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Jogging with

Week one of Half Marathon training is in the books!

Check out my snazzy new headband I won on Susan's blog! (

Our long run today was 3 miles.  Because I’m still building back up, 3 miles actually did feel long-ish.  Goose and I headed out at the same time, but the plan was that I’d stick with him as long as possible and then just run my own pace.

Yeah.  Goose is speedier than I thought.  I kept up with him for all of a half mile.

When I made it back to the house, he was waiting there with something special for me!  (Please note that he wasn’t that much faster than me.  He bought it last night.)

A little iPod shuffle!  Last night I was talking about using a running playlist for the first time in a long time.  I found, and I think it’s about the best website that has ever existed.  It sorts songs by beats per minute, which it aligns with a running pace.  For an 11:15 pace, it suggests 137 beats per minute.  Although those are pretty difficult to find, there are some really fun songs at the 11:12 pace!

I am so excited to pick a workout playlist and get running.  I’m hoping it will make me  better at pacing and distract me from the speedy clip I’m hoping my legs will maintain.  (Hush, all you speedy friends, you.  11:12 is a speedy clip for me for 13.1 miles!)

So, tell me. Do you run with music? What do you use to listen to it? What are your favorite workout songs?



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“Just” a Half Marathon

Something dawned on me today.

This is the first time in my running career I’ve ever been training specifically for a half marathon.  I’ve run plenty of them, but it’s always been a training run for something else.

2008 Chicago Distance Classic - I have no idea what I'm doing in this picture.

It’s strange, because I think the half marathon is my favorite race distance.  It’s long enough to be a challenge, but short enough (good grief, did I just call 13.1 miles short?) that training for it doesn’t entirely take over your life.  You can rock your long runs, take a nap, and do something fun with the rest of your day.

Several times when I’ve been in full-on marathon training mode and loathing my long runs, Goose has suggested I knock it off and train for half marathons.  I tell him it’s a good idea, then finish marathon training, cross the finish line, and somehow find myself signing up for a big goal all over again.  (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.  Finish lines are like crack.)

2009 Chicago Rock & Roll Half Marathon - this is such a fab screen grab.

I actually think I could crank out a pretty decent time if I trained specifically for a half, tapering at the appropriate time and peaking at race day.  My current half marathon PR is 2:38:41.  I don’t want to put any pressure on my recovering self, but I really want a sub-2:30 in Vegas.  Not only would I then be able to cross two things off my 30 before 30 list in one swoop, I think it would make for a pretty satisfying comeback.

Disney Princess Half, 2011

So I’m going to go ahead and go for it.  9 minutes is a pretty sizable PR, but hey, dream big right?

What is your favorite race distance?  Also, please tell me about a time you set a PR in a big way. Help me believe, baby!

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