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My Awesome Marathon Playlist

study published last year discovered a direct correlation between fast-paced music and athletic performance. Apparently, the speed of the music (measured by bpm) influences the pace that you run.  For instance, if you run a 5:50/km or a 9:23/mile (my goal pace for the marathon) you should listen to songs that are 158 bpm such as Blink-182’s “What’s My Age Again” and so forth.  

Now I only half believe this because c’mon, there is no music that is fast enough to make me run a 4 min mile no matter how hard I wish for that to happen!   But I’m totally a music person and I cannot run without it so I did what any sane runner does while tapering… I made myself a new AWESOME marathon playlist and now I’m going to make you suffer through reading the entire 35 song, 126 minute* list….<insert evil laugh> 

Marathon Playlist 2015

  1. Run Run Run by Celeste Buckingham
  2. Happy by Pharrell Williams
  3. All ABout That Base by Meghan Trainor
  4. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  5. Love Runs Out by OneRepublic
  6. Inner Ninja by Classified
  7. F**kin’ Perfect by P!nk
  8. Wake Me Up by Avicii
  9. Timber by Pitbull
  10. Lose Yourself by Eminem
  11. Cheers (Drink to That) by Rhianna
  12. Everything is AWESOME!! by tegan and Sara
  13. I Love It by Icona Pop
  14. Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
  15. Turn All The Lights On by T-Pain
  16. Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J
  17. Now Or Never by New Kids on the Block
  18. #SELFIE by The Chainsmokers
  19. So What by P!nk
  20. Kanye by The Chainsmokers
  21. Jubel by Klingande
  22. Cups (When I’m Gone) by Anna Kendrick
  23. Eye of The Tiger by Survivor
  24. Here We Go Again by Joey McIntyre
  25. I Wanna Go by Britney Spears
  26. Rumours by Timex Social Club
  27. Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO
  28. Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo
  29. You Make Me Feel… by Cobra Starship
  30. Dynamite by Taio Cruz
  31. Blame by Calvin Harris
  32. Fancy by Iggy Azalea
  33. Fireball by Pitbull
  34. I’m an Albatroz by AronChupa
  35. I Will Never Let You Down by Rita Ora

Question: What songs are on your workout/running playlist?

*I am well aware that it will take me longer than 2 hours and 6 min to complete the marathon so my plan is to listen to the playlist on repeat. I sincerely hope that I don’t have to listen to this a third time.


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  • Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
    October 17, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I need to update my playlist thanks for the good tips!

    • Janice
      October 17, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      No problem, I’d love to read about your choices too – I’m always on the lookout for ideas 🙂

  • jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    October 17, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Some great song choices there! I am terrible or never making playlists. My iPod is just on shuffle of all songs and I have some very random and weird songs that come on during my runs sometimes.

    • Janice
      October 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      I was pretty bad too but got stuck singing along with the Wiggles one too many times so I had to get my phone organised 🙂

  • Rachel
    October 17, 2014 at 11:43 am

    What a fun list of songs! 🙂 I am so excited to hear about your upcoming race! 🙂

    • Janice
      October 17, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks Rachel!

  • Toni @runninglovingliving
    October 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Great playlist, I am in the process of making one for my marathon and i will definitely include some of these songs!

    • Janice
      October 17, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Oh I can’t wait to see/read which songs you pick, good luck!

  • Erica G
    October 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Good for you on focusing so much on beat and pace. I read that and have to confess, my playlist has a mix of beats since when I tried to find my target beat the songs made me sad. I should try again.

    • Janice
      October 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Oh I agree, the words also really help and can make a HUGE difference.

  • Scott
    October 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Cool post. For the record, I actually did a research study on the effect of music on training in college…Very similar results!

    • Janice
      October 17, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Does music help both training AND racing?

  • Heather @ Divas Run for Bling
    October 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I have to say that I have several of these on my long run playlist as well. I am really loving All About the Bass and Shake it Off at the moment

    • Janice
      October 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Similar tastes in music 🙂

  • Elle
    October 17, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Here’s me, the odd woman out as usual. I have never run with music, not once. I like listening to the sounds around me… birds, traffic, church bells, kids yelling, and my own thoughts. I do sing to myself from time to time, though!

    • Janice
      October 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      I’m not sure I could do that but I should try.

  • Sandra Laflamme
    October 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Awesome playlist. I don’t often listen to music when I run so I am not sure what I would put on my playlist although Shake it Off would definitely have to be on there!

    • Janice
      October 17, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      I think I might have to start trying to run without music, I’m sure I’m missing an amazing opportunity to enjoy the sounds of nature.

  • Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club
    October 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    This is a neat playlist. I tend to like 5 or 6 songs and let them continuously repeat. LOL

    • Janice
      October 17, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      My iPhone once got stuck on “I Gotta Feeling” during a race – I loved it and had a great race!

  • Heather @ FITaspire
    October 17, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I use audiobooks, so no playlist for me. 🙂 I stream my music on pandora when I get sick of listening to a book. 🙂

    • Janice
      October 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      I should do that more often. There are so many books to read but there never seems to be enough time.

  • jill conyers
    October 18, 2014 at 6:13 am

    I haven’t listened to music when I run in years but lately I’ve been thinking about it. The only thing that stops me is a comfortable way to carry my phone.

  • Felix Lee
    October 19, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Great post and cool playlist! I have some of your songs on my playlist. I really love the Talk Dirty song it feels I’m sexy when I’m running (laughing out loud). I had fun reading your article. I will get some of your playlist. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    October 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Love that your playlist has both New Kids and LL Cool J


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