Music to run 13.1 to…

One of the bits I like best about a half marathon is doing the soundtrack. Choosing the songs that pump me up, buying some new ones, getting them in JUST the right order and then the little dance-party as I slog along the route.

I’ve had some fun doing the soundtrack for Sunday’s San Francisco half. Here’s my current list below. Again, I’m not cool, I don’t pretend to be cool. There is too much Abba in the list (in the UK, every third song on the radio is legally obliged to be Abba, I MISS my Abba fix in California). There are some Christian songs to remind me of what’s really important. There are several very uncool songs from the Vacation Bible Camp soundtrack because they made me so happy. Then there are my fighter, badass, loud songs which make me feel stronger and push harder. And there’s some totally random stuff in there as well.

The plan for the soundtrack (over thinking it? me?) is to have happy, fun, sing-along music for the first half and then kick-arse, fighting, gutsy music for the second. I’m always up for new running songs, especially those that make you feel gutsy and run fast. Tell me…what are your best running songs? What makes you fight harder?


Cathryn’s San Francisco Half playlist

  1. Blvd of broken dreams – Green Day    Gird-Up-Your-Loins-And-Face-The-Gladiators
  2. Fly – from Vacation Bible Camp (VBC)
  3. 9 – 5 – Dolly Parton.                                                     Never fails to make me happy
  4. Gimme Gimme Gimme – Abba
  5. Barcelona – Freddie Mercury & Monserrat Caballe.               An incredible song
  6. Does your mother know – Abba
  7. Tequila makes her clothes fall off – Joe Nichols.                    A smidgeon of country
  8. Waterloo – Abba
  9. Abraham’s Daughter – Arcade Fire.  To help channel my inner middle-aged Katniss
  10. Grenade – Bruno Mars                                                             For the melodrama!
  11. Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
  12. Our God – VBC
  13. The Devil went down to Georgia  –  the Charlie Daniels Band
  14. Christ arose – jumped-up VBC version
  15. Allstar – Smashmouth                   ‘Hey now, you’re an all-star, get your game on, go’
  16. Senorita – Justin Timberlake
  17. Rock your body – Justin Timberlake
  18. Everlasting God – Lincoln Brewster                  ‘They will run and not grow weary’
  19. All the things you said – Tatu                                                   AWESOME to run to
  20. Supermassive Black Hole – Muse
  21. Like I love you – Justin Timberlake
  22. I stand amazed – Michael Armstrong
  23.  Blessed be your name – Matt Redman
  24. Lose Yourself – Eminem                                     My all time favourite running song
  25. Sexyback – Justin Timberlake
  26. Some nights – Fun                                                              Song of the Summer!!
  27. Disturbia – Rihanna
  28. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
  29. Lose Yourself – Eminem                                                 Yes, again please. Two doses. 
  30. Shake it out – Florence and the Machine                                                
  31. D on’t stop the music – Rihanna.                          Because if you do, I may not finish.
  32. Blvd of Broken Dreams                                                      Finish strong, Gladiator girl!

2 hours and 7 mins of music! No longer, please!!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Love it! I’m stealing some of those songs. And that’s impressive that you even put them in the right order for the race. I always do shuffle because I’m nervous I’ll get bored. I should try the organized playlist!

    1. Cathryn says:

      I think it shows too much control-freak tendencies, but I do like to know Eminem is coming up at the right moment!! Hope you like the songs!!!

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