Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Using Music to Break-up the Race: Part 1

Dave here....

Week 2 and the training schedule is being thrown off-kilter. My doctor's appointment Thursday will delay that day's workout until Friday. Saturday is thrown out all together because we'll be in Washington DC for Holly to run the Marine Corp Marathon on Sunday. I have a feeling between the race expo and touring I'll get the miles.

One of the things I've picked up from hanging out with runners is to mentally break up your race into pieces. So I'm not doing half marathons - I'm doing a bunch of consecutive 5k's with a long walk back to the car for the last mile. I knew right away the best way for me to break the races  up is with music. So for each three mile segment I have a plan for certain musical themes. The last mile (in Disney World) will be through Epcot so I'll either have the earbuds out, or listen to the 5th theme I have picked out for the last mile and finish line approach.

RunDisney still using the 2012 map for this year's WDW Half Marathon
 So for Miles 1-3 in Disney World (not sure yet what I'll do the following week in Disneyland) I'm going Jamaican. I need to make sure the first 3 miles sets my pace and keeps me where I need to be from heart rate and speed standpoints, so it's going to be some slower stuff. I'm thinking a heavy dose of rocksteady, some early ska, and a touch of lover's rock. Here's a sample of songs I may add into the playlist (Depending on your browser you may or may not see the widget below):

In the mix: The Heptones, Bob Marley, U-Roy, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Freddy McGregor, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, The Paragons, Alton Ellis, Toots and the Maytals.

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