Marathon Musings: 26.2 Playlist

Building a six-hour marathon playlist turned out to be a lot more difficult than I expected it to be: even with 17.2 days worth of music to choose from.  You have to find the right beats and arrange them so they flow well together.  You have to attempt to time your power songs so they play when you need that extra motivation.   And if you’re like me and have a hugely eclectic music library, you have to predict what musical mood you’re going to be in because there’s little worse than having to listen to a song you’re not interested in while running.

I called on a variety of resources to assemble my marathon playlist, and I have to say, it was nearly perfect.  My power songs were well-timed and came on during the stretch from 18 – 20 where I was pretty much running alone in the middle of frickin no where.  There were a couple of songs that didn’t quite flow, but overall, it was a win!

I recently joined Spotify, and the playlist is there, but in case you don’t use Spotify, here’s the list…all 90 songs…you’re welcome.

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And just in case you need to build your own 6 hour playlist (and this isn’t enough for you), here are some of the resources I used to build my epic playlist: suggestions from Facebook friends, suggestions on this Marathon Musings post, Gizmodo’s Most Mathematically Perfect Playlist for Running which a Facebook friend shared with me, Laura’s Running Music, Dori’s Running Songs, several Press Play posts from Rachel Wilkerson, and the other running playlists I’ve created since 2009

Marathon Musings: Confession Time (& Post-Marathon Plans)

I have a small confession to make.  This past Thursday was the first time I ran since my 20 miler.  Yes, that was something like a 3 week break.  I don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden I just could not find it in me to put one foot in front of the other and run for even 3 feet let alone 3 miles, 5 miles, 8 miles, 12 miles…

I knew it was probably my worst idea ever to blow off over three weeks worth of runs so close to D-Day, but I couldn’t even bring myself to care.  Surprisingly…or maybe not so surprisingly, my slacking hasn’t increased my nerves very much.  I figure I’ve been running consistently and training for distance runs (half marathons) for almost a year straight now.  I managed all of my marathon long runs with minimal struggle, and even the 20 miler, while it was a challenge, wasn’t terrible.

I did run, with Colleen, again last Thursday, and I’m doing my final “long” run tonight.  I plan to take a nice long walk on Wednesday and do some gentle yoga/ stretching Thursday/ Friday.  My hip was a little sore during Thursday’s run, but I think it was just getting back into the swing of things.

However, when I sat down and really, truly thought about it, I realized that I’m just straight up burnt out on running.  So I’ve decided that after the marathon I’m going to take at least two weeks off from running.  Don’t get me wrong here.  I still love running, and I definitely plan to continue running after the marathon – especially since I’m already signed up for the Warrior Dash in June and the Chicago Rock n Roll half marathon in July – but after the marathon, I plan to take a much more relaxed approach to running and shift my focus to hiking and biking.  I’ll set up a training plan for the half marathon, but it’s going to be very relaxed.

I really enjoy biking, and I would like to improve in that arena.  I definitely want to do a sprint tri at some point in the not too distant future, and I think I would like to participate in a cycling race/ event some day.  Hiking and biking are also things Nik enjoys so him and I can do them together.  My hope to be able to take a couple short day trips over the summer and into fall to various forest preserves, state parks and trails in the area.

So there you have it.  Now, wish me luck I have a marathon to run in 5 days!

Marathon Musings: Closing In…

Marathon day is closing in upon me. In a mere ten days, I will be running 26.2 miles for the first (and last?) time in my life.

Throughout my training I’ve been pretty confident in my ability to finish the race. I even set a very loose goal time of 5:30. I’m still feeling confident, but the nerves are finally starting to set in.

I think most of the nervousness come from not knowing what to expect or how to prepare (ya know, other than the seemingly endless number of miles I’ve run over the last eighteen week.)  I’ve run plenty of races before, but a marathon just seems so much bigger. I can make it through a half on a solid breakfast and the water and fuel provided along the race course, but will that be enough for the full? How much fuel should I carry? Should I risk giving some to my parents or boyfriend to grab from them along the course? I worry about there being enough port-a-potties on the race course (because let’s face it, running ultimately makes me need to poop.) What do I eat for the next week and a half? How much more than “normal” do I eat? What about the night before or the morning of? And  most importantly, what the hell do I put on a playlist that needs to be six hours long?!?


Right now I am trying to find the delicate balance between not thinking about it too much (aka not getting myself all worked up and bent out of shape over the little things) and doing adequate marathon preparation research (making sure I don’t overlook some sort of crucial piece of marathon day knowledge.)

I’m sure I will have some sort of panicked melt down between now and the start of the race, but for now I’m dealing okay. In the meantime dear readers, any marathoners out there wanna share some race prep tips with a newbie? Or even better, have you got any favorite running tunes I should download immediately?