The Ultimate 1/2 Marathon Playlist

May 1, 2014

Our happiness levels increase every day that it gets a little warmer.  Humans are just meant to be outside.  

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The view from our favorite park isn’t so bad.   

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Paige and I have learned over the months that the only way we are able to eat an entire meal is to eat them in the car while passing food back to the kiddos in their carseats.  I simply am not a nice person if I wait too long to eat so sometimes you just gotta shovel your meal in while sitting in the parking lot.  I am thankful Paige is just as obsessed with salad bars as I am.

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Banana in one hand and carrot in the other.  Snackage of champions.  

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I also snacked on a bag of beef jerky..  I think I am on day 11 of no diet coke and the weirdest thing is happening, I am actually drinking water.  

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And dinner of champions.  We took all 30 different types of cereals out of my sister’s pantry and had one heck of a cereal party for dinner.

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My Raisin Bran, FMWs and Honey Comb trio was everything that I hoped it would be.

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Race week = I spend way too long putting together my perfect playlist.  

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I speed up a lot of my running songs using Garage Band on my Mac.  This VIDEO shows you how to do it.  The faster the beat = the faster I run = that is why I love to speed up my songs.  

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Music during races… gotta have it or not so much?  Use it the whole time or just part?

-I think I am going to do the first half without it and the second half with it.  

What types of cereal are in your pantry right now?

What is one of your POWER songs… any to add to my list?

Last thing/activity you did outside (besides running:)?!?

Runner Girl Eats May 1, 2014 at 5:07 am

I always do training runs with music and make playlists for my races but never end up using them and run without any tunes at all. Weird but it works. For my training runs though I love anything Calvin Harris and Sweater Weather.

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Meaghan May 1, 2014 at 5:10 am

Heart of a champion is my favorite running song!

Nyviewsnikeshoes.com

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Linda @running4two May 1, 2014 at 5:11 am

I actually never run with music, but I wonder if it would help me run faster?!?!

I have Cheerios and Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

PS Those mountains are gorgeous.

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sally @ sweat out the small stuff May 1, 2014 at 5:14 am

I usually put it on around mile 16-18 of a full. Halfs and shorter races I don’t bother.
always use music for training runs alone if more than 6 miles.

I’m cereal-less!

Some Power Songs: Celine Dion “I’m Alive”, Without You David Guetta & Usher, This is My Now by Jordin Sparks makes a great song for when you’re near the finish. Bleed it Out by Linkin Park, Love Walks in by Van Halen

Walked the dog!

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Jackie May 1, 2014 at 5:15 am

Love the playlist!

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Therese May 1, 2014 at 5:15 am

THANK you so much for that playlist AND the directions for garage band. I have always wanted to know how to do that.

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Gabrielle @ Marathons and Macarons May 1, 2014 at 5:19 am

Awesome playlist! I would add “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons. Thanks for the Garage Band instructions – I’m going to try that out for my next half marathon in two weeks!

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Kristina @ Blog About Running May 1, 2014 at 5:22 am

I go in phases where I *have* to listen to music while running, and where I *can’t* listen to music while running. It’s always one or the other and the phases usually last a couple months :)

The view from your park is gorgeous!

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Michele @ paleorunningmomma May 1, 2014 at 5:22 am

I love the song Ten Feet Tall by Afrojak ft wrabel and also Kelly Clarkson Catch my breath. It’s so funny how I LOVE songs when I’m running that I don’t give a second thought to otherwise.

I try not to run with music all the time and sometimes it downright annoys me and I need to just be alone with my thoughts!

No cereal anymore for me but i used to love mixing at least 2 kinds when I ate it, plus lots of bananas :)

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Ashlee May 1, 2014 at 5:23 am

Lady Gaga’s “Show me your teeth” and “Americano” are really good running songs, they help me get out of a pace slump. I also LOVE The Cube Guys & Luciana “Jump.” Eve and Missy Elliott are some guilty pleasures too!

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kaitlyn DeGaetano May 1, 2014 at 5:23 am

I am one of the strange people who can’t stand to listen to music while I am running. It makes me feel claustrophobic! Cheerios are my favorite cereal….. but I am trying out a no processed foods challenge on my blog so for now I am sticking to over night oats!

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cheryl May 1, 2014 at 6:02 am

Me too!!!! Whenever I say that people think I am crazy. I have been able to listen to a podcast with one ear bud in, and do OK for those really long runs. I guess because there is quiet in between the words…

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Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More May 1, 2014 at 5:23 am

Great playlist!

We don’t eat much cereal and usually only have one kind at a time. Right now it’s Raisin Bran.

Last thing I did outside was rake the yard. Not fun. Last fun thing was a hike!

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Blaire @ Just Been Running May 1, 2014 at 5:25 am

I absolutely have to have music during my races! I love it so much and it really is more of a background thing, until a song that truly pumps me up comes on and it gets my adrenaline going! My favorite pump up songs on my playlist right now are:

Red Lights by Tiesto
I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons
When She Says Baby by Jason Aldean
Misery Business by Paramore
Do What You Want by Lady Gaga
Lights by Ellie Goulding (Bassnectar Remix)
Alive by Krewella
Dark Horse by Katy Perry
Take Me Home by Cash Cash
I have a few others, but those have a fast beat or big crescendo so I love them :)

I think we have Cheerios in our pantry at this moment?

The last thing I did outside was lay out on Sunday :) It was gorgeous here!

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Michele @ paleorunningmomma May 1, 2014 at 10:57 am

Love take me home and alive!

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Rebecca@Running.Food.Baby. May 1, 2014 at 5:28 am

It really depends on the race/situation if I have music on or not. Last year I started training more without music than with. I do typically bring music on a long run because I just get bored and the music entertains me. In a race – sometimes I have it on, sometimes I don’t. The last race I ran, I was a pace bunny so there was no music at all – but it didn’t bother me. Some 5K races I will have music on. My half in a few weeks will be kind of the same thing that you are doing – sometimes music is on, sometimes it isn’t. It is usually KM 17-20 that I need the music the most ;-)

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Leah @ Running with the Hayneses May 1, 2014 at 5:30 am

I don’t run with music at all anymore. I used to when I ran on the roads, but now that I run trails I just find it distracting.

Cereal stash at the moment–Cinnamon Toast Crunch (for my husband, I don’t like it) and Chocolate Cheerios. <– I think you would like that one! :)

The last thing I did outside was plant some seeds in my garden!

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courtney May 1, 2014 at 5:32 am

-total, honey buzzers, cinnamon crunch thing, joe’s o’s (way better than cheerios for some reason!), and probably two other boxes are kickin’ in my pantry.
-one of my favorite songs for running is “send me on my way,” by rusted root. happy feet!
-walked outside with a best friend yesterday! heaven! xx

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The running schlub May 1, 2014 at 5:32 am

Wow that is a great view. I love jerkey, I need to get some now. Man that is a sweet cereal party.

Music – I have phased out music, but marathon training may bring it back.
Cereal – apple jacks all the way
Last Activity – sons baseball practice, I have fun running around with the kids

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meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles May 1, 2014 at 5:34 am

I am currently updating my playlist for this Sunday’s half…I have a few of your songs as well, love them! You need Titanium and my most recent additions – Burning Heart and Hearts On Fire from The Rocky IV soundtrack.

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Anna @ That DAMM Runner May 1, 2014 at 5:34 am

Mountainssssssss :)

My favorite songs (right now):
Wake Me Up and Hey Brother by Avicee
Pompeii by Bastille
Demons and Top of the World by Imagine Dragons
Unbelievers by Vampire Weekend
Big Parade by The Lumineers
Happy by Pharrell
Can’t Hold Us and White Walls by Macklemore
Lose Yourself and Headlights by Eminem
…and many, many more!

I don’t always listen to music though, sometimes its too much in a big race when the crowd is so loud!

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Abby May 1, 2014 at 5:35 am

Thank you so much for sharing your favorite songs! For my first half marathon (which is so far my only) I didn’t listen to music at all. My dad used to run and his piece of advice to me the night before the race was “Don’t listen to music. Enjoy the environment, the people around you.” Since it was a Rock’N’Roll Half, the environment was perfect for no music! Still debating what I will do for my second half on June 8.

My power songs:
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Anything by Super Mash Bros (they are similar to Girl Talk)
Wake Me Up Inside, Evanescence
I have so many more but I can’t think of them!

Last activity I did outside besides running? Throwing a frisbee with a dog :)

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Megan May 1, 2014 at 5:39 am

I used to always use music but I ran my first marathon with out it and had a blast chatting with people. In general I have just began enjoying not having my phone on me. Also makes it so I can run in the rain!

Power song… I like Carrie Underwood blown away. It builds and is great!

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Flower May 1, 2014 at 5:43 am

I save my music til the last half, it gives me something to look forward to when I need to ward off the little voice that tells me I’m tired, sick, hungry, or whatever.

I just took the dogs for a walk…or rather, they took me for a walk! :)

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lauren May 1, 2014 at 5:43 am

I love LOVVVVVE your jeans and cute sneakers–where did you get them?!

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Kristina @ Fast and Foodiest May 1, 2014 at 5:47 am

I’ve done both- with music and without- I usually PR without music! I need to speed up my songs- one thing that I read is that you WILL SLOW DOWN if your music is slow. It is a natural response to the beat.
We have Lucky Charms, Frosted Flakes, and Honey Nut Cheerios- and we don’t even eat cereal much :)
I walked my dog- that’s my last outdoor activity. My next one will be running :)

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Greta @ fueledbyfresh May 1, 2014 at 5:49 am

Our pantry is boasting homemade granola made by yours truly last night, about to dive into a big ol’ bowl of that nutty goodness! Also gluten free berry cereal for the kiddo. I’m a HUGE fan of Avicii right now, the beats are great and would definitely work to be sped up. Also Pompeii by Bastille. Anything Ke$ha works too! Last activity I did outside was yoga yesterday evening, so relaxing and rejuvenating!

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reid May 1, 2014 at 5:52 am

Check out the soundtrack for divergent! There are some awesome fast paced songs.

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Mary May 1, 2014 at 5:53 am

All of the Lights by Kanye is a favorite of mine….oh, and old school Jock Jams :)

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Leigh May 1, 2014 at 5:54 am

I only use my iPod during races so it’s more of a treat!

Some of my favorite songs from my half last week:
Move by Little Mix
Loud Pipes by Ratatat
Rather Be by Clean Bandit
and anything by the Black Keys!

I haven’t been outside in a few days, NJ has had a monsoon!

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Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne May 1, 2014 at 5:57 am

So I think you definitely have the perfect playlist!! That looks like my playlist that I listen to on the way to my classes, because you know, I need to get pumped up when driving 30 minutes to class every day. Hmmm And I would choose Miss Jackson by Pan!c at the Disco for my power song, just can’t get enough of that song! Last thing I did outside was skateboarding! Can’t wait to get some more time in this weekend!

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Tantra May 1, 2014 at 5:58 am

I typically run WITH music but I’m debating not this weekend. I run with my iphone and its soooo heavy.. I’m a whimp.

I have honey nut cheerios for Ella and Brady and I have some healthy blend… it has granola, flakes and I think dried cranberries… it’s actually delicious… I know it’s sad I don’t remember the name but I know it by the picture on the box…lol

Ok I just added this to my play list… Harlem and one of my new favs The Man

It’s been so crappy I don’t even remember the last thing we did outside…. send some of that sunshine my way….

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mary @ minutes per mile May 1, 2014 at 6:01 am

my fav combo = cinnamon toast crunch + mini wheats + golden grahams! :)

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Nicole @Pink Elephant on Parade May 1, 2014 at 6:07 am

HONEY COMBS! Ah I haven’t had those in years! I love more than one cereal, it’s perfect for people like me who can’t commit. regular corn flakes with special K chocolately delight, rice krispies with pops… Cereal. Now I’m hungry.

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Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties May 1, 2014 at 6:09 am

awesome playlist! I’ve been running to podcasts recently- they probably wouldn’t be good in a race situation (not sure they’d motivate me to run very fast, haha) but they are nice to get my mind off the act of running ;)

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Natalie @ Twenty-Something Talk May 1, 2014 at 6:10 am

Love that list! I have a lot of them on my race day playlist too! I usually don’t listen to music during a normal run, most of the time I listen to podcasts or am running with friends and we just end up chatting the whole time. But I always make a playlist for race day. I usually end up using it most of the race and then unplug for the last portion and try to just use spectator and other runners’ energy to get me through the last couple of miles.

The last non-running thing I did outside was get MARRIED! I got married in the perfect weather last Friday. And then have been back to the grind of working all week. Come on weekend!

I’m know you hear this all the time, but Brooke is getting SO big! It blows my mind how we’ve gotten to watch her grow up the last couple of years. And it also makes me feel OLD. She is the cutest!

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Marissa @ Run Riss Run May 1, 2014 at 6:11 am

Having music all depends on who I’m running with. I love running the last mile with no music and just focusing on being grateful to run.
We only have Cinnamon Life and Raisin Bran Crunch right now. We are lacking in the cereal department.
I don’t have any power songs right now, just albums. I’m digging Matthew West and Jamie Grace.
Last outside activity was watching my kiddos do their track events and the little has a field trip to my hubby’s high school (where he teaches) to learn about ag stuff today.

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Nikki @ grab your kicks May 1, 2014 at 6:15 am

I like listening to music for almost all of my run. When I’m close to the end, I like to take the earbuds out and just run to the finish. It’s freeing and a great way to end a run!

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tess May 1, 2014 at 6:16 am

I am really bad with music but I love other peoples lists! So I’m scoping everyone’s list here so I can improve on mine. Thanks Guys!

I spent last weekend cleaning my yard and I didn’t appreciate it. I’d rather be running.

Great job on the water Miss Janae!

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Becky@TheSavedRunner May 1, 2014 at 6:24 am

It has been so long since I updated my songs on my iPod that I can’t even tell you any good ones to add. I need to change this at some point. I’m proud of you for giving up Diet Coke and drinking more water! That’s so awesome!

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Julie @ Coastal Runner Girl May 1, 2014 at 6:34 am

Awesome playlist!! Beyonce and Katy Perry always get me going!

And I love your jeans! Where are they from? :)

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DontBlameTheKids May 1, 2014 at 6:45 am

I absolutely need music if I’m running on the treadmill, but not so much for races. The other runners and scenery are enough.

I never get tired of your mountain pictures! Someday I really need to visit my sister in SLC.

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Sarah May 1, 2014 at 7:04 am

The run portion of my duathlons kill me because they don’t allow music. Music is a must! You should look at adding pharrel’a happy and some Christina Perri. I believe is my theme song for the year

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mary May 1, 2014 at 7:16 am

I never run with music. Probably good since you can’t have it during Ironman races so it would stink if I was used to using it. I do have a song that powers me through tough intervals on the bike trainer. Lose Yourself by Eminem. That song can really fire me up. I sometimes play it in my head during tough parts of a race and it helps get in the right place mentally.

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Liz May 1, 2014 at 7:20 am

You and mixing your cereal! I think it sounds gross; but if you like it, go for it!

I don’t like listening to music when I exercise unless it’s relaxing stuff during yoga. Weird, right?

Cheerios, Oat Blenders, Krispy Rice. Basically the cheap knock-offs of the more expensive brands.

I weeded the last time I was outside. The yard work season is still young which means that I am enjoying weeding. I’m sure I’ll feel differently in July/August. :)

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Sherry May 1, 2014 at 7:27 am

I have always played music while I run although yesterday I listened to a podcast instead and that was quite a lot of fun too. Last year I was running to the Zombies, Run app which is entertaining but I prefer to avoid it when I’m training.

My big power up song has always been Eye of the Tiger (total cheese, I know) although this year Happy has really gotten me to kick up the pace.

Favourite cereal is always Raisin Bran!

And our weather has been pretty crappy lately but last weekend I got out in my yard to do some yoga photoshoot stuff, that was fun!

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Alyssa @ See This Girl Run May 1, 2014 at 7:29 am

Faster music totally makes me run faster too. Good plan. I love that you speed up songs. That’s a great idea

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Danielle @ The Girlfriend Letters May 1, 2014 at 7:36 am

I never thought to speed up my songs! Genius! And I’m on a total Kix/Cheerios thing right now… I buy them for the baby and then I eat them all. Oops.

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Angie welder May 1, 2014 at 7:39 am

I love Eminems “lose yourself.” It’s a must for my playlist. Along with most anything from Pitbull.

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Susan May 1, 2014 at 7:45 am

I listen to music when I run but not when I do any other sports. Last thing I did outside = 10 mile bike ride!

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Megan @ The Skinny-Life May 1, 2014 at 7:48 am

Definitely yes on the music! Last outside activity was sand volleyball tons of fun! I never knew you could speed up music. Do you know how many times I wished I could have done that? Thanks for the tip! I have to check it out.

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Steph D May 1, 2014 at 7:49 am

That Garage Band tutorial was life changing! :) Thank you!! I love listening to music on easy runs when I don’t have my dog with me, but in workouts and races, I don’t use it so I can focus more on my running.

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Allison May 1, 2014 at 7:55 am

LITERALLY just sat down to make my 1/2 marathon playlist for this weekend and figured I would do a little blog reading first, so this is amazing and perfect timing!

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Leslie @ My Life Begins at 30? May 1, 2014 at 8:00 am

Great play list! I will borrow some of the songs for my ipod! I like to have music on a run especially if I am running alone. If I am running with someone, I don’t listen to anything. I have Eye of the Tiger on my playlist-cheesy? yes. motivating? definitely!

I am one of the crazy people who doesn’t like cereal. Too sugary for me and I don’t drink milk.

Last outside activity-took pup on a walk to the park with a friend last night. We got rained on a little so cut it short, but it is nice to get outside!

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Livi May 1, 2014 at 8:02 am

Anything with Beyonce… it’s all gold!

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Kay May 1, 2014 at 8:14 am

What a beautiful view! And I love your playlist, so many great songs!

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Jan May 1, 2014 at 8:23 am

I need music when I run – it really pushes me to keep going! I love Lose Yourself by Eminem as well and I really like If Today Was Your Last Day by Nickleback and a slower one, Hall of Fame by the Script.

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Annette@FitnessPerks May 1, 2014 at 8:25 am

Awesome playlist!

I speed up some songs to use to teach ‘em in zumba–i think tomorrow I will have dark horse ready. Just gotta get to it!

SO excited for you and your race!

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Kathryn May 1, 2014 at 8:29 am

I use music the entire race until the .1 in a half or the .2 in a full! I can’t just listen to the thudding of my feet that long, but I do keep my music low to hear the crowds. For training, I listen to music to drown out the commotion of the city and keep calm. One song that I love to power up is “Tonight” by Outlast. It’ upbeat and pumps my heart!

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Bethany May 1, 2014 at 8:33 am

I always have music on my solo runs. I love Fall Out Boy and Panic at the Disco.
I walk my dog twice a day, everyday. We walked about 2 miles this morning.

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Jennifer May 1, 2014 at 8:53 am

I love your playlist!! 300 violins is my favorite, I coached high school cheerleading and our football team and cheerleaders always came to the field with that song playing! It really pumps you up! I’m currently training for my first half marathon in September so I love reading about your experiences and tips :)
xo Jen

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Mariah May 1, 2014 at 8:56 am

I love Fall Out Boy, but I also like to listen to more rap/hip hop while I’m running. I recently remembered the song All of the Lights by Kanye (and a bunch of other artists) and Written in the Stars by Tinie Tempah, which is awesome to run to!

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Leah @ goodnightcheese May 1, 2014 at 9:12 am

Katy Perry’s Firework or Shakira’s Africa always get me pumped. 50 Ways to Say Goodbye is a fast beat and fun to listen to.

I think we just have Cheerios in the pantry right now.

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Ashley C. May 1, 2014 at 9:14 am

Can I just say I love that Nelly is still on your playlist?! I love that song!!

The view from your park makes me what to move near the mountains. I love it.
Kashi- Honey sunshine! I could eat this cereal all day, everyday. Well I do eat it pretty much everyday.

You are going to rock that race!!!

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Kristen May 1, 2014 at 9:17 am

We have almost the same playlists right now! I always listen to music for working out and running. Two power songs you don’t have: Crazy Ones by Stellar Revival and Fearless from the Girl vs Monster soundtrack. Yes, I listen to music from Disney Channel movies. No judging- I have a 7 year old and it’s beat em or join em!
The last thing I did outside was walk my daughter home from the bus stop.

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Ashley @ Brocblog May 1, 2014 at 9:31 am

Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo is one of my fave power songs right now also Forget me Knots by Heathers.

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Danielle May 1, 2014 at 9:31 am

Such a smart idea to speed up your songs! I’d never thought of that before-I’ll be spending a lot of time in Garage band now…

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MILF Runner May 1, 2014 at 9:41 am

Music only during workouts and 5ks for me. Just Like Heaven by The Cure is the one that makes me run the fastest.

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John May 1, 2014 at 9:44 am

Eye of the Tiger! No, seriously. It’s perfect for the last kilometer or so.

No cereal!

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Lindsey May 1, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Yes awesome song!!

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Nicole@thegirlwhoraneverywhere May 1, 2014 at 9:53 am

GREAT PLAYLIST!!!!! I am totally going to use it!!!

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Caroline @ Fighting For Wellness May 1, 2014 at 10:04 am

I love mixing a bunch of types of cereal together- yum! I don’t normally listen to much music while I race- during half marathons I’ve really only listened to music, at most, the last 3 miles. Sometimes I like the final push. Many of the songs from the list I have on my playlists for the barre classes I teach!

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Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs May 1, 2014 at 10:06 am

That park view is GORGEOUS! So is your cereal trio :)

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Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift May 1, 2014 at 10:34 am

300 Violin Orchestra is BY FAR my favorite EVER workout song! It’s perfect for finishing out your workout feeling like a warrior rockstar amazon lady. ;)

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Sarah May 1, 2014 at 10:54 am

I don’t listen to music when I’m running – it’s my thinking time – unless I’m on the treadmill and I usually put on an 80s cardio station on Pandora! My one go-to song outside of this is Titanium. So pumpy!

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Erin May 1, 2014 at 11:27 am

I feel like we typically love the same songs, so the song that has gotten me through the past two major races I did (and requires no editing to make it faster paced) is Fire in Your New Shoes-Kaskade feat. Dragonette

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Laura @ RunningJunkie May 1, 2014 at 11:29 am

Forget the Name by Fort Minor = Good Stuff!

Hmmmmm…..cereal……:-)

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Devon May 1, 2014 at 11:42 am

You should check out the app Tempo Run! It analyzes your iTunes songs and chooses ones based on your pace/what you want your pace to be!

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JC May 1, 2014 at 11:45 am

Skillet is one of my favorite bands for running. Especially at the end of a long run, just that little boost is all I need!

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MartinaNYC May 1, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Can’t Hold Us is my official race song. I’d also recommend Pump It and I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas. Man Overboard by Blink 182 is always the last song of my racing playlist.

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Danica @ It's Progression May 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

I listen to music for the first 3/4 of the race – it helps me “get in my zone” and relax (aka let my mind wander away of the actual running) – but then I like to just enjoy the scenery and spectators for the last part of the race.

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BriAnne May 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I seriously HAVE to have music when I’m running by myself. If I trick my brain into not hearing how hard I’m breathing…it won’t make me feel as tired and ready to stop! haha! I love just about anything Blink 182 and my current (and yet old) fave to listen to is “Feeling This!” I think Tom DeLonge may just be my ultimate celebrity crush. Well not maybe…definitely. :)

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun May 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I usually don’t use music during marathon but I have during shorter races. Usually I can use the crowds to keep me going! :)

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Kelly May 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm

I usually just see how I’m feeling and use music if I need too…it’s a must for short races like 5ks!

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Julie May 1, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Way to go with the diet coke! I was seriously crazy addicted and had tried to reduce the amount I drank so many times. One day I just stopped drinking it (with no plan to stop forever) but the more days I went without, the more I didn’t want to break the streak. Now I’m over 1 year and 5 months without even one sip of diet coke. I still can’t believe it! You can do it too!!

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Lindsey May 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I use to totally rely on music no matter the distance but now that I often run with my son (in stroller) I don’t listen to music. Either I chat to him (if I can lol) or enjoy the silence.

Cereal on hand- Kashi Go Lean, FMW and Cheerios. Craving Corn Pops, haven’t had them in years, might have to stop and grab a box (or 2) :)

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Megan May 1, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Music during races… gotta have it or not so much? Use it the whole time or just part? I love listening to music whenever I run. I go back and forth thinking it’s probably not the safest thing to do but I take precautions.

As for songs, I highly recommend these:
Mmm Yeah by Austin Mahone (feat Pitbull)
A Light That Never Comes by Linkin Park
Shut Up and Drive by Rihanna
Berzerk by Eminem
Starships by Nicki Minaj

I also absolute LOVE the Rock My Run App for my iPhone. You can choose all sorts of mixes by artist, bpm, genre, etc and you can even speed them up or slow them down if you want.

What types of cereal are in your pantry right now? I have some granola but I’m not loving it right now. I’m thinking old school… Golden Grahams might be a good next choice.

Last thing/activity you did outside (besides running:)?!? I walked.

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Jill May 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I’ve been listening to thunderstruck by AC/DC when I need a boost. Works every time :)
I have brown sugar mini wheats/corn pops and fruit loops in my pantry. All go great together :)

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Christy May 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm

For midweek runs, I prefer silence. I teach high school ELA, and it’s very loud in a high school. For my weekend long on the weekends, I HAVE to have music. I love hard rock, so my song suggestions may not be for everyone, but here’s my recommendations. I love “Adrinalize” by In This Moment, “Can You Feel My Heart” by Bring Me the Horizon, “Ready to Go” by Lmp Bizkit, and “Came Back Haunted” by Nine Inch Nails.

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Brittney @ Sweets 'N' Greens May 1, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Thanks for the playlist! Adding some of those songs to my Spotify now :)

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Carson May 1, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Some of my favorite power songs lately:
Diane Young- Vampire Weekend
I wanna get better- Bleachers
Cold One- Eric Church
Legs- Chromo

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Megan May 1, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I’m from New Jersey, so it’s required by law that all running playlists contain “Born to Run.” It actually makes me run too fast, so to not completely ruin my pace it has to be timed to only come up at the very end of a race.

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Melanie May 1, 2014 at 8:54 pm

I do not run with music, unless I am on the treadmill. I’ve gotten used to racing and training without it, so I never have music when running outside. But it would be awesome to have it during those tough moments in the race.

Why are Brooke’s clothes the cutest and the best?!

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Christina May 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm

The half I recently did actually discouraged music and I read that if you place and have earbuds in something like you’d be disqualified. Lucky for me I was 400 something place. I always wear music sometimes I catch myself tuning it out but it really helps me up those hills. I also listen to Christian music on Air1…run and worship. Kill two birds with one stone lol

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autismmum May 2, 2014 at 1:42 am

Thanks for the garageband tip. I’m planning on organising my half marathon playlist in the next week. I need all the help I can get.

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Kari @ Running Ricig May 2, 2014 at 4:42 am

I really only like to listen to music for fast races like anything under a half marathon (or if I’m really trying to PR in a half). Otherwise I go without any headphones or I listen to audiobooks to keep myself occupied.

We have raisin bran and cheerios in our pantry…not very exciting.

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Lisa P May 2, 2014 at 6:09 am

–> “Cannonball” by Lea Michele. SO good!!
–> “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea. Jimmy Fallon lip-synched to this and now when I hear it, I picture him dancing. Haha!
–> “The Wreckoning” by Boomkat.
–> “Bullet Train” by Stephen Swartz feat. Joni Fatora.

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Crissi @ runninggirlrn May 2, 2014 at 6:26 am

Music is a must for me when I am running! I run so much faster! I do enjoy all the spectators and that is fun but I keep music to where I can hear it, but I can still hear the crowd too!
Cereal: Special K, Vanilla Almond and Strawberry, Trader Joes Vanilla Almond and my fav Quaker Oatmeal Squares!
My power song is “Eye of the Tiger” Sounds cheesy but it gets the job done! Ha
I played outside with my Four Labs. I love my doggies!
My Half Marathon is in the morning… Nervous!

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Dominique May 2, 2014 at 6:43 am

* Lykke Li – Get Some
* Lissie – I bet on you, it starts slowly but from 1.30 its SO good.
* John Newman – Loosing sleep
* David Guetta & Sia – Titanium
* John Newman – Love me again
* Bruno Mars – Tressure

And no cereals for me–they just don’t full me up..I can eat entire box and after be like..hm am I gonna have a salad for dinner now?

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Jen May 2, 2014 at 8:08 am

I “hate” (translation, totally jealous of) you for the fact that your half marathon playlist is 1 hr 15 min long. Guess I need to pick up the pace. :)

Thanks for the list. This is all on my iPhone to try and run with. Also may have to Garage Band some of my favorite slower songs to so they are good with my run pace.

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Kiley @ DVF May 2, 2014 at 8:10 am

Til I Collapse & Sail are a MUST HAVE on my playlist. Love those songs. I also have to have anything by Imagine Dragons!

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Erin H. May 2, 2014 at 8:43 am

Your jeans are super cute! Where are they from?

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Amy May 2, 2014 at 10:39 am

I just redid my playlist for my 1/2 tomorrow too – and a must play song is “Hall of Fame” by the Script ft. Will.i.am. Good luck tomorrow!

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Renee @ Bendiful Blog May 2, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Awesome I need some new jams for my 10 miler this weekend! I’ve never speed up music before but I’ve been trying now all afternoon! Thanks for the link!

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kat May 2, 2014 at 1:28 pm

I’been following your blog for a while and love it.

I listen to music during some of my training runs but not during a race. Music bothers me when I’m tired.

My favorite runnig songs Dj Fresh&Rita Ora ‘Hot Right Now’ or ‘Gold dust’. I also recommend Rudimental ‘Not Givin’ In’

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Erin H. May 5, 2014 at 6:22 am

Oops entered wrong email address before! Jeans are super cute…where did you get them?

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danielle May 7, 2014 at 9:49 am

You should listen (and speed up) Marathon Runner by Yellow Ostrich. I always end my marathon playlists with it.

You should also listen to: 365 days (jerry folk remix) by ZZ Ward, D.A.N.C.E by Justice, Not Giving In (feat. John Newman) by Rudimental, Free (feat. Emile Sandee) by Rudimental, Flashing Lights (TWRK remix) by Kanye West, Stay (20 syl you can’t be serious remix) by Rihanna, Tightrope (Oliver Nelson remix) by Janelle Monae, Goodness Gracious (chainsmokers remix) by Ellie Goulding, Rather Be by Clean Bandit, 1996 by the Wombats, Mississippi by the Griswalds

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