June 8, 2009

Bob's marathon training: Calling all music suggestions!

Posted: 11:16 AM ET

Meteorologist Bob Van Dillen

It's amazing to me how many people have Crohn's disease or Colitis. Everytime I mention that I'm the honorary Chairman for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, somebody says they know somebody that has the disease.

What songs help you keep your feet moving? Inspire Bob as he trains for his half marathon!
What songs help you keep your feet moving? Inspire Bob as he trains for his half marathon!

It's a tough one to talk about, no doubt. That is why I am honored to try and spread some awareness of the diseases by running in the Napa to Sonoma half marathon in July. Check out my prior blogs for the info!

So far, my training has been going well. Every time I train for a half marathon, I end up losing about 10-15 pounds (mostly muscle!).

So this time I have been lifting weights just as hard as I used to, and I am still around 200 pounds, my 'fighting weight'. That's good, since I hate losing muscle that takes me so long to develop in the first place.

Anyway, here's the training schedule for this week, remember the race is July 19th!

Monday: weights, no run
Tuesday: weights, 4 mile run
Wednesday: weights, 8 quarter mile sprints (with 2 minute jogs in between the sprints)
Thursday: weights, 3 mile run
Friday: weights, 9 mile run.

Also, I'm looking for some new IPod music to listen to while running. Here's a partial list of the stuff I have on my "Bob's Run" Playlist:

Salute your Solution, the Raconteurs
Strange Times, The Black Keys
A-Punk, Vampire Weekend
Rusty Cage, Johnny Cash version
Whiskey in the Jar, Metallica
Cobrastyle, Teddybears
Riot in the city, White Light Parade
I'm shipping up to Boston, Dropkick Murphies
Gimmie Shelter, Rolling Stones
Vagabond, Greenskeepers

It's a little mix, but if you have anything that would push me through the many walls I encounter during runs, I would appreciate some suggestions! Just leave the name of the song and the artist in the comments field. Many thanks.

Also, if you'd like to donate to the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America, please do so here.

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Writer Keith   June 8th, 2009 11:45 am ET

What happened to the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana stuff you had on the iPod I see you use at the gym?

Tiffany W   June 8th, 2009 12:12 pm ET

Personally, the theme to Flash Dance, "What A Feeling" by Irene Cara gets me moving:-)

Staci Brown   June 8th, 2009 4:48 pm ET

Bob – I think that the awareness that you bring about the Crohn's and Colits Foundation is phenominal. Good Luck in Napa! I know you will do great!

Nari   June 8th, 2009 5:31 pm ET

Thanks for your support of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation! Eminem's 'Till I Collapse keeps me going!

Ronni Epstein   June 8th, 2009 5:37 pm ET

Hi Bob,
I am the Executive Director of the CCFA Chapter in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Although your show airs very early here in LA I did move here from Florida and watched Robin's program for years when I was on the east coast.

I just wanted to thank you for your support of the Team Challenge program. I did the Napa Race last year and it is definitely a wonderful and life changing experience. My son has had Crohn's disease for over 20 years and I constantly find individuals who tell me they know someone who has the disease.

It is so important for us to get the word out to all our communities and your voice will be heard by so many.

Thank you again for all your help and support.


Carly   June 8th, 2009 6:29 pm ET

What a great training regimen, congrats on all your hard work! Thank you for being a part of our Team Challenge family and spreading awareness through your training. Per your post above – I have a few complementary suggestions for your play list to keep those feet moving:

Whitesnake – Here I go again
Fleetwood Mac – Go your own way
The Boss (Springsteen) – Born to run
Clapton – Layla
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Kiss – Rock 'n' Roll All Nite
Pat Benatar – Hit me with your best shot
U2 – Beautiful Day

Happy training – see you in Napa!

hideaki nagano   June 8th, 2009 8:01 pm ET

I think i talk disapassionately.I think marathon training.

Bruno   June 9th, 2009 8:43 am ET

Ok I think that you should listen to, Eye of the Tiger by (Survivor)
or We are the Champions by (Queen)

J Smith   June 9th, 2009 11:08 am ET

"lump" by the PresidentsoftheUnitedStatesofAmerica

Your wife   June 9th, 2009 1:03 pm ET

Bob – you hard rocker.. you forgot some others that I know you like:

Toxic – Spears
Black Betty – Ram Jam
Jump Around – House of Pain
Sexxyback – Timberlake (don't deny it!)

looking forward to our 9 miles on Friday!

Laurie Gaudreau   June 9th, 2009 1:42 pm ET

Black eyed Peas- Boom Boom Pow
and lots of Techno!!!!!!
Happy Training,
Good luck

Desaree Vega-Stevens   June 10th, 2009 12:27 am ET

Hello Bob,
I just wanted to say "THANK YOU" for all you are doing for our patients, Team Challenge and CCFA. We are really excited about our Napa race and can't wait to Cross the Finish to Help Find A Cure!!!

See you in Napa...Go Team Challenge Go,
Team Challenge Endurance Manager
San Antonio, Texas

Bob B   June 10th, 2009 7:55 am ET

Hello Bob,
Good luck to you on your race.

Here's some tunes that keep me going....
Training Montage Vince DeCola (rocky iv)
War Vince Decola (rocky iv)
1980 Herb Albert (rise)
Praan Gerry Schyman (
Run Free Hans Zimmer (Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimerron)
Dreams Van Halen
Right Now Van Halen

When are you and your bride gonna come back to upstate NY and do a triathlon???


Beth   June 10th, 2009 10:15 am ET

Let's Get This Party Started by Korn...

Angel Whitworth   June 10th, 2009 3:26 pm ET

Hi Bob!
We are so excited that you will be joining TEAM CHALLENGE Georgia in Napa! Thanks so much for spreading the word about Team Challenge and CCFA. Team Challenge is changing the lives of our patients and thier families one step at a time! Thanks for being a part of it!

Now, I can tell you this from personal experience, nothing gets you through a half marathon better than ABBA! That's right! ABBA! You will dance yourself to the finish line with a smile on your face! GO TEAM CHALLENGE GEORGIA!

John   June 11th, 2009 5:51 pm ET

Peacemaker – Green Day, from the 21st Century Breakdown cd, if this doesn't push you thru the wall you are a wimp

Emma   June 11th, 2009 6:01 pm ET

Remember the Name by Fort Minor

Good Luck

bneichoy   June 11th, 2009 6:40 pm ET

Excellent play list. I suggest – Angel by Massive Attack – gets me pumped up.

Jonathan M.   June 11th, 2009 8:32 pm ET

Bob – Thank you for supporting and raising awareness for the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America!

Bob – Thank you for supporting and raising awareness for the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America!

Music ideas: When I am doing interval training (sprint intervals or hills) nothing motivates me as much as Pantera's "Revolution is My Name." (not for the little kiddies!). For more straight ahead up-tempo rock/punk arrangements, you can't go wrong with almost anything by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Check out their versions of "I Believe I Can Fly" and "End of the Road" in particular.

Hope you have a great run, and thanks for keeping the mornings lively for us early risers.


Mike DiBartolo   June 11th, 2009 11:52 pm ET

Hi Bob,

My wife has Ulcerative Colitis and ran San Antonio last year with TEAM Challenge, and we're volunteering this year for NAPA. I think it's great you're supporting such a great organization

You've got a couple of good songs on your list, as for me I really like "Get outta my way" and "Let me hold it open" from Cowboy Mouth's Easy album they always keep me going at the end of my runs.

Also sometimes on my commute I'll listen to a running podcasts, called Phedippidations created by a middle of the pack runner, Steve "Runner", as he trains for road races.

Good luck on your run, hope you set a new PR.

Mike DiBartolo

Sami   June 12th, 2009 1:39 am ET

I am an intern for Team Challenge in San Antonio! I wish you the best! Download "Battlefield" by Jordin Sparks (American Idol winner) and "One Step at a Time" - both powerful and inspirational songs to get you through it!

Stephanie in Oklahoma   June 12th, 2009 11:58 am ET

"Barraduca" by Heart
"Paralyzer" by FingerEleven
"Man Eater" by Nelly Furtado
"Shame on You" by Indigo Girls
"You Can't Always Get What You Want" by Rolling Stones

I keep a diverse mix so that I don't get too bored :)

Good luck!

Joel G   June 12th, 2009 12:45 pm ET

Good luck in the training and marathon Bob!

Try "She Sells Santuary" by The Cult. Always gets me working harder when it comes on shuffle.

Ted in Birmingham   June 12th, 2009 12:46 pm ET


I have crohn's and run marathons. I have a strange suggestion: mix in some music you HATE or notoriously bad songs. I do this and learning to run through a bad song really helps me focus on the run.When you can run up a hill listening to Bette Midler's Wind Beneath My Wings, you will be ready for anything!

Laura S   June 12th, 2009 3:46 pm ET

Prayer by Disturbed

That song always really gets my blood flowing!

Good luck, Bob! :o )

Jean Janes   December 25th, 2009 10:38 am ET


How was Las Vegas? I ran the full marathon and have been wondering how things went with you.

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