Saturday, February 5, 2011

New Hobby

Many of you have heard about my new hobby. Apparently, I have become a runner (who knew?). I have always HATED running. Like, LOATHED running. I agreed (foolishly, mind you) to go through this running program with my sister (who, unbeknownst to her, is in fact, a runner) to train for a 5K this Spring.
Mostly because I really like my neighborhood, it kinda became easy for me to go for a little jog around the neighborhood. And now - I'm not nearly as far along as I should be, but I am about two miles further along than I was when I started.
Several people have inquired as to "how I'm doing it". There's no magic to it; how am I doing it? I'm actually doing it. I'm not just talking about it anymore. I'm actually getting up off my derriere, lacing up my shoes, and getting outside.
However, I have found some things that have made this whole venture slightly more.... tolerable, and manageable than any previous efforts have been.

1. Green Drink. I've been drinking this heaven-sent concoction for over two years, but I have found that if I mix it up on the morning of a running day, I just feel.better. It's a disgusting color, and I'm very particular about getting the texture just right - but it really is the best stuff you could ever put in your body. Blending fresh, organic spinach, 1 banana, orange juice, a splash of 100% cranberry juice, a smidge of ground flax seed, and a squirt of a natural sweetener (like agave nectar)... I'm good to go!
2. Running clothes. I don't care what people say, they make you cooler. At the very least, they make you look like you know what you're doing - which is half the battle. But seriously, the right pants, shoes, etc... they ACTUALLY make the running easier.
3. Running Jams. You already know how I feel about music, so it's no surprise that I HAVE to have the right tunes to keep me going. I'm sure that my running jams are different than most, but I listen to what I do because they are songs that get, or keep, me amped up. (ironically, a number of them can also be found on my man hater playlist). They are angry songs, or the songs that make me want to dance about. They keep me moving. My sister likes to listen to a lot of pop while on the treadmill, particularly Britney. If you're gonna tackle running, you gotta getcherself the right jams.

A Sampling of my Running Jams Playlist
You Don't Have to Believe Me, Eric Hutchinson
Respect, Aretha Franklin
Beautiful Girls, Sean Kingston
Supermassive Black Hole, Muse
Sex on Fire, Kings of Leon
Hero, Foo Fighters
Son's Gonna Rise, Citizen Cope
Everyday, Third Eye Blind
Made, Jamie Scott
This Love, Maroon 5
I Do, Better Than Ezra
Are You Gonna Be My Girl, Jet
Cold Shoulder, Adele
Cheated On Me, Gavin DeGraw
Level, The Raconteurs
Remedy, The Black Crowes
Say It Ain't So, Weezer
Gold Digger, that awful, awful rapper person
Fighter, Christina Aguilera

1 comment:

Tori said...

SO impressed by this, and SO proud of you. Adam tells me how hard the C25K is, and I know I could never do it! Love the play list, too. :)