What’s on your “running” playlist?

I suspect that most triathletes have a playlist like mine. “Running” is what I’ve chosen to label it but it is the default playlist that I use when going out for a run or strength training at the gym. It’s got 60 songs but there are really about a dozen songs that have a “story” behind why they ended up on my playlist. As a result I think it’s kind of an eclectic combination of songs. Some of them fit for a running playlist while others are only there because of circumstance.

Here they are:

“American Woman” by Lenny Kravitz: I heard this song at mile 139.5 out of 140.6 at Ironman Lake Placid. Someone had a stereo system set up on their front lawn on Mirror Lake Drive and it will forever be in my head as the song I heard on my last mile of my first Ironman.

“Best of You” by the Foo Fighters: This song seems to be a favorite of Keith Jordan of Endorfun Sports. I think it has only been at his races that I’ve heard it. One of the great things about Keith’s races is there speakers he has set up along the run course. The first time I heard this one was at the Mooseman 1/2 Ironman going up the first hill just after the road peels away from Newfound Lake.

“Beautiful Day” by U2: If you’ve been to an Ironman Lake Placid race you probably know where this one comes from. I’ve been to the race for the past four years straight (once as a competitor) and it is the last song played before the cannon goes off before the swim start. My heart races just thinking about being in Mirror Lake with 2000 other competitors about to begin the day.

“Candles” and “Alive” by Dirty Vegas: Janus is a sponsor of Ironman and I’m in the process of using their Charity Challenge program for a 2nd time to raise money for Bretton Woods Adaptive. After my first Ironman in 2006 Janus produced a video with footage from the race that used both of these songs in it. They handed it out at the awards banquet after the race where I received 2nd place……definitely not for speed for for the amount of money raised. I probably watched that video a hundred times in the first month after the race.

“Sugar, We’re Goin Down” by Fall Out Boy: The three years I’ve been at Ironman Lake Placid while not racing, I’ve volunteered in various parts of the race. The past two times my son came with me and we volunteered together – an awesome experience. I don’t know if he’ll ever want to do an Ironman but I’m glad he’s been able to attend if for no other reason than to be inspired by what is possible when you set a goal. This last year we spent the ENTIRE day in a pouring down rainstorm, four hours of which were handing out supplies to racers at one of the aid stations. While waiting for some GSTC finishers that year, this song came on and it reminds me of the day in the rain I spent with my son. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

There are definitely a few others but these are the highlights. What songs do you have on your “running” playlist and what’s the story?

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