Thursday, April 11, 2013

Marathon Music Mix

Ok, so here's my marathon playlist for Boston 2013.  As I have said multiple times, I'm crazy when it comes to my playlists.  Here's how I do it.  On the computer there are multiple screens up at one time.  They include, the marathon course with elevation profiles, iTunes, and a calculator.  The way I go about setting up my playlist is like this:

I look over the entire course and know look to find out where I need to have a slower song so I can reel myself back, and also where I need one of my pump up songs to get me through a hard part of the course, mostly hills.  I pinpoint my favorite songs and know where I want them to start playing on the course.  From there, I start at the beginning.  At this point, I start adding the minutes of each song and measure this out to how fast I plan on running.  So I know where I should be exactly on the course at every second if I'm following my race plan.  After I add a song to the playlist, I plug in the time to the calculator to see where I should be.  I then follow the race map with elevation to see at what point this corresponds to on the course mile by mile, in fact, half a mile at a time since most songs are around 3-3.5 minutes each.

For example, the first 6 miles of Boston are downhill(getting tired of hearing that from me yet?)  So the first 42 minutes of my playlist are songs that I feel are slower than later in the course.  Songs like "Don't Stop Believing", "Daylight", "I'd Rather Be with You" are songs that I might put on a specific downhill to tell me to slow it down.  Songs like "Wild Ones", "Run This Town" are faster and a pick me up song that I might have looked at the spot on the race map and said I might need to speed up here.

After the first 6 miles, I then keep a pretty consistent song mix of mostly pop.  Then at the 2 hour mark of the mix is where I throw in about 40 minutes of songs that I know will get me going through the rough 6 mile patch of hills.  Songs like "Payphone", "Titanium",  "Give Me Everything" are songs that I push through so I want to have them on the toughest part of the course.

Then we finish the race with songs that continue to keep me going and that put a smile on my face.

I'm sure there a few songs that you will look at and ask yourself, "really?, this song is on it?"  Well face it, I like Pop music.  And every year there is one song that every single guy in the world starts to like but wont admit.  Ironically enough, these are the songs that push me the most.  They are fun loving, light, but still fast that have a nice pace built in to them.  So when you see "Call Me Maybe" and "Party in the USA", I dare you to throw it on your iPod and not have a good time running to that song.

Without saying any more, here is my playlist.

Tonight Is the Night 3:10 Outasight
DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) [feat. Pitbull] 3:42 Usher
New Divide 4:30 Linkin Park
Bellas Finals: Price Tag / Don't You (Forget About Me) / Give Me Everything / Just the Way You Are / Party In the U.S.A. / Turn the Beat Around 3:37 The Barden Bellas
Can't Stop Me (U.S. Radio Edit) 3:07 Afrojack & Shermanology
My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up) 3:09  Fall Out Boy
Rest of My Life (feat. Usher & David Guetta) 3:52 Ludacris
Don't Stop Believin' 4:09 Journey
Forever 4:39  Chris Brown
Die Young 3:32 Ke$ha
Run This Town (feat. Rihanna & Kanye West) 4:35 Jay-Z
Daylight 3:46 Maroon 5
I'm Not Over 3:22 Carolina Liar
Use Somebody 3:51 Kings of Leon
Wild Ones (feat. Sia) 3:54 Flo Rida
Miss Independent 3:52 Ne-Yo
I'd Rather Be With You 2:49 Joshua Radin
Sing 4:30 My Chemical Romance
Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself) 4:14
Break Your Heart (feat. Ludacris) 3:06 Taio Cruz
Good Feeling 4:08 Flo Rida
Second Chance 3:40 Shinedown
Empire State Of Mind 4:37 Jay-Z Feat. Alicia Keys
Where Them Girls At (feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida) 3:15
Domino 3:52 Jessie J
Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams) 3:01 B.o.B
Listen to Your Friends 3:20 New Found Glory
Without You (feat. Usher) 3:28 David Guetta & Usher
Not Afraid 4:08 Eminem
Party In the U.S.A. 3:23 Miley Cyrus
Check Yes Juliet 3:40 We The Kings
Don't Wake Me Up 3:42 Chris Brown
Good Time 3:26 Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
Titanium (feat. Sia) 4:05 David Guetta
Danza Kuduro (feat. Lucenzo) 3:19 Don Omar & Lucenzo
The Resolution 3:06 Jack's Mannequin
Next to Me 3:17 Emeli Sandé
Whistle 3:45 Flo Rida Whistle
Fancy Footwork 3:19 Chromeo
Payphone (feat. Wiz Khalifa) 3:51 Maroon 5
Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer)
Magic (feat. Rivers Cuomo) 3:16 B.o.B
She Ain't You 4:08 Chris Brown
Fireflies 3:48 Owl City
My Time 4:00 Fabolous
Beggin' 3:38 Madcon Beggin'
I Cry 3:44 Flo Rida
Call Me Maybe 3:13 Carly Rae Jepsen
Dynamite 3:24 Taio Cruz
Club Can't Handle Me (feat. David Guetta) 3:53 Flo Rida Club Can't Handle Me
International Love (feat. Chris Brown) 3:47 Pitbull

I plan on finishing to Club Cant Handle Me. In case I'm a few minutes behind my goal, International Love will get me to the finish line. This is how I know I'm hitting my goal or not. if a song after International Love comes on, well, I didn't do what I wanted to.

Most songs you should know, some you might not. I'm not saying you will like every song on this playlist. But I challenge you to run Boston at the exact same pace as me listening to this playlist and not think this is awesome. I promise you that you will hit a hard spot on the course and the music will get you going at the exact right time it should. I also promise that if you need an area to get yourself back in control, there is a spot on the playlist for that.

So with that, Rock On and let me know what gets you through your races.

1 comment:

  1. That's an incredible playlist. I've done that same type of thing for 5ks, but never for anything longer! Love your strategy though, don't forget to charge the battery ;)