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Running + iTunes = Cadence?

18 Jul

I can not live without music when I run. It’s truly what helps set my pace and keeps me pumped throughout my run (while keeping my mind off the pain of it all). I’ve recently put together a “run playlist” that I think is pretty solid. The only problem with my playlist…. when I run everyday, listening to the same 10 songs gets old pretty fast. To solve this problem, I wondered is “there an app for that?!”  Fortunately, I came across Cadence in the App Store.  So far, so good in helping me better organize my running music!

Cadence

The deal: You set your desired Beats Per Minute (BPM) and Cadence picks out the music that matches the beat. There is also an additional desktop which will analyze the BPM of your music, this way you can create playlists based on how much you want to move! The app is $4.99 and the desktop is a donation of your choosing where 20% goes to charity (desktop at: http://www.cadenceapp.com).

What songs MUST make an appearance in your running playlist? Do you have any experiences with this app?

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Get Running!

12 Jul

I have NEVER been a runner. I think it’s because I always felt it was a little …. boring. I guess I always thought of myself as one of those people that thrive in group fitness settings (e.g. Pilates classes). Well, recently my husband brought up the idea of running a half marathon together (he’s not a runner either so this was a VERY ambitious goal). Luckily, I was able to talk him down to a mere 5k.

In order to get in shape for this 5k, I figured I should probably start running. I ran 2 miles on a treadmill and felt like I was going to vomit. After talking it over with some coworkers, I found my approach was all wrong. Apparently just taking off running is not the best way to get in shape for these distance runs. One coworker suggested an IPhone App to help me get going. It’s called “Running Trainer 5k” ($2.99 for IPhone version) and it’s AWESOME. The idea is get your music going, then start the App. The App tells you when to run and when to walk. It’s basically interval training where you run a short amount of time and then walk a short amount of time in order to help build up cardiovascular strength (I hear it’s affectionately referred to as HIIT). With the coaching from the App, I’m feeling like a truly empowered runner!