My Record Breaking Marathon Playlist


I am going to attempt to break the Marathon World Record Personal Record for my 13 th marathon this Sunday.  I am going to try and run a sub 4 hour marathon.  My previous best is 4:06 and I did that in my 12th marathon last month.  I will be running my 13th marathon in the Leprechaun Marathon.  My running coach has really helped me believe in my ability to run faster than I once thought would ever be possible for me.  I know I can do it.  I have to run an average pace of a 9:09 minute mile for 26.2 miles in order to break 4 hours.   I need to run a 9:22 pace to break my personal record but I am just to extreme for that.  I am going for the sub 4 hour. The main reason for this post is to show off my playlist for this record breaking attempt.  Now don’t make fun. HAHAHA.  It is mostly 80’s music with a couple of new alternative songs that my wife and I really like.  It is generally happy and energetic music.  Since this marathon allows Ipods, headphones, etc. I am going to take advantage of the peppy music.  So here it is.  Make sure you take the poll and watch the real Marathon World Record finish at the end of the post.My Record Breaking Marathon Playlist is 3.9 hours long.  The song that is bolded is the song that the Marathon World Record holder would be listening to when he finished.  It happens to be Whip it by Devo

Chariots of Fire (Original) 3:17 Synthesizer Syndicate Synthesizer Syndicate Selected Hits Vol. 1 Pop 2 3/6/09 9:30 PM

Time After Time 4:01 Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual Pop 1 3/6/09 5:17 PM

Zero 4:26 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Zero – Single Alternative 4 3/6/09 5:21 PM

Blue Monday 7:24 New Order International – The Best of New Order Pop 3 3/6/09 5:29 PM

West End Girls 4:46 Pet Shop Boys Please – Further Listening 1984-1986 Rock 3 3/6/09 5:33 PM

The Fear 3:27 Lily Allen It’s Not Me, It’s You Pop 3 3/6/09 5:37 PM

Friday I’m in Love 3:38 The Cure Wish Alternative

I Melt With You 4:12 Modern English After the Snow Alternative

If You Leave 4:30 Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark The OMD Singles Rock

Safety Dance 4:33 Men Without Hats Gold – New Wave Pop 1 3/6/09 5:44 PM

All Night Long (All Night) 6:23 Lionel Richie 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Lionel Richie R&B/Soul 1 3/6/09 5:51 PM

Down Under 3:41 Men at Work The Best of Men at Work: Contraband Rock 1 3/6/09 5:54 PM

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me 4:29 Boy George And Culture Club At Worst… The Best of Boy George and Culture Club Pop 1 3/6/09 6:02 PM

Girls Just Want to Have Fun 3:58 Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual (Remastered) Pop 1 3/6/09 6:10 PM

Pump Up the Jam 5:24 Technotronic Pump Up the Jam – The Album Electronic 1 3/6/09 6:15 PM

Lean On Me 4:01 Club Nouveau Life, Love & Pain R&B/Soul 1 3/6/09 6:19 PM

What’s on Your Mind (Pure Energy) 4:36 Information Society Information Society Dance

Voices Carry 4:21 ‘Til Tuesday Voices Carry Pop

Celebration 4:58 Kool & The Gang Gold R&B/Soul

Shout 6:32 Tears for Fears Shout – The Very Best of Tears for Fears Rock

Everybody Have Fun Tonight 4:47 Wang Chung Everybody Wang Chung Tonight – Wang Chung’s Greatest Hits Rock

The Ditty (All Because of You) [feat. Terry Troutman 3:47 Paperboy The New News Hip Hop/Rap

Once In a Lifetime 4:19 Talking Heads The Best of Talking Heads (Remastered) Rock 2 1/18/09 11:43 PM

Just Like Heaven 3:32 The Cure Galore – The Singles 1987-1997 Alternative 1/19/09 9:33 AM

Take On Me 3:49 a-ha Hunting High and Low Pop 9 12/19/08 8:07 AM

Don’t Dream It’s Over 3:56 Crowded House Recurring Dream – The Very Best of Crowded House Rock 1/19/09 9:29 AM

Pictures of You 4:48 The Cure Galore – The Singles 1987-1997 Alternative 1/19/09 9:38 AM

Precious 4:06 Depeche Mode Playing the Angel (Bonus Video Version) Alternative 5 1/19/09 12:09 PM

Whip It 2:41 Devo Devo: Greatest Hits Rock 4 1/19/09 12:11 PM

Hungry Like the Wolf 3:25 Duran Duran Duran Duran: Greatest Pop 4 1/19/09 1:30 PM

White Lines (Don’t Do It) [Long Version] 7:40 Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel The Sugar Hill Records Story Hip-Hop/Rap 1 12/29/08 10:10 PM

C*m On Feel the Noize 4:38 Quiet Riot This Is ’80s Hair Metal Rock 3 1/18/09 9:44 PM

It Takes Two 5:02 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock Profilin’ the Hits Hip-Hop/Rap 7 12/29/08 8:44 PM

This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) 4:57 Talking Heads Stop Making Sense: Special New Edition (1984 Film) Rock 2 1/18/09 11:48 PM

Everybody Wants to Rule the World 4:12 Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair (Bonus Tracks) Rock 3 1/18/09 11:53 PM

I Think We’re Alone Now 3:49 Tiffany Tiffany Pop 2 2/18/09 3:41 PM

Africa 4:57 Toto The Essential Toto Pop 6 2/18/09 3:03 PM

Red Red Wine 3:04 UB40 The Very Best of UB40, 1980-2000 Reggae 2 12/29/08 10:31 AM

Sometime Around Midnight 5:03 The Airborne Toxic Event The Airborne Toxic Event Alternative 3 12/19/08 10:19 AM

Into the Ocean 4:00 Blue October Foiled Alternative 70 2/8/09 1:15 PM

Bizarre Love Triangle 6:42 New Order International – The Best of New Order Pop

Paper Planes 3:24 MIA Kala Electronica/Dance 2/21/09 11:52 AM

Cath… 3:50 Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs Alternative 2/16/09 12:48 PM

Love of Strings 6:09 Moby Exclusive – EP Electronic

Inside 4:49 Moby Play Electronic

On the Run 3:35 Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon Rock 9 3/5/09 8:10 AM

Don’t You (Forget About Me) 4:21 Simple Minds Glittering Prize 81/92 Rock

Keep Holding On 3:59 Avril Lavigne Pop/Rock 32 2/27/09 4:59 AM

Dream Machine 6:08 Mark Farina Air Farina Electronic 31 3/6/09 9:14 PM

Hold Me Now 4:47 Thompson Twins Platinum & Gold Collection: Thompson Twins Pop 36 3/6/09 9:19 PM

Kids 5:03 MGMT Oracular Spectacular Alternative 35 3/6/09 9:24 PM

Just Like Honey 3:02 The Jesus and Mary Chain 21 Singles Rock 25 3/6/09 9:27 PM

Chariots of Fire (Original) 3:17 Synthesizer Syndicate Synthesizer Syndicate Selected Hits Vol. 1 Pop 2 3/6/09 9:30 PM

28 Responses to “My Record Breaking Marathon Playlist”

  1. 1 RobFitness
    March 12, 2009 at 5:09 am

    That is a pretty good variety of music and sorry but I got a chuckle out of some of your suggestions, mainly because they are some of my favorites as well. What i like about the 80’s music is it has a good beat to exercise to and really can get you gong at a better pace than some of today’s music. I especially like the “safety Dance” and “Chariots of Fire”. All are very good choices. I am impressed how you choreographed all your music with the timing of your race.
    So what will your training be like leading up to your record breaking marathon? Plus do you do anything special the day before or is that a chill out day? I am sure with the pace that you have set you will break your previous record. I have to give you credit, at least you do have records to break. My best to you this coming week leading up to this marathon. Go get em dude…

    • 2 run4change
      March 12, 2009 at 5:35 am

      My training this week is my standard training. This is different than most marathon training as I would be in a taper (loweing milage to recover before race) now for at least one week. I cannot taper like most others right now because this week and it’s marathon are actually just normal training for my 40 mile ultra-marathon on May 2nd. So I have to go into this marathon tired and not fully recovered in order to get the proper training effect for the ultra where I will have to keep pushing on very tired legs. So if my legs are a bit used up when I start this marathon it will mimic the reality of running in the 40 miler a little bit. Saturday I will not exercise at all. I do plan however to be very active on Saturday as I am going to be planting around 29 trees for my landscape.

  2. March 12, 2009 at 6:00 am

    You need New Kids on the Block. 😉

    Seriously. Love your playlist. Music makes me happy.

    Can’t wait to see your marathon results!

  3. March 12, 2009 at 6:31 am


    Also, I like k-os Born to Run. Check it out.

  4. March 12, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Awesome, dude. I will checkout these songs and maybe add them to my playlist. Good luck with your marathon! You will do great, I know.

    • 8 run4change
      March 12, 2009 at 6:47 am

      Little miss, nice to “see” you. Thanks for your encouragement. These are a bunch of fun songs.

  5. March 12, 2009 at 6:42 am

    I like MGMT and Death Cab. Those are the only two songs on your playlist I would listen to, and only the MGMT one for exercising. Death Cab is more of a band you would listen to while relaxing or taking a bath. Guess we have different tastes in music :).

    • 10 run4change
      March 12, 2009 at 6:49 am

      Hey thanks for coming over and leaving a comment Tony. This is just a tiny cross-section of what I like. I wanted something new and fresh “for me”, to do this marathon with.

  6. 11 Rebecca
    March 12, 2009 at 7:26 am

    I love this playlist, it’s so awesome! 🙂
    Hope the race this weekend is great, I know you can do a sub 4-hour!


  7. 13 Jen Hardwick
    March 12, 2009 at 7:55 am

    WOW, my husband is totally shocked that someone other than me knows these songs! He’s been teasing me incessantly because I bought tickets to see Depeche Mode in August. I love all of that New Wave stuff and my ipod is full of it. Two suggestions, add “Love Will Tear us Apart” by Joy Division and “Big Country” by Big Country. Can’t wait for you to break your record!

    • 14 run4change
      March 12, 2009 at 7:57 am

      Thanks for the suggestions. I wil check those out. HAve a great day and thanks for stopping by Jen

  8. 15 RobFitness
    March 12, 2009 at 8:00 am

    How about some Village People as well. 🙂 By the way thanks for your comment. I did post a response to it over there and if you have any more question just ask away.

  9. 17 Moran
    March 12, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Hi, thanks for these! I am in need for new tunes!

  10. 19 maggieapril
    March 12, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I would have guessed that you are a decade or so younger than I am, but after seeing this 80’s alternative & pop stuff, now I’m not so sure!!

    • 20 run4change
      March 12, 2009 at 4:31 pm

      Maggieapril- I am 33 years old. HAHAHA Thanks for the comment. I really appreciate your comments and the fact that you keep on a comin back

  11. 21 the Ringmaster
    March 12, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Hey, run well this weekend–I’ll be thinking of you! May you have wings on your feet, music in your ears, and hope in your heart!

    Can’t wait to read the race report!

    • 22 run4change
      March 12, 2009 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you for your support my running friend. I hope all goes well. It is according to the weather report supposed to be in the upper 30’s with rain.

  12. March 12, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I have just weaned myself off of my iPod!!!

    I ran the half last Sunday without … for the first time ever.
    I really enjoyed interacting with the other runners and all the characters at Disney.
    I don’t think I’ll be going back to the iPod.


    • 24 run4change
      March 12, 2009 at 4:37 pm

      I only use my ipod on this course. This marathon will only have about 40 runners so I will be completely alone for almost the whole race. In marathons like Portland, etc. and all of the ultras I never use the Ipod. I feel like it some how reduces the amount of pain and suffering thereby minimizing my sense of endurance if that makes any sense whatsoever. HAHAHAHA

  13. 25 charleshbaker
    March 12, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Nice play list. I just downloaded a bunch of 80s music a couple of weeks ago. There are some good lists here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Like_Omigod!_The_80s_Pop_Culture_Box_(Totally) and here http://www.afn.org/~afn30091/80songs.html . Good luck w/ getting below 4 hours in your marathon. What time does the race start on Sunday? I’ll send prayers and good vibes your way.

    • 26 run4change
      March 12, 2009 at 8:00 pm

      Sorry for not getting back to you sooner charles. the comment went to the spam box. maybe cause the links. Your comments never went there before. I love your comment by the way. I will check those lists out because I like that music quite a bit.

  14. March 19, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    We are all anxious awaiting the results of last weekends Race???!!!! You are a real inspiration. I’m forwarding your website to our coach who is training for an ultra right now and also doing WW. Thanks!!

    • 28 run4change
      March 19, 2009 at 12:34 pm

      I already finished the marathon in 3:58:23. THank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. i appreciate that greatly Kathy

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