Weekend Wrap-Up: 10K Dreaming

Happy Monday! I’m linking up with¬†Tara¬†at¬†Running ‘N’ Reading¬†again for this week’s weekend update.¬†

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Hi, everyone! I wish I could tell you about a truly exciting weekend, but this one was low-key and maybe exactly what I needed after I spent most of Friday evening filling out forms¬†to begin my graduate school practicum. I also took off 8 whole days of running after I felt some shin pain during a¬†run home in Ohio, and I’ve spend the weekend plotting how to get back in tip-top shape.

I’m proud of myself for knowing when my body needs to stop running, but¬†goodness…the antsy-ness to begin again never gets easier. Thus,¬†it’s easy to imagine that the best part of my weekend was a slow 1.5 mile run through Capitol Hill to test out my legs.¬†It was a beautiful day.¬†

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The Capitol Hill Classic 10K¬†is approaching quickly this¬†Sunday, and I’m pretty disappointed that I’ve had to take so much time off of my planned training schedule. This 10K will be my longest distance to date! In light of this…I got an idea. I’m still planning on racing the 10k on Sunday (so long as I can crush a 5-miler before then¬†without any tinge of shin pain), but it obviously won’t be with the kind of strength or fitness I was anticipating.

So…when I came across the¬†Oakley New York Mini 10K¬†set in June, I thought I’d found a great next race.¬†I think it will serve as¬†perfect motiviation during this pre-half marathon training period. While I know I’m working to start the half marathon plan strong and ready, it can be easy to excuse finishing a workout early or not stressing cross training¬†because I’m not on a¬†real plan yet. It’s time to start training for something. No more¬†half-assing anything.¬†After the New York Mini, I’ll have two weeks before beginning Hal Higdon’s half marathon plan in preparation for the Navy Air Force Half Marathon.

That’s what has been on my mind this weekend. Right now I’m going to go pray to running’s higher powers that they send some good, injury-free juju my way…and go find some ice packs.

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How was your weekend?¬†Did you run? What’s the next race you’re planning? Have you ever run a race through Central Park?

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Listen While You Run

When I grudgingly inspired myself to run on the treadmill in college or ‚ÄĒ on the incredibly rare instance ‚ÄĒ outside, I was never without music. As I actually began to love running, I was surprised to find I enjoyed it much more without a pulsing beat raging through my headphones and began to run without music. Since my running picked up significantly over the winter, I grew used to¬†hearing the sound of my shoes landing on my local Metroparks running trail and embrace the silent cushion of snow.

More recently, however, as my runs increased from 20 minutes to 40 or 50 minutes, I found myself needing a little¬†distraction (?) as the new mileage forced¬†me to run farther and farther from home. I still don’t like music, but I’ve found I really do enjoy podcasts, the radio or the occasional audiobook to keep me going. I use the podcast application on my iPhone to search for new and find my old, go-to podcasts. Here’s what I’ve been listening to while I run:

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  1. This American Life:¬†This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast that tells a new stories each week based on a chosen theme. They’re usually true stories about everyday people ‚ÄĒ the kind not normally covered in the news ‚ÄĒ and¬†they’re always interesting. One day you’re listening to a family talk about how they were rescued at sea with their little ones, and the next you’re hearing a woman recall how she tracked down her stolen belongings on Craigslist before the¬†police did.
  2. Run Faster Podcast with Jay Johnson: As you might have read last week, Coach Jay Johnson developed the¬†myrtl routine I do on a weekly basis for¬†strengthening, and his Run Faster Podcast is one of his newest ventures. As you might have guessed, its goal is to help runners run faster, but what makes it special are Jay’s¬†interviewees and their wealth of knowledge. My favorite? Bart Yasso!
  3. StoryCorps:¬†Storycorps is best described an oral history project! They have stocked and collected more than 50,000 interviews with over 90,000 participants, and do those people have stories to tell… I suggest downloading a few at a time because they can run short, but their diversity in content can be a nice change from whatever you normally listen to.
  4. Men in Blazers:¬†This is for the soccer fans! I’ve been embracing the English Premiere League and the American MLS for the past year and listening to the Men in Blazers is not only enjoyable, but I pick up a thing or too while laughing along. I also don’t mind the British accents. In their words, “We discuss football. And wear blazers. Usually at the same time. Men in Blazers is driven by the belief that Soccer is America‚Äôs Sport of the Future. As it has been since 1972.” Give it a try!
  5. Audiobooks: This has been my¬†most recent addition and a perfect fix for when I’ve listened to all of my podcasts :-/ I hate waiting a whole week for a new episode of¬†This American Life.¬†Audible is a great resource, but I have also been using the OverDrive application on my iPhone to access audiobooks I rent from my local library. Right now I’m listening to Janet Ivanovich’s Takedown Twenty, a guilty-pleasure series that I’ve been reading for many years. I have a Kindle loaded with more serious reads, but who wants to listen to¬†King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa on a run?!

Do you like listening to anything while you run?¬†What are your favorites? I’m also on the search for¬†affordable wireless headphones¬†‚ÄĒ do you wear any you love?