Good morning!! I am up bright and early today and I’m not even going for a run! My parents, the BF and I are going to a Phillies game today and I might try to squeeze a little yoga workout in before we go to the game. I am definitely feeling yesterday’s BodyPump class because I increased my weight on almost all of the reps. I was feeling confident and told myself I would change the weight if I could tell it was too much. I have the “good sore” today where I can tell I did something good for my body yesterday, but I can still move! I’m hoping a quick yoga session will loosen me up!
I think the YogaDownload 20 minute “Yoga for Runners #1″ is great and always loosens up my legs and hips. I often look at the “pose guide” and just go through the poses on my own instead of listening to the audio if I’m in a rush. I love the pose guides that YogaDownload has because it helps me understand each practice so much better, especially if it is an audio only session.
Running with Music…
As a music teacher, you might think that I run with music all the time. When I first started running, I always had to have my iPod Nano. Part of that was because I used the Nike+ and I had to have my iPod Nano to record my runs. Later, I moved on to my beautiful Garmin 405 and bought a smaller iPod Shuffle so I could get rid of the arm band. Since I’ve gotten the Garmin, I have been able to do runs under an hour without music. If I am outside and running a shorter distance of 6 or less miles, I can usually stand running without music. During my marathon training this Spring, I ran after school most of the time. After hours of listening to screeching instruments all day (I exaggerate, my students are perfect of course…) I could use the silence for my shorter Tuesday/Thursday 5 or less mile runs. I found it therapeutic to hear my breathing and the sound my feet made on the pavement :) However, if I am on the treadmill I HAVE to have TV or music. Yesterday I had my iPod on when I ran 5 on the treadmill at the gym.
Since it has been crazy hot already this Summer, I thought I should update my playlists and create a new “5 Mile Run” playlist…
None of these songs are new to me because they have been on my massive “running” playlist that contains 8 and 1/2 hours of music. Most times, I never get to these songs because my iPod has so much music on it and I leave it on the random shuffle mode. This will be great for the treadmill after BodyPump class! As you can see, some of the songs are from Kara Goucher’s Endurance Boost. This is actually a great album because you can listen to the tracks separately without Kara’s voice, or you can listen to it with her speaking. The workout is really great because it is intervals of 4 minutes all out and 4 minutes recovery. When I first got this almost 2 years ago, I could NEVER run during the recovery and would have to walk. Now, I can actually do this workout how it was intended. I should do this one again to work on speed!
If you are looking for new music, make sure to look at: Jog.fm. This website has you enter your mile/min. pace and finds music that has the same beats per minute (bpm). If you put in a faster pace, sometimes it has slower songs that your feet would run double time to the beat. I usually look for ones that are in the 150′s to fit a pace in the 9:00-9:45 range.
Have a great day! I will post Phillies pictures later!