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"Road to the NYC Marathon" 9/23/2011 Update

by Ben Pine

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 7:41 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 23 at 7:41 AM

My musical range isn't as wide as Mr. Reed Yadon's, but I'm working on it.  I totally agree with Reed, music is important to bring you up or down, or just keep you going during those long runs.  But, sometimes, I do have to take out the ear buds, and just listen to nature (especially by the lake or running in the woods).  Many say running is a mind game, and some songs are great for the mind, but I find sometimes I need a spiritual lift as well.

Alright, here we go.  Here's my last music list for my 17 miler.  Looking at this, Reed is really going to need to help me plan my next playlist!  Maybe too many laid-back, hippy tunes.

1) Old Apartment (Bare Naked Ladies, good beat to ease into run, reminds me of the old days)

2) Dani California (Red Hot Chili Peppers, keeping the energy up)

3) Crazy Game of Poker (O.A.R., tempo is my marathon running pace, 10 min. song)

4) Why I Am (Dave Matthews Band, 20 minutes in...keeping tempo up)

5) Boogie On A Reggae Woman (Stevie Wonder, great beat, love the bass/drums)

6) Little Lion Man (Munford and Sons, all songs so far upbeat rythems)

7) Snow (Red Hot Chili Peppers, love the quick guitar riff, really settling into the run, singing along)

8) Kickdrum Heart (Avett Brothers, obviously love the kickdrum here)

Half way through the run by now, and needing to ease into some easy-going, maybe even a couple spiritual songs.

9) Black Rock (O.A.R, like the symbolism in this song)

10) Where the Boat Leaves From (Zach Brown Band, thoughts of the beach are good at this point)

11) Something Beautiful (NEEDTOBREATHE, positive thoughts at this point)

12) The Joker (Just mixing it up here)

13) Jesus Don't Want Me For A Sunbeam (Nirvana, remembering the old days, but I change the lyrics to the old hymn to think about the good days ahead, the original hymn my granmother's favorite)

14) Murder In The City (Avett Brothers, what a beautiful song about familial love)

15) Grey Street (Dave Matthews Band, still gently jogging along)

16) Night Shift (O.A.R, just a good groove)

17) Talk On Indolence (Avett Brothers, good tune)

18) Money Grabber (Fitz and the Tantrums, time to pick things up a bit)

19) Lying in the Hands of God (Dave Matthews Band, probably not a good spot for this song)

20) Dog Days Are Over (Florence and the Machine, pretty song, good sing-a-ling)

21) The Cave (Mumford and Sons, good tempo)

22) Whatever It Is (Zach Brown Band, his songs are just way too good!)

23) Bartender (Dave Matthews Band, by this point in the run, really needing a drink and somethign to eat)

24) When I Drink (Avett Brothers, just dropped this one here to keep the music going really)

-Training for the NYC Marathon with Reed Yadon