I really needed to take my running up a notch. I have been on a great start – at least for me! I have run a few 5Ks and gotten faster each time. I have a running partner to hold me accountable. And…that’s about it. 🙂 Like I said…time to take it up a notch.
So I started by doing some research on shoes. I suffer with terrible shin splints and everyone I talked to had two pieces of advice. 1) you just have to run through it…it will get better. And 2) invest in some really good running shoes. OK – now let’s do some research on shoes. I read a lot of articles about getting the just right shoe for you. The big tips I took away from all that reading was: don’t buy for looks (sorry, not buying for cuteness), buy in the afternoon when your feet are already swollen, be ready to spend at least $100, don’t assume your size. There was so much out there about buying the right running shoes that it was overwhelming! So I just went down to the local running store and had them fit me for the right shoe. It was actually kind of fun. I learned a lot about my stride and exactly why I am getting those terrible shin splints. The store manager was fabulous. He laid on the floor and watched me walk barefoot, then with shoes (7 different brands). He said there was a lot of movement in my ankles which caused the pain in my shin. I needed a shoe with a lot of support on the inside of my arch to stop the movement in my ankles. I finally decided on the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 and can’t wait to try them out!! I would highly suggest going to a local running store and get fitted for the right shoe.
So now that I have the right kicks, I need the perfect playlist to go with it. Again with the research. 🙂 I have been just grabbing a few songs I liked to get me through the run, but really needed a play list that worked WITH my run.
I started with this site that told me a few tips for creating a playlist: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1742&page=2
Then I moved on to the serious stuff – http://jogtunes.com/jtc/jtcrun.php – How Cool!? This site talks all about matching songs to your running pace. Then you can search songs to match your pace. Sweet! Jackpot! So I worked a few hours on creating the perfect running playlist for me, right now, where I am with my running. I am sure (and hopeful) that it will have to change in the future to keep up with my changing running pace, but for now…here is my list!
|Bring the Funk||Ben Harper||4:07||100||Transition|
|Don’t Stop Dancing||Creed||4:32||140||Jog|
|Moves Like Jagger||Maroon 5||3:21||128||Jog|
|Animal I have Become||Three Days Grace||3:50||125||Jog|
|Gotta Be Somebody||Nickleback||4:13||117||Transition|
|Set Fire to the Rain||Adele||3:59||108||Cool Down|