Some Interesting Studies on Running With and Without Music (Recipe: Caramel Cinnamon-Sugar Pancakes)

A number of studies have been conducted to determine whether music provides an advantage while running

One recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research looked at the effect of music on 5K running times. They discovered that when the runners listened to music of 110 to 150 beats per minute prior to the 5K run, they tended to run the first two laps of the time trial faster than they did without music. They also found that when runners listened to both fast and slow motivational music during the time trial, they were on average a little more than 30 seconds faster than when they ran with no music. They also identified benefits to listening to slower music of 95 to 110 beats per minute after running, as the runners’ heart rates returned to normal more quickly than they did without music.

Interesting, right?

Other research has helped further identify what type of music may be most effective for runners. For example, one study showed that matching the music’s beat to running cadence can help optimize running economy.

Another study demonstrated that in 10-minute treadmill tests, the volume and tempo of the music boosted participants’ speed and heart rates. Indeed, it seems like the right kind of music can serve as motivation for certain runners.

I always love reading things like this.  The NYC Marathon was my first race running alone without music.  I’m totally a sucker for running with music unless I’m running with a buddy!

So, a lot has been going on!  As always, right?

A couple weeks ago, two former college roomies came to Raleigh, and we spent several hours at dinner reliving college memories.  It was a blast!  Don’t you love catching up with old friends?  I hope we can do it again soon!

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My aunt and cousin who live in upstate New York came to town for an ice-skating competition a couple of weeks ago, so I got to watch Cole skate and have two dinners with them which was really nice.

Callie got to play flyball last weekend with a friend because Mom wasn’t up for traveling, but Callie is always up for flyball!  She LOVED it!  Miss Heidi is welcome to run her any time!

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Because Callie was gone Envy was spoiled to pieces by A and me.

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We also went to see Mockingjay AND Big Hero 6!  Yep!  Two movies in one weekend!  Both were FANTASTIC!

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Well, I think that’s enough life updates for now!

Fun Fact about the new Hunger Games movie:  Last week a Thai movie chain pulled the new Hunger Games movie from its lineup.  Protestors in Thailand have been using the three-finger salute from the film as a symbol of resistance.  In May, the military took over in a coup, alleging the government was corrupt.  Protestors against the coup started flashing the Hunger Games symbol.  The military threatened to arrest anyone who used the symbol.

Quote of the Day:

“An average person with average talents and ambition and average education can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals.” -Mary Kay Ash

When A was in town last weekend, we decided to make pancakes Saturday morning.  We used my standard Pancake recipe, but then added a little bit of cinnamon sugar and made some homemade caramel sauce.  Delicious!

Caramel Cinnamon-Sugar Pancakes

Caramel Cinnamon Sugar Pancakes

After making my Pancake recipe, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat 1/4 cup unsalted butter, 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar and 2 teaspoons water to boiling, stirring constantly. Cook and stir about 2 minutes or until brown sugar is completely dissolved. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

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