The Week Before My Half Marathon: Prepping My Running Playlist

View of Fort Mason and the Bay from the running trail
Getting a sunset 5.5-miler in near Fort Mason in San Francisco

It’s coming! It’s coming! My half marathon (affectionately referred to as “Halfsie #2”) is just around the corner, and I can’t wait!

I’ve been training for a half marathon for the last two and a half months, and I am very excited to see what I can do on Sunday at the San Jose Rock n Roll Half Marathon. Half marathon training is never easy, and I don’t think anyone ever really feels like they did enough to prepare. I missed a few runs, cut a few short, and didn’t stick to my Nike Training Plan as well as I intended, so I’m a little curious—and by curious, I mean anxious—to see how I’ll actually do on race day.

Until then, I’m just trying to stay hydrated, rest a bit, and prep the all-important race-day playlist.

I enjoy running without music while trail running and when speed isn’t the goal. However, during a race, I need a really good beat and a killer running music playlist to keep me going and pump me up through each mile.

Are you looking for some new running music? Check out my list of current favorites below, and let me know if you have any good songs that I should add to my playlist.

Running Songs:

Bang Bang – will.i.am

Jealous (I Ain’t With It) Dillon Francis Remix – Chromeo

You Make Me – Avicii

Delta – C2C

Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars

Comme Un Enfant (Freaks Radio Mix) – Yelle

i – Kendrick Lamar

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

Don’t – Ed Sheeran

Miss Jackson – Panic! At the Disco (featuring Lolo)


Happy running (and dancing)!

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My Longest Run to Date: 14 Miles DONE!

View of the Golden Gate Bridge from my run
View of the Golden Gate Bridge from my run

In March, I completed by first half marathon by running 13.1 miles in the Oakland Running Festival. In training for it, I didn’t run more than 11 miles, and by mile 10 on race day it was clear that I should have bumped up the distance on my long runs. With 3 miles left, my body began to exhaust, and all I could think about during miles 11 and 12 was how badly I wanted to just stop and give up. Fortunately, I didn’t give up, and I still beat my goal time. However, I promised myself that I’d make sure I had enough gas in the tank to finish my next half marathon strong.

So when I began training for Halfsie #2, I planned to log two 14 mile runs, and several 12-milers to get myself feeling much more comfortable with the 13.1 distance.

Well…(if you couldn’t already tell from the title of this post)…I’m happy to say I finished my first 14 mile run yesterday evening, which is also my longest run to date! Happy dance x14!

My 14 mile route through San Francisco
My route through San Francisco

I won’t lie; it wasn’t easy for me. I’ve felt really good about my two 12-milers accomplished so far this training schedule, but this longer distance felt significantly more difficult. Those two last miles always seem to kick me in the butt, but I’m still super proud of myself for finishing. I’m expecting my next 14 mile run and subsequent 12 to feel easier, and hopefully I’ll be able to PR my upcoming half. (Fingers crossed.)

Yeah, like I said, I was really tired when I finished and not feeling particularly photogenic…

Me after my 14 mile run
“Just give me Gatorade, and nobody will get hurt.”

Fortunately, I like to treat myself to a good meal when I complete a long run. A couple slices of Zachary’s gluten-free pizza and a glass of red wine was just what I needed to round out the day and feel on top of the world.

Slice of Zachary's pizza
Best. Pizza. Ever.

And the best part of running on a Friday evening? A run-free Saturday morning. I got to curl up with a book, a cup of coffee, and my cat instead of hitting the trail this morning. Perfection.

Reading a book with coffee and my cat

 

Running & Drawing with the Nike+ App

The solution to running route boredom has presented itself to me in the shape of a stripper sliding down Sunset Blvd..

stripper Nike+
Picture: @clairewyckoff

Have you heard the buzz about the woman who uses her love of all things funny and phallic to run across San Francisco?

Claire Wyckoff uses the Nike+ running app to draw aerial doodles of Atari Space Invaders, corgis and even penises. She then posts her masterpieces to her Tumblr along with hilarious captions.

space invader
Picture: @clairewyckoff

My personal favorite? Slimer from Ghostbusters spanning the East side of Golden Gate Park.

slimer running app
Picture: @clairewyckoff

Without a little creativity, trying to get mid-long runs in around a city can be a challenge. Personally, I can only run around Lake Merritt so many times before wanting to give everything up and stop at The Boat House for drinks instead. 

Kudos to this running pioneer who probably just inspired a whole lot of people (including myself) to make their runs a little more fun. Maybe our friends will actually look forward to seeing our 10-milers in their Facebook and Twitter feeds if they are shaped like a giant game of PacMan? 

All I know is that I’ve never been so excited to try out a new running route this week.