There are some people who are able to just go outside and run. They don't need music or podcasts- they just go. I have mad respect for those people because running without ear buds playing something to distract me is something I have not yet mastered. My phone was just as key in my half marathon training as my running shoes were. Okay, that's obviously a stretch, but you get the idea.
Map My Run
Parker introduced me to this app after using it in college, and I really love the features. I can see my pace and distance at all times of my run, which is great when you are trying to keep a solid pace. A voice comes on at each mile and tells you what mile you've reached, your overall time, your average pace per mile, and your split pace for that last mile. This feature is handy if your phone is in an arm band or not easily accessible. Regardless, you know you can count on an update at every mile. Another cool thing about Map My Run is you can use it to track all of your work-outs. If you do a circuit workout at the gym or go on a run without your phone, you can still upload it to your Map My Run account and see all of your work-outs for a given time period. Here's an image of the run summary I see at the end of each work-out (Yes, I ran 10 miles on a circular track. No, it wasn't exciting).
I think almost all of us run to Pandora if you don't use a playlist on your phone, so this shouldn't be any big news. I liked Pandora vice a playlist on my phone because it kept me from having to listen to the same songs over and over again. I had several go-to stations that made running as enjoyable as it could have been.
- Katy Perry Radio: I'm a huge KP fan and like most of the music that comes on this station.
- Disney Radio: Don't hate on it until you try it. As silly as it may sound, you haven't run until you've run to Hakuna Matata. Seriously, it's impossible not to run a little faster with a huge, goofy smile on your face.
- Casting Crowns Radio: Casting Crowns is a contemporary Christian band, and I probably listened to this station more than any other. This won't be for everyone, but I found worship music to be incredibly motivating while I was running. There is something about running a long distance to worship music and remembering just how blessed you really are. I loved it.
I didn't listen to a ton of Podcasts because I found I zoned out and got bored, but towards the beginning, Podcasts kept me thoroughly entertained. I am a Biggest Loser fan and think Jillian Michaels is a rock star, so I listened to the Jillian Michaels Show. They talked about work outs, health issues, and good foods to eat, and I liked it since I felt like it went hand in hand with the exercise I was doing.
My little sister actually introduced me to this app. Charity Miles donates 10 cents per mile that you run to a charity that you select. They had about 20 options, and I always chose the Wounded Warrior Project. I just turned that app on at the beginning of my runs and stopped it at the end. For no extra effort, it's cool to know money is getting donated to a good cause while you're running.