Start of the 2013 Brooklyn Half Marathon

It’s a wonderful course — starts out near the Brooklyn Museum, includes a loop around gorgeous Prospect Park and a rather long, but very flat stretch down Ocean Parkway, and ends with a quick dash on the boardwalk and a finish line at the festive and ocean-cooled air of Coney Island. Making it even better is that the race takes place during the spring, after the cold weather is gone (or mostly gone) but before the hammer of summer humidity slams down on the city.

“The Hill” in Prospect Park

So sign-ups open and closed for the Brooklyn Half Marathon yesterday. I missed this race one year, and vowed not to let it ever happen again, so I was at the ready as soon as registration opened. It’s a great race at a great time of year (May) in the best NYC borough. But of course, there is “the hill” in Prospect Park. If you run in the park, or have run the Brooklyn Half before, you know this dreaded hill well. If you’ve never experienced it, see the picture above, taken at about the half-way point of the incline. I guess it’s not SO bad, but regardless, it’s good to know it exists on the course. Nothing worse than coming upon an uphill and having no idea how far and long you’ll be trudging up it.

Running Songs that Are Great After You’ve Been Out There For Too Long But Probably Not Long Enough and Gone Too Far but Probably Not Far Enough But that’s Okay that’s All Right It’s All Good and Today Is Not the Kind of Day Where You’re Going to Beat Yourself Up Though Maybe You Ought to But You Just Shake Your Head and Smile and Say Fuck It, It Was a Good Run, It Was a Good Time, I Feel Fine and There’s No More Need to Think About It, Other than I Feel Fine

“Sunspot Baby” by Bob Seger
“She gave me a false address, took off with my American Express, Sunspot Baby, she sure had me way outguessed” — Too damn good.

“Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot

“Sunday Girl” by Blondie
Please keep speaking in French to me for the rest of my life, Debbie Harry.

“Girlfriend in a Coma” by The Smiths

“Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles

“Whisper to a Scream” by The Icicle Works

“Pure” by Lightening Seeds
I don’t know why I like it but I have to admit that I do. It’s like that horribly annoying jingle that that helps keep that climber going in Touching the Void even though his leg is broken and he’s delirious and pretty sure he’s been left for dead with no chance of being rescued.

“Take Your Mama” by Scissor Sisters

“Kodachrome” by Paul Simon

“Werewolves in London” by Warren Zevon
“He was looking for the place called Lee Ho Fook’s. Going to get a big dish of beef chow mein” — too damn good times ten. Always, always brings a smile to my face.

Running Songs that Are Great After You Got a Late Start After a Really Shitty Horrible Terrible Day and You Went Further Than You Thought You Were Going to Go and the Sun Has Just Set and No One Is Around and It’s Probably Not Safe To Be In this Particular Deserted Area When It’s Getting So Dark But You Feel Like You Can See What You Need to See and Everything Is Going to be All Right at Least for the Rest of this Night

“We Are Nowhere and It’s Now by Bright Eyes (with Emmylou Harris)

“Fake Empire” by The National

“Nightswimming” by R.E.M.

“There’s A Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place)” – Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack

“Lilies of the Valley” by Jun Miyake

“We Belong” by Pat Benatar

“Runaway” by The National

“No One Is To Blame” by Howard Jones

“Wake Up” by Arcade Fire

“Mad World” by Michael Andrews & Gary Jules (Donnie Darko soundtrack)

“Waves of Mutilation” (UK Surf Mix) by The Pixies

“Good to Be On the Road Back Home” by Cornershop

Please DJ Play These Songs at Mile 12 of the Half Marathon Because I Almost Broke Down in Tears During Mile 11 (Okay Miles 8 Though 11) and Also the Only Thing My Legs Feel Right Now Is a Shooting Pain that Electrifies All The Way Up Into the Back of My Skull Every Time My Feet Land on the Pavement

“Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson

“Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees

“Don’t Bring Me Down” by ELO

“Going the Distance” (from Rocky, of course) by Bill Conti

“Born to Hand Jive” by Sha Na Na

“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

“Paper Planes” by M.I.A.

“Mountain Song” by Jane’s Addiction

“She’s So Cold” by The Rolling Stones

“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

Running Songs That Are Great When You Want to Imagine That You Are Running In Slow Motion in Some Kind of Triumphant Moment in Which You Are All Alone But Somehow People Are Watching You and Are Amazed.

“Tick of the Clock” by Chromatics

“We Are Young” by Fun.

“Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis (of course)

“Dream Operator” by Talking Heads

“Teardrop” by Massive Attack

“Everyday is Like Sunday” by Morrissey

“World Leader Pretend” by R.E.M.

“Running on Empty” by Jackson Browne

“Hold Your Head Up” by Argent

“Heroes” by David Bowie