Join the Distance Disco

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This weekend I’m running the Reading Half Marathon for the third time. This is the final time I’ll be running in race conditions before the big one, so it’s the perfect opportunity to test out how I want to take the race on marathon day – and I need your help.

For other people, a training race is a chance to test an approach to pacing, clothing or hydration and nutrition strategy. But for me this is a test run for my Battery Strategy and my running music.

I’ve been training without my Pebble as the Bluetooth connection drains the iPhone’s already lightweight battery, but I really want to use it on race day. Last year, I challenged my friends to cheer me on on race day via tweets sent to my Pebble, and to choose my running music for me via a collaborative Spotify. It was a miserable, wet and cold day, but the stream of good wishes and ace tunes kept my spirits up and saw me round the 13.1 grim miles, and I’m sure it’ll do the same for the full 26.2.

So I’ve ordered a Moophie Juice Pack and am using this weekend’s race to see if it’ll keep my phone in enough power to feed me tunes and tweets all morning.

And just like last year, I’m asking for your kind words and excellent taste in tunes.

In last year’s race, every time I was feeling tired or demotivated, a cracking tune would come on and cheer me up. This year, I need it even more. If I’m going to get around twenty six long, long miles, I’l going to need a party in my ears.

I’ve set up a collaborative playlist here, and I’d love it if you would add any tunes you think might keep my motivated on the big day. Together, we can create the perfect distance running disco.

The rules:

  1. I won’t look at the playlist before I start – I want it to be a surprise
  2. You have until 8am on Sunday, 2 March to add your tunes – that’s when I’ll switch the playlist to offline
  3. I can skip if I’ve heard a tune before (the Rickroll Rule)
  4. If there’s a tune that doesn’t help me pick up/keep up the pace, or which I really hate (or both), I can skip past that too (the Hawkwind Rule)

I’ll be reading my tweets on my Pebble, so tweet me your words of encouragement @sharonodea. The race starts at 10am on Sunday 2 March, and all being well I’ll be over the finish line by 12.30.

EDIT: Someone on Twitter came up with the idea of offering a prize. Great idea! I’ll be handing out the finest gift my husband can find in Reading on Sunday morning to whoever adds the track which is on when I cross the finish line. So add those tunes now and be in with the chance to win.

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