Thursday, May 3, 2012

half marathon playlist

Mirela asked about my half marathon playlist so I thought I would share.

If you're expecting to find the hottest top 40 hits, look elsewhere.  If you're expecting to find obscure and totally awesome songs, look elsewhere.  I mean, I listen to the radio and know what's hip ... but Taylor Swift and Feist aren't going to help me run 13.1 miles.  And I can't do without a few hits from the late 90s and early 2000s.  So, here you go:

Everything In Its Right Place
The Shadowlands
Black Balloon
Lose Control
Hold My Heart
Bittersweet Symphony
Keep The Car Running
White Houses
Pass that Dutch
What Sarah Said
Wiggley Fingers
I'm Really Really Hot
Seasons of Love
The Resistance
This Is the Last Time
Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur
Help, I'm Alive
Bird Song
Killer Queen
Must be Dreaming
Again & Again
Hold It Against Me
Penny & Me
Dare You to Move
Bye Bye Bye
Black and White
Semi-Charmed Life

Yes, N'Sync is on the list.  Yes, Britney made the list.  Hanson even made the cut.  Whatever needs to be done in order to run a half marathon has to be done.

Did I have a strategy in preparing this list?  Of course.  Do you know me at all?  I knew the first couple of miles I'd be fighting through the crowd.  (Not because I'm a fast runner, but because there are walkers.  And there are thousands and thousands of people running in a street.)  I wanted to pick things on the slower side to 'chill me out.'

Throughout the playlist I have a few pick-me-up songs to keep me in check.  These are songs that I like every time I hear them.  Every time.  (Don't judge.)  So, if I felt like my knees were about to pop open or my legs were about to fall off, these would help me refocus.  A few examples of pick-me-up songs are "Bittersweet Symphony," "Telephone," and "Yellow."  Who isn't going to start running faster when Gaga and Beyonce join forces?

And, luckily, I finished the race hearing "Semi-Charmed Life."  I can't complain about that.  I will forever sing my made up words to that song for as long as I live.

What's a must-have on your playlist?


  1. Awesome, thanks!! I'm running to iTunes right now!!! :) Loved the mix of softies and pop... and I love that you have Rent on it!!

    1. Fun! Are you training for anything coming up??

  2. Thanks so much! I am getting ready to run my 1st 1/2 marathon follwed by my 1st full marathon 4 months later. Great list and great reasoning behind the songs.


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