T-Minus Two Weeks Until My Next Half Marathon

Two days from now I leave for my vacation to visit the fam. Two weeks from now I will back from said vacation and running a half marathon! My training for this particular half marathon has been rather lacklustre, so I’m not expecting to set another personal best like I did last time. At this point, I’ll be happy to (a) finish the race, and (b) not set a personal worst.

In preparation for the race, I emailed Dan and Rick – knowing that they are both runners and both have excellent taste in music – to ask for recommendations for some new music to add to my running playlist. I already had a fairly extensive playlist, but given that my long runs are now into the 2 hr range – meaning that I listen to a lot of songs on each run – I’ve started getting kind of bored of it and felt that some fresh songs would help keep me motivated. And not only did they give me some great suggestions, but Dan also introduced me to jog.fm, a site that suggestions songs based on the pace you plan to run!

Today is my last big long run before the half marathon1 and I have to run 20 km. So I got a bunch of songs – or added songs I already had in my main music library to my running playlist – and I’m going to test them out on today’s run. The ones I like running to will end up in my playlist for the big day2! This is my playlist for today’s run:

  • Rolling in the Deep – Adele
  • Take Me On The Floor – The Veronicas
  • Hello – Martin Solveig featuring Dragonette
  • Set It On Fire – My Darkest Days
  • Combat Baby – Metric
  • Backstabber – Ke$ha
  • Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
  • Till The World Ends – Britney Spears featuring Nicki Minaj & Ke$ha
  • Firework – Katy Perry
  • Blow – Ke$ha
  • Monster – Lady Gaga
  • Contagious – Avril Lavigne
  • Price Tag – Jessie J
  • Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
  • Bulletproof – La Roux3
  • Tik Tok – Ke$ha
  • Say Hey (I Love You) – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • I Can Do Better – Avril Lavigne
  • Womanizer  – Britney Spears
  • More – Usher
  • Tightrope – Janelle Monae
  • Dangerous – Cascada
  • Gold Guns Girls – Metric
  • Kiss N Tell – Ke$ha
  • Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis
  • Whataya Want From Me – Adam Lambert
  • Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna
  • Telephone – Lady Gaga
  • Soundsystem – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • Untouched – The Veronicas
  • Marvellous – Dragonette
  • Closet Freak – Stef Lang featuring Ray Black
  • Teeth – Lady Gaga
  • Evacuate the Dancefloor – Cascada
  • Let’s Play – Kristina Maria
  • We R Who We R – Ke$ha
  • My First Kiss – 3OH3 featuring Ke$sha

As you can see, it’s pretty heavy on the cheesy pop music, which is my favourite stuff to run to! Now wish me luck as I go out to run almost a half marathon today!

  1. We get to taper down in the last two weeks []
  2. Some of these were already on my running playlist, but have been just recently added so I’m not yet bored of them []
  3. Props to Kalev for this one. []

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  • YAY props to Kalev!!!

    “What Do You Want From Me” drives me crazy… it was overplayed on Virgin Vancouver when I was listening to it over the Internet last year. But it’s a good song.

    Evacute The Dancefloor!!! Woooooo! Cascada–props to BETH!

    I’m glad to see you like Ke-dollar sign-ha. Have you see this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFWX0hWCbng (It’s especially hilarious to me, as a long-time Dawson’s Creek fan)


  • I added Bulletproof to my playlist *just* before my last half marathon and when it came on around the 18 km mark, it totally gave me a second wind! It was like having a Kalev there cheering for me!

    I love Evacuate the Dancefloor. So many medical words set to catchy pop music! Love it long time!

    Also, that video = hilarious! And educational. For example, I did not know that if you shot a unicorn, it would bleed rainbows.


  • I am ALWAYS cheering for you… except when you are cheering for hockey, in which case I am crying inside. 🙂

    Video: SO good, right?! And documentaries about unicorns are always very educational.


  • This is a great playlist! I’m very happy to see Firework on there, as well as Untouched 🙂 For all the Ke$ha haters out there- say what you want about her music, but there’s no denying that her tunes are super catchy and make awesome running songs, w00t! With this playlist and your inherent awesomeness, this half marathon’s got nothin’ on you. The Inspiration has spoken.


  • @Rick – When Firework came on, it was like I had you running there beside me. Which made me run faster, since you run so damn fast! I was, you might say, INSPIRED! Also, thank you for introducing me to The Veronicas! I love them long time!


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