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Taco Tunesday – Livestrong Marathon Playlist


No taco run this morning.  I can hardly even stand up!  But there will definitely be some breakfast tacos anyway…..!

Yesterday I wrote about the first half of my third marathon, and I plan to follow up with the second half this morning so hang tight!  First, I wanted to share some of the songs that got me through some pivotal points in the marathon.

I’ve written that sometimes I don’t use music and sometimes I do.  I chose to run the marathon with music, not knowing if Erin would be with me the entire time, and recognizing I’d probably need some lyrical pushes throughout the 26.2 miles.

I really enjoyed having musical company and I think my fellow runners really enjoyed when I felt inspired enough to belt out a chorus or fist pump and even raise the roof sometimes.  Anything to keep moving!

Next to Me – Emeli Sande

Where did this chick come from?!  I’m not sure how I stumbled across this tune on iTunes but I love it.  She’s got a great voice and the drums were a perfect pace setter.  Definitely threw a few fist pumps on this one 🙂

Battle Scars – Lupe Fiasco ft. Guy Sebastian

Perfect cadence for moving up the hills.  Quick, small steps.  Powerful back beat for powerful legs (hopefully anyway 😉 ).

These battle scars don’t look like they’re fadin’…..A tribute to those with cancer scars – wear ’em proud!

Lover of the Light – Mumford and Suns

So watch me as I glide….Perfect for a happy beat to remind me that I’m out here for fun, gliding along.

Call me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

Yep, I put this song on the playlist.  I hate this song.  But Pops suggested it and that I think of the Olympic swim team.  It was so effective at boosting my mood in the back miles I played it twice!  Don’t even wanna think about how much energy was lost dancing along…..

Hall of Fame – The Script ft.

You can throw your hands up, you can beat the clock….That’s all I wanted.  Motivating song for sure.  Took some time to reflect on the runs that got me to the 26.2 – treadmills, long taco courses, Rogue 30k.

Restless Heart – Matt Hires

This was the free download last week, and turns out I really like it!  It’s a fun song.

Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding Flinch Remix

Erin suggested this one to me and I’m so glad she did.  Came up in the mix on the long straight Great Northern Road and gave some new energy to my pained legs.

Marching On – One Republic ft. Timbaland

So many hills we had to climb……but we kept slowly marching on.  Enough said.

Check some of those new tunes out – thanks everyone for the suggestions!  Keep an eye out for the second half of the race (for those tracking me, it’s proof I finished and didn’t fall down at mile 20!)


The Last Run


The Pack gathered this morning in the cold darkness with gloves, hats and many, many layers on to tackle the final run of training together!  Spirits were high despite the low temperatures and I can tell everyone is excited for, confident about and ready for Saturday!

We completed a pretty quick 4 miler through our usual neighborhood and enjoyed the beauty of the frosted trees and grass.  It might just be me but seems like there were more people with their feet on the road this morning….I know a lot of Memphis runs this race!

I am pretty restless but sticking to the taper rules.  Today I started working on my playlist for the race.  I need about 2 hours of music.  I’ve been browsing my iTunes library for songs I’ve used in previous races, quick tempos, upbeat lyrics and a few Christmas tunes.  I’ll be sure to share some of the list when it’s complete!

Tomorrow is packet pickup and the expo – I’m so excited for these I might not be able to sleep tonight!

Expo Info

  • Thursday – noon until 6 p.m.
  • Friday – 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
  • Bring a photo ID and signed participation form (found on the website)
  • Downtown at the Cook Convention Center


2nd RRS 5k


The first distance of the Road Race Series is over!  I missed the first 5k race because of my weekend trip to Austin but was very excited for today’s race.  All day yesterday I pumped myself up about it – drinking plenty of water, taking it easy on cardio (I did about an hour of fast but easy pedaling on the Spin bike) and trying to eat well.  I’m still unfamiliar with such a short distance and wasn’t really sure the best way to prepare for it (pretty sure 3 milers don’t need a big carb-loading meal).  This morning I debated having anything to eat before, but I was up early enough so decided on half a Clif bar.  I made a cooler of ice towels for the Pack, grabbed my frozen water bottle and headed to Overton.  By 6:30 it was already bustling with activity.  I found parking on a side-street and headed off into the mess of runners.  I was able to find and mingle with some of the Pack!

5k Pack! (I missed the purple memo)

After a quick well-wishing and last-minute strategizing, I headed to the front of the runners with Russ.  It’s intimidating being up there but I had to (wo)man-up since I’ve decided to be a racer.  I sure felt out of place with those six-pack abs and springy legs.  Thankfully there wasn’t too much waiting around and before I had time to worry too much we were off.  It took me a while to find a groove and when I checked Gary – I was in the sixes!  I didn’t feel too terrible so I just kept running.  I really enjoyed my “Fast” playlist, it kept me boogeyin’ right along with those six-packers:

1. Boxer by the Gaslight Anthem

2. Be Somebody by Kings of Leon

3. Bad Reputation by Joan Jett

4. How Far We’ve Come by Matchbox 20

5. He’s a Pirate by Pirates of the Caribbean Movie

6. Wavin’ Flag by Knaan

7. “Drums 2” by I don’t know

8. Workin’ Hard by I Don’t know

I apologize for the songs I don’t have artists (or correct titles) for.  When I’m not sure what a song is, I’ll make up a title and then I often can’t find it or the artist…I actually don’t really remember hearing any of these songs but I know their beats kept my feet movin’ quickly.  I don’t remember much, and am not sure if it’s a result of the heat or the quickness of the race.  It was over before it got started (seemed like anyway), but at some points I felt like I had so far to go!  I thought about walking.  I thought about throwing up.  Just keep moving.  Keep the pace.  Keep the beat.  And then I was done!  22:51 – a new PR!

Avg Pace
Summary 00:22:51 3.15 07:15
1 00:06:51 1.00 06:51
2 00:07:25 1.00 07:25
3 00:07:32 1.00 07:32
4 00:01:02 0.15 06:53

I was pleased to re-unite with the Pack afterwards and find that most were very pleased with their results – either improving on last race’s times or making personal improvements.  On to the 5-milers!

Do you have any “fast” songs?