Sep 13, 2012

Half Marathon Prep

The half marathon is two days away and I'm about as ready for the race as I am for Amelia to start dating. My training has been sporadic at best. I'm as slow as ever. And this 13 mile run will involve much walking. HOWEVER, the most important part of my preparation, my race day playlist, is coming along quite nicely. Given my current conditioning, I'm estimating that I'll need about three hours of motivational tunes. I'm still about thirty minutes short on music and there are a few songs in my current list that need to be replaced because they're really not the right fit for running a road race and/or vomiting on myself before passing out.

So help a brother out and give me some more tune suggestions. The biggies are here already -- Eye of the Tiger, You're the Best, Gonna Fly Now, etc. I seem a little light on Hip Hop, Heavy Metal and Scandinavia, so maybe you can help out there. Sorry, but Eminem's Lose Yourself and Kanye's Stronger have been played to death in my workouts, so they're disqualified. Any new song selections need to meet at least one of the following criteria (and the more criteria met, the better):

  1. A solid pavement pounding beat that gets me through at least three minutes of running without realizing it.
  2. Running or other goal oriented lyrics. Though death and pain related lyrics are equally acceptable.
  3. Main theme in a 1980s feel good movie soundtrack, featured in a Nike commercial or used without the artist's permission at some point in a political campaign.
  4. Includes clapping or harmonious shouting. Especially clapping while harmoniously shouting.

***If I add one of your music suggestions to my race day playlist, I will not only give you full credit on the blog, I will also write your name on my race day shirt in black marker as some sort of weird honor that all the other runners will surely mistake for some much more meaningful tribute as to why I'm punishing myself with this athletic endeavor.***

Sweet List of Songs to Listen to Until I Cross the Finish Line or Lose Consciousness, Whichever Comes First
Nothing to Worry About -- Peter Bjorn and John
I Wanna Be Sedated -- Ramones
Battle Without Honor or Humanity -- Tomoyasu Hotei
I Love It -- Icona Pop
Cherry, Cherry -- Neil Diamond
Two -- Lenka
You're the Best -- Joe "Bean" Esposito
Tear It Up -- Yung Wun featuring DMX, Lil' Flip & David Banner
Carry On -- Fun.
Hold Me Back -- Round Table Knights
Elephant -- Tame Impala
Bang On -- The Breeders
I'm Alright (Theme From "Caddyshack") -- Kenny Loggins
Don’t Stop Now -- Guided By Voices
Nuthin' but a "G" Thang -- Dr. Dre
Run With the Wolves -- Prodigy
Ho Hey -- The Lumineers
Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky") -- Bill Conti
Blood -- The Middle East
The Underdog -- Spoon
Surf Wax America -- Weezer
Sour Cherry -- The Kills
One Foot -- Fun.
Eye of the Tiger -- Survivor
We Will Rock You -- Queen
Everything At Once -- Lenka
Can't Get Enough of Your D+Dang-Da-Dang -- The Taste
Rhythm -- Awol One & Daddy Kev
Jerk It Out -- Caesars
I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked -- Ida Maria
Mrs. Robinson -- Simon & Garfunkel
Serpentine (I Don’t Give A, Pt. 2) -- Peaches
I'm On a Boat (feat. T-Pain) -- The Lonely Island
The Final Countdown -- Europe
Poker Face -- Lady GaGa
Pumpkin & Honey Bunny/Miserlou -- Dick Dale & The Del-Tones
Go for the Exit -- Boston Spaceships
Helena Beat -- Foster the People
My Doorbell -- The White Stripes
Cannonball -- The Breeders
This Too Shall Pass -- OK Go

Your help is greatly appreciated!


Trike said...

Queen - Don't Stop Me Now

Johnny Cash - I've Been Everywhere

Bob Sinclar & Sugarhill Gang - Lala Song

Jason Mraz - Make It Mine

wesley's mom (sue) said...

Pumped up kicks~Foster the People
Little Lion Man~Mumford and Sons
Moves like Jagger~Maroon 5
Young, Wild and Free~SnoopDog & Wiz Khalifa
We are young~FUN
We are never ever getting back together~Taylor Swift (I KNOW!!)
Kick Drum Heart~The Avett Brothers
Slight Figure of Speech~The Avett Brothers

Also, it's not music, and therefore does not meet any of your criteria, but I love listening to This American Life podcasts. I've been known to run quite a bit longer than I'd planned because I was in the middle of an interesting episode.

Good luck on race day!

my name is Amanda said...

Cool, we have some running playlist overlap! I need to update my list, too, but whatever. Here's the top ten most played from my playlist, as my recommendations:

Heads Will Roll - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
We Found Love - Rihanna (actually the only time I like this song is while running)
Invaders Must Die - Prodigy
Never Leave You (Uh Ooh, Uh Ooh) - Lumidee
Hello - Martin Solveig
Kites - Geographer
Black Sheep - Metric
212 - Azealia Banks (Um...this song is sorta dirty.)
Call Your Girlfriend - Robyn (the whole latest Robyn album, yeah!)
Tall Boy - Har Mar Superstar

And lots of Ratatat (though more for thinking-running, since no lyrics), Girl Talk, Grimes, M.I.A., and lately a bunch of early 90s dance-pop.

*Ooh, and here's a cute/fun thing from Minnesota: "Hot Cheetos and Takis," by YN Rich Kids. Trust me.

Have a good race! :D

Anonymous said...

All right James, here's some hip hop for you that may work:

Still Not A Player - Big Pun
Low - Flo Rida
We Here Now - Ja Rule
Adrenaline Rush - Twista
ATLiens - Outkast
Lights, Camera, Action - Mr. Cheeks
Street Dreams - Nas
Hypnotize - Biggie
In Da Club - 50 Cent
Kush - Dr. Dre

And a few non hip hop that I have in my workout list

Bad Company - Five Finger Death Punch
Badlands - Springsteen
Murder Incorporated - Springsteen

Good Luck!! Kuntz

Charity Donovan said...

I need to steal this playlist & force myself to ignore Real Housewives of New Jersey & exercise. That damn Theresa is evil on so many levels. BTW...How awesome are the Lumineers? I cannot get enough of them lately. I actually have hope for music again. Those darn kids these days kind of know what they are doing!

Chatter said...

Old Days - Chicago. I meant to leave this before but never got around to it.
p.s. Em and I want to see pics. Please & Thanks