Ultimate marathon playlist and Route 66 marathon recap 2.0

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone has been having a great (and safe) Black Friday!

I want to share with you all my killer marathon playlist. It totally worked its magic on me, and I hope it can do the same for you. But first…

I didn’t finish telling you about my Route 66 marathon weekend.

After I finished (the marathon), I had about a mile walk back to the hotel. Longest mile of my life! 😉 Luckily, my family was there and we just took our time. Granted, they really had no choice.

On our walk back, that’s where I noticed it… Pinkitzel Cupcakes! It was like a beacon from up above! What better way to celebrate?!


We finally made it to the hotel, and then got cleaned up for dinner.

Andolini’s Pizzeria was on my must-try list, and thankfully they were much less busy than the previous night. They were giving FREE garlic knots to marathon participants! The Opulent Mac & Cheese was to die for!


And the pizza was well worth the wait!


The next morning I had an early flight, and could not have been more thrilled when boarding finished and I looked around and the entire plane was maybe half full. I had an entire three-seat row to sprawl out on. And I did!


Before I knew it, I was back home and back to reality. 😉

A great weekend makes for some great memories!

As I mentioned in my last post, my marathon playlist was spot on and kept me pumped and kept me going! I hope it can do the same for you.

So here we have my Ultimate Marathon Playlist.


  1. Timber- Pitbull
  2. Shake It Off- Taylor Swift
  3. Honey, I’m Good- Andy Grammer
  4. Sweet Nothing- Calvin Harris
  5. Boom Boom Pow- Black Eyed Peas
  6. That’s My Kind of Night- Luke Bryan
  7. I Wanna Dance with Somebody- Whitney Houston
  8. Footloose- Kenny Loggins
  9. Trinity- Paper Tongues
  10. Party Up- DMX
  11. Praise- Sevendust
  12. Pumped Up Kicks- Foster the People
  13. Bang Bang- Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
  14. Summertime Sadness- Lana Del Rey
  15. Uma Thurman- Fall Out Boy
  16. The Unknown- Athlete
  17. Thrift Shop- Macklemore
  18. How Deep Is Your Love- Calvin Harris, Disciples
  19. Fly High- The DNC
  20. Sail- AWOLNATION
  21. Skip the Charades- Cold War Kids
  22. The Fire Down Below- Bob Seger
  23. My Body- Young the Giant
  24. Geronimo- Sheppard
  25. Blank Space- Taylor Swift
  26. Push It- Salt-n-Pepa
  27. Uptown Funk- Mark Ronson
  28. Talking Body- Tove Lo
  29. After Midnight- Travie McCoy
  30. Intergalactic- Beastie Boys
  31. Rocketeer- Far East Movement
  32. Call It What You Want- Foster the People
  33. Better Days- Goo Goo Dolls
  34. Whore- In This Moment
  35. Eye of the Tiger- Survivor
  36. I Love It- Icona Pop
  37. Last Nite- The Strokes
  38. Young and Beautiful- Lana Del Rey
  39. Blank Space/Style- Louisa Wendorff
  40. The Way You Make Me Feel- Michael Jackson
  41. Fireball- Pitbull
  42. Angel’s Son- Sevendust
  43. Helena Beat- Foster The People
  44. I Think Bad Thoughts- Danko Jones
  45. Like a Star- Britt Nicole
  46. Viva la Vida- Coldplay
  47. Baby Hold On- Eddie Money
  48. Faster- Matt Nathanson
  49. Crazy- Aerosmith
  50. Set the World On Fire- Britt Nicole
  51. It’s Your Life- Francesca Battistelli
  52. Bootylicious- Destiny’s Child
  53. Fancy- Iggy Azalea
  54. Stronger- Kanye West
  55. Underdog- Kasabian
  56. Dark Horse- Katy Perry
  57. 18 And Life- Skid Row
  58. Broken- Lifehouse
  59. Heart-Shaped Glasses- Marilyn Manson
  60. Sugar- Maroon 5
  61. Night Changes- One Direction
  62. Try a Little Tenderness- Otis Redding
  63. Licking Creme- Sevendust
  64. Rollin- Limp Bizkit
  65. Wildest Dreams- Taylor Swift
  66. Hold On- Wilson Phillips
  67. Kathleen- Catfish and the Bottlemen
  68. Let It Go- Idina Menzel
  69. Suddenly I See- KT Tunstall
  70. Till I Collapse- Eminem
  71. Fight Song- Rachel Platten
  72. Style- Taylor Swift
  73. Titanium- David Guetta
  74. Stereo Love- Edward Maya, Vika Jigulina
  75. Turn Down For What- DJ Snake, Lil Jon
  76. Jesus, Take the Wheel- Carrie Underwood
  77. Ex’s & Oh’s- Elle King
  78. Dog Days Are Over- Florence + The Machine
  79. Reach Out I’ll Be There- Four Tops
  80. Empire State of Mind- JAY Z
  81. Break Down Here- Julie Roberts
  82. Blurred Lines- Robin Thicke
  83. Let It Rock- Kevin Rudolf
  84. Running On Empty- Jackson Browne
  85. Brave- Sara Bareilles
  86. Happy- Pharrell Williams
  87. Burn- Ellie Goulding
  88. I Choose You- Sara Bareilles
  89. Remedy- Seether
  90. Shut Up and Dance- WALK THE MOON

Have a great weekend!

Question of the day

What songs do you think are missing from my ultimate playlist?

Crushing speedwork goals and marathon prep

Good morning and happy Friday!

Well, it’s official… I’ll be speaking at the Route 66 Marathon Bloggers Forum.

There will be a forum on both Friday and Saturday of the race expo, and I was selected for Friday’s. The rest of the panelists include:

Friday 5:15 PM:

Saturday 3:00 PM

I’m more excited than I am nervous! And I feel very fortunate to have been invited to participate.

But first, I’ve still got 8 days left of training…

We had speedwork yesterday. Mile repeats were on the agenda, and I was assigned two. And you know what…? I showed that speedwork who’s boss! 😉

The last time we did mile repeats, I think, was in August. It was hot. And it was hard. But, I remember running like a 9:30. That’s good for me!

So, now that it’s “cooler”, I had two goals going into this workout. I wanted a 9:18 and a 9:22.

4:04?! Get real! My new watch went a little crazy on me. Did I get ya though? 😉

I didn’t run a 4:04, but… I crushed BOTH goals. 9:06 and 9:15. Boom! And, it felt good!

I also feel like I ran it smart. I feel like I paced myself well until it was time to open up and let loose.

That really boosted my confidence and hopefully I can carry it through to next weekend.

Next weekend! I can’t believe how close it is getting. I still have so much to do before the big day.

I need to finalize my list of mile-dedications, and figure out my race-day jams. I am hoping to create a brand new playlist laid out to accommodate where I plan to be physically/mentally/emotionally/spiritually when each song comes on. This may be a bigger undertaking than I am thinking, but I wanna try.

Some of the early contenders include:

  • Brave- Sara Bareilles
  • Blurred Lines- Robin Thicke
  • Rollin’- Limp Bizkit
  • Style- Taylor Swift
  • Helena Beat- Pumped up Kicks
  • Angel’s Son- Sevendust
  • Thunderstruck- AC/DC

I ended my night icing my knees, and foam rolling. I can totally feel a difference when I DON’T foam roll, and it’s so crazy looking back to my last training cycle when I’d do it maybe twice a week…

Can you say crazy?! 😉

Questions of the day

How often do you foam roll?

Last song you added to your playlist?

Workin Out Wednesday: Music Edition

Good morning and happy Wednesday!

It’s Workin Out Wednesday: Music Edition.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs


I’m taking it back a few years with this one. When Maps first came out, I didn’t care for it. i thought it was weird. I now think it’s weird, and awesome, and I LOVE it! Whenever it comes on the radio (which sadly is not often), I will stop whatever I’m doing, shout “mapsssssssssssssss”, and immediately text my friend Kat because she is the only one that understands me and my love of Maps.

Question of the day

What song are you playing on repeat?