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?


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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14 years ago

Call on Me (dance remix) – Eric Prydz
Oh Saya – A.R. Rahman and M.I.A.
B.O.B. – Outkast
Dancing With Myself – Mr. Idol
Somebody Like You – Keith Urban
Pussy Control – Prince

enjoy, well, sort of. running and all.

14 years ago

Yay! Mixtapes are my specialty…I’ve divided your run into 3 segments:

I. Warm Up
Everybody Got Their Something – Nikka Costa
Simon Says – Pharoahe Monche
Dusseldorf – Regina Spektor
15 Step – Radiohead
Cornbread – Freestyle Fellowship
The Rain – Missy Elliot

II. Mid-Run
Knock ‘Em Out – Lily Allen
You Gotta Want it – Dolorata
Town Called Malice – The Jam
Girl – Beck
Chemical Calisthenics – Blackalicious
Stronger – Kanye West
National Express – The Divine Comedy
Greenback Fly – Southern Culture on the Skids
Sand in My Shoes – Dido
Lose Control – Missy Elliot
Try Again – Aaliyah
Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
Digital – Joy Division
Beautiful Child – Rufus Wainwright

III. Cool Down
Plainsong – The Cure
Callin Out (remix) – Lyrics Born
Sure Looks Good to Me – Alicia Keys
The Only Living Boy in New York – Simon & Garfunkel
All Falls Down – Kanye West
Feeling Good – Nina Simone

Enjoy! Let us know how you like the suggestions :)

14 years ago

p.s. Never put a picture like that up again! I watched that entire movie through a button hole in my coat. I’ve fought for ages to get that image out of my head and I had to hold my hand over it while I was reading this update until I could scroll down. I’m such a chicken!

14 years ago

I am training for the Phoenix PF Changs half in January. I just did 11 miles on Saturday and ran out of music! Then I came and read your post and TA-DAH!! Lots of music ideas! Thank you so SO much. I love reading your posts on pushing through the walls because, man, I feel ya. You inspire me and let me know I am not a big baby because I don’t want to get up in the dark and go running in the ccccoooold! Also, my super geek music that I can not believe I am admitting to is Miley Cyrus Party in the USA. I feel pretty safe though because I saw some Lady Gaga on yours and well, I think they are kinda the same right?

carl Coryell-Martin
14 years ago

AC/DC: it’s a long way to the top (if you want to rock and roll)

When I was walking up mt whitney, carefully controlled peer reviewed studies showed that song would increase my rate of climb from 500′ /hour to 1500’/hr.

14 years ago

wow.. thanks to all y’all I have some great new running songs!! Everyone on here is the BEST!

I actually worked out this morning with all the inspiration from this board. We all struggle I guess…

So one more song.. it’s kinda fun…
Any Man of Mine- Shania Twain. Try it.. you’ll be addicted. : )

14 years ago

Darude – “Sandstorm” Goes on forever and has an awesome beat.

9 miles is very impressive. And you WILL be telling us more stories of OMG 10 and 11 and 12 and 13. You can do it.

14 years ago

Check out The Ranconteurs, Dead Weather or 100 Monkeys.

14 years ago

One of “go to” songs is “Listen” by Dwight Yoakum…has a good cadence…for my slow ass, anyway…good vibes on the half!!! I fell off the running wagon while building a house, but fixing to start again!!! Have to…feel like crapola when I am not running!!!

14 years ago

Big Bang Baby- STP
All My Life- Foo Fighters
DOA- Foo Fighters
Womanizer- Britney Spears
Peace Frog- The Doors
Thunderstruck- AC/DC
Michael Franti- Say Hey (I Love You)

Yeah, none of those songs seem to go together do they. Boy am I weird.

14 years ago

C’Mon C’Mon by the VonBondies
Blue Orchid by the White Stripes
Feel Good by the Gorillas
Gett Off by Prince

Loved the post. Great song ideas from your commenters.

Nikki B
14 years ago

I’m so impressed with your running and have been getting a lot out of the posterous blog – I ran my first half in October and wish you guys would have been training back then! I had the same thoughts you did – how can I POSSIBLY do X more miles on top of what I just did??? But trust the training and you’ll get there.

My go-to running song is Banquet by Bloc Party. Keep up the awesome work, you really are an inspiration.

14 years ago

“Lust for Life” by Iggy Pop will get you going.

14 years ago

With the disclaimer that my music choices are not exactly hot off the presses, here are some songs that have kept me going in long races:

Move Along – The All-American Rejects
Poker Face and Just Dance – Lady Gaga
Beautiful – Akon
Forever – Chris Brown
Numb/Encore – Jay-Z and Linkin Park
Chocolate – Snow Patrol
Mr. Brightside – The Killers
The Distance – Bon Jovi
Everyday – Bon Jovi
Dreams – Van Halen
Corduroy – Pearl Jam

It’s the .1 that gets me in the half marathons. WHY the added .1? WHY?

14 years ago

New playlist favorites:

Dominoes by The Big Pink
When You Walk in the Room by Fyfe Dangerfield
Bad Kids by Black Lips

A couple I’ve recently added back into the list for emergency low-energy situations:
Shipping Up to Boston by Dropkick Murphys
Dirt off Your Shoulder by Jay-Z

14 years ago

I’m a runner too and I’m always on the lookout for new songs and playlists. Here’s a sampling from my current list:

Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
Boys, Boys, Boys – Lady Gaga
Bulletproof – La Roux
Tik Tok – Kesha
Evacuate the Dance Floor – Cascada
3 – Britney Spears
Shooting Star – LMFAO
You Dropped a Bomb On Me – The Gap Band
Rock and Roll Heart – Eric Clapton
Clumsy – Fergie
Rock the Boat – Hues Corporation
Silly Boy – The Blue Van
Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson

Hope this helps! You’re kicking some serious tail in improving your mileage! Get it, girl!

14 years ago

Anything by Groove Armada – especially “Superstylin”

Andrea (@shutterbitch)
14 years ago

That face has haunted me since the first time I saw that movie…alone…at night… while pregnant & prone to fucked up dreams as it was.

Congrats on the iron lungs/legs! How awesome is that! You can do it, I totally have faith in you.

Favorite running song: Uprising, by Muse. Also, Mojo by Peeping Tom.

14 years ago

Late to the party, as usual, and terrifically impressed with your 9 miles — most I’ve ever done is 5, and that damn near killed me daid. But anyway — here’s some music for ya that always works for me:

Danger Zone — Loggins. (yes Loggins.)
Welcome to the Jungle — Guns N Roses.
Panama — Van Halen

John the Revelator — Depeche Mode (newish!)
Heavy Metal Drummer — Wilco

And the ultimate, get-you-through-the-wall:
Panzer Attack — The Cooper Temple Clause.

Andrea (@shutterbitch)
14 years ago

Oh, and I forgot to mention that there’s a website where you can pay $5 for a running playlist (not sure how many songs) to suit your kind of music that’s based on your pace. It’s virtually impossible to stop while that’s on.

14 years ago

Gah! Gah! Way to post a picture of a DEAD GIRL at the top of your page with no warning! GAH!

Kami Lewis Levin
14 years ago

it’s so cool to see all these soundtracks that help people push their bodies to become killing machines, I mean healthy…

Way to go on the 9 miles. I’m starting the 30 Day Shred today…

14 years ago

Gogol Bordello: Wanderlust King

14 years ago

Grace Kelly or We Are Golden by Mika

14 years ago

Current favorite… Medicate by AFI

I’m also training for a half at the end of January and have been told by experienced runner friends that if you can run 10, you can run the 13.1. Oookay.

14 years ago

Pink gets me through my runs. i am at 7 miles although she only lasts until about 4 and its time to jump over to Best of the 90s, lame probably but who can pass up running to pump up the jam by technotronic!

14 years ago

good run because you WANT to? Nothing is chasing you?
9 miles?

You are insane.

…but awesome.
insanely awesome.

14 years ago

I’ve got a couple songs that always get me going when I’m running (which I need because OMG, I am the whiniest runner EVER).

Andrew W.K. — She is Beautiful
Wilco — Gimme a Sign

14 years ago

Attack by 30 Seconds to Mars. Although I don’t run.

And just to let you know…you’re awesome. I can barely run 2 miles.

14 years ago

“Bombs over Baghdad” always reminds me that maybe just maybe I should pick up the pace and stop trudging along…

14 years ago

I don’t have any suggestions of my own, but I heard specific mention of this in a story on NPR yesterday morning … “Hand Me Down” by Visqueen. The guy interviewing the lead singer said “Tell me about [that song] … It has improved my running time dramatically.” And the lead singer said she gets that from runners all the time. So — hopefully it’ll be helpful!

14 years ago

Great to see some echoes of some of my favs – so putting in another word for those & adding to it…

– Use It, The New Pornographers – great running song
– Most of Ok Go is good
– Guns N’Roses – Appetite for Destruction
– Rage Against the Machine (if I’m running to shake out a bad mood)
– Silversun Pickups – almost everything, but Little Lover’s so Polite & Future Foe Scenarios are at the top of the list
– Modest Mouse – so much variety, I hear something new every time I use them in my playlist
-Kids by MGMT – I like to start out with this one on days where I feel like I’m dragging myself out to run.
– Ting Tings – good for when you need something different
– Run DMC – in recent rotation and time just flies by
– The Kinks – Come Dancing

14 years ago

Geez Lady, this entry should’ve come with a warning! Was most definitely *NOT* expecting a dead zombie girl – scared me (and I lovity love horror movies).

You now need to even things out by posting many photos of squishy cheeks or a yellow furry face.

Yay for 9 miles – especially outdoors in the terrain (not a nice, even, padded track)… and given that it was freeze-your-bits-off-COLD last weekend! WTG Sundry.

14 years ago

Wow. Good for you. I was incredibly proud of myself after running THREE lousy miles, and I was sweating rivers. Now I feel like a jealous slacker. :)

Can’t wait to hear about how the 13.1 miles go!

14 years ago

Summon the Heros – John Williams, makes me feel all Olympic and shit
Eye of the Tiger, of course
Loose yourself – Eminem

14 years ago

Not that you need any MORE suggestions, but anything Earth Wind & Fire works for me, as does it’s polar opposite, Audioslave, and then there’s that one hilarious Puddle of Mud song, she effin hates me… always makes me smile.

If you can run 9 miles? You can run a half! You’re already there, now you’ll just improve upon your time! Congrats!

14 years ago

I’ve never ran in my life but the more you talk about it the more I want to try. But I’m thinking I’ll wait for warmer weather to start. Well and all that peanut brittle and cookies aren’t going to eat themselves :)
Keep up the great work Linda! You are going to end up running one of those crazy marathons where they run like 26 miles someday woman. I can just see it now :)

14 years ago

I don’t have anything new to add. I posted a comment yesterday (actually two of them) with links to playlists and guides for creating a playlist that helped make the running easier. Neither comment posted. The last several times I have commented the comments didn’t post. I’m feeling a bit paranoid so am posting this test.

14 years ago

You gave me Andrew Bird, Flathead by the Fratellis, and Pumpkin Soup by Kate Nash, so now I give you:

Hummingbird by The Born Ruffians
The Underdog by Spoon
Clutch by Fat Segal
Over and Over by Hot Chip
Henrietta by The Fratellis
Atlas by Battles (one of my favorites!!!!!!)
Ricochet by Shiny Toy Guns

Thank you again for your music recommendations!

14 years ago

Congratulations! Honestly, by the time you reach 9 miles, adding more mileage just becomes easier and easier.

I like to listen to comedy CDs when I run. Mitch Hedberg, Stephen Lynch, Brian Regan, Daniel Tosh. I concentrate on the jokes and the funny and try to forget that my legs want to fall off. :-)

14 years ago

My Obession by Skillet
According to You by Orianthi
Misery Business by Paramore
Switch by Will Smith

14 years ago

Oh how I wish you hadn’t posted that damn picture from the scene in The Ring. I had nightmares for several weeks after watching that. But, yay you for nine miles.

Operation Pink Herring
14 years ago

I’ll second Heads Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. And if you’re up for a little Jesus techno, try Genesis by Justice. I’m into neither Jesus nor techno, but that song just makes me want to get up and (bust a) move.

Bombs Over Baghdad and The Whole World by Outkast
All The Things She Said by Tatu
4 Mintues by Madanna and Justin Timberlake
Move Along by All American Rejects
Let Go by Frou Frou
Help I’m Alive by Metric
40 Day Dream by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

14 years ago

I just finished my 45 minutes on the elliptical and had to come tell you that “Take Your Medicine” by Cloud Cult is a fantastic workout song, although I can virtually guarantee you that Cloud Cult had no intentions in that direction when they recorded it. It’s more of a coming-into-the-light-after-being-in-a-dark-place kind of song, but it has a good beat for exercise and it actually has the words “suck up” in it. In a GOOD way…

14 years ago

I know, I’m a day late and a dollar short but I found this web page today and thought of this blog post. It’s over 20 playlists from different runners:,7889,s6-240-466-0-0,00.html

12 years ago

I had the same face after hiking the Grand Canyon in less than 48 hours.