This weekend I ran nine miles. I know, right? NINE. Five of those miles felt pretty good, two of them were fairly unpleasant, and the last two were so miserable I feel sorry for anyone who had the misfortune of spotting me on the Sammamish River Trail around 3:30 PM on Saturday, because I bet my face looked like—well, do you remember that scene in The Ring with the dead girl in the closet?


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I think that’s exactly how I ran those last two miles. I vaguely remember some weeping, frightened children at one point, but really that last half hour was kind of a painful, hallucinatory blur.

I am both amazed and proud that I was able to run for so long without stopping, and completely overwhelmed by the fact that as hard as that was, as much of a PINNACLE LIFE ACHIEVEMENT as that felt like—in two months I’ve got to run that distance plus another four miles. You’d think I would be able to look back on how much I’ve improved over the last two months and trust that I’ll be that much stronger and capable in two more months, but that sort of thinking is reserved for positive self-affirming people and I’d much prefer to sit here flipping out about how I’m probably going to experience a catastrophic gastrointestinal event during mile 10, right before my heart explodes in a giant arterial geyser of FAIL.

I’m sure I’ll be FINE, though! HA HA HA HA FINE. 13.1 miles! I can do this! WHOOOOOOO FIIIIIINE.

In other news, I need new music to add to my running mix, because guess what, running nine miles takes fucking forever. What’s your go-to song that helps revitalize your lagging ass? If you want to see some of my current favorites, I’ve got them listed here.

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Janet
Janet
13 years ago

Van Halen! yeaya

Ilyce
Ilyce
13 years ago

Girl Talk – Feed the animals
BEST running music ever!!!! It’s pretty raunchy and dirty at times. But, then he adds in familiar 80’s music right in the middle of the song and it’s like a little gift in each song!
google -girl talk feed the animals and you’ll get a site where you can download it for free.
Great job on your training!

Kim
Kim
13 years ago

Damn girl.. go freakin’ you! My lazy out of shape ass is living vicariously through you. Your posts give me fleeting moments of inspriation to start running again, but they are fleeting because I’m so freakin embarassed to run in public these days. I always wonder if people are pointing and laughing as they come up behind me in their cars asking out loud, “do you think her ass hurts bouncing up and down like that?”. SO go figure. The one thing that could cure my flabinosis I’m too worried I’m too fat to do in public now. I’ve taken to step aerobics in the privacy of my basement with the aroma of cat shit from the litter boxes. I think I may start running outside again. : )

Anyway.. I felt I had to share some of my running tunes with you. Enjoy…
Pokerface- Lady Gaga
Save a horse ride a cowboy- big and rich
Shake that- eminem (totally raunchy- do NOT let your kids listen to mommy’s Ipod unless you want the Department of Children and Families at your door)
She’s a hottie- Toby Keith
Trouble- PInk
Whateverit takes- lifehouse
When I grow up- Pussycat dolls
#1- Nelly ( yes.. some REAL hip-hop)
Piece of me- Britney (crazy ass)spears
No Surprise- Daughtry (when I feel like totally running away from my life)
Love don’t live here- Lady Antebellum
Kryptonite- 3 doors down
Hate it or love it- 50 cent
Gunpowder & Lead ( a total angry girl power song) Miranda Lambert
Gimme More- Brit ( good for end of your run)
Cyclone- Baby Bash
Crazy Bitch -Buckcherry (another one not to let the kids hear)
Cowgirls don’t cry Brooks& Dunn
Addicted- saving abel

MichelleH
MichelleH
13 years ago

I know I speak for many when I say I find your whole fitness and emotional journey completely inspiring. I am formally submitting a request for a post about where you started from and where you are now–so we can all see how you did it and copy you and also I just think it would be cool to see how far you’ve actually come. Many of us long time readers have seen it all little by little over time, but I’d love to see it all in one post. Maybe a timeline or something :) I am one of those people who consider myself kinda “fit” and open to more fitness but completely terrified of running. Please tell us how you learned to run!

haitian american family of three

AUGH! Warning needed! That photo is gruesome.
I am on my third week of daily running and for the very first time ever I got a little bit of that peaceful bliss feeling while running. It only lasted like 2 minutes, but wow it was lovely. Thanks for sharing and encouraging us all.

Niki P
Niki P
13 years ago

Umm- no running music here- just a question. Cat??

robyn
13 years ago

I have experienced those awful leaden legs at the end of a long run, and it takes a lot of gumption to power through it. Be proud.

Here are some of my favorite running songs:

Gold Guns Girls – Metric
Love is Dead – The Lovemakers
My Delirium – Ladyhawke
Never Gonna Come Back Down – BT
Weapons of Mass Destruction – The Crystal Method
You Want it Back – Propellerheads and Jungle Brothers
Gimme That – The Resource

Val
Val
13 years ago

I cannot run – too fat and a bum foot. But I feel for you because I am working seasonal at Target. I think I walked 9 miles yesterday and the last two hours sucked. I sweat off all my makeup within the first hour and people started telling me I looked like hell at 4 hours. Yet today, I went in for 4 hours when they called me and begged me.

Korinna
13 years ago

Okay, I remember covering my eyes at that part in The Ring because I knew it was going to be scary. Now I know what I missed.

I’m always a fan of the White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” for some good running.

Sarah
Sarah
13 years ago

Congrats on the running! For me the biggest and suckiest run is that first time of the unknown distance…. you don’t know how you’re going to feel, you have no idea how long it’s going to take, and your brain is constantly telling you to stop and get your butt back to the car. But the second time you run it? Is a thousand times better. You’ve done it, you know (approximately) how long you are going to be gone, and your brain can go on autopilot and you can just enjoy your run. Keep it up!

Here are some of my favorite running songs-
Breathe- the Prodigy
Machinehead- Bush
Never Gonna Come Back Down- BT
Use It- The New Pornographers
Lazy Eye- Silversun Pickups
Here It Goes Again- ok go*
Galvanize- The Chemical Brothers
Killing In the Name- Rage Against the Machine

*this is my go to song when I am absolutely sucking wind. It makes me run just a little bit stronger while I listen. Hope it helps!

theresa
theresa
13 years ago

tunes for running thru the pain:
Cool It Out/The Jungle Rockers
Lo Hecho Esta Hecho/Shakira
Scare Easy/Mudcrutch
Do You Wanna Dance-Closet (Live)/Pete Yorn
Just Fine/Mary J. Blige
Everything Comes Down to Poo/Scrubs Musical Episode
Give It Up/KC & the Sunshine Band

songs about poo sometimes ease the pain…
13.1 miles no problem – we’re all cheering you on.

Valerie
Valerie
13 years ago

Your progress is AMAZING! Hands down, the best work out song for me is Wisked Garden by STP.

jennifer
jennifer
13 years ago

You’re doing great! I ran my first half marathon this summer…you can do it. Van Halen…Hot for Teacher! It just makes me laugh and then I forget the pain.

Lara
13 years ago

I have the most embarrassing favorite running song ever: Pull Over that Ass is Too Fat – Trina f. Trick Daddy.

I’m not sure if it’s the tune or the “hey fat ass” theme but it gets me moving – it’s near the beginning of my playlist.

I haven’t run in a couple of months because of a hip owie, but I want to start again and I’m stealing your playlist, for sure.

Stacy
Stacy
13 years ago

Hey Linda,

You aren’t going to like this, but most road racing events discourage the use of iPods, mp3 players, etc. I had to dodge a few people at one race because they had headphones on and were oblivious to the other people around them. It’s a good idea to try to train without headphone because as you can imagine, it’s a lot more of a mental challenge to not get bored.

That being said, I do sometimes train with music when I just can’t stomach running with my thoughts. So here are some songs I use. They are all around 90 bpm, which is the most efficient running cadence. It may seem fast at first but it helps to run with faster foot falls, you just take shorter steps.

1. The Impression That I Get – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
2. Loser – Beck
3. London Bridge – Fergie
4. Shut Your Mouth – Garbage
5. Mr. Hurricane – Beast (this is my go to energy song!)
6. Dog’s Life – Sublime
7. Porcelain – Moby
8. Close To Me – The Cure
9. Sacred Spirit – Yeha Noha

Kimbo
Kimbo
13 years ago

I need lots of bpm to keep me going, so Benny Benassi is a particularly awesome choice. My all-time favorite of his is “Bring da Noise” Benny Benassy vs. Public Enemy. There used to be a YouTube video so you can check out the whole song.

I have the Benny Benassi Rock N’ Rave album which is fantastic. My next acquisition, I hope, is his Phobia album.

BTW, please post whatever new list you come up with; it’s always helpful to get ideas!

H.A. in VA
H.A. in VA
13 years ago

Good for you with all this running! I can run okay on a treadmill, but I haven’t gotten up the nerve to sign up for an actual RACE.

My running music includes:

Save Yourself by Stabbing Westward
Where the River Flows by Collective Soul
Sound of Madness by Shinedown
Won’t Back Down by Fuel
Check My Brain by Alice in Chains
I Feel You by Depeche Mode

David
David
13 years ago

Congrats on 9 miles. I’m older than you and nine miles is alot!! I can do eleven before I poop out.

As for the music, WTF? I don’t see any Carly Simon on your list.

jen
jen
13 years ago

My running playlist consists mostly of rap, rap, and more rap. I have a lot from the Blueprint 3 (Run This Town, DOA, Already Home are my favorites) on there right now. Plus Dead and Gone by T.I. Clearly I need more variety. Oh I do have some Vampire Weekend – Bryn and M79.

And oh yeah, I need to go run 4 miles right now and it is fuh-reezing. Why did I think it was a good idea to train for a 10K during the winter? I HAVE NO IDEA.

Melissa
13 years ago

Dr. Horrible? Check.
Rodrigo y Gabriella? Check.
Roisin Murphy? Check….wait a minute…someone else in this country has heard of Roisin Murphy? And listens to Roisin Murphy? ZOMG, no way!

Melissa
13 years ago

Oh, now that I’m over the shock of the play list…

Congrats on 9 miles! Wow! I don’t even think I could walk 9 miles. I’m inspired!

Erin
13 years ago

OK, I am so out of the music scene which became even more apparent as I read your music and the suggestions. But, being the Seattle girl that I am, my go to album when I need to do a long run/workout is Pearl Jam’s Ten. That dates me, too!

Great work on the running. Amazing. I can’t even run one mile without stopping.

pixielation
13 years ago

Well done for the 9 miles!

I run to embarrassing musical soundtracks, and also sing. So I can’t share. (think Chicago, cats, les mis, etc)

Faith
Faith
13 years ago

One of my favourite happy energetic songs EVER (and that’s saying a lot) is Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition. It never fails to brighten my mood.

Chrissy
Chrissy
13 years ago

Hands down, Arcade Fire-Wake Up.

(You may recognize it from the Where the Wild Things Are trailer.)

Just TRUST ME. It gets the job done. It’s uh, become a challenge to listen to that song on a good, hard run and NOT tear up. My emotional stability (or lack thereof) notwithstanding, DO IT.

Andrea
13 years ago

You’re missing Groove Is In The Heart. Also, Sly and the Family Stones’ “You Can Make It If You Try” is helpful for when you hit the wall.

Others:

Most Traveling Wilbury songs
Cecelia by Simon and Garfunkle
Cherub Rock by Smashing Pumpkins
Push It by Salt n Pepa
Hey Ya! by Outkast
Laid by James
Your Silent Face by New Order
Temptation by New Order

I also enjoy running to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Eclectic, but these frequent my list.

Oh – and here’s a really good trick for getting through that WALL – where you just want to die and wish your legs would fall off and you would gratefully fall into a puddle of morphine: sexual fantasy. Dream up your meanest, hottest sexual fantasy and just get lost in it. It works well for those “push through the pain” moments.

Karen Travels
13 years ago

Forever/ Chris Brown
1901/Phoenix
Half Way/Black Eyed Peas
Sexy Back/Justin Timberlake

Lauren
Lauren
13 years ago

Dammit woman! It’s taken me 7 looooooong years to erase that image from my brain! And now it’s RIGHT BACK IN THERE. (Yes, The Ring scared the shit out of me. WHAT OF IT??)

Shanna
13 years ago

Right there in the exact same boat with you! Good luck on your 10 miler – mine is on Friday!! (1/2 marathon on January 30th)

JS
JS
13 years ago

try out Phenomena by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Kicks me into high gear every time.

Becky
Becky
13 years ago

Ok here we go:
Head Like A Hole: Nine Inch Nails
Supermassive Black Hole: Muse
Uprising: Muse
Lazy Eye: Silversun Pickups
Theme from S’Express: S’Express
Numb/Encore: Jay-z and Linkin Park

and my favorite from spin class is Barracuda: Heart…

Beth
Beth
13 years ago

Hey I don’t comment very often but I wanted to say that I bike about 12 miles a day (which is NOT the same as running it let me tell you!) but I have some really great music that keeps me going:

Hot&Cold – Katy Parry
Pain – Four Star Mary
Crazy – Gnarles Barkley
Physical
Twist of Fate – Olivia Newton John
The Sign
All That She Wants – Ace of Base
What I Want
He Wasn’t – Avril Lavigne
I Want You – Savage Garden
If You Seek Amy
Stronger
Womanizer
Piece of Me
1-2-3 – Britney Spears (I have a thing for her what can I say)

And yes most of this music is cheesy, but it’s a great tempo I swear.

Jamie :)
Jamie :)
13 years ago

Totally cheesy, but Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising is totally self-affirming. I ran my fastest mile when that one came on. The middle part just makes you feel like you’re flying. Also, Britney is always upbeat and kickass to listen to. Also, 80s. Then again, my mix is so completely random, that just about every genre gets a little bit of representation.

Also, I had this mix throughout training and then brought it with me on race day (Las Vegas Marathon 2008), but ended up not using it at all! I was so busy being focused on the event, everyone else, and my running buddy that I didn’t even listen to it at all! Do what works for you and have FUN! That last mile is freaking incredible. It makes the other 25.2 totally worth it! :) Also, blubbering like a baby at the finish is totally allowed! ;)

willikat
13 years ago

First off, brought to you by the girl who has IBS, you can take Immodium AD pre-emptively. take two, you’ll avoid gastrointestinal distress.

Second–some songs I’m just loving that are upbeat:
*Shake Shake (the subways)
* Buster Voodoo, Rodrigo y Gabriela
* Sugarfoot, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
* Drain the Blood, Rural Alberta Advantage
* Baby, Devendra Banhart
* Soft Shock or Heads Will Roll, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
* I’ll Fight, Wilco
* Horchata, Vampire Weekend
* Lizstomania, Phoenix
* Heavy Cross, The Gossip
*Supermassive Black Hole, Muse
*Drumming Song, Florence and the Machine
*Anything Pixies (probably Debaser)
*Seether, Veruca Salt
*I do not hook up, Kelly Clarkson
*Electric Feel, MGMT

Leah
13 years ago

13.1? 13.1?! Why the POINT ONE, New Orleans? WHY?

elz
elz
13 years ago

I’m only up to 5 miles… barely. So, I am hoping that some of these songs can inspire me to run the extra 8.1 miles I need! Ack. Luckily I have until July to run my half. A few of my favorites now are Say Hey (I love you), Run This Town, and Jai Ho.

Rachel
13 years ago

A friend of mine makes these mixes and really MIXES them in a house-music sort of way. They are supposed to be about an hour long, the amount of time he spends on the treadmill. The artists seem similar to your tastes. Enjoy! (he has more on the site but this was just a list of several in one entry)
http://lotsofco.tumblr.com/post/262057859/some-of-my-older-mixes

melissa
melissa
13 years ago

Dude…I have nothing to say other than that picture fuh-reaked me out!

That is all.

Carry on with your bad self.

Rachel Newton
Rachel Newton
13 years ago

Corny, but have you seen this:

http://www.run2r.com/

Something about beats per minute, or cadence, which helps you to select songs that actually match the number of strides.

Lauren
Lauren
13 years ago

Congrats… I’ve just started training for a race in June. It’s daunting, to say the least, but totally worth it.

Some of my favorites:
Rome… by Phoenix
Sleeppyhead… by Passion Pit
Blood Bank.. by Bon Iver
A-Punk… by Vampire Weekend
Africa.. by Straight No Chaser
Me + Yr Daughter… by Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head
Only You… by Josh Kelly

Good Luck!

Sara C.
Sara C.
13 years ago

Congrats on the run! I remember the first time I did 10. It wasn’t pretty, but my friends promised that if you can do 10, you can do 13.1. Luckily they were right. I really like listening to this american life podcasts during long runs. Music is fine for me during short runs, but after awhile I start trying to calculate how much damn farther I have to go based on song length.

Donna
Donna
13 years ago

Dude go to Amazon and see if you can’t find the run with the US Marine Corp, Airborne, or Army Rangers.. I used those when it was a cassette player you had to carry with you, lol! They really do help though, I wanna be an airborne ranger, live me a life of guts and danger, airborne ranger, guts and danger!
Really good, and you feel like you are running with a bunch of really hot guys which is always a plus in my book!

Sonia
Sonia
13 years ago

I am so impressed with your running prowess. Seriously. Am NOT a runner.

Shauna from Piece of Cake

You should know that I am also training for a half, and was supposed to do 8 miles this weekend, but when I saw your tweet about doing 9, I went ahead and did 9. So my point is, you are putting the energy out there and motivating people, even people like me who spend most days with a tiny person clinging to my jeans.

I love “Beating Heart Baby” by Head Automatica. “Where The Streets Have No Name”-U2. “Thanks for the Memories” (spelled in some emo way I don’t remember)-Fall Out Boy. “Runaway”-Bon Jovi. Also second the Girl Talk mention.

Keep it up!

Marie Green
13 years ago

Well, Linda, just had to stop by and say that 9 miles is really, really awesome and that I’m inspired by you all the time. However, 13.1 miles is IMPOSSIBLE. It’s never before been done, it’s simply too far.

Mine
13 years ago

Never in a million years would I contemplate running that far – that said, i have certain favourites that boost me to better things when pumping iron at the gym.
Stop The Rock – Apollo 440
Let Me Entertain You – Robbie Williams
Song 2 – Blur

ERG
ERG
13 years ago

Rockin’ in the Free World – Pearl Jam [is a bootleg from Coverin’ Themselves. It’s got a great tempo and is 6 minutes long. If you can’t find it email me and I’ll be happy to rip it for you.]

Float On – Modest Mouse

Icky Thump – The White Stripes

Stronger – Kanye West

Flathead – Fratellis

Squeeze Box – The Who

GOOD LUCK!

Lesley
Lesley
13 years ago

Congrats on this awesome achievement. Nine miles is a long distance for walking never mind running.

Music to run by:

Florence And The Machine – Hurricane Drunk

Kings of Leon – Use Somebody vs The Four Tops & It’s the same old song (downloadable from the Victoria Secret Fashion show.
http://vsholic.com/music/

It’s loud and with all the applause and excitement, it’s hugely heartbustingly great. I want to dance every time I hear it.

Bat For Lashes – Travelling Woman (Two Suns) – slow but the music and lyrics are powerful and great

Martha Wainwright – Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole (sublime)

Echo and the Bunnymen – My Kingdom

Screaming Trees – Bed of Roses

Radio Citizen – The Hop (Feat. Bajka)

For winding down

Stars – Going. Going. Gone (Live) – Sad Robots EP (available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y51yGlD6ZHA)

The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved (this one’s also available at the Victoria Secret web site with some amusing commentary.)

El May – Hold Yourself

Kathryn
Kathryn
13 years ago

Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes
Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
Sober – Pink
Who Knew – Pink
Heartless – Kanye West
Yeah – Usher
Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles

GOOD LUCK!!