Coach Nicole's Half Marathon Running Music

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5/11/2012 6:00 AM   :  46 comments   :  57,727 Views

I'm happy to say that even though it took a couple days, I am walking like a normal person again! Why was I ever NOT walking normally, you might ask? Well, because last Sunday I ran the Flying Pig half marathon (13.1 miles) in Cincinnati. I trained hard for this race and during every race, I set a goal and try my very hardest to reach it—I actually race myself and my past times!
 
That takes a lot out of my body and leaves me sore for a few days…and sometimes even during the race itself. But one thing I do to keep my energy boosted and my motivation high is to play some of my all-time favorite kick-butt running songs.
 
I don't normally make a playlist specifically for a race. Generally, I just shuffle through a generic "running" playlist I created. But this time, I needed the energy surge that only my favorite songs could provide.
 
So if you're looking for some of the best running songs to refresh your own workout playlist, look no further.
 
Coach Nicole's 2012 Half Marathon Playlist
(Listed in alphabetical order. Click on a song title to preview/purchase mp3 from amazon.com.)
 
2Pac – California Love
Avicii vs. Journey – Don't Stop The Levels (Project 46 Mashup) (YouTube link)
Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
Coldplay – Life In Technicolor II
Coldplay – Paradise
David Guetta ft. Usher – Without You
Diddy - Dirty Money ft. Skylar Grey – Coming Home
Flo Rida ft. David Guetta – Club Can't Handle Me
Flo Rida ft. Sia – Wild Ones
Flo Rida – Good Feeling
Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench
Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over
Jimmy Eat World – Pain
Katy Perry – Firework
Lo Fidelity Allstars – Battleflag
Matchbox Twenty – How Far We've Come
Mumford & Sons – The Cave
Naughty By Nature ft. Zhane – Jamboree
Neon Trees – Animal
Nicki Minaj – Starships
The Offspring – The Kids Aren't Alright
The Offspring – You're Gonna Go Far, Kid
P!ink – Raise Your Glass
Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris– We Found Love
Usher – More (RedOne Jimmy Joker Remix)
 
Sunday wasn't my day to meet a new PR, but I still ran a great race that I feel proud of. These tunes kept me going up all the hills and during all the times I felt so tired that I would rather walk or quit entirely. I hope you enjoy them, too!
 
Do you have a favorite song for running? Do you make specific playlists for each race (or workout) you do?





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  • JONIJOANJOAN
    46
    I have been afraid to run with music on roads, just because I am nervous about not hearing cars. I see plenty of people do it, I would just need to stay aware. I am going to try this on my long run Sunday and see if it helps with motivation. - 10/14/2014   1:05:44 PM
  • 45
    A little embarrassed to say, but "Another Postcard" by Barenaked Ladies is the perfect bpm for me to push my pace and a pleasingly goofy song. It hits my running playlist around the beginning of the last mile of my long run, so gets me going on the home stretch. - 4/10/2014   7:41:51 PM
  • 44
    Congratultions, Coach Nicole! I've always heard that race is a fun one, and I'm sure you rocked it. Thanks for always being such a positive inspiration for the rest of us!! - 2/14/2014   8:13:19 AM
  • 43
    I have a few of these in my playlist, but I am looking for some good fast songs. Any help is appreciated!!! Thanks fellow Sparkers!!! - 12/9/2013   10:14:48 AM
  • STUDIOGIRL72
    42
    PIL - Rise and Pink - Get This Party Started - 5/31/2012   9:22:29 AM
  • 41
    Thanks! I added many of these songs to my workout list :) - 5/25/2012   10:10:03 AM
  • 40
    I love to run with music. I am impressed by your dedication. - 5/20/2012   8:06:47 AM
  • 39
    Way to go!! I have a playlist of songs that I like to listen to while exercising (my "cardio" playlist) that I will randomly shuffle through. A couple of them are on your list too! I will have to listen to the others and maybe get a few new ones - I like to add to or change up my "cardio" playlist fairly often to keep it interesting. - 5/15/2012   12:47:09 AM
  • SP_COACH_NANCY
    38
    I recognize a few of those tunes! THANKS for sharing your amazing race pictures! So proud of you!!! - 5/14/2012   1:39:27 PM
  • 37
    Congratulations!! The Flying Pig is on my bucket list. - 5/14/2012   12:40:03 PM
  • 36
    Great list! I have separate playlists for 5K and 10K runs, and I'm in the process of expanding for a half-marathon. I have Battleflag, Without You, and We Found Love on my ipod, but wasn't sure if I should include them or not. I will now, thanks! - 5/14/2012   9:16:43 AM
  • 35
    I use to listen to audio books when I was walking. Now that i walk at a faster pace, and am even doing some light jogging, I have found that upbeat music really helps me keep my pace up. Now I wouldn't even consider going out for a walk or jog without my playlist. :) - 5/14/2012   1:43:07 AM
  • AHICKEY1
    34
    Congratulations! You are a wonderful inspirations!
    I too am training - for a 5K. I've been trying to work on a good motivational playlist. Thanks for the tips! - 5/13/2012   4:54:46 PM
  • TRISHMO1
    33
    well done - 5/13/2012   3:30:20 PM
  • 32
    Thank You Coach! - 5/13/2012   2:03:47 PM
  • QUIPAP
    31
    I like songs that are uplifting. Whitney Houstons Step by Step is a good one. Also the Foo Fighters Hero. Chic Good Times. You can pretty much find a song that is going to make you want to move. The beauty of music. - 5/13/2012   9:50:46 AM
  • 30
    My playlist is CRAZY!!! I have everything from country, OLD country, rap, 80s, 90s, classical, heavy metal, rock...you name it...fun when I shuffle what comes out next....alot of times really steps up my workout!! ALSO I am adding some of your songs to my list...thanks! and congrats! - 5/13/2012   8:35:37 AM
  • 29

    Since i pretty much can't stand most of the current music i pretty much only recognized Pink and coldplay from on her list.
    I like listening to the older stuff like the B-52's and some of the better rock and new wave music of the 70's-90's Santana, Van Halen,U2 heck there's even some country music i like as well and i like a mix of genre so i get different tempos too. - 5/13/2012   7:49:20 AM
  • 28
    I'm out of touch with current music. I'll have to play the songlist to see which songs I have heard, but don't know the title.

    Good form at the finish line, Coach Nicole! - 5/13/2012   7:10:19 AM
  • BALLOR2
    27
    Congratulations Coach Nicole & all you Walkers, Runners & Bikers ! Woohoo! - 5/12/2012   3:43:59 PM
  • 26
    Mookball, as opposed to what, sitting on a couch? - 5/12/2012   1:57:56 PM
  • 25
    I also walked the Flying Pig half marathon last weekend. I didn't PR, but I did finish & that is a victory in itself with the heat. I listened to tracks I got from MotionTraxx.com. Shout out to the group of ladies with the shirts that read: It doesn't matter how slow you go, you're still lapping the ones on the couch. That is soooo true. - 5/12/2012   11:27:00 AM
  • 24
    I agree that any finish line crossed is a victory, especially with a half-marathon! Congratulations, Coach Nicole. I love that you wear a sweatband too. I have to when I run, otherwise I'll have sweat dripping all over my face. Thanks for making me feel less like a dork. - 5/12/2012   11:08:14 AM
  • 23
    Congratulations, Nicole, you are an inspiration to me and others! I listen to contemporary Christian music when I walk to motivate me to walk faster! Right now I have Chris Thomlin's "And If Our God is For Us..." cd that keeps me going to do a better one each time I walk (either my 5k or 6 mile walks). I love your exercise videos and have your 28 day workout cd too! - 5/12/2012   10:42:46 AM
  • 22
    Congratulations on your acomplishments! - 5/12/2012   6:29:36 AM
  • 21
    I am old... 57 years old. I don't run anymore because I fell and injured my right knee. But I still do 1/2 marathons. I walk them. My best time is 2:58. I'm doing another one May 20th. I don't expect a great time because the last few months have been difficult, but I will finish and that's great. I have hundreds of songs. Sometimes I listen to whole musicals like Evita or Les Miserables... love those two sound tracks. But mostly I have compiled a couple of different playlists for training and for the race itself. I also have playlists for the gym.. for strength training, etc. - 5/12/2012   12:45:13 AM
  • 20
    I like lots of "Oldies", Beatles, Elvis, Bee-Gees, etc. - 5/11/2012   10:05:00 PM
  • 19
    Outkast - Hey Ya!

    Also, I love listening to Coheed and Cambria, and actually older Cradle of Filth is good to run to, though that probably isn't your thing judging by your playlist here... - 5/11/2012   9:30:40 PM
  • 18
    These are GREAT -- I already had a few but was in need of new music, so I downloaded about a dozen more using a gift card I got for my birthday. Now I'm all set with new tunes for my next half! - 5/11/2012   8:54:06 PM
  • 17
    I have a lot of those songs on my running playlists, or if not the exact song, the Glee version :) - 5/11/2012   3:30:28 PM
  • 16
    Last Sunday was horribly hot here, which isn't far from Cincinnati. Definitely not a PR day.

    Every finish line crossed is a victory. Congratulations! - 5/11/2012   1:42:16 PM
  • 15
    I made a playlist for my HM too and it really helped me keep a steady pace.
    Congrats on another fine finish and earning your bling! - 5/11/2012   12:48:12 PM
  • KMKANDROSKY
    14
    Congratulations on your half-marathon! Im training for a 5k and am new to running, so music is really key to helping me train my mind as well as my body. I appreciate some new ideas as I use music downloads as small rewards for reaching goals along the way. - 5/11/2012   12:34:43 PM
  • 13
    When I read that runners have more injuries than those that participate in other sports I ask myself "Why would anyone do that?" I know you are young and obviously healthy, but have you thought about how you will feel in a decade or two decades and how you will feel when you get older? Will the exhilaration you feel now help you through those crippling years to come? - 5/11/2012   12:21:58 PM
  • 12
    When I exercise, I like to concentrate on my muscles and making sure my form is correct. If I ever wanted music, I guess I could find free music to listen to (my husband plays a radio in the exercise room.) But I can't IMAGINE adding the COST of downloading something to exercise - which, thank God, can be done FREE. I guess there are a lot of people who have the money to actually PAY for music, and, for them, this would be a good list. - 5/11/2012   11:51:54 AM
  • BRITTHORT9
    11
    Great list of songs!! - 5/11/2012   10:21:44 AM
  • SDALESSIO
    10
    Thanks for the playlist. I always love gathering new songs for my long runs.
    - 5/11/2012   10:05:39 AM
  • RABBITAQUI
    9
    I like Colyplay, Diddy (who I saw live), like Skylar Gray, Foo Foo Fighters, Florence + The Machine, Matchbox Twenty, The Offspring (my home boys). I also like Holywood Undead & Crazy Town! - 5/11/2012   9:55:56 AM
  • 8
    My husband loves music, and he put a bunch of fast-paced songs on my shuffle for me. My favorites come from the New Pornographers first album. I find that when I get back to my house, if it's in the middle of a good song, I'll just keep running and go around the block again! - 5/11/2012   9:40:25 AM
  • PENDYGAL80
    7
    I love the idea of creating a specific playlist for a specific race. I'll be doing a 10-miler in late Sept (seriously a scary thought at this point) and I've been "trying out" different songs on my training runs/walks. Thanks for listing more options for me to try! - 5/11/2012   9:33:18 AM
  • 6
    Try Love Shack by the B52s or Paradise by the Dashboard Lights by Meatloaf. They both accidentally got dumped in my running playlist but I love the, - 5/11/2012   9:32:34 AM
  • 5
    I used to run with music, especially when I was just getting started and used the treadmill. But now that I'm always outside (haven't run on a treadmill since October!)... I just find it distracting. I need to be able to hear to stay aware of my surroundings -- cars, cyclists, other runners, and the occasional cat-callers -- to be safe, and to feel more in-tune with my body as well. Yeah, 2 hours is a long time to run in silence, but it just feels better to me now.

    As an aside... I hoped so much to catch a glimpse of you at that race and tell you in person how much you've motivated me over the years, but I didn't. I have a feeling you were a couple corrals ahead of me! Sure was a great time, though... - 5/11/2012   8:53:45 AM
  • 4
    Tom Petty's American Girl is my favorite get up and go song =) - 5/11/2012   8:29:10 AM
  • 3
    My faves may change up depending on my mood, but right now, I'm loving Breathe Carolina - Blackout (cant leave an html link in the comments but it is on Amazon or iTunes)
    - 5/11/2012   7:56:53 AM
  • 2
    David Guetta's mixes will keep you moving, that's for sure! - 5/11/2012   7:39:04 AM
  • 1
    I did the MS 150 and, believe it or not, I was able to walk normally the next day. I drank my liquid amino acid drink after the ride each day. I had to a lot of stretching the following week because I still felt tight. I used 1/2 tsp of Bragg's liquid aminos in a tall cup of apple juice. Try it sometime. - 5/11/2012   6:35:47 AM

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