my running playlist + training for speed
Happy 2017! I am so excited about today’s post because it’s probably one of the things y’all have requested the most from me, and it’s just taken forever to get around to it. Today I’m finally sharing my running playlist with y’all!
I figured the best way to do it would be to just create a playlist on Spotify, because that’s what I use and I figured most of y’all do too. So, my Spotify username is laurenkaysims, and the playlist is just called “run“. To search for someone on Spotify, just tap on the magnifying glass in the app that says “search”, and type in my username.
Let me warn you now though – my running playlist is SUPER random. Everything from Christian worship music to rap to hip hop to music from Moana lol. But that’s what I love. When I’m running long distance, I don’t want something insanely upbeat the entire time. It’s nice to have a variety!
Another question some of you have asked me is about half marathon training. I just did my 4th half marathon in December and actually PR’d it, meaning it was my best race ever! I’ve done a post before (here) on half marathon training tips, but I trained a little bit differently for this past one because I was going for speed. In previous races my goal was pretty much to just finish without dying (hah but really), and this race I had a time I wanted to beat.
I am definitely no expert, but wanted to share a few tips with y’all if you’re trying to increase your pace for a race.
I took a class at my gym (Equinox) called ‘Precision Running’ and it was a game changer for me. It was a 45 minute class of interval running and helps you with speed, form, etc. If you want to work on speed I definitely encourage you to look up “interval running”.
First of all there are tons of benefits to interval training, such as improved running form and economy, endurance, mind-body coordination, motivation, and fat-burning. But it also helps with speed because you will run at a much harder effort for a short period of time, and then give your body a few minutes to recover. Here’s an example of an interval run you could do, but really there are tons!
Let me know if y’all have any questions on how to find my running playlist or interval running! Also, let me know if there are certain fitness things you’d like for me to incorporate more into the blog this year!