Brief update: Korngold and Tchaikovsky

Sorry for the lack of updates. I’m currently tapering because the Broad Street Run is next Sunday! As always, I am aiming to PR. My time in 2012 (first road race ever) was 1:30:13. My time in 2013 was 1:28:16. I definitely want to beat that. I’m going to try my best to run negative splits this year. Even though I’ve only done the race twice, both times I went out wayyy too fast. I think my first mile last year was sub-8… nice but totally not sustainable:

I did a short and sweet tempo run yesterday:

I was getting bored with my workout wardrobe, so I cut up an old t-shirt into a workout tank. It was super cute until I remembered why I don’t wear cotton while running. Lol.
Top: Adidas sports bra and Penn Engineering t-shirt. Hahah. No, I am not an engineer, but I swear that everyone I know, no matter which school they were actually in at Penn, had an engineering school t-shirt. We all somehow have our ways of obtaining one… Bottom: Brooks Infiniti Short 2 (LOVE these new shorts. As a long time devotee of Nike tempo shorts, I can finally say that I have discovered its better, softer, more flattering cousin); Accessories: Garmin Forerunner 10, iPod shuffle, Fitbit One

I learned my wardrobe lesson yesterday, so I wore more functional workout clothes today. Still a decent outfit though 🙂 My philosophy is to always look cute when working out because it motivates me. In fact, I found an article in the April issue of Vogue that echoes my sentiments, so it must be legit, right?

Today’s running #OOTD
Top: Lululemon “Stuff Your Bra” tank (gorgeous back, and the front is great because you can literally just stuff anything and everything in there. I have stuffed my phone, ID, Luna bars, etc. there. Amazing.); Bottom: Nike tempo; Accessories: Garmin Forerunner 10, iPod shuffle; Fitbit One


I heard the Korngold Violin Concerto for the first time after the Broad Street Run last year. I’ll be listening to it again later this week, and I have a pretty cool story about it, so get ready!

What do you like to wear when you workout? 



4’33” Workout

John Cage’s 4’33” accompanied my run today. Heh heh. I had to get this workout done and over with because I have a ton of work to do. I didn’t get to prep my playlist or take a picture of my running outfit 😦 (UA short sleeve tech t + Nike tempo shorts)

Did a ladder workout with 2:00 rest in between each:
400 warm up
800 warm up
1200 5:48? I can’t remember :/
1600: 7:48
1200 5:something? Around 7:45-50ish pace
800: 3:55
800: 3:56
400: 1:49

I need to get better at remembering 1200 times. I’m not familiar with the concept of those numbers because I’m so used to 200, 400, 800, 1600, etc.

Core, abs, 3 (haha) pull-ups afterwards

How do you get your workouts in when you’re super duper busy?

Russian Easter Overture / Mahler 3 Long Run

Wooohooo. Finished my long run. It’s probably my last long run before the Broad Street Run. Given that it’s Easter, I started my run today with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture. I love this piece so much. I used to listen to it all the time, even when it wasn’t Easter. I love how festive it is, and the time signature changes are so fun aka perfect for running! I did the rest of my run to Mahler’s 3rd Symphony. I didn’t get to finish the entire symphony during the run — it’s helllaaa long. A friend of mine introduced me to the piece about four years ago and gave me this Kenneth Woods piece to read before we attended a live performance (Philadelphia Orchestra) of the concert. Highly recommend it 🙂

The playlist (only showing the top part of Mahler 3, it’s much longer):
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The run:
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My outfit:
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This outfit was probably the worst decision I’ve made all week. Long sleeves?! THE WORST. Way too warm!!

I also did a run yesterday, accompanied by Sibelius’s 6th Symphony. I swear the music is used in the Sims… the old school original version.
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What I wore:
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You’ve probably figured out by now that I have a bajillion pairs of Nike tempo shorts, so I won’t bother tagging each clothing item. The top is from Lululemon. It’s the “free to be tank,” and it’s super cute. I love the back because it does a double criss cross.

I’m happy that I got some decent mileage in this week — 26/27ish? I’m treating myself to some yummy Loacker wafers (no, I was not compensated for this post. I just happen to love these wafers, and they’re so hard to find, so I stocked up mmm)
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How do you reward yourself when you accomplish your goals?

Good Good Friday

I’ll keep this short and sweet since it’s Friday (Good Friday), and I only went for a super short run today because of yesterday’s monster workout. I went running on grass and ended the run by sprinting up a hill. I didn’t sweat before the hill but definitely did afterwards!

My run, accompanied by Rachmaninoff’s first piano concerto (most people love Rach 2 and 3, but my favorite is actually Rach 1!):

My outfit:
Top: Under Armour seamless bra, Under Armour long sleeve tech t; Bottom: Nike tempo shorts; Accessories: iPod shuffle, Garmin Forerunner 10, Fitbit One

My Fitbit is happy because I met my goal of walking 10,000 steps today 🙂
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What are your goals for this weekend and how do you plan on accomplishing them?
–My goals for this weekend are to do a solid long run and practice Chopin. I plan to eat and hydrate well tomorrow to prep for Sunday’s long run!

6 x mile workout completed!

Yesterday’s intended 6 x mile was a total flop, but I definitely made up for it today. I went to the gym to use the indoor track. I listened to the same playlist from yesterday and stuck with the plan. I was kind of hoping to go sub-8 for the last mile, but I won’t complain because I finished the workout! 🙂 given that my sleep schedule is a bit out of whack this week, I’m really happy I was able to push through. I have had 3:45am, 3am, and a few 6am calls this week, followed by an 8pm call tonight; it’s actually kindaaa cool to be like “oh sorry I can’t hang out. I have a meeting with Australia!” Makes me sound totally legit ahahaha. But my sleep schedule is definitely off.

My times:
8:07 (there was a really annoying 11/12 year old kid on the track for this mile who decided he was racing me, and because the track was so small and he wasn’t going at a steady speed, I took off and did my own thing because I didn’t want to trip over him. He tried following me for like 50m before I really hit the accelerator and got away from him. I don’t think he was even old enough to be allowed on the track without a parent! Not cool.)
(10 minute stretch break)

The wonderful playlist:

I wasn’t exactly on track with each piece, but given how dynamic the Beethoven, Dvorak, Rach, and Adams pieces were, I’m not surprised that I was able to run faster! The Adams violin concerto is totally underrated, and I found this video on youtube: Yay

My outfit:

Top: Nike (I don’t remember the style); Bottom: Nike tempo; Accessories: iPod shuffle, Fitbit One, Timex 1440 watch

How does sleep (or lack thereof) affect your running?

Workout Wednesday: Mile Fail

Workout Wednesday. I intended to do 6 x mile at 8:00-ish/mile pace and made a really awesome playlist for it. It even accounts for rest times in between with some lovely Chopin preludes:

Ahahaha yeah right. This has not been my week. I set out to do the entire workout on grass, which I’ve never done before. I didn’t realize how difficult it is to run on grass! I set my Garmin to 8:00/mile. I was exhausted and behind pace for the first mile and barely made it through the second one. I then abandoned the grass and did 15 sets of 30 second run/30 second walk to test out my Garmin’s “Run/Walk” function, which I’ve never used before. Not really a real workout. I’m going to try the 6 x mile workout at the gym tomorrow on a track. I’ll definitely give grass running another chance though. I can definitely see how it’s less harsh on my joints and can make me faster. 

My outfit:
Top: Nike Element Half Zip, Adidas bra (don’t remember the style); Bottom: Under Armour compression tights; Accessories: Fitbit One, Garmin Forerunner 10, iPod Shuffle

Guess what came in the mail today? My foam roller! I used it before my run, and it hurt so much — in a good way. My calves were definitely very knotty (hence the tightness) along with my quads. I’ll definitely write an update if the roller makes a difference. I hope it does because I dropped $40 on it 🙂

The Danse Macabre Run

Oof today’s run was so gross and scary. I went running right before the storm started, which meant that I was sweating out of every pore of my body due to the humidity. Yuck. Actually, the icky stuff started prior to my run. I found a HUGE bug in my running shoe while putting them on… I ended up wearing a different pair because the bug scared me. It wouldn’t leave my shoe no matter how much I tried to shake it. I ended up being able to coax it out eventually, and I smushed it as hard as I could. No idea how it got there. I hope it never happens again!

Here’s my shoe bug — it’s the dark thing to the left side of my shoe:

How ironic that Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Macabre” was the first song on my playlist today… That violin tritone at the beginning and the thought of my huge shoe bug. *shiver* Danse macabre is a symphonic poem about skeletons dancing (that’s the simple version). It really is a wonderful piece of music on its own. It definitely evokes unease and fear, so I think it encourages faster running, which was perfect for today’s run because I need to start picking up the pace if I want to PR at Broad Street this year.

Danse macabre conducted by Gustavo Dudamel:

Danse macabre in figure skating (Kim Yuna aka “The Queen,” World Championships 2009 SP. I love watching figure skating; classical music + athleticism = what’s not to love?):

My outfit:
Top: Get your Rear in Gear race t-shirt, Nike Pro Victory Compression Bra; Bottom: Nike tempo shorts; Accessories: iPod shuffle, Fitbit One, Nike hat, Garmin Forerunner 10

My run:

Do you have any spooky running stories?