It’s October so that means it’s officially Fall marathon season! This month there are TONS of marathons – Chicago, Marine Corps, Mowhawk, Hartford, Twin Cities, Baltimore, Steamtown and Detroit, just to name a few. Although I didn’t run a Fall marathon this year, I’ve been so inspired by all of the runners on social media. They have been putting in hundreds of miles of training all throughout the hot and humid summer and now it’s time for their victory lap.
If you’re like me, you love to listen to music during a run or race. Honestly sometimes music is the only thing that keeps me motivated, especially during a long run or race when I’m running for hours. For me, music helps to keep the negative thoughts and self doubt at bay. Also I can get lost in a song and not focus on my pace or any pain I may be feeling. I did a playlist for each of my three marathons and here are some tips you can use to build your marathon playlist.
I call this the “get in the zone” phase. I like to use these miles on settling into a pace and zoning out. When I say “zoning out” I really mean just running on cruise control. Here are some of my favorite songs for this part of the race:
“In My Feelings” by Drake
“Humble” by Kendrick Lamar
“Give It Away” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
The “get hype” phase! Basically I want to smile and enjoy this part of the race because I know the pain cave may be coming up in the next segment lol. Some of my favorite songs for this section are:
“Party Up (Up in Here)” by DMX
“Special Delivery (Remix) by G. Dep and various artists
“Get Low (Remix)” but Lil Jon & the Eastside Boys, Elephant Man, Ying Yang Twins and Busta Rhymes
This is when I tend to go back to cruise control mode. I know I’m halfway through the race at this point so it’s all about trying to maintain that same pace and keep pushing through. I like to mix up this section by including a lot of fun and energetic songs:
“Mi Gente” by J Balvin and Willy William
“Beautiful Day” by U2
“Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO
The final stretch. If you’re in the pain cave, this is when you need a lot of motivation. Those songs that give you a little extra fight and the ability to dig deep. Here are some of my favorites:
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem
“Soldier” by Eminem
“Fighter” by Christina Aguilera
The Last Mile
I call this the “victory lap”. This is where you can play any song that puts a smile on your face. My personal favorite is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
I will play that on repeat until I cross the finish line.
Another good song for this would be “Smile” by Lil Duval. I will probably use that song for my last mile if I do another marathon.
Finally, and most importantly, make sure your phone/iPod and headphones are fully charged for race day! You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve heard from runners that their iPod died half way through the race or that their headphones wouldn’t turn on!
Do you run with music? IF so, how do you build your race playlist?