Posts Tagged ‘Audio Fuel’

Wednesday: 3 miles untimed with Scout
Thursday: 3.1 miles; 30:11 + 5 miles; 52:23 = 8.1 miles
Friday: rest day!

It’s been a hot week here in Maryland. It’s been in the high 80s for the past two days and it might get up past 90 degrees today. I don’t take walk breaks during my weekday runs, but this week was an exception. My body got used to the cooler weather in the few fall-like days we had a week ago.

On Wednesday I meant to do 8 miles but I had somewhere to be at 7:30 and didn’t want to show up smelly, gross, and famished so I held back and went on an easy run with Scout. He was excited, at first. After the halfway mark he stopped three times to let me know he was done. Each time we walked for a bit and then shuffled home. Three mile runs don’t really tire him out anymore, but he was pooped Wednesday evening.

Yesterday, due to the heat, I split my long run into two manageable runs. I ran 3.1 miles during lunch at work and 5 miles when I got home. I’m not going to sugar-coat it folks: I was disgusting. I got caught sneaking back into my office by some coworkers who wanted to chat about my “healthy activity”. I was hot, miserably wet, and just wanted my power shower wipes. Last night was even worse because the gnats were out in full force. I ran through clusters of them and felt them hit my face like little pellets. I even felt them in my throat and couldn’t stop coughing toward the end of my run. When I got home, I looked in the mirror and I had little black specs ALL over me. My face, neck, arms, legs, and shirt were covered in gnats that I wiped off with a paper towel.

And, of course, when Matt ran at 7 all the gnats had magically gone home. Typical.

During my 5 mile run I finally got a chance to listen to AudioFuel. I really enjoyed it and will post a full review of Run Free 1 tomorrow. It deserves its own post.

Happy Friday!


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New Music!

Monday: multiple walks with Scout
Tuesday: 3.11 miles; 30:01

Yesterday I listened to a grand total of 3 different songs on my 30 minute run. And one song was a pity song that I felt like I had to listen to because I had already repeated the other songs multiple times. What can I say? I binge on songs. Better than binging on oatmeal animal crackers. OH WAIT! I binged on those as well last night. ooops.

Whatever. They were organic.

The two songs I binged on were by Jackson Browne, surprise surprise. His music is good for short runs. The songs were “Of Missing Persons” and “I’m Alive”. One song is about the death of a friend and the other is about a bad breakup. There’s no good reason why I should have run so well to these songs since the lyrics are so melancholy. But Jackson has a way of putting vibrant beats behind tough times that really (if you’re going through a low point) would help you get going again.

In other words, these songs are sad but make you want to movie jump during the chorus.

Anywho…onto something more interesting. A few days ago I was contacted by a very nice person at AudioFuel.

AudioFuel is custom written for running. Our music is custom composed for you to run to the beat. AudioFuel matches and drives your stride and pace when you run. The vibe and lyrics of every track are designed to increase your performance and make your running easier. Most music’s tempo is too slow to run to the beat. And AudioFuel delivers because the music sounds good… unlike a lot of ‘exercise music’. Only the best artists compose AudioFuel.

My contact read that I’ve been listening to music on the go lately and offered to send me a few samples of their running music. I received:

The music is set to specific beats that your legs can run to. And there’s coaching thrown in to keep you going. As an American this is very exciting because the voice has a British accent. FUN!

I haven’t run to these, yet, but I plan on running my weekly 8 miler to Run Free 1 either today or tomorrow. I’m excited to see how my running compares as to when I listen to Dave Matthews, my usual long run friend.

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Saturday: 16 miles; 2:55:07
Sunday: 2 mile walk with Scout

Let’s see. Where to begin. This weekend was busy busy busy. Besides sleeping in until 7:30 on Sunday (it was pretty awesome) and not doing anything productive until 10 am that day, I was on the go all weekend.

Saturday morning I got up bright and early for my 16 miler. Scout ran with me for the first 2 miles and then I was on my own. I don’t know what was in me, but the only route I wanted to run was my favorite 5 mile loop around me neighborhood. So after dropping off Scout I grabbed 3 Gu gels, my cell phone, my iPod, my pepper spray, and my Camelbak and headed out on my merry little way. I like my 5 mile loop because it’s challenging yet easy. If that makes sense. The first 1.5 miles is slightly up hill, then it stays flat with a slight downhill through a cute neighborhood before climbing back up and back down until I reach my street again. It’s great hill training for NYC.

I successfully looped 3 times, but I had my fair share of trouble. Besides running past the same yard sales 3 times in less than 3 hours, I…this hurts to admit…forgot to put Secret deodorant on my legs and chaffed really (REALLY) bad.

Let me be girly and explain. To prevent chaffing, I use unscented Secret deodorant around my sports bra and on my shoulders where my Camelbak straps rest. I also apply it on my inner thighs, because I’m not a skinny supermodel and my thighs rub together when I run. Fact of life. Halfway through my second loop I felt the burning and realized my mistake; it wasn’t pretty after that. Every few miles I had to stop and readjust my spandex shorts (I’m sure I scared the yard salers) so my legs wouldn’t touch. A few times I would readjust my shorts, run a few steps, cringe, and try to readjust them again. By the end, I was bleeding some and my inner left thigh was red and swollen. ouch.

To top things off, I helped Matt stain our fence that afternoon. A few times the stain splattered on my wound and it burned. Ohhh did it burn.

I’m better today! It’s all scabbed over and I should be able to run this evening if I wear my longer running shorts.

And as bad as this chaffing burns, it’s not nearly as bad as the injury I faced around this time last year. Sixteen miles was the longest I ran before I suffered a knee injury training for Philadelphia last year and I “ran” an 18 miler on my parent’s elliptical machine. I managed to run 20 miles before the actual marathon, but it was slow and choppy.

Right now, I feel great. My legs quickly recovered from 16 miles and I do believe I could have kept on going. I feel really good about NYC. I’m still not setting a time goal, though. With the crowds and hills and celebrity stalking (must find my new BFF Edward Norton), I’d only disappoint myself and I want NYC to be great. I have many more years ahead of me to reach goals (sorry Matt!), but I might only have one NYC. I don’t see myself entering the lottery again any time soon.

Sorry for the long post! Had to get a lot out. Tomorrow I have a cool new product to share with you that involves ditching my running buddies Dave, Tim, and Jackson. It’s called Audio Fuel and I’m excited to share it with you!

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