iTunesHead coaches in the NFL often “script” the first dozen or so offensive plays of a game. They do this to set the tone and pace of the game, and to try to get their players to understand that they want to dictate how the game will go. With that in mind I have “scripted” the first 3+ hours of the music I’ll hear on my iPod during Sunday’s LA Marathon.

For more than two years now I’ve been aggregating my favorite “running” songs into a discrete playlist specifically geared towards keeping me motivated and moving towards that 26.2 mi marker. Any time I see a song in my 9900+ track iTunes library rated with only one star, I know it means one of two things. Either it’s a crap song that needs to be deleted, or it’s a song that I one-starred while running because I wanted to save it to my special cardio playlist. It’s my own little iTunes lifehack.

Here is what will be the soundtrack to my run on Sunday. If you’re building your own playlist for a long run, any one of these is a great background to help you overcome heart-pumping exhaustion. This is more or less the order I’ll be playing them, too. So if you happen to see me on TV Sunday, you can estimate what is driving me through the streets of Los Angeles …

  1. Mrs. Robinson [Theme from The Graduate]Simon & Garfunkel
    I have been listening to this song to start running since I got my first iPod.
  2. Boulevard of Broken DreamsGreen Day
  3. Great American SharpshooterLess Than Jake
  4. Out in the ColdTom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  5. Salty CoffeeThe Usuals
  6. I’m Looking Through YouThe Beatles
  7. Blue Monday – Orgy
  8. I Try to Think About ElvisPatty Loveless
    Or, rather, I try to think about anything other than the fact that I probably have twenty miles to go.
  9. Callin’ Baton RougeGarth Brooks
  10. Light of Day (live)Bruce Springsteen
  11. Nothin’ But the TaillightsClint Black
  12. From a Buick 6Bob Dylan
  13. Hit the Road JackRay Charles
    The tempo of this classic is excellent for a long run.
  14. I’ve Been EverywhereJohnny Cash
  15. The King of Bedside ManorBarenaked Ladies
  16. Never Going Back to New Jersey – Less Than Jake
  17. dire – becky
  18. Duel of the FatesJohn Williams
    Here’s one that just builds and builds. By the time it’s over I’ll be sprinting.
  19. Boulevard of Broken Dreams (live) (SNL version) – Green Day
  20. The Dirty GlassDropkick Murphys
  21. Two Way Action – Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire
  22. C’mon C’monThe Von Bondies
  23. Big Brown Eyes – Old 97’s
  24. Somebody Told MeThe Killers
  25. …Baby One More TimeBritney Spears
    Laugh all you want; this is an awesome running song.
  26. DebaserPixies
  27. We Care a LotFaith No More
  28. Mr. ChainsawAlkaline Trio
  29. Anthemblink-182
  30. A Hazy Shade of Winter – Simon & Garfunkel
  31. Scott Farcas Takes It on the Chin – Less Than Jake
  32. Get FreeThe Vines
  33. Jesus WalksKanye West
  34. My Friend Peter – Alkaline Trio
  35. Shoplifter – Green Day
  36. Monkey WrenchFoo Fighters
  37. Desdemona – Rebecca Lord
  38. Alcohol – Barenaked Ladies
  39. ‘Till I CollapseEminem
  40. U-Mass – Pixies
  41. Tear You ApartShe Wants Revenge
  42. Mr. Brightside – The Killers
  43. Bye Bye Love – Simon & Garfunkel
  44. No Sleep TonightThe Faders
  45. Wake UpRage Against the Machine
  46. Wonderful Night (feat Lateef)Fatboy Slim
  47. Crazy People – Rehab
  48. Fight for Your RightBeastie Boys
  49. Jammin’ Me – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  50. Letterbomb – Green Day
  51. HellSquirrel Nut Zippers
  52. Remember the NameFort Minor
  53. Give the Po’ Man a Break – Fatboy Slim
  54. SurrenderingAlanis Morissette
  55. (Don’t Fear) The ReaperBlue Öyster Cult
  56. Mutt – blink-182
  57. She’s A Rebel – Green Day
  58. I Predict a RiotKaiser Chiefs
  59. Celebrity Skin – Hole
  60. End of the LineThe Traveling Wilburys
    I know by this point I’ll be desperate to finish and this is a great track about getting to the end of things …
  61. New Way Home – Foo Fighters
    This is the song that I play when I am starting to really lose it. Towards the end of the song it just gets faster and faster and I can’t help but start running to match it.

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  1. Awesome playlist, I’m going to cherry pick several songs, thx!

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