Lists!: iPod edition

March 30, 2008 at 6:01 pm | Posted in running | Leave a comment

The sky this weekend has been deceiving: brilliant and bright, you might think that spring is actually here.  But poor Little Bug froze when we hauled her out to the playground yesterday to swing.  Today, however, was a perfect day for a long run, the last before next weekend’s half marathon.  The river was calm and a clear blue, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  I set out to do 12 miles, but miscalculated the distance, and hit 12 miles with still more than a mile to go before home.  By that point, I just wanted to get home as quickly as possible, so I pounded out one more, which was good for my confidence, if not my legs — as long as it is not sleeting in southern New Hampshire next weekend, I know I can do it. 

The weather today helped, as did the wind at my back for the last four miles and, of course, a great running “mix” on my iPod, orchestrated as carefully as I used to make tapes for my friends in high school, with precision-placed fast and slow songs, some cheesy dance tunes, some classics.  I need up-tempo songs until I hit 45 minutes, then I can zone out for awhile, but the last half-hour needs to be songs I’d want to dance to.  This list is for Ellen and Nell and Emily:  may it give you inspiration as we count down to next Sunday!

“12 Mile Run”:
Free Bird — Lynyrd Skynyrd
Be Happy — Mary J. Blige
Someone to Love — Fountains of Wayne
Rock DJ — Robbie Williams
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ — Scissor Sisters
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It — Will Smith
Yeah! — Usher
That’s the Way it Is — Celine Dion
I’m Outta Love — Anastasia
Grey Street — Dave Matthews Band
Seasons of Love — Rent
Pride (in the Name of Love) — U2
Ja Sha Taan — Fun-Da-Mental
Family Affair — Mary J. Blige
You Know I’m No Good — Amy Winehouse
You Get What You Give — New Radicals
Little Heaven — Toad the Wet Sprocket
Move Along — The All-American Rejects
Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) — Big & Rich
Every Day is a Winding Road — Sheryl Crow
Rockstar — Nickleback
Superstition — Stevie Wonder
Starlight — the Supermen Lovers
Stronger — Kanye West
Say You’ll Be There — Spice Girls
I Hope You’ll Dance — Lee Ann Womack (cool-down/walking song)

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