Race Day Playlist

I know many of you have some favorite running tunes, and I’m hoping you’ll share some of those with me. I am currently working on my race day playlist for my iPod. I need about 4 hours of music (just incase something happens and it takes me longer than my 3:30-3:45 goal). Yes, I know many of you more advanced runners can do a half marathon in 1:50-2:30, but I am being realistic. I haven’t been able to run as much as I want to and with this screwed up foot (I sprained it from overuse and apparently did all my long training run/walks on a sprained foot, so yes, I am badass)… I know that anything below a 3:00 is unrealistic, especially with how much I’ll likely be walking.

So, I need some music suggestions. I’m looking for a variety of musical genres (but please, please no country. It’s not my thing). Something with a good beat or theme… basically something that is going to keep me going when someone knocks some sense into me at mile 11 or 12… you know, that this whole doing-a-half-marathon-when-you-weigh-249-pounds-was-a-bad-idea kind of sense…

Here’s my list so far* (and yes, I think I’ll be spending a small fortune at the iTunes store in the next 13 days. Feel free to send me iTunes gift cards):

  • Run Joey Run – Glee Cast
  • Permanent – David Cook
  • Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
  • Single Ladies – Beyonce
  • Declaration – David Cook
  • Gives you hell – Glee cast
  • Telephone – Lade Gaga, Beyonce
  • Haven’t met you yet – Michael Buble
  • Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
  • Burning Up – Glee cast
  • Superassive Black Hole – Muse
  • London Bridge – Fergie
  • You make my dreams come true – hall and oates
  • Bruises – Chairlift
  • You give love a bad name – bon jovi
  • Don’t stop believin – Glee cast
  • Talk dirty to me – Poison
  • Viva la Vida – Coldplay
  • Anyway you want it – journey
  • Take a bow – Muse
  • I got a feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  • F**k You – Lily Allen
  • 4 minutes – Glee cast
  • I kissed a girl – Katy Perry
  • X gonna give it to ya – dmx
  • Glass of Water – Coldplay
  • Don’t rain on my parade – Glee Cast
  • Starlight – Muse
  • My life would suck without you – Kelly Clarkson
  • Don’t stop the music – rihanna
  • Figured you out -Nickelback
  • Highway to hell – AC/DC
  • Smile – Lily Allen
  • Jessie’s Girl – Glee Cast
  • Pour some sugar on – Def lepard
  • Keep yourself alive – queen
  • Poker Face – Lady Gaga
  • Rock n Roll all nite – poison
  • Jump – Glee cast
  • American Idiot – green day
  • Still rock n roll to me – billy joel
  • Hot n Cold – Katy Perry
  • So what – p!nk
  • Come back to me – David Cook
  • We are the champions – queen
  • Dynamite – Taio Cruz
  • California Girls – Katy Perry
  • Ridin’ Solo – Jason Derulo
  • Pussy Control – Prince
  • Don’t cha – Pussy Cat Dolls
  • OMG – Usher
  • Centerfold – – J. Geils Band
  • Gold digger – Glee cast
  • I like it – Enrique Iglesias
  • Sweet Caroline – Glee Cast
  • What do you want from me – Adam Lambert
  • at least one entire Jock Jams CD


Please note: some of these songs might not make any sense to you, but they have a funny memory for me attached to them and I’m sure if they pop up on my iPod during the race it will put a smile on my face.

*subject to change 😉

0 Replies to “Race Day Playlist”

  1. Can we discuss my appreciation for the percentage of Glee music on your playlist? Love it!!

    The recommendation I’m about to give is embarrassing for a 25 year old man.

    “Never Say Never” by Justin Bieber feat. Jaden Smith. It is from the new Karate Kid movie, and it is really good towards the end of the run, because it talks about not giving up. And 12 year old Jaden Smith does a rap number where he says “no pun intended I was raised by the power of will.” So at the least, you will have a nice chuckle towards the end of your race.

    Good luck!

  2. Walk It Out – DJ Unk (the beat is great for a pace setter IMO)
    Universal Mind Control – Common
    Fergalicious – Fergie (Especially the part where she says “I be up in the gym just workin’ on my fitness” LOL)
    You Know You Want Me – Pit Bull
    Most Rage Against the Machine songs
    Waking Up in Vegas – Katy Perry
    When I Grow Up – Pussy Cat Dolls
    Just about all Black Eyed Peas songs
    Most System of a Down songs

    I love seeing workout playlists – great for ideas!

  3. “September” by Earth Wind & Fire is one of my favorites. I put on my EWF greatest hits CD when I have to do a project that requires lots of energy. “Lets Groove” & “Fantasy” are also 2 other good ones.

  4. Bloc Party: Helicopter
    CSS: Alala
    Fedde Le Grande: Put Your Hands Up for Detroit
    LCD Soundsystem: All My Friends
    MIA: Pull Up the People, Galang
    Modest Mouse: Tiny Cities Made of Ashes
    The Postal Service: Such Great Heights
    Spoon: I Turn My Camera On
    Ted Leo & Pharmacists: Me and Mia
    Rhett Miller: Four-Eyed Girl
    Rilo Kiley: Portions for Foxes

  5. These are good! I especially like the fact that Hall & Oats is on there! (Seriously….takes me back to my 1980’s hey day!) 😀

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