I have roughly 4 half-written marathon type posts. If I wasn’t so busy eating, running, working, icing, running, sleeping, working, running, rolling, working, eating, sleeping, rolling, running and eating, I might have time to finish them! Seriousy, how do you people do it????? I feel like all I do is eat and sleep whenever I am not working or running!
One of the things I have really concentrated on during training, is my mental health. I know how important it is to stay physically healthy through the training but for me, I know come race day, I am going to need to be mentally with the program! I have been posting photos to my facebook as daily motivations, I have photos on my mirror at home and desk at work and I spend time visualizing the marathon almost every night. But the one thing I am doing that I think will help me the most is also the craziest- I have done every single long run without music. Every single one. I used to refuse running more than two miles unless I had my IPOD and now I am running almost 20 miles, music-less.
To be honest, I like being without the music. It forces me to focus on my body; how I am feeling, what I am feeling and moreover, my thoughts. When you are out there that long, going as slow as I do, self-reflection is unavoidable. I would be remiss if I did not say that this training has taught me more about myself and what I am capable of, then I ever thought possible.
And yet, the notion that I am going to complete 26.2 miles in less than five week, blows my mind completely. It leaves me wondering if I am ever going to be able to wrap my head around it until I actually do it.
I know that come race day there will be ups…and downs…and ups. I know I will be challenged in crazy ways. I am trying to be preapred…so even though I am not training with music, you better believe I am going to run with it!
That said, here is my playlist thus far.
|Bachman Turner Overdrive||You aint seen nothing yet|
|Black Eyed Peas||Pump It|
|Black Eyed Peas||I got a feeling|
|Bon Jovi||Who says you cant go home|
|Bon Jovi||It’s my life|
|Bruce Springsteen||Born to Run|
|Bruce Springsteen||Hungry Heart|
|Bruce Springsteen||Glory Days|
|Chris Brown w/Lil Wayne||Transform Ya|
|Dierks Bently||Free and Easy|
|Don Henley||Boys of Summer|
|Eminem/Lil Wayne||No love|
|Fleetwood Mac||Go your own way|
|Garbage||Only happy when it rains|
|Jay-Z||Run this town|
|Jets||Crush on you|
|Journey||Don’t stop believing|
|Katy Perry||Waking up in vegas|
|Kayne West||Jesus Walks|
|Kenny Chesney||Big Star|
|Lil Kim||The jump off|
|Lil Wayne||Mr. Carter|
|Lil Wayne with Jay-Z||Mr. Carter|
|Lil Wayne/Chris Brown||Look at me now|
|Michael Jackson||Don’t stop till you get enough|
|Michael Jackson||Man in the mirror|
|Michael Jackson||The way you make me feel|
|Midnight Oil||Beds are burning|
|Miley Cirus||Party in the USA|
|Miley Cirus||The Climb|
|Nikki Minaj||Super Bass|
|No doubt||Just a girl|
|Pink||Raise your glass|
|Pink||Just like a pill|
|Queen/David Bowie||Under Pressure|
|Rick Springfield||Jesse’s girl|
|Rob Base||It takes two|
|Rob Base||Joy and Pain|
|Rolling Stones||Start me up|
|Rusted Root||Send me on my way|
|Sheryl Crow||Soak up the sun|
|Taylor Swift||Love Story|
|Tina Turner||Proud Mary|
|Tom Petty||Running down a dream|
|Tom Petty||I Won’t back down|
|Van Halen||Running with the devil|
|Young the Giant||My Body|
With very few exceptions, most of this music is geared towards the paces I feel like I will be running throughout the marathon. And when I say running, I should note: running/jogging/walking.
What are you favorite songs to run/jog/walk to? I am looking to add another 30 songs…I like pretty much all music, so let me know what you recommend!!!!!