In case you didn’t know, I ran a marathon last Sunday.
I could tell you about finally seeing the finish line come into view after 26 miles. Or about how amazing it felt to cross the finish line at 4 hours 41 minutes and 19 seconds. Or about receiving my Tiffany’s & Co. designed sterling silver necklace from a tuxedoed SF firefighter. Or about my friends showing up with homemade signs and my husband showing up with flowers. Or about all the amazing and encouraging text messages I received mid-race (yes, I read every single one of them while running.)
But instead I think I’ll share with you my marathon mix (with notes). These are the songs I hand-picked from my iTunes that I thought would help keep me going during the race. I shuffled randomly before syncing them to my ipod so that there would be an element of surprise. Enjoy!
Bulletproof – La Roux
Keep the Car Running – Arcade Fire
Big Casino – Jimmy Eat World: This band holds so many good memories for me, that of course it goes on my marathon mix!
Chicago – Sufjan Stevens
Help Help – Mates of State: Once, I accidentally discovered that this song has a perfect bpm for my cadence.
The First Single – The Format
No Cars Go – Arcade Fire
Run – Ben Kweller: Um, appropriate, much?
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1 – The Flaming Lips: I bought this album during my semester in Spain, and I would listen to it the few times I went running in Casa de Campo, a vast park in Madrid. So, naturally, this album reminds me of my life in Spain.
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Love Lockdown – Kanye West
Kick Drum Heart – The Avett Brothers: Love, love, love this song. I think I was air-drumming to this song during the marathon.
Hey Ya! – OutKast: This was my dance song during my senior year in college. And it still never fails to pump me up. “Hey Ya!” played while I was ascending the Presidio hill–the first really tough hill on the route. Thanks to a little help from OutKast, I didn’t stop to walk once.
Evil Urges – My Morning Jacket
It’s Too Late – The Streets
Steve’s Last Night in Town – Ben Folds Five: A throwback to high school days. Still a great song.
Cold War – Janelle Monae: Have you heard her album? Have you? If the answer is “no,” you really should find a way to listen to it right now.
Best of You – Foo Fighters: Another college days pick.
I Want You Back – Discovery: Check this one out, too. (Yes, this is a cover of the Jackson 5 song.)
Is this How Love is Supposed to Feel – Ben Lee
Submarine Symphonika – The Submarines
Foundations – Kate Nash
Me Llaman Calle – Manu Chao: One of the few Spanish-language artists I listen to. He’s pretty cool, too.
Dance Tonight – Paul McCartney
Miss Independent – Ne-Yo: My favorite line about this “independent woman” is “her bills are paid on time.” That’s right, Ne-Yo, lower those standards!
Make Light – Passion Pit
Whole Lotta Losin’ – Monsters of Folk: This is the second “supergroup” on this mix (after Discovery).
The Way You Move – OutKast
Color – Ojos De Brujo: Spanish-language group numero dos. Some hip-hop flamenco in the mix.
Surf Wax America – Weezer: Need I say anything about this band or this song?
15 Step – Radiohead
Carby – Discovery
Looking Out – Brandi Carlile: Random, I know, but I do love her voice.
Born in the 80s – The Boat People
Rockin’ The Suburbs – Ben Folds
Just Dance – Lady Gaga
Up Nights – Ha Ha Tonka: Think early Kings of Leon. Maybe.
Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz
Has It Come To This – The Streets
Love Me Like The World Is Ending – Ben Lee
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power) – The Flaming Lips
The Kids (feat. Janelle Monae) – B.o.B
The W.A.N.D. – The Flaming Lips
Pump It – Black Eyed Peas: So, I probably repeated this song three or four times. I remember I was running along the great highway (probably around mile 15 or so), and this song really gave me a push.
Todo Tiende – Ojos De Brujo
DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher
Firecracker – Voxtrot
All My Life – Foo Fighters
You Are Free – Mates of State
Fraud in the 80s – Mates of State
Can You Feel It? – Apples In Stereo: This song is special because I used to listen to this album as I was first starting to run and building up to my first 5k during my grad school days in Syracuse, NY.
Evacuate – The Boxer Rebellion
OMG – Usher
Fadeout – PlusMinus
Blister – Jimmy Eat World: Possibly my favorite Jimmy song. Well, one of them.
Rock That Body – Black Eyed Peas
LoveStoned/I Think She Knows Interlude – Justin Timberlake
Fit But You Know It – The Streets
I Got A Feeling – Black Eyed Peas: How’d this get on here??
Heartless – Kanye West
Lazy Eye – Silversun Pickups
All I Do is Win – DJ Khaled: So, there are a few more songs on the mix, but this is as far as I got, as I started repeating this song incessantly around mile 24.5. This used to be the first song on my mix, and it’s a great song to hear as the finish line comes into view.