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The Philadelphia Marathon! My Running Playlist Music Strategy

For those of you who don’t know, I’ll be running the Philadelphia marathon next week.
It’s going to be my first (hopefully of many) marathon and I thought I’d share my running playlist and music strategy for this run with you.

Starting out, I figure that there will be too much noise and commotion to hear anything anyway, so for the first 10-15 minutes, I’m going silent.

Then, as we run through the old city of Philadelphia, past Independence Hall and other historical structures, I thought it would be appropriate to listen to the last episode of the American Revolution class from Yale I’ve been listening to on long runs.

That should take me an hour or so into the race, and then I’d probably want to get some light humor and motivation, so I’ll listen to a podcast from

I might listen to another podcast from there, and by then I’ll be about 2.5-3 hours into the run, and will need some music to boost my spirits and distract me from how much more I have to go, so I’ll turn to my favorite running playlist (I may also throw in some of the new Taylor Swift stuff I mentioned yesterday, but I’m not sure how good she is to run with).

I know this running playlist will run out before the run is over, so I’ll loop it as needed. I may also take a break and just run with silence at some point so that my brain can rest.

If my brain is still working at the end, I’ll play some motivational song to run to at the finish, like “eye of the tiger” or the “rocky theme” (the run ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, also know as the “rocky steps” since they filmed that scene there)

So here’s my list, I would love to hear your feedback on this, so please comment, or contact me on facebook or twitter.
I’d also appreciate it if you “like” this post on Facebook or “+1″ it if you are on Google+.

Get it on iTunes Song Time Artist BPM Album Genre Get it on Amazon
St Elmos Fire - Letter to America St. Elmos Fire (Man in Motion) 04:11 John Parr 104 St. Elmos Fire Rock Man In Motion
I Run to You - Lady Antebellum I Run To You 04:16 Lady Antebellum 115 Lady Antebellum [+digital booklet] Country I Run To You
Its My Life / Confessions, Pt. II (Glee Cast Version) - Glee: The Music, The Complete Season One Its My Life Confessions 02:18 Glee Cast 129 Glee: The Music Mashup Its My Life / Confessions
Be Here (Bonus Track Version) - Rachel Platten 1,000 Ships 03:26 Rachel Platten 130 Be Here (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version) Alternative 1,000 Ships
  Highly_Motivated 02:33 131 Motivation And Drive 2 Other Highly_Motivated
  Ever_Higher 02:29 132 Optimistic Times 1 Other Ever_Higher
See See You Again 03:11 Miley Cyrus 138 Hannah Montana 2 / Meet Miley Cyrus (Soundtrack) Rock/Pop See You Again
Gimme Sympathy - Fantasies Gimme Sympathy 03:55 Metric 140 Fantasies Alternative Rock Gimme Sympathy
  Rocking_The_Right_Way 02:19 145 Upbeat Life 2 Other Rocking_The_Right_Way
Born Born To Run 04:29 Bruce Springsteen 146 Born To Run Rock Born To Run
Holding Holding Out for a Hero 05:50 Bonnie Tyler 150 From the Heart: Greatest Hits Rock Holding Out For A Hero
Love Today (Live from Parc des Princes) - The Boy Who Knew Too Much (Deluxe Version) Love Today 03:55 Mika 155 Life in Cartoon Motion Pop Love Today
Heartbreaker Heartbreaker 03:28 Pat Benatar 156 Greatest Hits Pop Heartbreaker
Kiss Kiss Me Deadly 04:24 Lita Ford 157 Ladies Of The 80s Pop Kiss Me Deadly
I Dont Believe You - Personal Life I Dont Believe You 02:38 The Thermals 162 Personal Life Alternative Rock I Dont Believe You
  Simple_Lives 02:26 167 Inspirational Pop Rock 3 Other Simple_Lives
Major Major Tom 04:22 Shiny Toy Guns 169 Major Tom - Single Electronic Major Tom
Gold Guns Girls - Fantasies Gold Guns Girls 04:00 Metric 181 Fantasies Alternative Rock Gold Guns Girls

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