Currently in training for a marathon? Check out my tips for a great playlist!
Training for a marathon is a similar to being a Liverpool Football Club fan (of which I am). There are highs and lows…
Highs include beating personal bests, conquering your first long run and avoiding major injuries and raising money for charity. There are lows such as injuries, falling behind in your training. There there are also moments of dis-belief – at what point did I think running 26.2 miles was a good idea? How much for a pair of trainers! What would Paula Radcliffe do?
Whilst many may differ over training methods, one thing all runners would agree on is how music can help you stay motivated when your running down the A41 on a cold December morning to reach your 15 mile target.
Therefore, for the purposes of this article I have listed the tunes that I believe will see you through to race day.
First up some cheesy pop S Club 7 , 90’s boy and girl groups & Britney mixed in with current pop tunes by Little Mix, Ariana Grande & Nathan Sykes.
As you move past the 6 mile mark, 90’s R’N’B & Hip-Hop classics by the likes of TLC, Aaliyah, Blackstreet, Dr Dre and Destiny’s Child will help keep the momentum going.
Once you pass 10 miles, the above mixed in with some Grime: Kano (refer to the “Home Sweet Home” album, Garage Skank, Hail and 3-Wheels up). Skepta and Stormzy will also help keep you motivated.
Just hit 15 miles & starting to feel it. Now would be the time to introduce some early 90’s dance The Prodigy, The Shamen, Fatboy Slim and Faithless. Current house or “EDM” by The Chainsmokers, Disclosure, Skilerex will also be good here.
The 20-23 mile zone is often referred to as “The Wall” and I have found any of the following will work to keep you going – Gun’s ‘N’ Roses, Kiss and Warrant’s “Cherry Pie”. Alternatively, any motivational songs – think Eye of the Tiger (you need to get used to this one, as you will hear it about 100 times on race day), The Best and a personal favourite that was played at mile 23 of the London marathon; “Road to Hell” by Chris Rea.
So there you have it my perfect combination of running tunes. If you fancy trying it out yourself then here it is on Spotify:
I will be running the Brighton marathon for the PACT Appeal, a charity based in Sheffield which supports children with cancers and leukemia. Full details of the charity and how to donate can be found to my Just Giving page.
Written by Victoria
Victoria is a PR guru with a very eclectic taste in music who enjoys everything from pop to grime! Over the years she has frequented many UK festivals.
Victoria also make a mean playlist for any occasion. Check out her 90s Spotify playlist she produced for Talk About Pop Music.
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