Big Sur Marathon 2009 Playlist

maraCreated by: SBS

"Here's nearly 5 hours of make-you-move music, perfect for almost anyone's marathon. It starts out conservatively, then amps up. But there are a songs that scale back a bit--I think of them as built-in breathers. Note: In a race, I turn 'shuffle' off—I actually try to plot the beat and words to keep me from going out too fast and, later, from burning out."

When You’re Falling: Afro Celt Sound System (My go-to premier song on any race mix)
Sun Children: Nickodemus (another awesome start-of-race song for me)
Electric Feel: MGMT
Kids: MGMT (eek: did I really have the same artist back-to-back?! Didn’t notice it.)
Viva La Vida: Cold Play (fairly tame for this playlist, but wanted to ease into race)
I Gotta Feeling: Black Eyed Peas (okay, it’s time to turn it up a notch!)
Hands in the Air: Girl Talk (GT is my Desert Island Musician if my island were big enough to run on)
Accidentally in Love: Counting Crows (a nod to the kiddies and Shrek)
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It): Beyonce (never fails to excite. I even did jazz hands around mile 4 when it came on)
Hate on Me: Glee Cast (Mercedes rules!)
She Talks to Angels: The Black Crowes (heard this in my first marathon—on a Walkman radio!—so it’s now a 26.2 standard for me)
Borderline/Open Your Heart: Glee Cast
Spaceman: The Killers
Beautiful: Akon, Colby O’Donis & Kardinal Offishall
Supernova (feat. Kanye West): Mr Hudson
Halo: Beyonce (always need to add in a slower number occasionally to make sure I don’t burn out the adrenal glands)
Rude Boy: Rihanna
Like a Virgin: Glee Cast  (if you aren’t a “Glee” fan, skip down a few…)
4 Minutes: Glee Cast (sorry: Madonna episode had just been on! Madge’s version appears down the road)
Burning Up: Glee Cast (uh, one guess as to my current favorite show…)
Rehab: Amy Winehouse (tricked ya!)
No Rain: Blind Melon (sure, out of place, but just rediscovered it)
Umbrella (Travis Barker Remix): Rihanna
Gimme More: Britney Spears (wouldn’t be an SBS mix w/o her)
Gangsta Luv (feat. The-Dream): Snoop Dogg
Down (feat. Lil Wayne): Jay Sean
Imma Be: Black Eyed Peas
My Prerogative: Britney Spears
Pinch Me: Barenaked Ladies (again, out of place, but love the beat)
Forever: Chris Brown
Just Fine: Mary J. Blige (my ultimate tempo-run song)
Right Round: Flo Rida
Gold Digger: Glee Cast
Vogue: Glee Cast (yeah, them again)
Feel Good Inc.: Gorillaz
I Like It, I Love It: Lyrics Born (my ringtone!)
Piece of Me: Britney Spears
God’s Gonna Cut You Down: Johnny Cash (Heard this on a Josh Cox YouTube once, and I’ve been hooked ever since)
Womanizer: Britney (yes, again)
Bounce That: Girl Talk
I Am Superman: R.E.M. (a psych-song from college crew days. Message still resonates)
My Life Would Suck without You: (by, say it with me) Glee Cast
I Know What You Want: Busta Rhymes/Mariah Carey
What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?: R.E.M.
Lovely, Love My Family: The Roots (always inspirational to call the fam to mind)
Gives You Hell: Glee Cast (okay, yes, overkill, I admit it. But at the time…)
Like a Prayer: Glee Clast
How Do U Want It: 2Pac (reminded me of all my track workouts as it always seems to come on while I’m doing repeats)
Young Forever: Jay-Z (would have fast-forwarded as I was feeling ancient, but I decided to not fiddle with nano)
Not Ready to Make Nice: Dixie Chicks (country IS out of place, but this song fuels me. I listened to it countless times on one long, hilly route I often ran)
Mr. Brightside: The Killers
In My Head: Jason Derulo
Express Yourself: Glee Cast
Twice as Hard: The Black Crowes (my going-out-at-night psych-song during my divorced days. A Tab soda, some ginseng, and The Black Crowes and I was set)
Disturbia: Rihanna
Let’s Get It Started: Black Eyed Peas
Baby One More Time: Britney
4 Minutes: Madonna (one of the best workout-songs in my book)
Love Sex Magic: Ciara
Wake Up Call: Maroon 5 (I think I finished up right around here)
Here’s the Thing: Girl Talk
Stronger: Kanye West
Hard Knock Life: Jay-Z
Pass Out: Chris Brown
Under Pressure: Davie Bowie & Queen
Low: Flo Rida
Hard: Rihanna
OMG: Usher
Please Don’t Leave Me: P!nk (just discovered this song thanks to Shazam)
Not Afraid: Eminem
One: Mary J. Blige & U2
Empire State of Mind: Jay-Z
Up Up & Away: Kid Cudi
Hell of a Life: T.I.


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