Tuesday, November 23, 2010

When You Fall, Get Up.

My taste in music is vast. Yes, vast. Not varied or big or luscious. Vast. Doesn’t that make me sound like an intellectual? Well, I’m not, and never will be, but I use words like “vast” and “insurmountable” to fake it. 

AC/DC to Florida to the Ramones to Matt and Kim. Anything with a beat that I can run to.

Lately I’ve been loving this song (video below). It smacks of strength, moving forward, hope, inspiration. All things I need to hold onto right now. And always.

You're a good soldier
Choosing your battles
Pick yourself up
And dust yourself off
And back in the saddle
But you've got it all
Believe it
When you fall get up
Oh oh...
And if you fall get up
Oh oh...

It’s one of the themes from this summer’s World Cup. I think you’ll like it too.

Please, my friends. I need your help.

Not to belabor the point, but water running is killing me. Not physically, but mentally. Getting in that pool everyday and pretend running for upwards of 45 minutes sucks the big one. Yes, that one.

Please. Give me your most  favorite song on your iPod. Your best running song.

Every last one of you. I need new ideas. More than ever.

Or, if you have a favorite podcast, give that to me too.

I’ve got to get through this transition time and period of recovery. Hopefully only 38 more days until running and I begin our love affair once again.Only this time I’m not putting out so early.

Trying to stay up,



  1. "Get Through This" - Art of Dying

  2. I enjoy the ENTIRE eminem recovery CD....especially Not Afraid and Cinderella Man


    I also heard the new Kanye is excellent but haven't downloaded it yet

  3. misery by paramore
    i want just what i want - grace potter
    little lion man - mumford and sons
    dog days are over - florence and the machine

  4. My favorite is I'm Not Afraid by Eminem

  5. "Like a G6" - Far East Movement

  6. Audio books! Try Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates by Tom Robbins. That book totally reminds me of you.
    I used to actually run races listening to audio books back before I had children and when I could actually concentrate on something for more than two minutes...

  7. Eminem's "Till I Collapse" is an all time run motivation and newest fave is "Ravers in the UK" (don't even ask) by Manian. When it picks up I just want to stride all over the place!

  8. how far we've come- Matchbox 20

    Starry Eyed- Ellie Goulding- (jakwob remix)

    Survivor- Destiney's Child ( bliix remix)

    Power-- Kanye West
    Savior- Andrew Ripp

    A bit of everything here! I love music!! I teach Spin 5x/week and am always on the lookout for music that "talks" to me.

    Hang in there! :)

  9. I just heard the new Rihanna song in the car today and thought that was very good. My favorite on my Ipod is Gonna Fly the Rocky theme song.

  10. Not gonna lie, but Miley Cyrus - Can't Be Tamed TOTALLY gets my body movin! She brings the 17 year old slut out in all of us ;)

  11. Mumford & Sons - Awake My Soul and Roll Away Your Stone.

  12. You Want by Corporate Whore , I always speed up when this song is on.

  13. I just downloaded Loca by Shakira too. Catchy beat and it is a little different :).

  14. Easier to Run - Linkin Park. Every time it comes on, I just dig in and go.

    Course, that's not a good on for you right now. Put in on the back burner until you're out of the pool, maybe?

  15. Email me with your address and I'll send you the CD of songs I was giving away as part of my favorite things giveaway! :)

  16. crazy b!tch by buckcherry. that song will NEVER get old

  17. I like the "This American Life" podcast. Topics vary and I'm always entertained/diverted. Not good for a speedwork day, but perfect for a slow steady run. You can download for free on iTunes.

  18. Supermassive Black Hole by Muse. It will rock your face off.

    Guilty pleasure/Injury coping song...I can't believe I will admit this: Tubthumper by Chumbawamba. Circa 1997! Take that broken foot!

  19. animal - neon trees

    I swear I have that 3 or 4 times on my run list. (I could have it more)

  20. Love the Mumford & Sons suggestions since a coworker just gave me a copy of their CD.

    Highlights on my current mix:
    Wake Up - Rage Against the Machine
    Energy - The Apples in Stereo
    Mr Brightside- The Killers
    C'mon - Guster
    Song 2 - Blur

  21. Just Stand Up --- By a crap ton of people....

  22. You've got good taste Beth!! And since you're a fan of The Hip Hop and other vast and good music, I DARE you to DL Girl Talk. Have you heard of him? Just do it. It's free. It's one long continuous run fest. DO IT DO IT DO IT!


  23. Gonna go a little off the beaten path here, since you've already got the Eminem suggestions, and other pump-you-up tunes covered. I've had 'Pavement Cracks (Mac Quayle Extended Mix)' by Annie Lennox on several models of MP3 players over the years, and it is a go-to running song for me. Make sure it's that specific mix, as there are several versions of the song, some of which are way too slow for a runner's mix.

    Also, in terms of entertaining Podcasts that make the time pass quickly, I regularly listen to the 'Sklarbro Country' podcast by the Sklar brothers. I've had to stop running on occasion from laughing so hard. May not be for everyone, but it cracks me up. Based on your writing, I think you'll get a kick out of these guys.

  24. Hate to Say I Told You So- The Hives
    Breathe - The Prodigy

  25. I am loving the list you have gotten so far! I love listening to the band Rise Against when I run! Good luck getting through your next water running!

  26. Some Great Big Sea:
    Consequence Free
    Home for a rest
    Mary Mac
    Run Run Away
    When I'm up I can't get down
    Ordinary Day
    It's the end of the world as we know it.

    And Ke$ha is fun to run to as well.

    Black Sabbath

    Blink 182

    Get well soon! That's not a band.

  27. Don't laugh. It's Baby Got Back and I Want You Back (Jackson Five). Goofy but great rhythm!

  28. I like:
    Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
    Running Up That Hill - Placebo version
    Ready to Start - Arcade Fire

  29. I love Paramore to get me pumped up. Misery and crushcrushcrush are my favorites.

    I also love Silversun Pickups to sink inside of my head.

    And Peaches by Presidents of the U.S.A. alsways makes me laugh.

  30. Boogie Shoes
    California Girls(Katy Perry and Snoop Dog)
    Forever Young

    How about downloading the guys from England on Marathon Talk, it's on itunes. I listen to it for the first part of my long run. It runs about an hour or so and has lots of great race reporting, lots of great speakers and visitors and I like following the training of one of they guy's wives. She's super fast. I love these talks and they do them weekly and can be down loaded for free.

    Good luck, zone out!

  31. All i really want by Alanis Morissette
    Alcohol by Barenaked Ladies
    Son's gonna rise by Citizen Cope
    Everything is Everything by Lauryn Hill
    Everybody ona move by Michael Franti
    Home by Edwarde Sharpe and the magnetic zeroes

    I had hip surgery last year, so I understand the pains of water running!

  32. I'm going to cheat a bit, because I can't just recommend one.

    1) Ali in the Jungle by the Hours (incredibly inspirational lyrics)

    2) the entire All Day album by Girl Talk. I just scrapped my Vegas half-marathon playlist so I can listen to this album in its entirety - it's that good. And it's free!!

  33. Animal by Neon Trees
    Pon De Replay- Rihanna
    Genius- Jet

  34. "Uprising" by Muse. It's my power song.

    I'm also currently into "Take It Off" by Ke$ha. But "Uprising" is my favorite.

  35. 1234- Fiest
    Candyman-Christina Aguilara
    New Soul- Yael Naim (or something like that)
    Comfort Eagle-Cake
    and of course Pandora and Wait,Wait, Dont tell me on NPR

  36. DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love (Usher)
    All I Do is Win (DJ Khaled and others)

    and yet another vote for "Animal" by Neon Trees

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  38. Let me try this again.

    The Killers-All the things that I've done


    A must have. I put this song on repeat when I ran my last 5k. I have seen this song used for video montages for different ultra marathons. Great song!

  39. First - do you have an Otterbox? (I know it sounds dirty) it is a waterproof case for your iPod and a must have for water running or running in the pouring rain.
    I cant pick one song, so here are some real favorites
    Intergallactic - Beastie Boys
    Pump it up - Elvis Costello
    Take me out - Franz Ferdinand
    I read about it - Autumn Isles
    Lisztomania - Phoenix
    Dead disco - Metric
    Thunderstruck - AC/DC

    Get healthy and rock on!

  40. Daddy Yankee-Rompe
    Gwen Stefani- Tic Toc (What'cha waiting for)

  41. Chris De Burgh "The Storyman"
    I like the 'biggness' of the music

  42. Firework-Katy Perry
    Bleed it out-Linkin Park
    Liv Tonight-Nelly and Keri Hilson
    Remember the Name-Fort Minor

    You are just a Superstar for keeping up with that pool crap! I've been running for 12 weeks. I think I'm almost back to where I was and I was not NEARLY as dedicated as you to the crosstraining. You will have even longer that that-good to go in Boston:) Hang in there- Only 38 more days!!!

  43. Bleed it out, linkin park
    Anything, anything, dramarama
    Hope I never lose my wallet, mighty mighty bosstones
    Outshines, soundgarden

  44. Days of the New - Touch, Peel and Stand
    Brother Ali - Take Me Home
    Silverchair - Tomorrow
    Fort Minor - Remember the Name
    Heart - Barracuda

  45. Ok, so I can barely do this with my dignity intact because my music list is almost all crappy songs from the 80s (madonna, anyone?) but one song I have from this century that I have there is Jai Ho from the Slumdog Mullionaire Soundtrack. Podcasts, Ive got some of those! This American Life. Risk! Wait Wait Don't tell me. The Moth. All available on iTunes.

  46. I wish I could give you some advice on music, but I can't. I can give you encouragement on your rehab, having been through such affairs. It is always on those low days when you feel hope fading away, that you eventually realize how much strength is within you.

  47. From the UK, the marathon talk podcast here: http://www.marathontalk.com/

    It's all about running and it's good fun too (but can make you wistful when injured...)

  48. Wade Across the Water - Iron & Wine
    Dead in the Water - Supersuckers
    Chilly Water - Widespread Panic
    Water in the Sky - Gone Phishin
    Watermark - Decadence
    Take Me to the Water - Nina Simone
    Walk on Water - David Byrne
    Troubles Waters - Cat Power
    Backwater - Brian Eno
    High Water - Bob Dylan
    Washing of the Water - Peter Gabriel
    Head Above the Water - The James Gang
    Never Miss the Water - Chaka Khan

    Wait, did I read the instructions right?

  49. Tightrope - Janelle Monae (current obsession)
    Shut up and let me go - Ting Tings
    Late night ramble - 18 South
    Mercy - Duffy
    Right as rain - Adele
    Ring the alarm - beyonce
    A little bit of riddim - Michael Franti
    Hey, soul sister - Train
    Tik tok - Ke$ha
    Disturbia - Rihanna
    Jump on it - Sir Mix A Lot

    Waka Waka is on mine, too. Looove it.

  50. Ridin' Solo...Jason Derulo
    Brother Down....Sam Roberts

  51. Until My Heart Caves In by Audio Adrenaline

  52. Try Spirit of Radio by RUSH! This ALWAYS pushes me to go the extra mile!!

  53. The Dirty Heads - Easy
    The Dirty Heads - Stand Tall
    Ted Nugent - Free for All
    Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills

  54. Little Lion Man - Mumford and Sons
    Help I'm Alive - Metric
    F*&^ You - Cee Lo
    Florence and the Machine - Dog Days are over
    Save your Scissors - City and Colour
    This COuld be anywhere in the World - Alexisonfire
    ...I could go on and on.....

  55. All I do is Win (Dj Khaled)
    Tik Tok (Ke$ha)
    Those are probably my 2 favs...good luck!

  56. Ride to California - Paper Tongues (my power song). It's awesome and I could listen to it over and over and over.

  57. These are both kind of "old" (as in So Last Year), but FAVORITES anyway:
    How You like Me Now - The Heavy
    Uprising - The Muse
    Tiffany Blews - Fall Out Boy
    Bad Romance REMIX - (the one and only) Lady Gaga

  58. Old 97s - "Time Bomb"
    Superchunk - "Hyper Enoug has it is"

    (PS I prefer mountable to insurmountable, but that's just me)

  59. GLEE SOUNDTRACKS! Trust me. You don't have to watch or like the show. These are feel-good happy tunes.

    What about mp3 books?

  60. Favorites to Run: Whip it - Devo
    Just Dance - Lady Gaga (Yes, I know, she's weird but I substitute Just Run in my head and it works)
    SexyBack - Justin Timberlake
    Forever - Fireflight
    And ANYTHING Black Eyed Peas - I <3 them.

    Favorites to Cool-Down/Stretch: Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
    Come Together - Beatles
    Winter Song - Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson

    Run on - even if it is in water, at least you can run. I'm on no-run right now, thanks to my IT Band. Stupid bike - I hate the bike.

  61. If you want to send me your email, I can send you my "zippy playlist." :)

    Also, Ricki-Lee, Can't Touch It. Britt Nicole, Welcome to the Show.

    And, lots of good karmic thoughts to you. I spent a lot of time this summer pool running, cycling, and being mad about not running. I've been back for three weeks and am only just realizing the mental toll it took on me to be out so long. It's tough - hang in there - lots of internet support to you - and you'll be back soon. xo.

  62. "Run Baby Run" - Garbage (my running playlist is, in fact, named after this song)

    "Empire State of Mind" - Jay-Z, but I'm a sucker for Glee versions of... pretty much everything.

    "Just Dance" - Lady Gaga

    "Teenage Dream" - technically Katy Perry, but I really don't like her version. The Glee version is much better, IMHO.

    Aaand because I grew up in the 90s, "I Turn to You" - Melanie C. I love me my bad pop music.

  63. Raise your glass - Pink
    but love this songza station for ideas - http://bit.ly/ceGQ9M

    Keep it up, you are doing great!

  64. One song that always seems to pump me up is "Animals" by Nickelback. Another more appropriate one for your thoughts toward water runner may be "F You" by Cee Lo Green.

  65. Hang in there, girl! You're my hero for getting through the aqua jogging thing... here are some of my recent pump up tunes:
    Firework - Katy Perry
    Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
    Evacuate the Dance Floor - Cascada
    Anything from The Lonely Island (SNL stuff) CD

  66. For the First Time- The Script
    Forget You- Glee Cast

    I saw this and had to type it to you! Courtesy of Triathlete Magazine

    10 Reasons Pool Running Doesn't Suck

    1) It gives the barefoot movement a whole new angle- and spares the wear and tear on your running kicks

    2) You earn sympathetic looks from the cute boy-toy lifeguards.

    3) Until now you thought breaststroke was the slowest way you could travel from one end of the pool ot the other.

    4) Hello six-pack! Water running recruits those pesky core muscles. Even your arms will exhibit extra buffness with the water resistance.

    5) If ever you longed for a surrogate granny, there are plenty in the therapeutic lap lane.

    6) from your vertical vantage point you can observer and admire and critique the swim strokes of the nearby lap swimmers. Maybe you'll learn something.

    7) There are not rocks, stumps, curbs or other obstacles inthe pool. You are not longer a danger to yourself. You can even run with your eyes close (Note resist the urge to fall asleep.)

    8) One rarely encounters rattlesnakes while pool running.

    9) If you hop in immediately following a bike session you get to call it a P-run

    10) If you can mentally endure two hours of water running, your next Ironman marathon will feel short.


  67. I have several songs that I used when I started running back in January and was doing the C25K and trying to build up to running 30mins non-stop lol. I can now run for 60mins but I still love to hear these songs sometimes, they just do it for me and give me that bit extra strength to keep going.
    Melissa Etheridge - I Run For Life
    Cheryl Crow - Run Baby Run
    Miley Cyrus - The Climb
    Whitney Houston - Step By Step
    JLS - One Shot
    Heather Small - Proud
    Gabriella Cilmi - Woman On A Mission

  68. I've noticed some of my favorites also on here so sorry if there are some duplicates and don't know if you are a hip hop fan, but here goes:
    Beastie Boys - Sabotage
    De La Soul - Saturday
    Ana Tijoux - 1977
    Bomfunk MC's - Freestyler
    Candlebox - You
    Outkast - Red Velvet, Rosa Parks
    Offspring - Keep It Separated
    Metallica - It's hard to name just one song, when so many are sweetness when running.
    People Under the Stairs - California
    Busdriver - Unemployed Black Astronaut
    Blackalicous - Chemical Calesthenics, Sky Is Falling
    Cut Chemist - What's the Altitude?, The Garden
    Beats Antique - Caterpillar
    Balkan Beat Box - Bulgarian Chicks
    Rage Against the Machine - Any and all songs
    One Day as a Lion - Any and all songs
    Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies, Devil's Dancefloor

    I digress, I could go on and on; hope you dig some of these!

  69. Frou - Frou "Leg go" -- trust me. you'll think, "no friggin way" then after a few plays you will be hooked. I PROMISE.


    "New In Town' by little Boots

  70. "One Day" by Matisyahu
    "I'm on a Boat (feat. T-Pain)" by The Lonely Island
    "Jai Ho (You Are my Destiny)" A.R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls (I have been hooked to this song for awhile. I work at a girl scout summer camp whenever this song plays on the stereo at camp everyone breaks out in dance. Sooo, whenever this song plays on my iPod I HAVE to dance. I do a dance/run. It's awesome!)

  71. Chris Brown Run It. 50's Candy Shop has a steady running beat too.

  72. Volbeat...Hallelujah Goat...
    Just trust me on this one. :)

  73. I have to suggest the following whole albums, cds, whateves...anyway...
    Ocean Eyes by Owl City
    Hot Fuss by The Killers
    Purple Rain by Prince
    You can never go wrong with the Purple One that's for sure.

  74. You'll need to fast forward through the commercials but I think the podcast "DSC" (on Jack FM San Diego) might be exactly your thing. They do 4 hours a day so you should be set! I listen to it all the time at work.

    Seriously, I think you'd love it.

  75. I'm late - but getting caught up. Here is a song that gets me going a lot.


    (Did you think I'd be into heavy metal or something??)

  76. Forget the moden stuff you need the power balards from the 80's...

  77. she sings in ENGLISH??? I had NO IDEA? We love her here! :)

    I'm no help as all I know is English stuff from the 60s and 70s and then Latin stuff (Soda Stereo, Charley, La Negra (Mercedes Sosa), Los Prisioneros, etc. from the 80s) and then whatever our local station plays (the only radio station we can pick up is from Cozumel).

  78. I see that it's been mentioned a couple times, but I love, love This American Life. I find music can't even distract me for the more monotonous, mind-numbing runs (ie: treadmill). But each episode of TAL is 1 hour, perfect for a mid-distance easy run.

    I usually cherry pick the episode though - I find the more politically charged episodes a bit dreary (perhaps because I live in Canada).

    The Moth (short stories) and Wire Tap are somewhat similar.

  79. My techno / old new wave take...

    "No Good" by The Prodigy
    "Warrior's Dance" by The Prodigy
    "John The Revelator" by Depeche Mode
    "Lose Yourself" by Eminem
    "Shell Shock" by New Order
    "Galvanize" by The Chemical Brothers
    "Galaxy Bounce" by The Chemical Brothers
    "Days Go By" by Dirty Vegas
    "Soul Meets Body" by Death Cab For Cutie"
    "Glass Danse" by The Faint

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