I am a country girl at heart. No, not a “country girl” that owns cowboy boots, but a country girl that owns waders for the real messy work of country life, like shoveling manure or dealing with an overflowing water tank or baling hay. I grew up on a “hobby farm” in Indiana. We always had some kind of farm animals as long as I could remember: pigs, beef cows, and even a few sheep before my Dad decided our specialty would be goats.
Yes, I grew up on a goat farm. We raised dairy goats for showing, milk and meat; I think in the “heyday” we had about 40-50 goats, 3 feeder calves/beef steers, chickens and assorted rabbits. We were part of 4-H and it was a huge part of our summers growing up.
Every morning and evening my siblings and I would spend about an hour doing chores–feeding, milking, watering and caring for our animals. Chores took place no matter what and if we “missed” chores we missed dinner. I remember when I was 13 and we brought a boom box down to the barn so we could listen to music while we chored. 93.3 was the country music station and we blared it as we milked, talked, fought (let’s be real) and worked together.
In a lot of ways country music is the soundtrack of my growing up years and I love it. I know to some it’s not “real music”, whatever that means. But I love it. And it speaks to me. And it’s fun.
I normally don’t listen to country music while I’m running, but I’ve been making an exception lately. There are some really good upbeat country songs that are so fun to run or workout to and I’ve thrown in some old favorites on this list too! Hopefully you enjoy it and if you aren’t a country fan you’ll give this country running playlist a fair chance–it’s pretty fun!
Great Running Country Songs
You can also check out the playlist on Spotify, there you can save it to your account for your next run and you can follow me too if you’d like! (Update 2019: I keep this playlist updated with new, upbeat running country songs and have added quite a bit to it! )
Today is actually National Running Day so I encourage you to get this playlist and head out for a run! If you’ve never ran before, maybe just add some easy running for 20-30 seconds to your walk or run in place in between workout sets. Every little bit counts!
Also, if you are looking for a good plan to build up your running I really like this Finish It 5K plan from anothermotherrunner.com.
Do you like listen to country music when running? Anyone else out there with some country roots?