on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 9:11 PM

Did 6 miles recovery today at 9:37 pace. It was nice and cool and no wind.

Did 14.3 miles on Wednesday at overall pace of 8:40. I've been listening to podcasts on my runs for the past few weeks. A couple of weeks ago, I basically downloaded the latest podcast for all of the running podcasts on iTunes which amounted to over 20 hours worth of listening. I had to purge my portable mp3 player of all its music to fit the stuff on there. Well yesterday morning, I checked and noticed that I only have two more podcasts left which amounted to aabout 1.25 hours worth of time. Realizing that I had over 2 hours worth of running, I ended up just dragging a bunch of songs from itunes to my mp3 player but didn't realize that itunes stores it's music in a strange format that my Zen Stone doesn't read. Basically of the songs I copied over, only two were in mp3 format which basically meant that after the podcasts were over, I had to listen to the same two songs over and over again. But to tell you the truth, it wasn't as bad as you might think as these songs made me run quite a bit faster as you can see in the paces and HR.

Lap Lap Time
Lap Lap Time
1 10:00.8
9 08:44.5
2 09:21.2
10 08:16.6
3 09:33.1
11 08:01.9
4 09:10.8
12 07:55.1
5 09:05.0
13 08:07.7
6 08:33.1
14 07:54.4
7 08:40.8
15 01:43.9
8 08:44.1

Songs were

Africa (cover)- Karl Wolf

and Don't Stop the Music - Rihanna

My turnover went up quite a bit when these songs started playing and I started nailing 8 min/mile pace and it actually felt quite comfortable. I ran these songs through BPM Analyzer and the Africa song has a BPM of 93 which when doubled gets to 186 and the other song is 123, but when you factor in a 3-2 foot strike comes to 185, so the two songs are actually quite close and provide a pattern very close to the optimum of 180.

On a side note, one thing I like to do is listen to covers of songs on youtube. There are quite a few talented people out there, here's a pretty good cover of the Rihanna song.


jen said...

Great run! I love that Rihanna song. The cover is interesting. I had never heard that new version of Africa, it's pretty good! Thanks for the tips. :)