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.

Step 1: Get 28 Messages From Friends on Your Phone and Convert Them to MP3 Tracks

  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/
A good resource for FREE running music il PODRUNNER (dot.com) <br>Great mixes at different paces ;-)
Brilliant. I'll check that out.

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