marathon playlist

December 10, 2009

miley + much, much more
warning: the theme for this race is COMFORT. therefore, i tried to pick music that i know well and that i have run to many times! hence: the high, high concentration of GAGA. i also sprinkled it through with cheesy pump-up songs that i think will provide me with the right boosts needed at certain times.

getting started: full of catchy hits from “whatcha say” to “halo”, but nothing too upbeat. and yes, you are seeing miley cyrus in there. what can i say? this should get me through the first 3 miles.

strategic slowdown: i LOVE the decemberists hazards of love album, and hearing it takes me back to the amazing concert i attended earlier this year.


going with what i know: by the time i exit the magical fantasy world created by these songs, i will be about 10 miles into the race. and ready for . . .


(not a surprise to anyone who reads this regularly, i expect. after all, i saw her in concert too!)

bringing it home: by this point i should be at around mile 16 or so. ie: time for the real test to begin! the rest of the playlist is a mix of inspiring/calming songs (sigur ros, fleet foxes), old friends (ben folds, andrew bird), flat-out motivators (kanye’s “stronger”), and ridiculous distractions (FERGALICIOUS, anyone?). the entire list is 4 hours. hopefully i won’t be making it to the very end!

lookin’ good!


for those of you who asked for earbud recommendations: i am far from a headphone guru. i think earbuds that stay in depend more on ones ears than the earbuds themselves! personally, the classic iPod buds stay in my ears just fine, but i know that they fall right out of my sister’s ears. unfortunately, they don’t last forever — i think getting wet from sweat (ew, i know) ruins them, and the cords tend to fray.

about to take my new ‘phones for a test run. i got these little skullcandy buds — available for around $10 from amazon. they come with 3 sizes of rubber bud, so if the mediums don’t work, i’ll try the smalls.

they are cute and sound crisp. i am hoping that they will be functional on the run!

on a completely random note
anyone see the most recent grey’s anatomy where the chick below hangs out on ECMO for a few weeks, talking and hangin’ out the whole time?

okay fine, she has a nasal cannula. woah, critical.

yes, she does get ischemic bowel (and gets operated on WITHOUT anesthesia!! (%*&(#*&@#!), but otherwise it just looks like she gets a restful vacation from having to pump blood to her organs. i wonder how many people watch this and think, “oh good, i’m glad we can do that now.” if only ECMO was that easy . . .



workout: 40 minutes elliptical. this workout was optional but i had energy to burn. this AM is the last run before race day!


  • Reply Marlow March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Love your playlist!! My sister and I love Fergalicious. It always cheers us up. PLUS fleet foxes!! LOVE THEM!

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I have no idea whatsoever what you are talking about in your last paragraph about Grey&#39s!

    I think I&#39ve told you this before, but my favorite Sigur Ros song to run to is Saeglopur.

  • Reply claire March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    run strong, Sarah!!!

  • Reply Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Miley has pulled me through SO many of my runs. I&#39ve been so close to blogging about my obsession haha….I&#39m finally coming out!

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    totally in love with your playlist! gaga = wicked awesome music to move fast too 🙂

  • Reply Kath March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Wish you could email me that playlist!!

    I like Fireflies!!

  • Reply Susan March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I think the cheesey songs will pull you through…no doubt! Especially the ones that will make you want to dance in the middle of the marathon.

    I loooove what TV teaches people about medical issues…like how ONE LITTLE BUBBLE in your IV line will kill you. Obviously. Please stop freaking out now.

  • Reply Lu March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Good luck on your race. I love your playlist. You should check out my pre-yoga mini playlist I listen to in the car. Gaga is awesome. Make sure you have Bad Romance.

  • Reply Chelsea March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Awesome playlist. I love it when the right song comes on at the right time to keep you going.

  • Reply hjlongmo March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Fireflies and Party in the USA – my two favorite songs right now.

    is it embarrassing that I know every single word to those songs…?

    Can&#39t believe you&#39ll be running in 48 hours! I&#39m so excited for you and can&#39t wait to hear all about it!

  • Reply KAT March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    GOOD LUCK!!!! I love your music too!

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