Friday, December 30, 2011

What's On Your Playlist?

7 days til the Disney Half Marathon!! I spent the last few days editting and adding to my race playlist. I call my list 'Kick It' and have been using it for a few years now.

Yes, even my iPod has to remind me to click the lap counter on the track

I'm pretty OCD about my running music. There are the songs I listen to when I run, and the songs I listen to when I race. And I will not listen to any of these songs outside of their designated time. If I hear one on the radio or it shuffles on my iPod any other time, I flip it off faster than you can blink. I don't want its novelty to wear out (or I'm just a complete freak, whichever you like).

I mostly run to rock or songs with really fast beats. Here is a sample of what you can find on my playlist:

  • 'No Line on the Horizon' - U2 - the song I start every race with
  • 'Closer to the Edge' - 30 Seconds to Mars - one of many 30STM songs on my list. Was this close to playing it in my dressing room (Greek School classroom) before my wedding
  • 'Chase This Light' - Jimmy Eat World 
  • 'Songs That Saved My Life' - Kill Hannah - One of my fav bands, great beat 
  • 'Go West' - West End Girls - A Pet Shop Boys coverband, very dancey
  • 'Jai Ho' - Misc. Artists - From Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack. Completely random 
  • 'Theme Song' - Boondock Saints - Irish jiggy, very anthemic
  • 'Tonight I Have to Leave It' - The Shout Out Louds - Love love love this song!
  • 'The Best Things' - Filter - 1st song I ever played in my first car
  • 'Kernkraft 400' - Zombie Nation - Reminds me of Cleveland Crunch indoor soccer games
  • 'Show Me How to Burlesque' - Christina Aguilera - hangs head in shame...
  • 'Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride' - Jump5 - Remix from Lilo & Stitch movie..It is in Disney after all!
  • 'Fembot' - Robyn - Dancey pop
  • 'Confrontation' - Damien 'Jr. Gong' Marley 'Saturday Love'
  • Angels & Airwaves - A fav band..also have several from them on the list
  • 'The Catalyst' - Linkin Park
  • 'Potential Breakup Song' - Aly & AJ - Pop guilty pleasure
  • 'Green Mind' - Dink
  • 'Speak of the Devil' - Sum 41
  • 'Season of Love'- Shiny Toy Guns

In total, I have 5.5 hours of music on my list..but I like having a cushion.

What about you? What song do you have to listen to when you race?


  1. Shout Out Louds? interesting choice. I mean, GREAT song, but not that I'd run to.

  2. OOH 7 days until your're going to SMOKE it. Can't wait to hear about it!!!

    I don't usually listen to music while training (although with my new iPod, I do this a little more). I wore an iPod during both my marathons and I think it helped me a lot during Rehoboth, when I was TOTALLY alone for many many miles.

    I listen to electronic, trance and depeche mode and a smattering of other stuff from the radio. A mix for sure!

  3. I LOVE Depeche Mode. I do a lot of training runs to 'Just Can't Get Enough', 'Personal Jesus' and 'John the Revelator'

  4. I think you might be the only other person in the world, who has the Boondock saints theme music on your mp3 player besides me, its called "the blood of cuchulainn" by the way

  5. can't wait to read your race report - you're going to rock it!

    I'm one of those strange ones who doesn't use music when I run. I don't know why...

    Good luck!!!

  6. I think you should check out the South African traditional numbers from the Invictus soundtrack.
    They'll be on my iTunes when you get home anyhow.

  7. I am so jealous! I wanted to run tDisney so bad this year too but I wasn't able to make it to the US! You are going to have such a good time. I am really random when it comes to music so it's always changing. You have some really great songs on there :)

  8. I don't run much, (I'll get there)but when I work out, I need something heavy, fast, brutal,or inspirational! I'm still filling my Ipod I got for Xmas w/the likes of Maiden, Sabbath, Dream Theater, and these guys to name a few:

    Good luck at Disney - you'll destroy 'em!

  9. Very interesting playlist. Agreed: Personal Jesus - good call.

    I listen to music when training; no music during races. However, I am not much of a "racer" -- still a newbie.