Friday, November 2, 2012

Using Music to Break-Up the Race: Finale

Dave here....

To recap, I'm setting up a playlist for the Walt Disney World Half Marathon to help me break the 13.1 total miles down into 4 3-mile segments with a little leftover. Part One: use music from Jamaica to help set my pace. Part Two: maintain that initial steady pace by listening to some songs from Paul Simon's Graceland album. Part Three: listen to some fun songs from the 80's to cover the start of a boring portion of the course.

My plan for the last 4.1 miles is pretty simple. Don't start thinking about how tired I may be and how much this may actually suck. Miles 9-12 will be the boring trip down World Drive back to Epcot. As a race spectator I've watched this portion of the course from The Monorail. There's not much going on. So to keep it uptempo I'll be listening to some more recent music, likely mixed in with a couple of reggae/ska favorites. I just need to keep occupied until Epcot.

The final mile of the course will be in Epcot. I'm not even sure I'll keep the headphones in the last mile. But just in case I do......I'm playing Bob Marley. I picked up this idea last year when we were in Negril, Jamaica for The Reggae Marathon. During the last mile of the half and full runners pass by signs with quotes from Bob Marley songs to help keep the motivation high (side-note:  Check out the new documentary Marley.  It's a really good film - available on Netflix streaming).

To keep me going I'm going to be loading songs from some of these bands/singers: Enrique Inglegias, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Olly Murs, Example, Icona Pop, Metirc, The New Pornographers, Chris Brown, David Guetta, Chiddy Bang, Crystal Castles, MIKA, Martin Solveig, Tokyo Police Club, The Asteroids Galaxy Club, Michael Franti, The Aggrolites, Deals Gone Bad.....

The Marley set will be a bit shorter and may lean more to the early ska stuff. Songs like Simmer Down, One Cup of Coffee, Ska Jerk, Bend Down Low, Waiting in Vain, Keep on Movin', Soul Shakedown Party.......ok too many.

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