Hello world, it’s Troy. Tricia has done such an incredible job recapping our lives lately that it’s led my abandonment of blogging altogether as I slowly become reliant on her to do all the writing. However, I figured it was a good time to stretch my typing muscles and write something, as Sunday is the Portland Marathon and after a nearly two year hiatus from running (apparently blogging wasn’t the only area I became complacent in!) I’m going to be a participant.
I’m excited to attempt to relive past glories, which can be viewed here (2008) and here (2009), but am also wary that middle age has caught up to me and 3 months of average training won’t be enough to hit a sub-4 hour marathon. We shall see. Happily, I will have Madelyn and Tricia there to cheer me on at some stretch of the course (and cheer me on in spirit the entire time, I’m sure) and regardless of how the race turns out, I get to spend the following week with them at the beach, so I’m guaranteed to have fun :)
I'll be back sometime next week with my results, but in the tradition of years past, I'm going to post my playlist for this year's marathon. The "rules" I've setup for the creation of the playlist is that it can't use any songs that have been on prior marathon/half-marathon playlists. Having used 139 songs on the three prior playlists and another 59 this year, I think I'll be abandoning this arbitrary rule next year and just make a playlist of my running greatest hits :)
Fortunately, now you can use Grooveshark to listen to just about anything, so I don’t have to find storage space for all the mp3’s, link them, embed them, etc.
2012’s Portland Marathon Playlist (with the usual caveat that there are some explicit lyrics scattered throughout here, so beware if that’s a concern…)
- Troy Olson, 2012