Running Week at Holy Craft with Half Marathon Training Playlist

I've been running again.
A lot.
Like so much so that it consumes nearly everything I think about.
Which is why this week is dedicated to running here at Holy Craft.

I've talked about running on my blog before.
I've even made mention that I was going to hang up my running shoes.
And I did.

It's been over a year since I have entered any official race.
But this year I turn 35.
I'm hitting my mid 30's and feel like I am in better shape now then I was in my 20's.
I signed up for my fourth half marathon to celebrate my milestone birthday.

On September 15, I will be running the You Go Girl half marathon in Tacoma, WA.
A race I have run two other times before.
I know what to expect.
I know the course.
And I have plenty of people that I know running the race as well.
All good things.

So feeling mentally prepared to tackle 13.1 in a few weeks, I thought I would share some of the things that I use to get me through a run.

First up is music.
I LOVE music!
Call me old fashioned, but I don't run with my smart phone.

I've tried using an arm band and they are uncomfortable to me 
so I go back to the old fashioned ipod shuffle.
It clips on to my clothing and I can quickly and easily skip or replay a song with the touch of a button.

I've tried other headphones.
Like the skull candy noise canceling ear buds.
I don't like them.
Mostly because if I run with people I can't use them and still talk.
Also, I run a lot of roads and want to make sure that I can hear a car behind me before I see it.

Skullcandy INK'D 2.0 Earbud Headphones (Black and Red)

So I stick with the good old handy dandy ipod ear buds that come with your purchase.
They allow enough background noise to provide music but aren't loud enough that I can't hear around me.

Apple iPod Earphones - headphones - Ear-bud, Binaural

And finally, the play list.
The most important part of training for me is a good play list.
I keep the songs that motivated me
{and that I am not sick of}
for the actual race,
but I have a different play list for training and for race day.
Play lists for me take hours to create.

Here are my carefully selected songs for training:

Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes
Red Nation by The Game
I Miss the Misery by Halestorm
Here Comes the Bloom by Nelly
Paralyzer by Finger Eleven
I Need a Dr. by Dr. Dre
Love The Way You Lie by Eminem
Lose Yourself by Eminem
Bawitdaba by Kid Rock
Rock Superstar by Cyprus Hill
Ridin' by Chamillionare
Disco Inferno by 50 cent
Kryptonite by Three Doors Down
Family Affair by Mary J. Blidge
Enter Sandman by Metallica
All Over You by Live
Fat Bottomed Girl by Queen
Rock Star by Nickleback
Pon De Replay by Rhianna
Crank That by Soldja boy
Gold Digger by Kanye West
For Whom The Bell Tolls by Metallica
Rolling in the Deep by Adele
Sex and Candy by Marcy Playground
Wake Up Call by Maroon 5
Livin' On a Prayer by Bon Jovi
Sing for the Moment by Eminem
Battlefield by Jordin Sparks
Like a Prayer by Madonna
Free Fallin' by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Love Somebody by Maroon 5
I'm a Believer by Tedashii
Wake Up Call by Maroon 5
Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson
I will Wait by Mumford and Sons
Please Don't Leave Me by Pink
We Are Young by FUN
Babel by Mumford and Sons
Whispers in the Dark by Mumford and Sons
Holland Road by Mumford and Sons
Not Ready to Make Nice by the Dixie Chicks
Lover of the Light by Mumford and Sons
Lovers' Eyes by Mumford and Sons
Jesus Walks by Kanye West
Stay Away by Nirvana
Love Is in the House by TobyMac
The Joker by Tom Petty
Savin' Me by Nickleback
Hopeless Wanderer by Mumford and Sons
Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
Push by Matchbox Twenty
Below my Feet by Mumford and Sons
Come Together by Michael Jackson
Mean by Taylor Swift
Enchanted by Taylor Swift
Under the Bridge by The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Love Drunk by Boys Like Girls
Caress me Down by Sublime
The Man Who Never Lied by Maroon 5

Four and a half hours of music for you to listen to while you train.
I hate listening to the same songs over and over again so this list gives me some variety.
The songs that were picked are consistent with the beat that I need to run an 8:30 mile.

Any songs you think I should add to my list?
Come back tomorrow as we talk about running gear.


Unknown said...

You're inspiring me! YOU go girl!

Unknown said...

Rachel..... I'm just starting to train for my first 5k. Never ran before and though I am a little scared I am inspired by wonderful people like you!

Unknown said...

Im just starting to train for my first 5k and though I am scared I am also inspired and motivated by beautiful people like you!

Pam said...

Just found your blog through pinterest... you should try bluetooth headphones. They will change your world! :) Thanks for the great music suggestions!

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