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Week 1: Starting Off Strong with New Tunes

Kelly Clarkson kept me company on my runs last week (thanks girl!). (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

The first week of training is always my favorite. Why? Because it is the easiest! No, I'm kidding of course (OK fine, half kidding). I enjoy it because it gives me a chance to check out my pace and see how my long runs will go in the upcoming weeks. Also, I find if you get in all your runs during that first week, it makes it that much easier to keep it up in the weeks to follow. Skipping even one run right off the bat can lead to a slippery slope for me, so I was happy to start off on the right foot.

Being extremely Type A, I love running with a training schedule not just for the appreciation of a plan, but also because it lets me plan what runs I want to do on which day. I rarely follow schedules as they are written; I prefer to pair my runs with my work and social schedule that week. Big birthday party Friday night? Then clearly Saturday will not be the best day for a long run.

Here's how my schedule looked last week:

Monday - 45-minute strength training session as my cross training for the week. I'm lucky I woke up to do this much, it's not every day the Giants win the Super Bowl!

Tuesday - 5-mile run that was originally scheduled for Thursday, since I know the latter part of my week would be pretty busy.

Wednesday - 4-mile run

Thursday - 4-mile run

Friday - 7-mile long run. Not having any obligations Friday night, I normally would have done this on Saturday, but my trusty weatherman Al Roker was calling for snow and wind! Not ideal running conditions for someone who is always cold to begin with.

Saturday - rest day

Sunday - 4-mile run

I felt great during all my runs. While I don't expect this runner's high to last the entire 10 weeks, it was nice to have a positive start to training. I credit much of my success to my new running mix! Here are some of my favorite tunes lately:

• Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson
• Tonight Is the Night - Outasight
• International Love (feat. Chris Brown) - Pitbull
• Mr. Know It All - Kelly Clarkson (I'm having a Kelly moment, I realize this)
• Turn Me On (feat. Nicki Minaj) - David Guetta

Tell me: What are your favorite running tunes? Post in the comments below so I can update my playlist!