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Make an MP3 Mix for a Marathon With a Metronome, Cheering Section & Course Guide

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Let's face it.  Running 26.2 miles is a lot better when you listen to music.  But not just any music.  This Instructable walks you through how I compiled my Marathon Mix Tape.  The key features are:
  • All the music either
    • Is something I love or
    • Is something I love AND is between 175-185 beats per minute to help me keep my pacing
  • Between every track I have a 20 second sample of a metronome set at 180 beats per minute
  • There are 28 segments of friends and family rooting for me along the way.
  • At key points of the course I include a description of the terrain and what I need to prepare myself for.  I also coach myself on form and pace.
Here is how to do it.
 
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Step 1: Get 28 messages from friends on your phone and convert them to MP3 Tracks

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  1. I asked friends and family to leave one minute messages on my iPhone.  I told each what mile they were responsible for.  I also had a starting line message and a finish message.  I recorded a couple of segments for myself.
  2. I then used MP3 Recording Software on my MacBook to record the messages played back over the phone.  Any software that can access your microphone will do.  I labeled them with the mile and the person's name so that I would know where in the mix to place them.  The software I used to record the messages was http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Step 2: Download MP3 files of a metronome at the right pace

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  1. The "golden standard" marathon pace is 180 Paces per minute.  But you need to figure out your own cadence.
  2. I downloaded a 180 bpm MP3 here: http://www.goodformrunning.com/180-cadence-file
  3. I then used this program to rip a 20-30 second sample of it because I did not want to listen to two minutes with a metronome.  I used this program to do this: http://download.cnet.com/MP3-Trimmer/3000-2170_4-43446.html
EmcySquare3 months ago
A good resource for FREE running music il PODRUNNER (dot.com)
Great mixes at different paces ;-)
Grunambulax (author)  EmcySquare3 months ago
Brilliant. I'll check that out.
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