“Best Marathon Training Playlist” is definitely a relative concept. Some people love techno or classical to carry them through their running. Other people love pop and hip hop to keep them motivated when they’re exhausted. Some people choose to listen to audio books. I am a little different. I need music to help me zone out and get my mind off the fact that I’m running for miles and miles.
Running is B-O-R-I-N-G. I do it because it’s great exercise and I feel good when I’m done. I’m a wimp though, I don’t run when it’s hot and I don’t get up at 4:00 AM, because I love sleep way more than I love running. I love running to Broadway soundtracks. Admittedly, this is a little unorthodox. But I can’t think of a better way to zone out and forget all those miles ahead. My absolute favorite marathon training playlist is from the original cast recording of The Bridges of Madison County. The inherent narrative quality of a Broadway soundtrack is like an audio book, but with enchanting vocals. I can’t help but be swept away to the Iowa countryside, letting the story unfold around me as I run and run and run. Thanks Jason Robert Brown, Kelli O’Hara, and Steven Pasquale for carrying me through my running. Lost in the music, it’s a little easier to keep training, even though I know I have “a million miles to go.”