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The Ordinary Lovely: Dog Days Are Over

On Saturday, after a six week hiatus, I dusted off my running shoes and once again braved the early morning chill. It felt really good and really awful and really hard all at the same time. About half way round my usual route, I actually felt sick and considered walking the rest of the way home but Florence and the Machine came on and spirited me on. And yes, while I may have been quite slow in comparison to the speed that I was running at before Christmas, it still meant that I could carry that smug 'I went for a run before you even opened your curtains' feeling with me all weekend (and not feel too guilty about eating half a chocolate orange later that evening).

Now that we actually have daylight at a reasonable hour and until a reasonable hour, with a bit of luck, I should be able to get out and about more often. It's nothing to do with wanting to lose any more weight. I'm happily maintaining nine stone. A couple of pounds less would be great but I'm still super happy with the two stone off since last summer. For me now, it's more about getting fitter and healthier and just doing more in general. It's much more fun chasing after the boys on their bikes without a jelly belly bouncing around and gasping for breath after running a mere twenty metres. 

But back to Florence and the Machine. Well, there is no better song for running to than Dog Days Are Over. Fact (hence the reason for me stealing some of the lyrics for the title of this post). Part of the reason that I enjoy running so much is being by myself, out in the fresh air, listening to my favourite songs. It has such an impact on my mood. It makes me feel so happy. 

I love looking at people's playlists. Cerys who blogs at Mascara and Mud shared hers a couple of weeks ago and it gave me some new tracks to download. So in case you're looking for some inspiration too, here's fifteen songs that I love to run to ...

1. Dog Days Are Over - Florence and the Machine (Cerys had this too ... because it's awesome)

2. The A Team - Ed Sheeran

3. Dakota - Stereophonics (best band EVER!)

4. Drinking In L.A. - Bran Van 3000

5. Fascination - Alphabeat

6. Free Fallin' - Tom Petty

7. Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac

8. Ho Hey - The Lumineers (I listened to this all the time in hospital when my littlest was born)

9. If You Come Back - Blue (nope, I won't apologise for this)

10. Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls

11. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5

12. Stay With Me - Sam Smith

13. The Sun Always Shines On TV - A-Ha (I have a huge, HUGE crush on Morten Harket)

14. This Is The Last Time - Keane

15. With Every Heartbeat - Robyn

I tend to change my playlist every month or so, just for a bit of variation. What songs do you like running to? Have you got any good suggestions for me to download?