Philadelphia, here I come!

UPDATE!! Just got my official results: 1:32:22 (7:03 per mile pace). That’s a 1 minute, 12 second PR. Huzzah! Full report later after I eat everything in sight. And nap. xoxo

Greetings from Philadelphia! It’s race morning and I’m sipping coffee watching the sunrise alongside the Delaware River. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that my home running turf is New York City, but when Sony offered to sponsor me in the Philadelphia Rock ‘n Roll 1/2 marathon I jumped at the chance. 13.1 miles in a fun city? Sign me up! Sony was nice enough to send me a black racing singlet, a bloggie video camera, and a walkman mp3 player.

Most of the time I run with my CPTC teammates, but occasionally music is a nice way to make the miles fly by. I recently powered through a 20-miler run with an awesome hip hop playlist. I tried out my new Sony Walkman Mp3 player during the run and generally it was a good experience.

Likes: The design is intriguing – very different from traditional headphones. I was a little skeptical of the over the ears design at first, but it DOES stay put during a run – win! I also liked that the walkman charges quickly (3 minutes of charge time = 90 minutes of play time) and it has a cool feature called Zappin playback. Basically when you turn on Zappin, the walkman will play the most recognizable clip of the song, so you can immediately recognize what it is. Cool, huh?!

Dislikes: Is not compatible with Macs (???). This was actual a big problem for me and if I had purchased this with my own money, I would have been pissed to find out it would not work with my beloved Apple laptop.

Without further ado, the playlist that makes me feel cooler than I actually am –

Earlier this week I schlepped home ~20+ lbs of CSA veggies (my back was NOT happy about that), so I turned to my “go-to” recipe to use them up. Spicy peanut noodles are fast, cheap, and delicious. Seriously, why haven’t you made these yet??

The sauce is super easy (I usually mix it in the bottom of a big mixing bowl) – 1/4 cup peanut butter, 2 glugs of rice vinegar, 2 glugs of soy sauce, big squirt of sriracha, an a splash of lime juice.

After cooking whole wheat noodles to al dente and mixing in some cooked veggies (you can use almost anything you have on hand), I combine everything in the mixing bowl with the peanut sauce. Top with crushed peanuts or cashews and voila! din-din.

And with that my friends, I’m headed out to run 13.1 miles! Stay tuned for a race update (still not sure if I’m going to go all out or just do it as a workout……eeeeeek).

What song gets you motivated to run fast??

  • Megan

    GOOD LUCK MEGAN!
    I like to run to a mix my spinning instructor uses for class! gets me pumped!

  • When I’m running, I find myself really fueled by my music. If the right song comes on, it can boost my energy or even enhance my pace (quite the pain to my running buddy). Though I have a mix of music on my running playlist, I’ve noticed that hip hop rhythms and beats get me going at the appropriate pace. Some of my favs include:
    The Black Eyed Peas – Imma Be, Rock that Body
    Lil John – Outta Your Mind, Hey
    Ludacris – My Chick Bad, Everybody Drunk
    Timbaland – The Way I Are

    Plus I mix in some 80’s and 90’s music in for good measure – Thriller, My Sharona,

    By the way..great looking recipe. Plan to try it.

  • i’m sure you’re running right about now, but i’m sending you ROCKIT vibes right now! i’m sure you’re kickin’ booty.

    i am all about the over-the-ear headphones (mine broke recently after a good two year run) and love to listen to ’90s alternative rock when i run. and the arcade fire. true story.

  • GOOD LUCK 🙂 i’m sure you’re done by now because you’re a rock star

    way cool about sony. you are a celebrity now 🙂

  • Good Luck with your race!!

  • Good Luck! Awesome gear from Sony! What a cool opportunity!

  • Jen

    You have a surprising amount of Eminem on your playlist. Hope you had fun at the race today! Did you see any of my family?

  • Matt

    Hope you had a great run, Megan! I had a few of the same songs on my mix today, but the song that’s been keeping me going lately is “Gettin’ Over You” by David Guetta w/ Fergie and LMFAO.

    If you haven’t left Philly yet, make sure to stop by Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt on 13th and Walnut, go to the back of the store, and get a Choux Creme. Seriously better than any cupcake in town.

  • Maren

    hope the run went well, Megan! I ran my first 10k this morning and it went great! If I’m ever feeling a little sluggish at the gym or on a run, I always turn on “rock your body” by black eyed peas! it’s the perfect pump-up song!

  • Eminem, T.I., Kanye…they ALWAYS get me pumped to run. And sometimes Taylor Swift works too…always depends on my mood! 🙂

  • “Dynamite” is so on my list too! 🙂

    My “go-to” songs change ever so often…but the 2 I had on this morning before I walked out the door were “OMG” by Usher and “Waka Waka” by Shakira. Good stuff 🙂

    congrats on your PR!

  • Claire

    Hey Megan – it was so exciting to meet you today! I feel like I had a celebrity citing haha! Anyway, you totally rocked the race, especially for someone who was still unsure if she was going to race the morning of! I’ll probably send you an email in a few weeks because I have a few questions about the NYC marathon – but for now, congrats on the run, and I’m so glad I ran into you!

  • How did you get your results? I can’t get mine on the page – annoying, it’s 5:30pm! I saw the headphone things at the expo. Great job, you are super speedy!!

  • @Natalie – i found my results by clicking on the “live tracking page” http://running.competitor.com/2010-ing-rock-n-roll-philadelphia-coverage

  • WOW! That’s awesome. Congrats! Treat yourself to something yummy. 🙂

  • WOO HOO PR!! Can’t wait to hear about it. Run soon? Yes.

  • Woman, you are flipping fast! Congratulations on the PR!!!

  • That is awesome girlie!!! You rocked it!!!

  • The problem isn’t with the mp3 player……because nothing but Mac works with Mac.

  • Awesome run Megan! So excited for you.

    Thanks for sharing your playlist. My iTunes library is nearly unmanageable at over 30,000 songs, but I work hard to keep what is on my shuffle up-to-date. My favorite song to finish to is always “How Far We’ve Come” by Matchbox 20.

  • Congrats on a great race and a PR to boot! And oh how cool that you got to do this:)

  • Wooot! Congrats on the PR! Can’t wait for the race recap. And obviously the post-race feasting…
    Running with my faster friend motivates me!

  • HUZZAH is right! AWESOME JOB!!!

  • Jeez, you’re fast! Such an inspiration, as always. 🙂 I’m glad I’m not the only one eating noodles these days- I’ve been on a serious pasta kick! I blame the cool weather.

  • hoooray for a new, amazing PR! You’re awesome – can’t wait to hear/read all about it!

    I love anything Jay Z, Kanye, some Fall Out Boy and *maybe* a little Kelly Clarkson to get me pumped to run 🙂

  • Mark

    “Get Outta My Way” by Kylie – great energy & a great anthem for a race

  • Songs that get me moving:
    Green Day, Jesus of Suburbia, Rage Against the Machine, Bombtrack, Destiny’s Child, I’m a Survivor, Linkin Park, Bleed It Out, and a little John Cougar Mellencamp, Hurts So Good mixed with a little Bon Jovi, Livin on a Prayer and I’m golden 😀