Marathon Training Week 7 : Music to Run By

8 Jul

12 weeks to go…

It was another tough week of training last week as my shins were sore during each run and on the off days.

My plan:


What actually happened:

Wednesday morning was a little rainy but not enough to skip the run. I was back on the local primary school’s synthetic soccer field and being the first week of school holidays, it was deathly quiet.  These interval runs are meant to be run at a rather fast pace however with my current shin pain I have readjusted to running these at around 6:00 min/km instead of the required 4:46 min/km.  I do intent to “pick up the pace” as my legs get stronger but at the moment I’m in defence mode. Having said that, after 4 x 1km I called it quits. The rain was getting heavier but I was also feeling more pain in my shins with each lap so I stopped.

Friday was much the same. I had seen the physiotherapist on Wednesday afternoon where my legs received a good kneading and massaging however on Friday I was still experiencing some dull pain in my shins. For the past few weeks I have taken the Friday run to the road but this week I went back to the soccer field. I made the decision to shorten the run before I started and managed a total of 8km at 6:00 min/km pace rather than the 10km planned. It was a decent enough run and towards the end of the 6th kilometer I contemplated running the extra 2km but forced myself to stop at 8km and I know now that this was the right decision.

Because come Sunday, I was roaring to go for the 15km. I was up and running early again this week (5:30am for a 5:44am tram to the rugby field) because of my church commitments that day but to be honest I do not mind the early morning runs. It is so peaceful and quiet outside and I get to watch the sun rise over the buildings. The first 5km were a bit shabby so I took a quick drink and stretch at this point. The next 10km flew by. I really had to force myself to run at a slow pace but still struggle to maintain the 6:20 min/km pace I ran. Any slower and I surely would have been walking!! I remember this feeling when I was training for the half-marathon last year, of not being comfortable running at the slow pace recommended. I made it round in 1h35mins. Not too bad considering the circumstances.

Running Tunes

But I’m sure you’re didn’t come to this post in search of my weekly running update. You came looking for the music list. Come on, I know you did! Well unfortunately I didn’t get a very large response to my request for suggestions last week so you’re just going to have to be satisfied with a brief outline of what is currently on my iPod and what helped my to get around the rugby field 35 times yesterday!

Let’s get straight to it:

  • Beats – You can’t go wrong with Pitbull, Chris Brown, David Guetta, Flo Rida… I have “Get It Started” by Pitbull & Shakira, “Don’t Wake Me Up” by Chris Brown, “Play Hard” by David Guetta and “Right Round” by Flo Rida (just to name a few)
  • Justin Timberlake, Black Eyed Peas, P!nk, Jamiroquai – anything and everything is good
  • Old School – If you’re looking for something upbeat but you’re not into techno and hip hop then look no further than INXS, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson or Elvis. I’m not a big fan of INXS but my husband decided that a whole album of INXS best hits would be good to run to!! After hearing 4 INXS songs in a row on Sunday, I’m not so sure. I’ll be adding MJ this week.
  • Aussie Tunes – JET, The Cat Empire and I plan to add The Living End and some Powderfinger this week also.
  • My Anthem – So everybody has to have “a song”; a song that inspires them, a song that motivates them, a song that has been stuck in their head for the last 10 years. At the moment my running song is “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson. It just seems so appropriate at the moment 🙂

That’s whats on my iPod this week. There are a lot of lists of running songs on the internet so happy searching, I’m gathering more and more ideas every day!

My husband brought be a pair of calf compression socks last week so next week I’ll be blogging about recovery. In the meantime, I still owe you that post on outings in Geneva.

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