TORONTO October 17th. Digital Champion Liz Trenton decided that 2013 would be the year that she checks “running a marathon” off her bucket list. Liz knows that good music can make or break your run so she’s put together some songs to get through 42.2k, while keeping your spirits high. Connect with Liz on Twitter @LizTrenton and let her know what songs you’re adding to your running playlist!
The Ultimate #STWM Running Playlist. By Liz Trenton.
The 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will be my first full marathon. I am a music lover and almost never leave for a long run without my iPod. I love how music can get you excited, motivated, and pumped up to go that extra mile. Although my favourite music genres to run to are upbeat indie rock and fast paced punk, my marathon playlist is extremely diverse and includes country, pop, hip hop and classic rock songs. As a slow and steady runner, my full marathon finishing time will likely be around 5 hours, so variety is key for keeping my playlist interesting. Below I’ve highlighted the top 10 songs that characterize my ultimate #STWM playlist.
1) The Classic: “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones.
This is one of my favourite Stones’ songs to run to. When I ran my last half-marathon, it came on right at the bottom of a steep hill and was the juice that helped me push through to the top! Here’s an impressive piece of info: the approximate distance Mick Jagger struts or sprints in a typical stadium show is 12 miles (19k) – and he’s 70 years old! Just think of that fact when you’re at 35K and you feel like you can’t run any further.
2) The Synth-Pop Indie Rocker: “Punching in a Dream” by The Naked and Famous
Even if you don’t like indie rock, you will love running to this song. This one from New Zealand’s best-kept secret makes you want to dance and keeps your running at a steady pace. This is a good one to have early on in your playlist to make sure you don’t pace too quickly in the first half of the race.
3) Oh Canadianan: “Ooo Ohh” by Daniel Wesley
If you get to know me, you will quickly learn that I LOVE my Canadian rock. My absolutely favourite Canadian artist to run to is Daniel Wesley. Hailing from British Columbia, this reggae rock crooner has 6 albums that I often run to on repeat. “Ooo Ohh” is a classic Daniel track and one of his best, but there are so many more that get your feet moving! Check him out!
4) The Speedy Punk Rock Song: “Supersonic” by Bad Religion
Punk rock is what got me hooked on music in the first place. I grew up listening to Green Day, Rancid, The Vandals, and The Ramones. The best thing about running to punk rock is that it’s FAST. As a slower paced runner, it’s these quick tracks that give me a bit of gusto and help improve my time. At 169 bmp with lyrics like “I gotta go faster, keep up the pace” this Bad Religion goody is destined to be on your running playlist.
5) The Boy Band Pop Song: “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
I’m 29 years old and a 1D fan. No shame here. I actually loved this song so much I added it to my list of tunes I’m learning to play on the drums. For a bubbly pop song, there is a great message to help us ladies run along: we don’t know how beautiful we are for running a marathon, but that’s what makes us beautiful!
6) The Sentimental Ballad: “All Mine” by Rebel Emergency
I’m lucky enough to have a significant other who is a professional musician – he helps keep music a constant in my life, introducing me to new artists, genres and songs on a daily basis. Though he plays for many groups and artists, Rebel Emergency is one of my favourites. “All Mine” makes it so easy for me to picture us at a resort in Jamaica, sipping on tropical beverages; a relaxing image to remind me of how I can celebrate when I cross that finish line.
7) Happy Clap-a-long Indie Rocker: “The Underdog” by Spoon
With horns, tambourines, and percussion galore, it’s hard not to feel happy vibes when this song is playing. If you see me clapping my hands during the race, this is probably the song that’s playing.
8) The Essential Pop Country Song: “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line
I was first introduced to country music in University. Since then I’ve embraced pop country acts like Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Kira Isabella. I’m convinced that “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line is so summery and catchy that even the biggest country hater wouldn’t be able to resist adding it to their running playlist.
9) The Hip Hopper: “Moment 4 Life” by Nikki Minaj
This was one of the songs on my first playlist when I started running 2 years ago. I use running to manage stress and to remind me that every moment is precious. So when you’re running the marathon, remember that this is YOUR moment for life.
10) The Trendy Track: “Pompeii” by Bastille
I said I love my upbeat indie rock and this is definitely one of the trendy songs of summer that I had on repeat. The catchy “Eh-eh-o eh-o” and infectious drumbeats make it hard not to get excited to keep running. This would be a fantastic song to finish the race to: “but if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like”… you’ve conquered this marathon!
If you love Liz’s picks, you can check out her entire running playlist. What songs do you have on your #STWM running playlist? Let us know in the comments below!