Power Songs: My Marathon Playlist

I’m running the Hartford Marathon on Saturday, so welcome to marathon week! Today: music.

I’ve been back and forth the past few weeks over whether I’m going to run with my iPod or not during the race. I’ve never run a race while listening to music before. Micah and I usually run together during the long races, and the short races are so short and fast that I need to focus on my running more than I need to listen to music. Last marathon I planned to take my iPod along in case of an emergency, but the night before decided to let my sister borrow it since she was running the half-marathon and wasn’t sure she would make it 13.1 miles down the mountain if she didn’t have something to distract her from running 13.1 miles down a mountain. It wasn’t a big deal. I didn’t really miss it. I’m used to unaccompanied long runs.

But this time is different. I’m running by myself. I’m chasing a goal. And I’m feeling I might need some emotional boost, and maybe a little bit of distraction, along the way. So I took a minute (or 10) and hand-picked 3 hours 48 minutes worth of music to get me across the finish line. It’s a pretty diverse mix. Josh Groban and Avril Lavigne. The Beatles and Jimmy Eat World. Instrumental celtic music and Dixie Chicks. But nearly every song has lyrics or a beat or a memory that, I think, will push me through any tough moments.

A few selections:

“Clint Eastwood” by Gorillaz puts me squarely back in my first college apartment, primping and preening with Allison and Heather for dates, dances, or the hopes of finding something fun on a Friday night.

“God Put a Smile On Your Face” by Coldplay will, I hope, come up when I need to relax but keep the pace moving — and to remember that smiling makes things easier.

“We Got Us” by The Muppets reminds me that Micah and the boys are cheering for me, too. And I really want to get to the finish line so I can celebrate with them.

“Who Invited You” by The Donnas is there to pump me up and help me kick any discouragement out the door. Who invited him anyway?

And “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” by The Beatles is self-explanatory.

Now, if I actually get to listen to all the songs while I’m on the course, that’s a problem for me. But at least I’m prepared for the worst. 🙂

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1 Comment

  1. I have always preferred running with somebody vs. listening to music alone, so I haven’t done it much. But lately I’ve been listening to the mix my sisters made me while I run, and I can’t believe what a difference it makes! It totally makes me smile and want to keep going when I’m listening to such fun songs.


    lizzie Reply:

    It is so funny how I think I’m done with my run, I don’t want to go any farther, and then a song I like will come on and I’ll keep going until it’s over just because I want to listen.


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