Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The week before a marathon, I start loading up on pickle juice, sleep, carbs, and water.
And I completely (to my power) cut out music.
You see, I listen to music (on my Sony Walkman -- GIVEAWAY STILL GOING ON, and formerly iPod) on most of my runs. I've done a couple of races without music, mostly because I forgot or wasn't allowed to have it. But when I can help it, I'm going to jam to Eminem in my darkest moments of the race.
So this means that on my last runs before the race, my ears are open. I don't turn on the radio in the car (except talk radio), and I try to avoid lingering in music-playing supermarkets or stores for very long.
This way, when race day comes, I'm starving for music, and its motivating affects are increased. Yes, marathons much are less painful when you're absorbed in a Lil Wayne song that you haven't heard in a WHOLE WEEK. :$
Does that qualify me as weird??
Anyway, here's a (small) snippet of what's on my marathon playlist. As can be gathered by my references above, I'm a little bit of a "thug," although click if you specifically like "RUNNING" songs (more HERE). In spite of this, yes, I'm a little bit embarrassed about my selections. :$
Off to listen to more talk radio and drink pickle juice.