The Jersey half will most certainly feature Bon Jovi. At the half last year, my running partner and I broke out into "Livin' On A Prayer" at the 6.5 mile mark. ("Whooooaah, we're halfway there!!!") We had a solid 15 people join in and it was pretty incredible.
I like your idea of Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle." I'll add it to my list!
For the half down the Jersey shore, you really must have some Bon Jovi (Runaway?) and some Springsteen (Born to Run?) I don't have any other theme-related suggestions, but some of my favorite songs from my half-marathon playlist are "Rooftops" (by Lostprophets), "The Middle" (by Jimmy Eat World, which I naturally had set to play right around the halfway point of the race), "Beast and the Harlot" (Avenged Sevenfold), and "Less Talk More Rock" (Freezepop).
I used to do playlists for races and had markers (songs etc) that would indicate if I was reaching pace (i.e. I would be at mile 10 and X song should be playing). I have gotten lazy and now just have the "running songs" playlist that I keep adding to. I then hit shuffle and get a variety of songs I like. I am finding it helps to not "know" what is coming next =)
"When I first started running, I was so embarrassed, I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers." Joan Benoit Samuelson Olympic Marathon Winner
I'm pretty lazy when it comes to playlists. I just always have lots of good stuff on my iPhone and then leave it on shuffle while I'm running. I love fast paced songs while I'm running though. Anything in the arena of dance especially things like The Prodigy do it for me.
I do have running tunes - compilations of several songs that either inspire me or just make me happy. I have found, however, that especially at races, these are not necessary and are almost a distraction. I just finished three half-marathons this year and really only listened to my music on the second half of the first race and only a few songs 3-5 toward the end of the last two when I needed that extra little jolt to pep me up, but once I "recharged", I took out the ear bud and tuned into the event at hand and it was AMAZING!
"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)
"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin
I listen to whatever music is played on the course. My last HM had a bagpiper in a kilt, a jazz pianist in a tuxedo, and other gigs along the way such as one guy dressed as Spiderman rocking us with tunes from his boombox. I can't imagine what it must have been like for runners listening to their own music who had no clue that they weren't getting the full experience. And this wasn't even a music-themed HM as so many are.
I'm starting to look into making individual playlists for each race. So far it's been easy, as they've been 5K's and I've only needed 35 minutes of music.
All my playlists have themes. I'll be running in NYC and I've got Newsies and Sinatra's New York New York, On The Town, 42nd Street, and some others.
I'm looking to put playlists together for a Turkey Trot, a half in Atlanta, a half down the Jersey Shore, a 5K in New Orleans (It might be a Britney tribute!), and a full marathon in Chicago.
Does anyone have any ideas for songs for any of these races? What do you like to listen to when you run? I'm partial to pop and can tell you that Beyonce is personally responsible for some pretty incredible mile times.
Thanks in advance and I can't wait to see (and hear!) your responses!
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