1970s running songs for midlifers

Welcome to the After the Playground Midlife running songs playlist! Something to give us midlifers a boost as we are embracing a new (or old) fitness regime.

From what I can remember of the 1970s, running wasn’t really a ‘thing’. I can’t recall any 5K races or half marathons and there were certainly no Park Runs. Running was something that you did if you were in a hurry or something unpleasant was chasing you.

I guess most kids enjoyed running in the 1970s the same as they do today but I wasn’t one of them. I was happier curled up on a chair with a good book. I’m not saying this was a bad thing but I think we can all now agree that reading has not been recognised as a way to prevent osteoporosis in menopausal women. Exercise is now essential to my health and well-being. Things had to change, and they did.

To be fair, us midlifers have not been backwards in coming forwards in the running department so I didn’t have to look very far for inspiration. There are some folk in their fifties who have been running all their lives. My husband is one of them. So they are just carrying on what they have always done but perhaps with a few extra aches and pains.

Most of my friends have at least given it a go and some have become true enthusiasts. You can always rely on a convert to take it to the extremes. Others talk a lot about it but never actually get around to it. Some have bought the kit but haven’t actually used it yet. The ones that aren’t doing it are either openly, or secretly, wishing that they could.

And then there are people like me, who can’t but still do!

You see, running in midlife is a complicated business.

As you would expect from anything that is popular with young people, running has its fair share of modern technology and a lot of it comes with a hefty price tag. If you’re not being tracked by at least three apps and a GPS system is there any point in doing it all? If you don’t share your achievements on social media did it actually happen? Joking aside, I am actually a big fan of running apps because they give you a scaffolding to hang your achievements on, however small they may be. Without the Couch to 5K app I would never have attempted running and my health would be a lot worse than it is now.

Midlife Running Songs Runner

I guess I just wanted to inject a bit of old school charm into the situation and that’s how I came up with my Midlife running songs from the 1970s playlist.

You can download and use the Spotify app on your phone for free and try out my playlist. I had a such a great time putting it together. As you’d expect, the songs don’t have the booming base associated with modern ‘best tracks to work out to’ but many have irresistible rhythm and gentle flowing melodies. You can go on a trip down memory lane as well as around your local running route.

Midlife running songs

Click here for the Spotify playlist.

You’ll find

  • Band of Gold – Freda Payne
  • All right now – Free
  • You can get it if you really want – Jimmy Cliff
  • Let your yeah be yeah – The Pioneers
  • Tiger Feet – Mud
  • Waterloo – Abba
  • Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell
  • All around my hat – SteelEye Span
  • Red Light Spells Danger – Billy Ocean
  • Love’s Unkind – Donna Summer
  • Don’t bring me down – ELO

…..and loads more!

Of course you don’t have to be running to listen to it, could be walking or doing the washing up!

I’d love to keep adding to my playlist, so if you have any suggestions of songs from the 1970s please do add them in the comments.


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