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Michelle’s Very Eclectic Marathon Training Playlist

By: Michelle
Find her at: michellesa.typepad.com

“This was my playlist as I ran 3:43 (a Boston Qualifier!!!) at the Hartford Marathon in 2011 – some of these songs motivate me, some inspire me, and some are just pure fun to listen to – it takes a little bit of everything to get you through 26.2 miles.”

Here Comes the Sun: The Beatles (because I can’t hear this song without being instantly uplifted and feeling lighthearted and optimistic, and what better way is there to start a marathon?)
Stars: Lamar
Pony (It’s Ok): Erin McCarle
Steal My Sunshine: Len (silly, and fun, and makes me smile)
Hey, Soul Sister: Train
Beautiful Day: U2 (has been played over the loudspeaker at so many races I’ve run, and has been on a lot of my own race playlists – a great, upbeat, feel-good song)
Dance Tonight: Paul McCartney
Sunshine: Matt Costa
Head Over Heels: The Go-Go’s (love the occasional 80s song while running, and this is a classic)
Change Your Mind: The All-American Rejects
Here It Goes Again: O.K. Go
Chocolate: Snow Patrol
Unwritten: Natasha Bedingfield
Stuck Like Glue: Sugarland
Rhythm Of Love: Plain White T’s
I Run For Life: Melissa Etheridge (always inspiring)
MMMBop: Hanson (seriously embarrassing, I know, but if you can believe it, there are even worse songs further down – this is just the tip of the iceberg)
My Life Would Suck Without You: Kelly Clarkson
Our Love: Rhett Miller
Rain King: Counting Crows (one of the songs I listened to a lot when I first started racing and getting serious about running, so it brings back lots of memories)
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall: Coldplay
First Time: Lifehouse
Galileo: Indigo Girls (definitely at the top of the list of my ‘happy songs’)
Forget You: Cee Lo Green
Friday I’m In Love: The Cure
Superman: Lazlo Bane
Hollaback Girl: Gwen Stefani (listened to this during SO many laps around the during training – it will be nice to be reminded of those track workouts, and how much stronger they made me)
The Anthem: Good Charlotte
Suddenly I See: KT Tunstall
Basket Case: Green Day
Just The Way You Are: Bruno Mars
Iko Iko: The Belle Stars
Under Pressure: Queen & David Bowie (I like to put this one at or around the halfway point of my longer races)
Viva La Vida: Coldplay
Mr. Brightside: The Killers
Least Complicated: Indigo Girls (more happiness)
This Is Me: Demi Lovato (I know it’s awful – just awful – schmaltzy, ridiculous, crap music. But when I heard the lyric “This is me, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be” it resonated)
Don’t Turn Out the Lights: NKOTBSB (come on, you can’t tell me you don’t want to get up and dance (or run) when you hear some classic boy-band music)
Bad Romance: Lady GaGa
Dynamite: Taio Cruz
Section 9 (Light & Day/Reach For the Stars): The Polyphonic Spree
Closer to Fine: Indigo Girls
American Idiot: Green Day
Without You: David Guetta & Usher
Reason to Believe: Dashboard Confessional (love the lyrics – “oh sweet lungs don’t fail me now…” and “My capillaries scream, there’s nothing left to feed on. My body needs a reason to cross that line. Will you carry me there one more time?”)
Waterloo: ABBA
Stronger: Britney Spears
Loser Like Me: Glee Cast
Don’t Stop Believin’: Journey (no explanation needed, right?)
A-Punk: Vampire Weekend
Lose Yourself: Eminem (this lyric kept going through my head as I prepared to try to BQ in Hartford – “here I go it’s my shot, feet fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got.”)
Eye of the Tiger: Survivor (there’s a reason this is on SO many people’s running playlists)
The Middle: Jimmy Eat World
Single Ladies: Beyonce (silly fun to keep me from getting too intense)
Tonight Tonight: Hot Chelle Rae (more silly fun)
I Wanna Be Sedated: Ramones
My Body: Young the Giant (more meaningful lyrics – “my body tells me no, but I won’t stop, ’cause I want more”)
Arms: Christina Perri
Brighter Than the Sun: Colbie Caillat (makes me smile, and it makes me want to run faster – two for the price of one!)
Happy Hour: The Housemartins (because I want to remind myself that no matter how much the final mile may hurt, I LOVE TO RUN, and it makes me happy, which is why I do it)
Sing: My Chemical Romance (nothing like a good anthem to help you persevere when you feel like you’ve got nothing left)

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