Princess Half Marathon Weekend is less than three weeks away. While my training has somewhat stalled again due to weather (snow and -6 on tomorrow’s forecast, ugh), I have been trying to at least make sure I’m cross-training and building cardio in other ways. I am excited for Spring to arrive so I can train harder for the Disneyland Half Marathon and 10k (Dumbo Double Dare).
One thing that’s essential to all of my runs is music. I’m not the type of gal who likes to be alone with my thoughts and only hearing the sound of my (wheezing) breath and feet hitting the pavement. It makes me think too much. Music allows me to focus and get into a zone. If the music is good, I don’t mind the 25 degree weather smacking me in the face. Case in point: I was rocking my last run and my iPod died halfway through. I couldn’t stand the silence and ended up running a slower second half.
I am very fickle when it comes to music. I tend to get sick of playlists pretty quickly, so I’m trying to create a new “race only” playlist. Of course, my preferential favorites will make the cut, but I’m looking forward to adding some new tunes in the hopes of getting a little extra energy boost during the race. If I save the songs until race day, I won’t be able to tire of them in the next few weeks.
One song that is always on my playlist is “You and Me Song” by The Wannadies from the Romeo + Juliet Soundtrack (aff). This song always brings a smile to my face and the tempo changes are perfect for a run/walk/run segment. I love playing this one right when I’m finally warmed up and ready to get my head into the run.
I also need a slower song that I can totally zone out to. It makes my mind just blank out and all I do is hear and feel the music. It’s like an out of body experience. “So Cruel” by U2 (aff) is my current zone song. I listen to it and I’m transported to my own world and the tempo still has a little kick in it. This is usually the song I put on when I’m at the end of my run and I just need to forget the pain in my legs and just keep going. Works like a charm.
Now I need your help! I want to get my playlist full of some great tunes and I know I’m forgetting a bunch. Leave me a comment with your favorite running/workout songs!