I created a playlist for the marathon with the goal of never skipping a tune, every song had to be vetted as a sure fire listen. Once I created the list, I put it aside for the entire training period (about 10 weeks) so when I heard the songs on race day I wouldn't be sick of them. Here's a few highlights...
  1. "5150" - Van Halen -- a side 2 beast from sammy's first VH record. This played while waiting in the starting corral, power up achieved.
  2. Big Shot - Billy Joel -- I admit I loaded up on billy Joel so I'd get one while I was on the course. Had to be done.
  3. Just Can't Wait - J Geils Band -- I'm not even sure how this made the playlist, as not a favorite j Geils track, but when it played in Brooklyn with my pace WAY too fast, I remembered why I loved this band growing up. If Heart can be in the rock and roll hall of fame, these guys should be in the hall.
  4. Fast As You - Dwight Yoakham -- got me to keep running up the 59th st. bridge from queens into Manhattan. Brutal incline, just as tough as everyone told me it would be.
  5. New York Groove - Ace Frehley -- This came on, no joke, coming off the 59th street bridge on to first avenue. Getting goosebumps right now thinking about the roar from the crowd.
  6. The Seeker - The Who -- everyone has seen American Beauty, right?
  7. This is Us - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris -- I saw mark and Emmylou perform this on the letterman show years back, ands it's always stuck with me as an anthem. Heard this uptown on 1st avenue, not long after getting to see my wife on 81st street. This song reminds me of her, this was a good mile marker.
  8. It's a Long Way to the Top - AC/DC -- this one is my go to. Used it for the 3rd bridge of the day up into the Bronx.
  9. Touch of Grey - Grateful Dead -- I was that guy who only knew this song. Now I work with them, and running a marathon in between 2 sold out MSG shows. Life is funny. We will survive.