I’m about a month in to my half marathon training and I’m pretty pleased with how it’s going so far. The last few days have been brutally cold/windy/icy/terrible out and so I’ve missed a couple runs, but I’m proud to say that even with the weather, I’ve only missed two scheduled runs all month long! And I’ve run outdoors for every run. I’m up to five miles and honestly, until a couple of weeks ago, I can’t remember the last time I ran five miles. Now, there have definitely been some complications and difficulties. I’m developing shin splints, my feet hurt frequently and I’m hungry ALL the time (okay, maybe that has nothing to do with the running…).
I’ve been utilizing the Runkeeper app on my iPhone and it’s fantastic. It tracks all my runs via GPS and then sends me updates when I reach certain milestones. There is nothing more rewarding than getting an email after a tough run telling me that I’ve set a new personal record. The app even lets you listen to your playlists while you run! Which brings me to my next point…
What I’ve realized as my running has ramped up, is that my playlists are OLD. I desperately need some new fun, upbeat running music. Right now, I have a very short mix that doesn’t even get my through my shorter runs and I listen to the Girltalk albums for my longer runs. I love Girltalk and it’s great for running, but I’d love to mix it up some.
What do you listen to when you run? Any particular parks where you love to go running? I’m pretty lucky that I live in the Capitol Hill area, because there is some great scenery to keep me occupied during my runs. Leave your suggestion in the comments!