Playlists Are Hard To Make

I’ve never been overly worried about the playlist on my iPod. Mostly I’ll just load a couple of albums, hit shuffle/repeat, and be done with it. But, since The Marathon is special and all that, Colin and I decided that we’d actually pick out songs. I know that I need a good 5 hour playlist otherwise I’ll probably have a mental breakdown if it starts over again and I haven’t hit my time goal. Not only is it time consuming, but it’s also really difficult. We spent a good couple of hours last night going through our iTunes and trying to whittle down what we wanted.


We definitely have eclectic choices in music – if you had compared our collections before we got married you’d wonder where the similarities were…

My playlist is comprised mostly of rock of all varieties: Pearl Jam, U2, Offspring, Hard-Fi, Linkin Park, etc. I’ve lowered my standards to have some music that I will only ever run to: ahem, Britney Spears.

Colin’s is much more diverse than mine: Brad Paisley, Eminem, Glee Soundtrack, Skillet. He’s also more judicial about his choices. He’s got one or two songs by each artist whereas I have almost full albums by some – it’s not really my fault that Pearl Jam’s last album is great running music.

We did have a good laugh over the titles/lyrics of a couple of songs:

“Sunday Bloody Sunday” – U2

“Get Through This” – Art of Dying

“Never Surrender” – Skillet

I don’t wanna feel like this tomorrow

I don’t wanna live like this today

Make me feel better

I wanna feel better
Stay with me here
And never surrender

I did tell Colin that he was not allowed to put The Barenaked Ladies’ “Too Little, Too Late” on my playlist after he joked that it should be the song that was playing just after my goal time passed…

Yesterday wasn’t half as tough as this time
This time isn’t Hell,
Last time, I couldn’t tell
This mind wasn’t well
Next time, hope I’m…
Going to be good, and I would –
If I knew I was understood
And it’ll be great, just wait –
Or is it too little too late?
T-minus 4 days…

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9 responses

  1. I always go into making a playlist with specific kinds of songs for a race..lose interest and then through whatever song on there I can find.
    ….4 days….wow!

    October 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm

  2. 4 days, so exciting

    and good reminder, I need to start working on my playlist

    October 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm

  3. You're right, making a playlist is hard. I'm sure it's going to be perfect thought. 4 days! EEK!

    October 6, 2010 at 6:46 pm

  4. Anonymous

    Hey guys! Love the fact that you're running to our song!
    I'm a big runner too (well not marathons) but 6miles a few times a week.
    Good luck and keep in touch.
    Jonny
    Art of dying

    October 6, 2010 at 6:57 pm

  5. 5 hours is a lot … I had trouble for 30 minutes for a 5k – here's the list and how I found the beats per minute.

    October 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

  6. Um…rock on!

    October 6, 2010 at 10:51 pm

  7. Anonymous

    Ummm…where's the Abba?!?!?
    Proud of you both! Your anonymous Mum

    October 7, 2010 at 5:18 am

  8. I usually have a ton of songs so I can just skip whatever I don't feel like listening to.

    October 7, 2010 at 3:39 pm

  9. I know this comment comes a little late so I don't know if you'll get it, but when making my play list for labour, one recommendation was “ring of fire” by Johnny Cash. Great idea, huh?

    Nope! Didn't include that one!

    October 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm

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