Spotify Running Baby!

11:37 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

If it's not busy days, it's sick days, if it's not sick days, it's sleepless nights. No matter what is it, I always find myself doing the total opposite of what I had planned for the day or even the week. It might seem like I need a planner or a better handle on things, but for now, I'm just going with the flow. 

Thanks to the amazing people from Spotify and 360i, I got the pleasure of using Spotify's premium running service, paired with my Nike running app a couple of weeks ago. I've always wanted to try out their services since I've heard such great things about it and I finally got the chance. 

What's so unique about Spotify running is the "pacing station" feature that's on the app. I wasn't sure of what a pace station was, but it made sense when I read more about it. Pretty much you can set find a genre of music that you prefer running to, select your target pace and then start your run. Simple. 

When you first open your Nike app, head over to the music section and you'll get this screen. You see I have my iTunes selected but my Spotify was also connecting. Once connected, click "Spotify premium," and you'll see this screen. 
Since this was my first time using this app, I didn't have anything setup in terms of playlist or a pace station, so I just went on ahead and clicked "create a pace station." 
From there, you can either use your average pace or create your own. As you can see, I'm training myself to target an 11'30" pace.
When you scroll down you can select what genre or what artist you're feeling like running to. I didn't have any particular artist in mind, to I just selected hip hop/rap and then afterwards selected "begin run."

What I realized about running an 1'30" pace is that it's fairly slow music wise, or at least much slower than what I'm used to running to. I was listening to a lot of old school hip hop, (which I'm not a fan of) and it was difficult for me to run, I knew about two of the songs that played and the rest I was clueless about. Again, not my type of music. 

I will say that I did keep up the pace which was the whole point of using this feature. But again, I was just very bored and frustrated while running, so maybe I should have a particular artist in mind of the next run.

I've very pleased with Spotify running and I think it's going to be a great tool when I start training for the NYC Half come January. 

Until next time beauties! 

Gearing Up for 2016!

9:13 PM KyannaSimone 0 Comments

Oh it's been so long my beauties and I am sorry for that, life has gotten in the way and I've been totally busy, but never fear, I'm back and I'm ready to kick it in high gear and by that I mean it's time to start planning my race schedule for 2016. 

Since I've started running in 2014, I've pretty much stuck with all New York Road Runners (NYRR) races. Yes, I've completed some races outside of that organization, but for the most part I've solely been a NYRR girl. 

But it's time to change all of that...

Next year I have vowed myself to travel more and complete races outside of NYRR and more importantly outside of New York City. I would love to continue my quest to complete at least one race in each state before my running career comes to an end. 

So here's my tentative race schedule for next year.

Diva's Half in Temecula, CA - February 20th
NYC Half - March 20th 
Hot Chocolate 15K/5K - April 2nd
More Shape Women's Half - April 17th
UAE Healthy Kidney 10K - May 14th
Oakley Women's Mini 10K - June 11th
Queens 10K - June 19th
Front Runners Pride Run - June 25th
Rock N Roll Chicago - July 15 - July 17th
Rock N Roll Pennsylvania - September 17th - September 18th
Rock N Roll Brooklyn - October 8th
NYC Marathon - November 6th
Rock N Roll Las Vegas - November 10 - November 13th

As I was planning out my race schedule I've realize that I have a lot of Rock N Roll races on here, that's because I am thinking of completing one of the challenges they have to offer such as the heavy medal challenge. I mean I don't think theres anything wrong with purchasing a $219 tour pass and being able to go wherever I want right? Yupp, that's what I thought. 

I also would like to complete the Trenton Half Marathon, but there is no date set for that yet, but I'll make sure to remember it when my race schedule becomes official. 

AND, I'm completing my FIRST marathon next year, OMG! Can't we take this moment to scream please?! (AHSHAUHUHUHSUHSCCS)

This is it for now beauties, of course I am looking for new places to travel and visit so if there's any race that I need to complete, leave them in the comments below. 

Until next time beauties..