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Palm Beach Marathon Playlist

by Meghann on December 10, 2010

Oh, God. I can’t believe I’m about to post this. *gulp*

I’ve been writing this blog for over two years and in that time, probably one of my most frequently asked questions has been ‘What’s on your running playlist?’ Runners crave great, fast paced, heart pumping songs and always look towards other runners for that one song that may motivate them all the way to a new PR.

I am not that other runner. My playlists have always been somewhat embarrassing.  I’m not into music. At all. I tend to enjoy mainstream pop, country, and musicals. I do not enjoy rap, techo, and hard core punk/rock songs.  I learned long ago to keep my ipod playlist as secretive and hidden as possible, as to avoid why I should not be listening to so and so and how I should be listening to so and so instead. What if I don’t like so and so? I like songs that are fun to sing to, not ones that give me headaches.

However, this Saturday I was particularly proud of my marathon playlist. The songs played out beautifully and really helped me zone out when I needed it. There was a mix of fast pace, upbeat songs. As well as songs that told stories and encouraged me to listen in on instead of concentration on  how much my legs hurt.

I hope this playlist encourages a few of you, just as it encouraged me. 😉

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A couple of favorites of the race:

  • Totally F****d – Spring Awakening Soundtrack
  • Should’ve Said No – Taylor Swift
  • Not Afraid – Eminem
  • You Can’t Stop the Beat – Hairspray

As you can see, I have the music taste of a 12 year old drama nerd – and I wouldn’t change that for a minute. 😉

Let me know if you have any questions on a particular song. I was going to create an iMix, but my inability to connect to the internet at home last night prevented that. 🙁



Can we say random array of foods or what?

A split open pita with Brie, Salmon, and Capers.


Sweet Potato Fries


Ricotta Cheese with Honey, Pom, and Chocolate Chips


Yep – random!

1 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I LOVE that you have musicals on your playlist! I run with songs from musicals too!!!! (I’m a Musical Theatre major so it’s basically a requirement ;))
As always your food looks great!
This post just made my day! 🙂 Now I know that I’m not the only person to run with some showtunes on their iPod. 😉
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2 Sarah @ Going on Goals December 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

haha I have the music taste of a 12 year old girl too! This playlist is right up my ally.
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3 Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! December 10, 2010 at 2:40 pm

My running playlist is totally random as well, and it also consists of lots of contemporary pop, musicals (I love Wicked and Spring Awakening!), and some hip-hop that I only listen to when I’m running or driving. Right now, my favorites are “Little Lion Man” by Mumford & Sons; “Love the Way you Lie” by Rihanna and Eminem; and “The Woman with the Tattooed Hands” by Atmosphere. I can’t wait to download some tunes from your list!

4 Sarah for Real December 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm

I’m embarrassed of my playlists too! Thanks for putting it out there!

ps I think you mean capers, not chives 😉 I only say that because my husband loves bagels and lox but I cannot stand the smoked salmon OR the capers. Give me a bagel with cream cheese, tomato and onion and I’m happy!

5 ariel December 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I love your running playlist! AH! I want it! haha. There was a period in high school were I listened to Totally F****d at least once a week. Saved my sanity while applying to Undergrad programs. =)

6 Becca December 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Ummm… your playlist looks shockingly like alot of MINE!
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7 holly @ yepiatethat December 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I thought I was the only one who had country and musicals on my playlist! Thanks for sharing this.

Lunch looks great (but are those capers on your sandwich and not chives? Both are great with salmon)!
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8 Raya December 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Mmmm I love ricotta as a dessert with honey!!
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9 Carolyn @ lovinlosing December 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm

That’s totally my kind of playlist! 🙂
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10 Amanda (Eating Up) December 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Mmm…I love salmon. And I loved Spring Awakening too!
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11 Christin@purplebirdblog December 10, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Helloooooo lunch! Randomly PERFECT! 🙂
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12 Amber December 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I got to say.. I love your playlist. It looks just like mine. Lol… random.

13 Rachel December 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Glad I’m not the only person who still listens to Ashlee Simpson (Wentz). Her, Britney Spears, and Rhianna make up the bulk of my playlists.

Only 51 days until Central Florida takes over Miami!

14 Danielle December 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm

LOVE your playlist!! And your blog! : )

Thanks for sharing!

15 Meredith December 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I love your playlist. I am not ashamed to say I still love old school *NSYNC, Britney, Backstreet Boys, 98 degrees 🙂 I still think that is some of the best music ever and it always gives me a little kick in my step when one of them comes on shuffle! I have never been one of those people to “discover” new or hip artists. Mainstream works for me. Be proud of that playlist and rock it!

16 Vikki December 10, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I also have ‘NSync and Britney on my playlist. The No Strings Attached album most especially.

Seriously, I bet I have a more random mix than most people on mine. Some examples. Cell Block Tango from Chicago on mine. 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton (Best Country Running Song Ever). Shoo Shoo Baby by the Andrews Sisters. Sabotage by the Beastie Boys. Boom Boom Pow Wow by the Black Eyed Peas. Flat on the Floor by Carrie Underwood. Other artists include Bon Jovi, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Taylor Swift, Jay Z, NeYo, the cast of Wicked. But the variety keeps me moving and entertained.

Sigh. I have lots of Random music in general.

17 Amanda December 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm

that is an awesome mix! what a fun variety of songs!

18 Deirdre December 10, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I love your mix! I love working out to country music and musicals. I’m also always on the eliptical or treadmill blasting out to the Wicked soundtrack. Playlists are for you not anyone else!
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19 Mindy @ just a one girl revolution. December 10, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Oh Meghann, this just adds to the reasons you’re one of my favorite bloggers. Your playlist is so similar to what mine always look like. Ridiculous so.
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20 Anna @ History Running Girl December 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I love your mix! especially spice up your life.
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21 Summer December 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I was going to echo Becca—I have a lot of those same songs on my playlist! Also, LOVE the Sara Evans song you have at the end; hilarious! I always wondered if anyone else remembered that one.

22 Anne @thefitbridesmaid December 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Yeah, we have the same taste in music.

I remember when So You Think You Can Dance used “You Can’t Stop the Beat” (about 4 years ago) and I had on replay on my ipod for a week! Just makes me wanna dance!

23 Morgan December 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I admit all the time that I listen to tween music! My playlist always has a ton of Glee, Gaga, Britney, Taylor, Miley, even a Jonas Brothers song or too. I even put on Christmas music around this time of year!
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24 Katy December 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Nice! P.S. I love that you have Cheyenne on there. She’s a friend of mine.It’s a long story but that song, Hanging On, was written about our boy troubles. I’ll have to explain that one sometime, haha.
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25 Evan Thomas December 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm

You’re awesome for embarrassing yourself by posting these. And I say that full-while knowing that if I posted my playlists they would be about the same minus the glee.

26 grocery goddess jen December 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I am so glad you put up your running mix, it has made me feel much better! Usually when I read other people’s lists I have no clue who half the people are. I actually know Taylor Swift, Pink, and Carrie Underwood! Thank you for being like me 🙂
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27 Alysa @ December 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Love it! I have the same eclectic music taste as you. Thanks for sharing! Always looking for new songs to run to 🙂
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28 Rachel @Balance and Blueberries December 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I love your playlist! Probably because it pretty accurately reflects a playlist that I would come up with 🙂
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29 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday December 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm

A good playlist gets you moving regardless of what’s on it.

My music preferences are varied. I like everything from really mainstream top 40, to obscure types of jazz (like gypsy jazz), to indie folk, to punk, to screamo, to showtunes.
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30 Angela December 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I recognise a lot of those songs from my playlists. My ipod is so embarrasing. I have a non-cheesey playlist for when I have people in the car so they don’t hear some of the really bad stuff I have on there!

31 Crystal December 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I love your playlist. It looks like mine only mine has more Katy Perry and bad 80s music *hides in shame*

32 Aimee December 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Your playlist is fun. To each their own when it comes to music. My running playlists are so random too…from Foo Fighters to Kesha to Irene Cara (yup that’s right I said it…Fame is a great running song! – for me anyway). Obviously your music works for you. Fantastic job on the marathon!
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33 Matt December 10, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Love that playlist 🙂 Especially the GLEE!
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34 Karen @ Run Shop Travel December 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I don’t think you have anything to be embarrassed about! I run to a lot of the same type of music. My playlist is filled with Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Ke$ha, etc…I also through in some techno/electro and maybe a little Eminem and Jay-Z and I’m good!
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35 Amy December 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm

There’s no final exam, Meghann. Like what you like and don’t be ashamed!
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36 Kelly December 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Hahahaha omg your playlist looks almost identical to mine! Taylor, Britney, Carrie, Glee, loveeeeeeee it.
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37 Tammy December 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Defying Gravity is one of my favorites!!

You rock, Meghann!

38 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep December 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Awesome playlist! I listen to Glee, Britney, NSYNC, and a lot of the other stuff you listen to.

What a beautiful and colorful lunch!
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39 jen December 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I love every song on your playlist!!

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40 hippierunner December 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Love your playlist, looks similar to mine!
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41 Hope December 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I am in love with Musicals because I was in them my entire life. So I love your playlist!! Spring Awakening is awesome! I love the music from the show, especially “Mama Who Bore Me.” It’s crazy to think that I saw Lea Michele on Broadway and now she is a major star! I knew I should have gotten her autograph. Haha 🙂
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42 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 10, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I love musicals! They’re great music to run to. My all time favorite running song is “Jump That Rock” by Scooter vs. Status Quo. Apparently it’s really popular in Jazzercise- my mom does it, and that’s how I heard about the song!
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43 Clare @ Fitting It All In December 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Looks like my Ipod playlist!! When you’re running you just want cheesy upbeat music, not “the best songs ever”. Be PROUD!

44 Jess@atasteofconfidence December 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Don’t be embarrassed! I love those songs, especially Tay Swift. hehe.
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45 Kim @ Kim Lives Healthy December 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Thanks for posting! Glee rocks – embrace your inner Gleek 🙂
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46 Michelle December 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm

No shame in loving what you listen to – especially if motivates you. Thanks for sharing!

47 Maddie Essig December 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Who else runs to country + musical music.
This girl.
No shame! If it motivates you, then hells yeah.
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48 Erica D @ Gratitouille December 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Yay Tay Tay! I even have guy friends (straight, no less) who adore her. They’re the ones who showed me this video performance, which I now love:
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49 Brenna December 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I love the Spring Awakening show and music! Drama nerds unite.
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50 Lauren @ Running Examiner December 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I am emphatically NOT a musicals person (which is terrible, considering I live in NYC), but I really loved “Spring Awakening.” The soundtrack is great, too.

Love that you have Morning Wood on your playlist! They are (were?) great.
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51 Kim (Book Worm Runs) December 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Glad to know I am not the only one who has Glee and Britney Spears on their playlist! 🙂
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52 breakingsilence @ Freshman -15 December 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Flat on the Floor and Cowboy Casanova? Have you been reading MY workout playlist? Haha. Both of those are on mine and I love ’em. Ooh, and the Glee music, fantastic. Glee’s verion of “Lady is a Tramp” is in regular rotation on my power walking/jogging playlist.
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53 breakingsilence @ Freshman -15 December 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm

OH! And TSwift’s “Picture to Burn” and “The Story of Us”. Forgot about those!
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54 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 10, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Haha you took the words out of my mouth. I think we have verrrry similar tastes in music. I’ve gotten asked about my playlist multiple times and it was supposed to be posted uhh last week 🙂
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55 Michelle December 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Loving the mix of musicals and country on your playlist. Very similar to my running playlist. If you can’t have fun listening to the music you run with, there’s no point in listening to the music, right?! 🙂

56 Allie December 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I like your playlist ! Mmmm, salmon :o)
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57 Whitney @ Whitinspired December 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I so need Defying Gravity on my half marathon playlist. And probably half of the Wicked soundtrack 😉
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58 Julie (A Case of the Runs) December 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Hmm, interesting idea to post my playlist. I used to list my fav running songs on my blog but was tired of maintaining it. So now I kinda just put up 5 “songs of the moment” that I update periodically.

Yay for Eminem… I’ve got a ton of his songs on my playlist.

My embarrassing running songs: “Untouched” – The Veronicas & “Party in the USA” – Miley Cyrus
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59 Laura December 10, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I love your playlist! I have very similar musical tastes. I used to like working out to the Mama Mia soundtrack. :shame: 🙂
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60 April December 10, 2010 at 8:58 pm

What an amazing playlist! I am not currently a runner (but hope to be soon) and that playlist definitely wants me to move!
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61 Loc December 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Good playlist! I love running to fast paced beats, especially pop and rock. Britney Spears and Linkin’ Park definitely help power my runs.
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62 Suzanne December 10, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Dude, what are you talking about? Your playlist is awesome! Maybe that makes me a nerd, too. I’m ok with that.
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63 Cortney December 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Thank you so much for posting this! I just started reading your blog and I love seeing other people’s playlists to get ideas! YOU ROCK!

64 Rene December 10, 2010 at 10:08 pm

This is a great list! Thanks so much for sharing this.”-)

65 Christine December 10, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Yay! Thank you! I too keep mine on the downlow as to avoid raised eyebrows from my husband.
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66 Kiran December 10, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Nothing nerdy, I also love Broadway music 🙂 Nice list for my upcoming road trip 🙂
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67 Alyssa December 10, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Haha! Great playlist- “Toxic” is one of my “secret” favorite songs that I really like but am embarassed that I really like it. I’m like you- not into all that super hard-core workout music. I need me some Queen, Elton John and Wicked to workout to.

68 Ashley December 11, 2010 at 12:16 am

Work that playlist! Haha, I listen to all of those songs too, I don’t like anyone screaming at me, especially in songs.
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69 Carrie December 11, 2010 at 9:25 am

LOVE this playlist…I think about 2/3 of it is the same as mine! You’re not alone with the random taste in music- thanks for giving me ideas to add to my playlist!

70 Macey December 11, 2010 at 10:13 am

I think we have identical playlists!

71 Bridget C. Rudd December 11, 2010 at 10:21 am

Love your playlist!

72 Keri December 11, 2010 at 11:36 am

Musicals are definitely awesome to run to… and as a matter of fact your whole playlist is awesome! No need to be embarrassed what-so-ever! 😀
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73 Trace December 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Love the playlist! I’m glad you shared this, I always get nervous when friends would ask me to pick the music or play my music because I like pop music catchy songs too. Feels good to know there others that feel the same way I do 🙂

74 Lacey @ Lake Life December 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I’m really surprised that the Glee Cast version of “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” didn’t make it to your playlist!
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75 Caroline December 13, 2010 at 6:25 am

Add a bit more Pink to that playlist and it would sound pretty ideal to me! I love Spring Awakening, Glee, and would probably love Wicked if I’d seen it. I also much prefer to have Kesha, Britney Spears and the Twilight soundtrack when I run 🙂

76 Julie December 13, 2010 at 9:09 am

um…so the past few mornings I’ve been running…well, let’s just say last week I ran to the Les Mis soundtrack…then the Legally Blonde soundtrack…Then Rent…Tomorrow is Wicked, in case you were wondering…;-)

77 Margo December 13, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Definitely have this kind of music on my running mix. The pep helps me zone out and push harder. I’m going to have to add the stuff I don’t already have to my list!!!

78 jessica December 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Why would you be embarrassed? Those are great tunes to run to! I love it when a song with a good beat comes on and makes you wanna really move it!
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