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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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What I’ve Been Listening To Lately – Female Canadian Singers

I was sure that I started writing this blog posting last week and I totally remember embedding the videos and everything. Yet just now when I came to finish and post it – it was completely gone from my Drafts. Weird!

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to blog about the music I’ve been listening to lately. Maybe it’s because I’ve been doing a lot of driving lately or maybe it’s because I’ve resumed my half marathon training – two situations in which I need my music – but I feel like the iPod of my iPhone has been getting a lot of use lately!

My running playlist has a lot of dance music on it – I’ve added a lot of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Adam Lambert, Cascada, Rihanna, and Ke$ha to my running playlist, which already contained a fair bit of Groove Coverage, Dresdan Dolls, and Madonna.

But I’ve also realized that three of my fav artists right now are female Canadian singers.

First up, Stef Lang from Vancouver1. Her songs Mr. Immature

….and Slave2Love were both on the radio…

… and I really liked them so I bought her album and it turns out that I also really like her song Closet Freak2:

Second, Fefe Dobson from Scarborough, ON. Her songs Ghost

…. and Stuttering3

…had been on the radio, and since I liked them, I bought a couple of her albums. I particularly like The Initiator4:

And third, I’ve listened to a lot of Metric at a friend’s place recently:

And, coincidentally, here’s my cousin Samantha5 covering Metric’s Gimme Sympathy:

You should totally go to this site and “like” her video!

  1. Originally from Ladysmith on Vancouver Island []
  2. This probably comes as no surprise to some and as much surprise to others. Such is the nature of my closeted freakiness. []
  3. Embarrassingly, Stuttering brought me to tears one day in my kitchen. I wasn’t having a particularly good day and it just hit me in a sore spot that I didn’t think I still had. []
  4. Which I’m sure will come as a surprise to no one who has ever met me. []
  5. Technically she’s my cousin-once-removed, as she’s my cousin Sheila’s daughter. Sheila and her daughters are all very talented singers/musicians. Because they clearly received all the musical talent genes in my family, as anyone who has ever been to karaoke or played Rock Band with me can attest. []