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Keeping tracks

I’m even more obsessed with running than normal at the moment so that’s generally what my brain wants to write about.

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That obsession also means that I want to know how far I’ve fun, at what speed and also how many miles I’ve run in the last week/month/year. For one thing it helps you understand how you’re training is going and whether you truly are getting fitter and faster. But it’s also quite nice to truly know how many miles you’ve covered each week rather than guessing at it. I may also have set myself the target of running 1000 miles this year but we’ll keep that one quiet.

This is where smartphone app’s come in so useful, yes I would love to buy myself a Garmin GPS watch but that’s £130 and doesn’t do that much more than the free app I’ve downloaded onto my iPhone.

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Choosing a running playlist

So I am now officially a runner again, 4 runs in the last 10 days and feeling better than ever. I may even have started eyeing up some races (more of that at a later date). But with the miles starting to increase and wanting to keep the cross training at the gym going to look after my back I am in desperate need of a good playlist on the iPod. So far I am surviving on the 3 albums saved on my phone, one of which is nursery rhymes.

I remember reading a while back this blog from Kirsty at Imperfect Pages describing her play list. It had some pretty good tracks on it and also ones that I wouldn’t immediately think of for running to, but actually are pretty bloody good.

If I’m trying to do a short, fast run or simply a tempo section on a run then my go to music is Pendulum – Hold Your Colour. The first track (Slam) on the album is just phenomenal with a huge bass line and perfect beat speed to do that sort of run to.

But if you listen to that the whole time and are trying to do a long run you are going to be knackered pretty quickly.

I also quite like the Ministry of Sound 90’s album, the songs on it remind me of being a teenager and get me singing along and forgetting how much my legs hurt. I’m talking about classics such as 9pm till I come by ATB and Boom Boom Boom by the Outhere Brothers.

They also have an album called Running Trax (clearly no spell checker in that office) which is a bit more trance’y. But being designed for running the mixes do start slow with a warm up and build up, in theory to match your running pace. Again some classic dance tunes in there and 3 cd’s mixed by 3 different people.

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Notice a bit of a theme here? All dance music choices so far, which is funny because it’s not something I generally listen to when not running. But I don’t think Frank Sinatra which is my cooking theme tune will really cut the mustard so to speak. I could probably enjoy some Stereophonics or Kings of Leon, perhaps even the Black Keys which again has a great bass rhythm to run to. But that’s the great thing about music right? Different things for different situations.

So what else? What can I add to my playlist to keep me company as I do those long 12 mile 3 mile Sunday runs? What do you listen to? What’s your go-to tracks when you need motivating?

I do also have a rather nice new arm band to keep my iPod in while out, no more trying to wedge it in a pocket. Works well with my iPod Classic, but can also take an iPhone if you’re that way inclined. If you want one you can find it here; iPhone

Oh and to show it off in all it’s glory I managed to arrange for a hunky man to model it.

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NB This is a sponsored post, I was given the armband free of charge but not instructed what to write. Yes that’s right these awful music choices really are my own