Power to the Playlist

Generally, I like to listen to podcasts on long runs because I have a tendency to become anesthetized to music I’ve heard repeatedly. But on race day, there’s just no accounting for the added oomppf you get from hearing the perfect song at the perfect moment. Having come within striking distance of my PR (25 measly seconds!), and having realized what a big part my playlist played (ha.) in that race, I think one time is a coincidence, but two times makes a pattern.

Jacked From: laurenconrad.com via Pinterest
Jacked From: laurenconrad.com via Pinterest

I’ve included the playlist here because I’m pretty sure this is the only place on the internet where you can find a list of good running songs. (Right? Right?!). Go ahead and hold your comment if you’re ready to let me know that (a) you’ve been listening to that song since before it was a song; (b) listening to this song on the same playlist as that song is like putting sardines on a sundae; or (c) my taste in music is abysmal. I get it. This is not a music blog.

Blow Me (One Last Kiss), P!nk, The Truth About Love
Mean, Taylor Swift, Red
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, Taylor Swift, Red (Like. Ever.)
Try, P!nk, The Truth About Love
All of the Lights, Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
All Eyes On Me, Girl Talk, Unstoppable
Non-stop Party Now, Girl Talk, Unstoppable (This song not only made me hackingly laugh out loud in for the entire third mile but also proved conclusively that Gregg Michael Gillis is more than just a musical genius; he really understands what women want.  I mean Khia mashed over Richard Marx; is that not the collective female unconscious?  It is.) 
Touch 2 Feel, Girl Talk, Unstoppable
Pump It Up, Girl Talk, Unstoppable
Bang This In The Club, Girl Talk, Unstoppable
Bodies Hit the Floor, Girl Talk, Unstoppable
The Feeling, Girl Talk, Unstoppable
Happen, Girl Talk, Unstoppable
Cleveland, Shake, Girl Talk, Unstoppable
Keeping the Beat, Girl Talk, Unstoppable
Step to It, Girl Talk, Unstoppable
Can’t Stop , Girl Talk, Unstoppable (I’ll say, this was about the most enjoyable hour of a race I’ve ever experience. Was Girl Talk made for running? Yes.)
Ray Charles, Chiddy Bang, Breakfast
The Good Life, Chiddy Bang, The Preview
Opposite of Adults, Chiddy Bang, The Preview
Make Her Say, The End of Day (feat. Kanye West), Man On The Moon
Good Day, Greg Street Presents Nappy Roots, Single (I actually snapped along with this song. The one runner remaining in my pace group dug deep to muster the energy to give me a “WTH?”)
Kids, MGMT, Oracular Spectacular
Magic, B.o.B. (feat. Rivers Cuomo), B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
Sugarfoot, Black joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is!
Shake It Out, Florence + The Machine, Ceremonials (No 2012 playlist is complete without it. Also it allowed me, mentally, to go here:)

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Gold on the Ceiling, The Black Keys, El Camino
Superbass, Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday
Oye Como Va, Santana, Ultimate Santana (Drummed, as in actually played air drums, up the nastiest hill of the course.)
Are We All We Are, P!nk, The Truth About Love
Just Give Me A Reason, P!nk, The Truth About Love
How Come You’re Not Here, P!nk, The Truth About Love
Walk of Shame, P!nk, The Truth About Love
Born to Fly, Sara Evans, Sara Evans: Greatest Hits
Fly One Time, Ben Harper, White Lies For Dark Times (Permanently on the Power Songs List.)
You Are The Best Thing, Ray LaMontagne, Gossip in the Grain (This made for some awesome finish-line sprinting.)

Jacked From: http://www.shinerbeerrun.com/ with SOME editing
Jacked From: http://www.shinerbeerrun.com/ with SOME editing
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