Music That Matters Podcast: Runner Powered Podcast, Volume 1

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John Richards running at Lake Chelan
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Music That Matters, Vol. 405 – Runner Powered Podcast, Volume 1
KEXP’s Morning Show host, John Richards, presents the first in a new series of Music That Matters podcasts, it’s our Runner Powered Podcast, Volume 1. Enjoy this one hour training podcast, featuring 16 high-energy local and international artists with songs about running and songs that will motivate runners. Download now and allow KEXP’s resident runner to amplify your inspiration and soundtrack your next run. Don’t miss Volume 2, coming soon and featuring a two hour mix with all new songs!

I’ve been a runner for as long as I can remember (I can only remember back to 5th grade when I started cross country to impress a girl). From the very first run, I realized that this was both a challenge, mentally and physically, but also really helped me in both those areas as well. Anyone who runs, trains, or exercises in general usually has music on, and that becomes such an important part of your experience, and in most cases can make or break that activity. When I trained for a marathon, I would time it to be either during Kevin’s show, listening to long classical pieces, or one of my mixes (my only non-music exception was when Dave Neihaus was calling a game for the Mariners). I’ve had this idea to put together a KEXP mix that you could take with you for some time, but hadn’t been able to put it together. After our second son was born, I decided I needed a goal exercise-wise to keep the head and body in line, and decided I could probably off a half marathon in the Spring. Amy agreed and we’ve both been training between work, school, and kids. This inspired me to get the running podcast going as well. Other inspirations have included my runs with superstar marathon KEXP volunteer Ken, and the start of the KEXP Running Club. But back to the podcast, the first one is an hour and the second will be two hours. Instead of just busting new music like we do on the podcasts, I thought I’d go through the last few years and pick the best vibes we can offer your run, and instead of just talking, music would talk inspiration to help you through the run. I hope people dig this and it inspires them to keep running or even start running! — John Richards

1. Lord Huron – Time To Run
2. Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running
3. Augustines – Cruel City
4. Beat Connection – In the Water
5. Yellow Ostrich – Marathon Runner
6. Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built
7. The Moondoggies – Changing (Live on KEXP)
8. The Lonely Forest – I Don’t Want To Live There
9. Pickwick – Hacienda Motel
10. Fitz & The Tantrums – Breakin’ the Chains of Love
11. Frightened Rabbit – Swim til You Can’t See Land
12. Helio Sequence – Keep Your Eyes Ahead
13. Django Django – Hail Bop
14. Luscious Jackson – Are You Ready
15. Lucius – Turn It Around
16. Washed Out – Don’t Give Up

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  1. Aaron
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for this series, John! All four volumes are a goldmine of sonic goodness…and have reminded me how fun it is to run (and work!) to a soundtrack.


  2. Stefanie
    Posted November 30, 2015 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    JOHN! Thank you so much for this series… I listen to these every time I hit the pavement, and I listen to them in the between times to get me pumped to get back out there. Much love from Santa Fe, NM. <3

  3. Arlene
    Posted March 26, 2016 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I just started the Couch to 5K program. A Meetup group and my boyfriend got me started but now it’s just me, your voice, and the music to guide me. (I bike and swim too and look forward to listening during those activities too.) Thank you, John and team for putting together these podcasts. Your presence in my life is immeasurable and for that, I am eternally grateful.

  4. Amy
    Posted May 12, 2016 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Thanks John and Ken, I love listening to the runner’s playlist. It gives me a boost while I’m running and because I’ve been listening and taking my music with me while I travel, the music brings back memories of some of my favorite runs from all over the world. Now these songs that I never could have found on my own have become close to my heart.

    Very grateful for your help,


  5. Arlene
    Posted June 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I am unable to download Volumes 1-4. This makes me sad because this podcast is so great and as a new runner this has really helped me. Thanks for Volumes 5 and 6!

  6. Posted June 27, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Links are all up to date here.

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