Wednesday, May 11, 2011

5... I mean 4 days left - Marathon Playlist!

I guess since it's past midnight there's technically only 4 days left until this dang marathon. I'm trippin. Seriously trippin. All my runner friends have warned me about the mysterious taper elves who come grab your hamstrings and other muscles during taper, but I still freak out every time I have a random cramp. Anyway, so much to do, so little time.

But, the main reason for this post. Finally finished my marathon playlist tonight. The playlist is based on 5mph (the slowest my training runs have been). There are areas to cut it short if I need to if I'm really surpassing that. I thought putting it into stages would help me break the marathon up into bite sized chunks. Six of them to be exact. Did I mention I like numbers? Yeah... I'm an auditor.

Anyway, the "stages" of the playlist are;

1.) First 50 minutes (guessing miles 1-4.5ish) - slow songs that make me feel good but not "too" good. Meant to keep me at a normal pace and enjoying my "jog" at this point. Country, alternative, soft rock. I'll know this stage is over when I hear my first hip/hop song ("Nice & Slow" by Usher)

2.) Next 90 minutes (guessing miles 4.5-12ish) - fun songs from my past or just feel good hip hop songs that'll make me smile, but again, nothing too motivating here. Trying to keep the feeling light and airy.I'll know this stage is over when I hear my first "serious" song ("Resistence" by Drake)

3.) Next 52 minutes (12ish - 16ish) - This is my contemplative, transition phase. These songs are slow, but serious. Meant to set a mood for the next part of my run. Get me prepared to be in the zone, but not too much in the zone yet. I'll know this phase is over when I hear my first Eminem song ("When I'm gone")

4.) Next 34 minutes (Miles 16ish-18.8ish) - This is my Eminem interlude. Yes, every race needs an eminem interlude in my opinion and this is mine. This is the start of the "okay it's alright to get in the mood now" phase. If I'm feeling super speedy at this point I may go ahead and skip the Eminem interlude, or some parts of it. This is where I can cut my playlist down. I'll know this is over when I hear... duh... a song NOT by Eminem ("Racks" by YC)

5.) Next 26 minutes (Miles 18.8ish - 21ish) - This is my "get in the mood" phase. A couple of my favorites, that'll put a pep in my step but not make me like... grit my teeth and start pushing yet. Again, depending on how fast I'm going, this phase can be cut short too. I'll know this phase is over when I hear my first "Kick it" song ("Written in the Stars" by Tinie Tempah)

6.) Last hour (Miles 21ish- 26ish) - This is my "push it" phase. All songs in this phase always make me go faster in my training runs. These are the songs I've used as finishers in my 5k's, and 10k's and half marathons in the past. Hopefully these songs will give me what i need to finish strong.

So now if you've read all that, here are the actual songs :D

Stage 1 - Start Slow:
Needtobreathe    Won't Turn Back
Needtobreathe    Something Beautiful
The Band Perry    If I Die Young
Dierks Bentley    Draw Me a Map
Sara Evans    A Little Bit Stronger
    John Anderson - Seminole Wind
Florence + The Machine    Dog Days Are Over
The Goo Goo Dolls    Slide
Michael Franti & Spearhead    Say Hey (I Love You) [feat. Cherine Anderson]
Candlebox    Lucy
The Goo Goo Dolls    Iris
Florence + The Machine    Cosmic Love

Stage 2 - Have fun, Smile, Enjoy the memories:
Usher    Nice & Slow
Usher    Papers
Baby Bash    Baby Bash f. Frankie J - Sugar Sugar(how you get so fly)
Blackstreet    90s R&B - Hip Hop - Blackstreet - No Diggity
Fergie    Glamorous
Gyptian    Hold You (Hold Yuh)
K-Nock, Quad City DJs & The 69 Boyz    What You Want for Christmas
Jay~Z    On To The Next One
Keri Hilson ft. Lil Wayne    Turning Me On
Kid Cudi    Cudi Zone
Ludacris    whats your fantasy
Mario    let me love you (album)
Nelly featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp    Grillz
The-Dream    Falsetto
Trick Daddy    Sugar (Gimme Some) Ft. Ludacri
Trillville    Trillville - some cut (clean edit)
VARIOUS    cupid slide
Waka Flocka Flame    Grove St. Party (feat. Kebo Gotti)
Wiz Khalifa    Black and Yellow
Britney Spears    Till the World Ends
2Pac/Bone Thugs-N-Harmony    Thug Luv

Stage 3 - Okay, time to focus:
Drake    The Resistance
Drake & Young Jeezy    Unforgettable
Eminem    Infinite
Jackie Chain    Rollin' (feat. Kid Cudi)
Kanye West    Can't Tell Me Nothing
Lil Wayne    Lil Wayne- Pussy, Money, Weed
Lil Wayne    Ms. Parker
Lil Wayne    Every Girl in the world
Lil Wayne    I'm Single
Wale    Contemplate
Nicki Minaj    Save Me
Nicki Minaj & Rihanna    Fly

Stage 4 - What? Eminem? Yep!:
Emimen    When I'm Gone (Clean Radio Edit)
Eminem    Superman
Eminem    Square Dance
Eminem    Till I Collapse
Eminem    Not Afraid
Eminem    Seduction
Eminem    Love the Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna)

Stage 5 - Go for it! You should be smiling now!:
Y.C.    Racks (feat. Future)
The Black Eyed Peas    Just Can't Get Enough
Lil Wayne    Lollipop
YG    Toot It and Boot It
Cali Swag District    Teach Me How to Dougie
Black Dada    Imma Zoe

Stage 6 - Okay seriously, GO FOR IT!!!:
Tinie Tempah    Written In the Stars (feat. Eric Turner)
Big Sean    My Last (feat. Chris Brown)
Nicki Minaj    Did It On'em
New Boyz    New Boyz - You're A Jerk
Nicki Minaj & Eminem    Roman's Revenge
Lil Wayne    Fireman-DIRTY
Kanye West    Power
Kanye West    Runaway (feat. Pusha T)
Chris Brown    I Can Transform Ya (Feat. Lil' Wayne & Swizz Beatz)
Katy Perry    E.T. (feat. Kanye West)
Travis Porter    Bring It Back
Lil Wayne    A Milli
Wiz Khalifa    Say Yeah
Chris Brown    Look At Me Now (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)
Lil Wayne    6 Foot 7 Foot (feat. Cory Gunz)
Kelly Rowland    Motivation (feat. Lil Wayne)


  1. So exciting! You're going to do great. If I didn't have finals next week I would totally be tempted to come out and spectate (I live about 1/2 hour-45 mins from there) but it won't work :( Good luck!!!

  2. I love it! I do a similar thing in my playlists. I'm a big number geek as well. I think you will rock this marathon and I can't wait to read all about it!

  3. now THAT is some planning!!! I loooooooove your Eminem phase..i love when he pops up on the shuffle cause he does tend to slow me down a bit, but also gives me the fire in my belly!!!

    go lauren go!!!!

  4. WOW! You really have this planned out! Awesome! I love that you have Eminem for miles 16-19. His music always gets me motivated with sort of a hard-ass attitude. Almost like "F the pain; I'm a badass!"

    Go get 'em!

  5. Lauren, can't wait to hear how you rocked this race in my backyard. No one ever forgets the thrill of crossing that first 26.2 finish line. Good luck!

  6. WOW, what an awesome playlist! You are no joke! :) I immediately went to iTunes to see what songs I could add to my library. Thanks!

    Where are you at in Orlando? Where did you go to school? I'm a UCF grad!

  7. PS - GOOD LUCK in your marathon!!!! Rock it girl!

  8. may the force be with you

  9. This is one sick playlist! Belated congrats again :)