October 19, 2015

25 jams for your marathon playlist

I rarely run without music. I know that it's probably not my best habit but I feed off the energy of the songs and it can really help my pace at the end of the race. I've been carefully working through my playlist for my upcoming race at the Marine Corps Marathon. The last few races I've run, I've thrown something together quickly and given that a marathon is such a time consuming endeavor, I want my tunes to be on point!

My starting line song (yes, for every single race):
* Naked and Famous - Punching in a Dream

10 jams from my Team Fisher House contributors: As part of my fundraising efforts for Team Fisher House, I offered an incentive to select a song for my playlist for donations of $26.20 and up. I got some great ideas and these are my top 10 favorites!
* Eminem - Till I collapse
* Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime
* U.S. Marines - Listen to the Rhythm (perfect for this race!)
* Britney Spears - Work B**ch
* Redlight King - Born to Rise
* Walk the Moon - Shut Up and Dance
* Queen - We are the Champions
* EMF - Unbelievable
* Young the Giant - My Body
* Shepperd - Geronimo

The songs for the mile 20 bridge: Yea, I don't need all of these songs for the bridge, but you get the idea. Another name for this group of songs, is the "get shit done" group. You get the picture...
* Fort Minor - Remember the Name
* Jeremiah featuring Flo Rida - Tonight Belongs to U
* Trick Daddy - Let's Go
* Kevin Rudolf and Little Wayne - Let it Rock

5 songs that make me smile:
* Katy Perry - Roar (Mom's favorite song)
* Alesso featuring Tove Lo - Heroes (it reminds me of the heroes I'm running for)
* Maroon 5 - Sugar (this song played at our wedding reception)
* Van Halen - Panama (I vividly remember hearing this song on Rock Creek Parkway during my first marathon and it always makes me happy for that moment)
* A clip from the Simpsons called "Suckiest Bunch of Sucks" (a friend added this to a playlist he made me for my first marathon and it makes me laugh)

5 off-the-beaten path picks:
* Silversun Pickups - Substitution
* Rihanna - We Found Love from Cahill Club
* Kid Cudi - Pursuit of Happiness
* Elton John - Saturday Night's Alright
* Mumford and Sons - The Wolf

What are you favorite songs for your racing playlist?
{Christine}

24 comments:

  1. You've got a great playlist lined up for MCM, Christine. One of my go to pump up songs is Panama. There's just something about hearing Van Halen that gets me going, especially when the race gets tough. I need to work on updating my playlist for RnRPhilly and might have to use some of your ideas. :)

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    1. When I added that one, I thought of you because I know you love it too! :)

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  2. Great choices!I have a lot of the same songs on my playlist. But instead of Panama, I have Right Now. One of my favorites was It's Goin' Down by the Ecutioners and LInkin Park.

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    1. Ooh I'll have to check those out. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  3. Great list of songs! I love that a Simpsons song is on there :) It's nice to have songs that make you laugh as part of the mix.

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    1. It's so ridiculous! The first time I listened to that playlist, I was laughing out loud. It totally epitomizes the friend who made the playlist for me. He's a total goofball and also an endurance athlete so he gets needing something to break up the intensity.

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  4. I have a few for you - but my absolute favorite one is "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark" by Fall Out Boy. The chorus goes "Light 'em up up up/ Light 'em up up up/ Light em up up up/ I'M ON FIRREEEEEE" and it really gets me moving :) I also posted a bunch of good ones a few weeks back on my blog here: http://www.jessrunsatl.com/new-tune-tuesday-songs-about-winning/

    You're going to have a GREAT race!

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    1. Oh that's a great one! I am definitely adding that one and hopping over to your post to see more :)

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  5. great list. i don't run with music but i often sing songs in my head :)

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    1. I truly admire people who run without music. To be totally honest, when I'm super stressed out, I usually run without music but that's about it! :)

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  6. I've got several of those on my list, but also White Wedding (Billy Idol), Safe & Sound (Capital Cities), and I Got You (James Brown)!

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    1. I have had safe & sound on past playlists - that's a great one. Good suggestions!

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  7. All great Songs. I usually take the time to create a intricate playlist for marathons. I know what songs should be playing during what miles and how I'll probably be feeling so hearing a particular song at a certain time really helps push me thru.

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    1. I haven't ever tried to align songs to miles but I've often thought it's a brilliant strategy. Usually I just shuffle whatever I pick. Maybe if I have lots of extra time on my hands later this week, I'll try that! :)

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  8. I have a ton of songs on my playlist- everything from country to rap to Christian Rock (from my teen years in youth group, haha!). I usually rock with music but don't race with it a whole lot unless it's a very small race- my races are usually just 5K so I'm okay with that but I'd want it for a half or full! Good luck with your taper week.

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    1. Love the variety! I actually think I usually race 5ks without music too, now that I think about it!

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  9. Thanks for this! I am soooooo tired of listening to the same songs over and over again (it's a lot of Disney music, not gonna lie, LOL), so I'm always in need of new ideas!

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  10. Love your list! Walk the Moon, is one that seriously I can't help but get an extra spring in my step when it comes on:) I actually don't listen to music when I race anymore, I find I have more fun listening to those around me.
    But about half the time in training I do, and enjoy it. Sometimes in training I'll listen to books on tape too:) odd, but if it's a good one the miles just fly by because you want to keep hearing how the story goes:)

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  11. Love your list. I'm really trying to think of songs to add to your list, but I can't. You've covered most of what I have.. Sometimes when I get tired of music, I listen to podcasts..Sometimes, I'll listen to books on my phone, but it has to be good, otherwise I lose track of characters if their are too many or the story line is boring..

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  12. Ohhh, thanks for the reminder, I need to get a playlist ASAP!! Last year there was one song that got me over the bridge. Not one you would expect though. I played America by Neil Diamond on repeat to get me over the bridge and it worked :)

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