Marathoners Rocking New York is the rock’n’roll-fueled journey of a 70’s punk loving young woman named Sheena. She’s on the cusp of turning 30 with nothing to show for it. Her rock star dreams are not coming true. She succeeded at the downtown party lifestyle but not at keeping a band together. After stumbling on the New York City Marathon with friends, Sheena accepts a drunken dare to run it the following year. To her surprise, and everyone else’s she actually enjoys the training and makes it to start line on time.
Sheena runs the marathon without music, so Marathoners Rocking New York is the guitar-driven soundtrack going on in her mind as she navigates the course. The songs are influenced by the early punk movement in 1970’s New York with bands like the Ramones, Blondie, The Patti Smith Group, and Television. The album is in an excellent tempo for running playlists and a useful tool for marathon training that can be downloaded through iTunes.
Trailer + Marathoners Rocking New York YouTube Playlist:
- Songs for visualizing each section of the NYC Marathon course
- A condensed version of the marathon in under an hour
- Timing of songs mimics the course (approx. 1.5 min = 1 mile)
- Run to the songs for training, try it as a treadmill workout!
- All songs encourage a 180+ bpm/step per min stride rate
- Can be done at ANY pace
- Use treadmill elevations (below) to get a sense of the hills
- Check out the maps with course elevations on the song pages
- Intended to get you in the zone & give you a real runner’s high! (Results are up to you, since it’s all in your head)
- It’s a guitar-driven running rock opera with female vocals
- Check it out on YouTube
- Download the whole thing on iTunes
NY Marathon Course Notes with Treadmill Elevations
The speed is up to you!
All songs are written to encourage a 180 bpm stride rate. 180 bpm is a good tempo for running because it encourages high turnover and a quick stride rate and can be done at any pace. Click the song titles for more info on the course and maps with elevation. It’s the perfect playlist for a virtual NYC Marathon treadmill workout.
1. Staten Island Prologue
Time: 2:08 | Tempo: 180 bpm | Treadmill Elevation: 1.0 | Start Line: Staten Island
Time: 2:28 | Tempo: 180 bpm | Treadmill Elevation: 4.0 | Miles 0-2: The Verrazano Bridge
3. Do It Like Joan
Time: 3:54 | Tempo: 180 bpm | Treadmill Elevation: 1.0 | Miles 2-4: 4th Ave Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
4. Brooklyn, Take It Easy
Time: 2:04 | Tempo: 180 bpm | Treadmill Elevation: 2.0 | Miles 4-6: 4th Ave, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
5. I’ll Show You
Time: 2:48 | Tempo: 180 bpm | Treadmill Elevation: 1.0 | Miles 6-8: 4th Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn
6. Marching Band High School
Time: 3:14 | Tempo: 180 bpm | Treadmill Elevation: 2.0 | Miles 8-10: Ft Greene-Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
7. It Gets Me High
Time: 4:02 | Tempo: 180 bpm | Treadmill Elevation: 0.0 | Miles 10-13: Willamsburg-Greenpoint, Brooklyn
8. 13.1, Halfway Done
Time: 1:03 | Tempo: 180 bpm | Treadmill Elevation: 4.0 | Miles 13-13.5: The Pullaski Bridge
9. Queens (Rockaway is So Far Away)
Time: 2:07 | Tempo: 180 bpm | Treadmill Elevation: 1.0 | Miles 13.5-15: Long Island City, Queens
10. The Queensboro Bridge Song
Time: 1:56 | Tempo: 180 bpm | Treadmill Elevation: 4.0 | Miles 15-16: The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge
11. Thank You, First Avenue
Time: 2:34 | Tempo: 180 bpm | Treadmill Elevation: 1.0 | Miles 16-18: 1st Ave, Manhattan.
12. The Flow
Time: 1:52 | Tempo: 180 | Treadmill Elevation: 0.0 | Miles 18-19.5: 1st Ave, Manhattan
13. Welcome To The Bronx
Time: 1:34 | Tempo: 180 | Treadmill Elevation: 2.0 | Miles 19.5-21: The Bronx
14. Keep On Moving
Time: 3:00 | Tempo: 93 (or 186) bpm | Treadmill Elevation: 1.0 | Miles 21-23: Harlem, Manhattan
15. 5th Ave: So Close But So Far
Time: 2:12 | Tempo: 188 bpm | Treadmill Elevation: 2.5 | Miles 23-24.5: 5th Ave, Manhattan
16. Hilly Streets
Time: 2:10 | Tempo: 188 bpm | Treadmill Elevation: start on 2.5 & take it down .5 for each verse | Miles 24.5-25.5: Central Park, Manhattan
17. Finish Line Medley
Time: 2:24 | Tempo: 190 | Treadmill Elevation: start on 1.0 and raise 2.0 halfway and 3.0 for the last verse | Miles 25.5-26.2: Central Park South to Tavern on the Green, Manhattan
18. Central Park Epilogue
Time: 5:16 | Tempo: 180 | Treadmill Elevation: 0.0 | Miles 26.2+: The waddle out of Central Park
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(c) 2013 – All songs are written and performed by Erin Sholl on vocals and guitar with Andrew Hickey on back-up vocals. Daniel Grimmett, founder of Mega Team Songwriting, provided all other instrumentals (including lead guitar riffs and solos), mixing and mastering. Cover art photo by Michael Chadwick of Chadwick Creative Arts, LLC. Photo edited by Erin Sholl.