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"Road to the NYC Marathon" 9/20/2011 Update

by Ben Pine

Posted on September 20, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Updated today at 10:08 AM

Whether training for the New York Marathon or my regular runs, my iPhone goes along. So, during the marathon the playlist I am putting together for the 26 miles is an important part of getting ready.

As each wave of runners starts at the Verrazano Narrows Bridge on Staten Island it is tradition for the PA to blast Frank Sinatra's New York, New York. I'll go to the playlist as we are crossing the bridge and the first song is going to be AC/DC's Hell's Bells. The local TV station in New York used it at the start of the race last year during the broadcast and the tolling bells at the start kind of set the tone.

I am planning for 2 to 3 different songs per mile, depending on the length of the song. As we approach mile 2 in Brooklyn I want some uptempo sounds to help me settle into a pace and begin to count the miles.

At any given time you will find a lot of 80s music on my iPod. That said I find the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry great listening while running. I mix in some classic rock from Boston, The Cars, Aerosmith, Meatloaf, Dire Straits, The Bangles and Bananarama to name a few.

I also mix in some of the best of the big band music. These bands could put on a driving sound and carry a constant beat, which for me is a help in keeping a constant pace. Here's one that may come as a surprise. I also add some classical music. Some examples: Rachmaninoff's Op. 3 in C# Minor, or his Piano Concerto No.2. I find I can get lost in just listening to these pieces. As we head onto the Queensboro Bridge I am think Richard Wagner's Ride Of The Valkyries will be a great sound.

Coming down Fifth Avenue for the turn into Central Park at about mile 23, this is gonna call for something akin to a shot of caffeine. I am thinking of the techno hit Sandstorm. When I hear it at Commonwealth Stadium I find is difficult sit still.

In no particular order here are some of what I will be listening to during the marathon run.

Autumn In New York (probably will load several versions) as we come into Manhattan.

A Beautiful Mine (you may not know the title, but it is the theme from Madmen, a program based in New York. It is a haunting sound).  Boogie In Your Butt (classic Eddie Murphy and always makes me laugh). Boom Boom Pow (several versions, love this song!!). Boot Scootin' Boogie (good up tempo country, no crying in your beer).  Bring It On Down To My House (Willie Nelson from the album Willie and Wheel. Some great Willie Cuts). Der Kommissar (love where they sing about riding in the subway). Disco Inferno Halloween Theme (you can't get that 6 note melody out of your head. I may run faster for fear Michael Meyers is coming). Intermission Riff (Stan Kenton). James Bond Theme Jive Talkin' (from Saturday Night Fever). Lazy Afternoon (Barbara Streisand at her best. It is a slow song, but I get lost in listening to Barbara's voice). Manhattan Skyline (also from Saturday Night Fever. This song sounds like Manhattan and was used by CBS for a number of years to intro their Masters Coverage). Mexican Radio. Party All The Time. Push it (Salt-N-Pepa's classic party song) .  Safety Dance (theme from Sex In The City).  Sunday In New York (theme from the Conversation (David Shire's haunting piano melody that sticks in your head). Werewolves Of London (several versions). You Sexy Thing. Stuff Like That There (Bette Midler from the movie For The Boys. She rocks this song).

As you can see I run the spectrum with my running music. The right song at the right time can make a difficult mile fly by. So much of running is in the head. We prepare our bodies, but the mind needs some stimulation too, and for me music helps.

-Reed Yadon

Preparing with Ben Pine for my first marathon