Monday, March 1, 2010

One giant leap.

Today I ran.
Today I ran for one hour and one minute. That's the longest stretch of time I've ever run.
Today I ran 6 miles without stopping. That's the longest distance that I've ever run. Ever.

This Saturday I will run my first 10k race. I started the year intending to run a 1/2 marathon this spring. I began running in October, by myself, and without any sort of a training program. I trained while listening to "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" and "This American Life" podcasts. My pace was all over the place. I was plagued by knee pain and lack of motivation, but I stuck with it... at least enough to sign up for a 10k.

Today, I traded the podcasts for a new iTunes playlist. It was great. It kept me focused and on target time wise. I'm planning on running the race with music. The only problem is that I have song A.D.D. I stuck it out to the end today, but I'm nervous for Saturday. I need new songs. I have running fever and the only cure is good music.

Help. I need 18 new songs for Saturday. What do you recommend?


hootenannie said...


You will kick some serious asphalt in this race.

Not sure what kind of music you PREFER to run to, but I've been listening to a variety these days.

"Take Me As I Am" - Sugarland
"Use Somebody" - Kings of Leon
"Wake Up" - Arcade Fire
"Nothing Better to Do" - LeAnn Rimes
and of course
"Poker Face" - Lady Gaga
"Tik Tok" - Ke$ha

Please don't judge me, but my very favorite song to run to right now is "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette - because there is nothing wrong with 80's power ballads.

Brent said...

Get it!

And here's my favorite running songs:

"Sleeping Lessons"- The Shins (This is only good as a starting song... run to it once... you'll know why.)
"I Believe in a Thing Called Love"-The Darkness
"Relator"-Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson
"Great DJ"- The Ting Tings
"Wolf Like Me"-TV on the Radio
"Halfway Home"-TV on the Radio
"Creator Vs. Switch and Freq Nasty"-Santogold
"Sin Wagon"-Dixie Chicks
"The New Workout Plan"-Kanye West
"Fiery Crash"-Andrew Bird
"Live It Out"-Metric
"Move Along"-All American Rejects
"Keep the Car Running"-Arcade Fire
"A Praise Chorus"- Jimmy Eat World
"Zero"-Yeah Yeah Yeahs
"Suffer for Fashion"-Of Montreal
"My Girls"-Animal Collective

Ok... that's 18... and I think it would really amazing if you would substitute "He's a Pirate" from Pirates of the Caribbean as your last song... PLEASE!

Anonymous said...

The theme from Rocky! -m.

Stevox said...

These are songs I get up to and run in the morning.

"Chaos" MuteMath
"Umbrella Beach" Owl City
"Genesis" Cross
"Senorita" Justin Timberlake
"Tribulations" LCD Soundsystem
"Spotlight" MuteMath
"Beat It" Michael Jackson
"Lady Madonna" The Beatles
"Lisztomania" Phoenix
"Reptilia" The Strokes
"Bodysnatchers" Radiohead
"Gamma Ray" Beck
"Just Tonight" Jimmy Eat World
"Robot Rock" Daft Punk
"Cave In" Owl City
"1901" Phoenix
"Harder Better Faster Stronger" Daft Punk
"Get Innocuous" LCD Soundsystem

shannonmichaelis said...

Um, I don't know what songs to recommend. The only non-Christian songs I have on my computer right now are Umbrella by Rhianna, Speeding Cars by Imogen Heap, Halo by Beyonce, and My Life Would Suck Without You Kelly Clarksen. yes, lame, I know. But proud of you for running!

Ginger said...

Wowsa. What great responses. My iTunes account is going to be hopping. Out of everything listed I only have 3. Thanks to everyone... even those who listed power ballads. (I already own "I'd do anything for love" by Meatloaf already. Jealous?)