I listen to all different kinds of music, but I’ll say pop music is my favorite 🙂

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    Sam October 30, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Wow, what a great feature. A good playlist can make a run so much more enjoyable. I like to mix it up, some days I like 80s oldies or some day alt rock or techno. All depends on the mood

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    Brooke October 30, 2015 at 7:29 am

    I absolutely love using Spotify when I run, but I’ve never used the new Spotify running! I’ll have to check it out. Right now I just love listening to all the different Spotify workout playlists. My go-to is Cardio, it always plays the best songs.

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    carroll kilty October 30, 2015 at 7:37 am

    This is such a great post! Running in the morning also makes me feel healthy and accomplished no matter what else happens that day. I switch up my music depending on my mood and pace, but I also love to listen to a playlist that another runner friend makes.

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    Elizabeth October 30, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I’ve recently been checking out the playlists from Women’s Running and Effortless Chic on Spotify. I will definitely try this new feature on my next run. Thanks!

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    Beth October 30, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Old R&B!

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    caroline October 30, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I go for oldies usually but when it comes to running I have to have 80’s or Cardio. Katie Perry is really fun to run to as well!

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    Elisabeth October 30, 2015 at 8:19 am

    So cool! This is a great idea, I hope to get to check it out! I used to hate techno, but I’ve now found it’s a great genre to run to!

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    Heather October 30, 2015 at 8:19 am

    My favorite is ‘blissed out’…totally upbeat without being overpowering.

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    Molly October 30, 2015 at 8:27 am

    I love using Spotify Running! My favorite is Cardio.

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    shendrixson October 30, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I’ve only recently gotten into Spotify and I’m loving it! Anything that sounds like The Temptations or some old schools 90s, is totally my ham!

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    shendrixson October 30, 2015 at 8:29 am

    haha JAM*

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    Hannah October 30, 2015 at 8:33 am

    I love all musical genres but my favorite for running has to be hip hop to get me pumped!

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    Megan October 30, 2015 at 8:54 am

    I had never heard of this and can’t wait to use Spotify Running soon! I would say hip hop is my favorite to run to.

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    Amy October 30, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Current favorite Spotify playlist is songs from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy!

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    Lesli October 30, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I currently use Spotify’s workout playlists (the Power Workout being a current favorite). This new running feature sounds awesome!

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    Julie October 30, 2015 at 9:13 am

    My favorite musical genre is definitely country!!

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    Bella B October 30, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I tend to mix it all up when I run. One song is Hip Hop and the next is Pop and then Country. I have too many loves! ??

    xoxoBella |

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    Whitney October 30, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I just started running this year and quickly learned that I needed music to take my mind off the “exercising” part and focus more on the “cool beats in my ears” part. I’ve been listening to Spotify’s Power Workout playlist when running, but hadn’t heard about Spotify Running until this post. What an awesome concept!

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    Teresa October 30, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Weirdly, I totally love listening to opera while running and I would be really curious to see which songs would work with tempo detection.

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    Carly Grieff October 30, 2015 at 9:36 am

    My favorite genre is Epic – it gets me running faster and keeps me running longer! Feel great after a long, energetic run.

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    ameliapond87 October 30, 2015 at 9:39 am

    That’s why I run:
    I can’t go for the giveaway, since I’m portuguese, but I wanted to share that with you

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    kristin | W [H] A T C H October 30, 2015 at 9:50 am

    i love listening to music when i run, but the genre really depends on my mood that day!

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    Tiffany October 30, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I love the indie kick playlist!!

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    Kelsey Sprowell October 30, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I love Spotify Running! Cardio is my favorite, too.

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    Holly October 30, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I find as I get older, I gravitate towards more laid back and “pretty” music like folk, but that won’t cut it for exercise! Would love an upbeat 80s playlist 🙂

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    Joy October 30, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Running helps me slow down – which is a funny thing. I have the pleasure of a very full and fast-paced life, I love it and I couldn’t ask for more. When I run I can slow down a bit and I am able to marvel at the world around me and think about how amazing the human body is and what it is capable of. Really great stuff.

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    Rachel S. October 30, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I love working out to rap. Something about that strong beat makes me want to keep moving and feel good about it.

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    sonjelita October 30, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Nice! My go-to running music is Florence + The Machine – she gets my butt in gear! So basically indie rock/pop.

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    Jenny October 30, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I might need this immediately. Running a half marathon in 10 days and my current run playlist runs out about 30 mins too soon and I find myself struggling.

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    Anne jensen October 30, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Running is such a relaxing break from children, technology and the demands of life. I love listening to bluegrass… Always puts a smile on my face!

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    April October 30, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I run because I can. Love to run to some Jack White, or upbeat R&B.

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    Linda October 30, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Running is me time! It lets me leave behind the long work day and gives me a break from my baby. I love running to indie rock /pop.

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    Elyse G October 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I love running, but hadn’t heard about Spotify’s running playlists until this post. Right now my go-to running music is pop or broadway tunes. *fingers crossed*

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    Lauren C October 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Running helps me clear my mind and focus on me. I love the fun workout playlist on Spotify!

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    margaret October 30, 2015 at 11:44 am

    awesome! funk n soul for sure 🙂 and im running a half marathon next month…fingers crossed!

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    Kylie October 30, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I started running a few months ago and I feel both physically and mentally better than I have in a long while. I’m training for my first race! I love running to pop music. It keeps me going!

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    Nydia puteg October 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Awesome!! Defiantly pop!

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    Lauren C. October 30, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I am obsessed with Spotify running! Use it daily. I like the classic Burn playlist but have been using the Go! one, too. Highly recommended!

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    Anna October 30, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    My favorite genre is pop for running. I need those energetic beats to get myself in gear!

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    Kayley October 30, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I wasn’t sure how to check out the playlists, but one of my favorite genres for running is high-tempo pop music.

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    Isabelle October 30, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Definitely jazz, but when I’m running I love classical, something like Debussy — puts me in a calm state of mind while running.

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    Ashley A October 30, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    This sounds awesome! I like that they have set running playlists, which would probably get me out of my country rut. The variety would be great!

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    Tara October 30, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Indie Coffeehouse is surprisingly great for running.

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    Hannah @ The Homesteady October 30, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I love listening to Odesza on Spotify when I run

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    Liezel Fourie October 30, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Rock Hits Remix!

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    Emily October 30, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks for the awesome tip! I love what Spotify has to offer! Cardio looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Alex October 30, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I definitely like a range! Hip-hop is the highest on my list! Particularly Drake is my number one music choice for anything, especially running!

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    sandyhills October 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I would like to add that my favorite musical genre is pop

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    Kira October 30, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    It is nearly impossible for me to run without music! I need the beat when pounding the pavement, and Electronic/Techno music (along the lines of Daft Punk and Justice) lend the right rhythm for running. I can’t wait to try Spotify Running!

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    Robin October 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Oldies that are dancey!

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    Neff October 30, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    80’s and 90’s music!

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    Colleen Boudreau October 30, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    My favorite music genre is pop.

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    Heather S October 30, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Cuuuuute running shoes! My fav genre is jazz although I really love pop too.
    Thanks for the rad giveaway!

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    Natalya October 30, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    What a terrific giveaway! I listen to all genres of music but for running nothing beats 80’s Pop!

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    leahsprague October 30, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I actually tried this feature last week – it is so cool! My favorite music genre for running is anything upbeat.

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    Sophie October 30, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    You are awesome. I love running to Katy Perry. P.s. adorable shoes!!

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    Brooke Zigler October 30, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I love listening to Broadway showtunes when I’m running on Lady Bird Lake!

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    amanda October 30, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Top hits!

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    Ashley October 30, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Hip hop is the best! Spotify’s new feature is AWESOME

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    Alissa October 30, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    I recently noticed the Spotify running but haven’t tried it out yet. It seems pretty awesome! I definitively love running to upbeat pop hits and guilty pleasures.

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    Aubri October 30, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    For running, my favorite genres are probably pop or hip hop!

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    Kathryn Davis October 30, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Since I am new to running, I struggle to find that “runners high.” I am trying with the cool Motown hits that I grew up with.

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    Amanda October 30, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Morning run for moi!

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    M.E. October 30, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Hip Hop is a great genre to run to. I’m excited to try out Spotify Running!

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    Mal October 30, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I love listening to the top hits! I’ve never tried the Spotify Running, but I’ll definitely have to try it next time I lace up my shoes.

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    Effie October 30, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    I can get quite moody when I start running if my music isn’t perfect to my running beat! I enjoy Hip Hop/RnB because the songs usually have incredible beats behind the lyrics. So excited for the Spotify Running feature!

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    Annie October 31, 2015 at 2:01 am

    I also run in the morning! I listen to the Nike playlist and it gets my morning going. I run because I can, I run to clear my head and to feel energized from the runner’s high.

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    Shannon October 31, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Cardio! I use Spotify all the time!

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    meredith m October 31, 2015 at 9:21 am

    What a fun concept! I have a hard time finding perfect running music since I like things with a good beat to keep me on pace and keep going – my favorite is pop to run to!

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    Heather October 31, 2015 at 10:07 am

    For working out, it has to be pop — something with an upbeat tempo and good beat.

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    Julie October 31, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    I love how spotify running matches your tempo. Genius! I recently have been loving the nike running playlist on spotify.

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    Taylor October 31, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I love 90s hip-hop and pop to run!

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    Angela October 31, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I love Spotify and this is a great new feature. Favorite genre: gangster rap!

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    amy richards October 31, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I run because it has always been the most time efficient and economical exercise to get into shape and maintain a reasonable level of health. Plus i find running in the woods to be therapeutic! Fave music genres to run to are pop-punk and 80’s.

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    Michelle Hall October 31, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I used to run long distances but then injured my left knee several years ago. I was a long distance runner since middle school. Now, I run short distances and do sprints and mix it up with long walks. Spotify is great! My favorite music genres are electro and hip hop. ????

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    Kelly October 31, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I’ve been listening to Florence & the machine lately, ever since I saw them in concert!

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    elizabeth ashley October 31, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    It is so wonderful to run because you enjoy it, and not out of pressure to make yourself look a certain way! I like running to anything in the Selena Gomez/Justin Beiber range, but when doing other forms of exercise, love Debussy. Haha.

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    rusthawk October 31, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Classic Rock keeps me motivated!

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    Faith October 31, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    I like the Sunrise Run playlist! In general, I really like chill, acoustic music 🙂

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    Hannah C October 31, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I like pop because it typically keeps me pumped up 🙂

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    mary D November 1, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I want to start running for ME, it feels like i’ve put myself on the shelf for a long time now…and in turn failed in accomplishing some goals i set a long time ago, gained more weigh than i feel comfortable with…and just started to feel down & kinda introverted….wanna change that around I’m an 80’s – 90’s girl with a bit of fun dance music from today mixed in

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    Elle November 1, 2015 at 3:25 am

    When running, I love pop songs from the 90’s and lots of dance music to get me going.

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    Kelly November 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Just started training for a half marathon and fininding hip hop gets me through!!

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    Jean Miller November 1, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Classis Rock keeps me running!!

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    Dianna November 1, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Pop all the way!

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    Andrea November 1, 2015 at 11:50 am

    HIP HOP!!

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    Rebecca November 1, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    For working out, I love some Jenny Lewis!

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    Kristin November 1, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I have been checking out the Spotify Running feature, and love the “blissed out” genre! I also use their cardio playlist most of the time while I run!

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    Mariam November 1, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve already been using the running option for Spotify. blissed out and lock the flow are my favorites!

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    Jeffri Mulder November 2, 2015 at 2:33 am

    I usually run to clear my head…it’s my alone time from the craziness of life! So I usually listen to calming genres on Spotify. Right now, I love the playlist Autumn Acoustics. Perfect for running on Fall mornings!

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    Karen November 2, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I just tried the Spotify Running feaute and loved the mix it gave me – some songs I would have never put on a running list that worked. I love some old school Madonna when I run!

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    Sarah November 2, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I don’t really have a favorite genre as I listen to everything but…when working out I definitely prefer fast dance/pop music to match my pace!

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    R November 2, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I like to run to rap or hip hop. Anything Beyonce (she’s her own category).

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    Anne Elliott November 2, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I love to run to EDM, so I’m interested in checking out Burn by Tiesto!

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    Jess November 2, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I love the “run wild” mix! So excited to know about this feature on spotify – maybe I can extend my runs a bit more if I’ve got groovy tunes going.

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    Ann November 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Love listening to some 90’s music when I’m working out!

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    Adrea November 2, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    I like to run to anything that empowers me. Songs like Beyonce’s Run the World. But I’d check out a bunch of the lists on Spotify – the Tiesto one sounds interesting!

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    Rachel M. November 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I love a mix of new music – it’s basically the only chance I have to catch up on what’s popular!

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    Nora November 2, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I run for the feeling that my body can push past limits and knowing how strong i really am. Favorite genre would be alt rock.

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    Helen November 2, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    A year ago I broke my hip in a crazy flag football accident, so I know what you mean by exercise being a privilege. I haven’t been able to run again yet, but I’m working my way back to it! I like to listen to 90s music and anything Beyonce while I’m on the bike.

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    Alyssa P November 2, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Run This Town and my recommended playlist are my favorites!!! Spotify has definitely made running more enjoyable!

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    Christina Westerfield November 2, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I’d love to give Spotify a go, I’m a new Country fan- crossover rock boys that jam. Great Blog! Thanks for the contest chance!

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    Joy Chindamany Nivong November 2, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    My favorite genre for running is a mix between pop and hip hop.

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    Linda November 2, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I like to run to Top 40 music mostly, not really a specific genre but songs that are catchy. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Julie kleiner November 3, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Pop music for the win!

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    Liza November 3, 2015 at 7:23 am

    As a new mom running with my son is a great way to relieve stress, get outside, and get back into shape! I love running to hip hop!!

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    Jenny S November 3, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I run to clear my mind and to enjoy nature!

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    Chelsea November 3, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Generally I’d say pop, but for running rap really does the trick 🙂

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    Camille November 3, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Pop and Hip Hop beats get me going! and keep me going! Looking forward to trying Spotify Running!

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    Katie November 3, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I’m new to Spotify but have been in search for musical inspiration for my fall workouts. It sounds like Spotify Running could be perfect! I tend to listen to upbeat country or pop to keep my legs moving during a run. Can’t wait to try!

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    Kari P November 3, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    This looks pretty amazing. Finally got the babe in preschool and ready to hit the pavement again. Favorite genre while running – EDM. Thanks!

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    Sarah Jane November 3, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Looks great! I love listening to pop. Anything that I can bop my head to and keep me on pace works for me!

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    dawn November 4, 2015 at 12:01 am

    My mind is blown- THEY FIND MUSIC THAT MATCHES YOUR RUNNING TEMPO! Up till now I run to podcasts because any music would mess up my rhythm. A whole new world has opened up!

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    Patricia Li November 4, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Fell off the running bandwagon and am feeling so sluggish now. Looking for inspiration to get back into it and this Spotify Running thing seems like great incentive. Will check it out. Thank you! Favorite genre is definitely pop.

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    Megan Stewart November 4, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I love running! It’s a great way to decompress. My favorite way to take in a new city is to go for a run. My favorite genre would definitely be Pop, Something with a great beat to get me moving!

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    Megan Farquhar November 4, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Running to classical music makes everything feel so cinematic. Love this! Thanks for the share.

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    Hannah November 4, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Will run for sanity! Beyonce is my genre 😉

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    Elizabeth November 4, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I would enjoy Cardio!

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    Corinne Mueller November 4, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I really like the Spotify Original playlists. Lock the Flow is probably my favorite from them.

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    Chelc November 4, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Great giveaway!
    I love running to good music. The kind that moves your body but calms your soul at the same time. When I find that perfect song it’s like I get from point A to point B without struggle, without the feeling of giving up. I like music that pushes me to get there. The kind that motivates me to run for myself, my health, and my child. A good run is one of the best feelings!

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    Ginny November 4, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I love Spotify too! My favorite music genre for running is deep house. I don’t listen to it any other time, but for some reason it gets me going when I’m running!

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    Natalie November 4, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Spotify Running has absolutely changed the way I run. I hate running alone but all the different playlists keep me motivated. I especially love anything EDM/Techno and I run to feel strong!

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    Eleanor November 4, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Love Spotify Running!!! I love running to pop!

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    Carla S November 5, 2015 at 4:20 am

    I like to listen to electro and anything fast when I run.

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    Lauren F. November 5, 2015 at 9:38 am

    LOVE Spotify Running! Such a motivator and actually helps make for a more productive run! My favorite playlist is Go!

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    Linda N. November 5, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I like to exercise to up beat dance music. Lots of dance hits, new and old.

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    Eli G November 5, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    This is awesome. You look great!

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    Kelli N November 5, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    My favorite musical genre to work out to is definitely pop/top 40! My fiance wonders how I know all the words to every song we hear on the radio. Love this piece and the pics of Austin’s great trails!

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    Kelly D November 5, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    My favorite genre is alternative or 80’s music.

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    Emily November 12, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Amazing idea! I exercise for my sanity! 🙂