I admit running is a monotonous way to try to stay in shape. Using Christmas music helps add a change of pace for me during December.

Christmas music isn't my first choice to listen to while I run, but for a few weeks each year it helps pass the time. All of my running lately has been on a treadmill. I ran several outdoor events in chilly weather this fall and I still see people navigating the slippery roads around town, but I will be staying indoors for the near future.

Not every song on my list is a high tempo number, but I am not sprinting through my workouts. However, I don't think I will be running to the strains of O Holy Night any time soon. Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen are high on my Christmas music running list. Elvis Presley and Burl Ives classics make the grade. When I want to pick up the pace a little, I'll pick Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Eve / Sarajevo. I will even listen to some fun songs like The Grinch or Christmas Time from the Chipmunks.

If I am feeling a little fatigued, I will fall back on the more sports-themed Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne or almost anything from AC/DC. If I ate a few less Christmas cookies, maybe I wouldn't need to run so often.

 

  • 1

    Wonderful Christmastime

    This song has a great opening.

  • 2

    Santa's Comin' to Town

    I hope Clarence got his new saxophone.

  • 3

    Blue Christmas

    No one tops Elvis on this one.

  • 4

    Holly Jolly Christmas

    A person should probably wear a Santa hat while running with this song.

  • 5

    Christmas Eve/Sarajevo

    This song has a slow buildup, but it is one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs.

  • 6

    The Grinch

    I would actually feel safe touching almost anything with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole.

  • 7

    Christmas Don't Be Late

    You would need to listen to a faster-paced song to use a hula hoop I believe.