For me, part of marathon or half marathon training is about the music. When I run, I listen to music that has a positive, motivational message and a driving beat. As race day approaches, I like to make a playlist just for that particular race. Normally when I run a race, I put my playlist on shuffle, but sometimes I like to have certain songs at the end, just for that extra push.
I like to turn it up to 11 as I finish. What? Tell me you haven't seen This is Spinal Tap? "When you need that extra push over the cliff, you know, we turn it up to 11...."~Nigel Tufnel.
Anyways....in my never-ending quest for the perfect motivational songs, I found 11 songs that I think would be the perfect finishers for a hard long distance race.
Baby I'm A Star--Prince
The purple one really blew me out of the water and across the finish line with this hit from his movie Purple Rain. Tell me you weren't tapping your foot while you listened just now!
Hallelujah-- Panic At the Disco
I finished one of my half marathons with this song playing and it could not have been more perfect. Simply because I was so glad to be done!
Pink-- Get This Party Started
One of Pink's first hits, this oldie but goodie was on my original iPod back in the day! It still sounds great as a finisher for a long race! She was such a baby in this video...
Katy Perry-- Roar
Who doesn't feel like roaring when crossing the finish line?
Imagine Dragons-- On Top of the World
I always feel like I'm on top of the world when I cross the finish line!
U2-- Beautiful Day
Everyday is a beautiful day when you're finishing a race!
Bachman Turner Overdrive--Takin' Care of Business
An oldie from the 1970s, the message never gets old.
"What does it take to be #1? 2 is not a winner and 3 nobody remembers.."
Journey-- Don't Stop Believing
Corny? Overused? Never.
Foo Fighters--My Hero
I first heard this song when my youngest played peewee football. The coach used it as the soundtrack to the season highlights video.
2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa-- We Own It
This is a perpetual favorite on my running playlists.
Country loving friends: I tried. I really tried to find a country song that could get me across the finish line. But the only one that came close was Tim McGraw's Truck Yeah and I just couldn't do it. I already featured Miranda Lambert's Fastest Girl in Town. Everything I found was too slow or about drinking, trucks, and guns....
Any suggestions? What songs do you like to finish with? Anything I should add to my playlist?
I'm linking up with Stef, Kim, and Janelle for Tunes Tuesday! I'm also linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patti for Tuesdays on the Run, and Debbie, Susie, Lora, and Rachel for Coaches Corner. Also with Annemarie, Jen, and Nicole for Wild Workout Wednesday!