Listen up, marathoners!

Listen up, marathoners!

To finish a marathon, you need to travel 26 miles and 385 yards. For inspiration — or distraction from the inevitable pain — some runners turn to music or other types of aural entertainment.

Staff writer Jeff Huth offers some suggestions on how to wile away the hours (we’ll go with four, since that’s a ballpark average) en route to the finish line:

7 a.m. — “Hit the Road, Jack” by Ray Charles (2 minutes). Illinois Marathon organizers would prefer that you not take the words “... and don’t you come back no more” literally.

7:02 a.m. — “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin (8:02). Thankfully, you won’t do much climbing on this mostly flat course.

7:10 a.m. — “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen (4:30). Just keep telling yourself, “Baby, you were born to run.”

7:15 a.m. — “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John (3:13). “Abe Lincoln” has shown up for this race; maybe “Dorothy” will, too, this year.

7:18 a.m. — “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley (2:28). You want high energy? The King delivers.

7:21 a.m. — “Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner” by Dean Karnazes (15 minutes). Give part of this audio book a listen and you’ll be glad you’re only running a marathon. Champaign-Urbana is not Death Valley. Or the South Pole!

7:36 a.m.— “Runnin’ Down A Dream” by Tom Petty (4:25). You’ll need to ignore the fact that this song is about driving.

7:41 a.m. — “Runaway” by Del Shannon (2:20) — Take Del’s advice and “run, run, run, run, runaway.”

7:44 a.m. — “East St. Louis Toodle-Oo” by Steely Dan (2:45). Co-written by the great Duke Ellington, we’re recommending this cover. Guaranteed to make you smile as you toodle onward.

7:47 a.m. — “Best of Mike and Mike” (25 minutes). It’s podcast time. Catch up on the unique sports-world view of ESPN’s Greenie and Golic. Great chemistry.

8:12 a.m. — “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen (3:35). Milestone-marker music.

8:16 a.m. — “Riders on the Storm” by The Doors (7:08). With a slight chance of rain in the forecast, cruise to this smooth tune.

8:23 a.m. — “Bright Side of the Road” by Van Morrison (3:47). Think positive thoughts.

8:27 a.m. — “Jump Around” by House of Pain (3:37). We recommend the “clean” lyrics version.

8:31 a.m. — “Running Free” by Iron Maiden (5:33). Helping you push the pedal to the metal.

8:37 a.m. — “Long May You Run” by Neil Young (3:48). Young had his beloved 1948 Buick Roadmaster in mind when he wrote this, but it speaks to the marathoner, too.

8:41 a.m. — “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder (3:42). Mr. Wonder encourages you to “keep on tryin’.”

8:45 a.m. — “The Distance” by Cake (2:59). You can have your Cake and medal, too.

8:48 a.m. — “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” by Christopher McDougall (20 minutes). Audio book time, again. Be inspired by an excerpt about the greatest runners in the world: the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s Copper Canyon.

9:08 a.m. — “Saturday Sportsline” (30 minutes). You’re missing the live broadcast of the popular weekly show on WDWS-AM, but you can catch up on past shows via podcast.

9:38 a.m. — “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor (4:05). Back to music with this Sylvester Stallone-approved rocker.

9:42 a.m. — “Run, Baby, Run” by Sheryl Crow (4:53). Crow should know; in high school, the Missouri native was an all-state track athlete.

9:47 a.m. — “Harder to Breathe” by Maroon 5 (2:53). The lyrics have nothing to do with running, but the title captures how you feel by now.

9:50 a.m. — “I Don’t Wanna Stop” by Ozzy Osbourne (3:59). And neither should you.

9:54 a.m. — “L.A. Woman” by Billy Idol (5:30). Idol’s cover of The Doors’ classic guaranteed to energize you. Dare we say the musicianship on this is better than the original?

10 a.m. — “Max-O-Man” by Fourplay (5:33). Time for some jazz, with the great Lee Ritenour on guitar. You might not run faster, but you’ll feel cooler.

10:06 a.m. — “The Extra Mile” (14 minutes). Is there another podcast in which the host conducts his show while running? (In this case, heavy breathing is excusable). As you’d expect, Boston is the focus of the April 19 edition. And as you’d expect, it gets emotional.

10:20 a.m. — “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones (4:30). The best intro ever to a rock song (and appropriate listening if it happens to be raining).

10:25 a.m. — “Baba O’Riley” by The Who (5:09). Second-best intro ever to a rock song.

10:30 a.m. — “Running on Empty” by Jackson Browne (4:56). Time for another energy bar.

10:35 a.m. — “Helter Skelter” by The Beatles (3:08). Getting drowsy? This should wake you up.

10:38 a.m. — “King of Pain” by The Police (4:59). Just keep telling yourself, kings rule!

10:43 a.m. — “Run For Your Life” by The Fray (3:58). ... And for your health.

10:47 a.m. — “Burning Down The House” by Talking Heads (4:02). Accompanied by the burning in your lungs and muscles.

10:51 a.m. — “Keep on Running” by The Spencer Davis Group (2:44). Listen to a very, very young Steve Winwood urge you toward the finish line (and maybe “one fine day” you’ll win a marathon).

10:54 a.m. — “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen (3:29). Just let ’em try!

10:58 a.m. — “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)” by Bill Conti (2:50). We encourage your best Rocky impersonation as you cross the finish line. You deserve it.

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