I Am a Runner?

Friday, September 11, 2009

[this post is named after a post by my dear friend Kelly, from March '05, and for some reason the title has stuck with me since.]

I guess I would call myself a runner. I never crave it like I've heard described by other runners. My body and psyche don't really seem to "need" a run for a day to be complete. I've enjoyed and am proud of the accomplishment of completing three half-marathons and one full marathon, but yet it is terribly easy for me to go through a week and complete zero runs.

I had never even considered long-distance races as feasible until my dear friend Erin suggested we train for the half-marathon in Austin in 2003-2004. My dad got on board (he had never done long-distance training/races either), and we ran a half in Austin and the full in Memphis, both in 2004. Since then, I've completed two other halves--the jury is still out on whether or not I'll tackle another full marathon ever again, although it technically went well.

Yes, I suppose I am a runner.

This is the time of year when Hal Higdon and I get reacquainted. I've used his training programs for all four of my races, and was prepared for each. [And this year, Martha and I are walking on the wild side and going to attempt the intermediate training program. Our goal: at or below 2 hours flat.]

So, in honor of the start of "training season," I put together the "I Am a Runner 2009 Playlist" ... perhaps you will find this selection odd, perhaps inspiring, perhaps intriguing, perhaps helpful. Whatev. Jesse is always so good at making playlists, I thought I'd try my hand and get back into it, as I "get back into" the swing of running.

"I Am a Runner 2009"

1. Linger, The Cranberries
2. Cupid's Arrow, Amy LaVere
3. Dope Nose, Weezer
4. ACL, The Medders
5. What I Got, Sublime
6. Back in the USSR, The Beatles
7. I Don't Know Why, Ben Kweller
8. Inside and Out, Feist
9. Photograph, Weezer
10. Burning Love, Elvis Presley
11. Maybe I'm Amazed, Paul McCartney & Wings
12. The Walk, Imogen Heap
13. The Late Greats, Wilco
14. Allentown, Billy Joel
15. Remember the Time, Michael Jackson
16. What Is and What Should Never Be, Led Zeppelin
17. I Got You (At the End of the Century), Wilco
18. Times Like These, Foo Fighters
19. We Can Work it Out, The Beatles
20. 1 2 3 4, Feist
21. The Handshake, MGMT
22. These Arms of Mine, Otis Redding
23. September, Earth, Wind, and Fire

Training officially starts next Monday (Sept 14), and we're kicking it off with the Forrest Spence 5k on Saturday.

Let's go get 'em!


  1. We... will.. dominate...

    jk, I'm totally not that hardcore. We are very alike in our running, but here we go. Round 2 for me, round 4 for you (in half marathons). I will pretend like you ran the full in your other life.

    love you sister.

  2. I know you can go under 2hrs and I look forward to cheering you on! Nothing beats MJ on a running playlist...

  3. Anonymous3:50 PM

    I am definitely not a runner (cycler, if I had to choose) but I admire those who do, annnnd, I am always looking for more/new workout music.

    this list is promising because it ends on one of my favorite musical notes of all time, because who doesn't love dancing in september?

  4. BTW, I am no longer a runner and I am sad. :(


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