It’s almost time for the So Cal Ragnar Relay race!
12 Friends, 2 Vans, 2 Days, 1 Night 200 miles (from Huntington Beach to San Diego)!
This is my first relay. Even though I’m covering the least amount of mileage (10 miles in total), it’s longer than I’ve run in a very long time and I’m excited and nervous about it. I definitely haven’t trained like I planned and I have friends in town for the entire week leading up to race day (I’m actually cutting out on them early to meet my van) but with a motto like this one, how could you NOT be excited?
I need music to run and to get through 3 runs (a late morning/early afternoon, a middle of the night and a next day early morning) so I’m sharing the dozen (for my team name, the #DirrtyDozen) not-so-typical songs that I’m adding to my Ragnar playlist:
#1 – Nelly
The first leg needs to start off with a powerful attitude – and hey, there’s Joe Perry from Aerosmith on guitar (that one’s for you CB)
Weather With You – Crowded House
I seem to have lousy weather luck when it comes to San Diego but this song is so great – “and there’s a slowboat made of china…”
Coming Of Age – Foster The People
This is my JAM right now, “Pumped Up Kicks” is also on my regular playlist. Love FTP!
One Small Day – Ultravox
It’s epic, it’s Midge Ure and has great motivational lyrics. This will not be a small day though.
Roll With The Changes – REO Speedwagon
I hear “keep on running” even though it’s “keep on rolling”. I’ll need to hear this in the middle of the night.
New Shoes – Paolo Nutini
I will not be running in new shoes (big no-no on race day) but I’ll pretend I have fresh, happy feet.
Blue Highway – Billy Idol
Because in the middle of the night, the highway will be blue and Billy (plus that guitar riff) will get me moving.
My Ever Changing Moods – The Style Council
I function well on little sleep but I’ve never done it with 3 legs of running. This is a reminder to be nice to my van-mates.
Don’t Tell Me – Madonna
People always think of the cowboy video with this song but it always paces me well and insists “Don’t tell me to stop…”
Just Another Day – Oingo Boingo
Although it won’t be “just another day”, a little Danny Elfman will delude me into a regular run on an ordinary day.
Can’t Hardly Wait – The Replacements
As much fun as this experience will be, I know I’ll be waiting for the finish line. I know I’ll appreciate Paul Westerberg’s musical empathy.
(Reach Up For The) Sunrise – Duran Duran
You knew there had to be a Duran song, right? I thought about “Faster Than Light” but since that would absolutely be a lie, I went with this anthem. I won’t be running at sunrise but I almost wish I could with this song as my background.
What unconventional song(s) motivate you when working out?
All images from Spotify screen captures.