So here we are. Tomorrow is the big day. Race day. I keep hearing that the Falmouth Road Race is the biggest, most popular race in New England second only to the Boston Marathon itself. All things considered, I believe it. I’ve been preparing for this for months, and I feel like I was preparing for it before I even knew I was doing it. I’ve logged over 140 miles training for this which, frankly, isn’t
as much as I would’ve liked. I suppose it was about the best i could do considering I’ve been doing a bodybuilding program for the past 8 weeks…cardio and heavy iron aren’t usually best friends…
Anyway – in preparation for the race I gave special attention to my playlist. Some songs were ditched and some added. This was a painstaking process and believe it or not I did “road test” most of the songs I was considering…kind of the only sure way to know you can run to it.
First – additions:
A couple of these are actually kind of working as Power Songs for me
135 BPM – Slipknot – Psychosocial
140 BPM – La Roux – Bulletproof (Chrispy Dubstep Mix)
145 BPM – Slipknot – Duality
148 BPM – Florida Georgia Line – Cruise
150 BPM – Five Finger Death Punch – Lift Me Up
152 BPM – Five Finger Death Punch – Under And Over It
152 BPM – Five Finger Death Punch – Back For More
Next up – cut from the team:
These songs were just really throwing off my rhythm. Overall they were too slow and I was trying to move too fast to them – ended up off-sync and with a weird stride.
108 BPM – The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go
120 BPM – Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. and Pharrel)
120 BPM – Cobra Starship – Hot Mess
120 BPM – Karmin – Brokenhearted (R3hab Remix)
125 BPM – Rammstein – Du Hast
Last – tried and failed:
I really wanted to be able to run to these songs, but you just can’t force it. Instead of my running playlist I’ll have to be satisfied with having these on in the car or something. Maybe when I do a cycling playlist I can revisit these (cadence and pace is different)
120 BPM – Robin Thicke ft. T.I. – Blurred Lines (too slow of a beat, couldn’t match the rhythm to my stride)
138 BPM – The Vines – Get Free (beat just wasn’t quite right…almost)
150 BPM – Imagine Dragons – Radioactive (song is kinda slow and draggy. Beat would be good but its a sluggish kinda song – not energetic enough for running)
One thing is for sure – I. Am. Pumped. I feel like I’ve trained and have gotten myself to a point where I can not only finish, but finish strong with a time I can be proud of. I’ve run the course once for practice so I know what to expect and I’ve re-tooled my playlist. Just think – if in one year I can do what I’ve done…anyone can.
At this point, there’s nothing to it but to do it. See you at the finish.