The last time I ran a 10km outside, was the Sri Chinmoy track, which is a pretty horrific course in terms of hills. I believe I was saying words I don't often say after I ran that one. The time was over 64 minutes with the second 5km being 31 minutes. Not bad considering the hills.
This time, I want to get well and truly under the hour mark. Super ideally I want to get around 55 minutes, but that might be a big ask. Realistically I'm thinking 58 minutes.
I need all the help I can get to reach this goal, so in the past few weeks I've spent quite a bit of time working out a running playlist for the 10km. Normally I run with the same running playlist on shuffle, but not this time. This time each song has a purpose.
Here is the playlist lined up for tomorrow:
Grinspoon - Just Ace
This song was a late addition, it played on the way home from the gym today and I decided it was a good one. Nice and short, fast start to the run.
Pink - Raise Your Glass
I quite like this song to get me started for a run. Not too fast so I'll go too hard to fast, but enough to get me going.
Lady Gaga - Telephone
Had to put a Lady Gaga in, this is my favourite. Not fast enough to be at the end.
The Potbellez - Don't Hold Back (Club Mix)
Nice dancey song to start pushing myself a bit harder.
Sia - Bring Night
"Chase your shadow til the sun goes down"
Rage Against the Machine - No Shelter
First of the RATM songs in the list. Good song to push me a bit faster.
Black Eyed Peas - Pump It
This is one of my old running songs from 2006. One of my all time faves.
Blondie - One Way or Another
I really enjoy running to this song, it came up in one of my recent runs and it was great. Put it at the point where I should be very close to reaching half way.
Rage Against the Machine - Renegades of Funk
Power song to get me past half way. Better be well and truly into the second 5km by the time this song finishes.
Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta
To get me going in the second 5km I chose the song that got me so excited in the half marathon that I started singing.
Rage Against the Machine - Bulls on Parade
This is the official start of the power songs. From this point on I should be upping my speed a little.
Kula Shaker - Hush
One of my favourite sprint songs. Nice and quick, in beat and length.
Puff Daddy - Come With Me
I originally had this as my last song of the run, if I don't make 55 minutes. I decided to bring it forward because it's a great beat that gets me going faster. This is the very song that I finished my very first 10km with, back in 2006. Once this song finishes, I should have less than 10 minutes to go.
Muse - Uprising
Great song to get me going. Should easily bring me to my last km.
Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name
My ultimate power song at the moment. I should bring it home in the middle of this song.
If I finish within 58.6 minutes, then that's all I need. But just in case..
Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench
Last push over the line.
Other songs that come if I have a really bad run and go over an hour:
Sia - Clap Your Hands
Run DMC - It's Like that