Tag Archives: playlist

Return of the Run-i

8 Feb

Bonjour blog peeps, I hope all is well with you.

Running is one of the activities I have highly anticipated resuming during “the break.” Yesterday I got my first true run in and it was glorious. This may seem an exagerative description for something that involves pushing your body to it’s limits while combating screaming lungs and a steady stream of sweat, but it’s a truly apt.The last time I have done a run of any remarkable time or distance was November 1st, 2011. In late October, I could sustain a decent pace for about an hour with no walking breaks and was normally covering 4-5 miles during each run.  Though I had no idea how much my running fitness had suffered in the three months I had been away from running, in reading other blogs and general running advice I had pretty low expectations.

Since I attend the gym with awesome, new, well maintained machines but no overall sense of actual urgency to work out or ettiquette for others, it was no surprise when I walked in to the cardio room and found the only open treadmill between an old man in jeans and a young woman texting on her cell phone, both of whom were SLOW walking on the treadmill. I hopped on and started a quick paced walking warm-up. My original intention had been to start with Week 1, Day 1 of Couch to 5k assuming that my running fitness would be near nil. For some reason though I just started my running playlist and decided to listen to my body instead. After a five minute walk, I kicked it up and started to run. I got really into my running music and focused on a spot on the wall in front of me. I looked down and had been running for five minutes, then ten, then fifteen, then twenty. At twenty I decided to walk a few minutes to give my lungs a break but then felt a little tug inside to run again, so I did ten more, called it a run and started cooldown.

After the run, two things of note happened:

1. I was walking back with my “blue gym cleaner” soaked paper towel to clean the machine and overheard a snippet of conversation between two ladies on stationary bikes. I assume they thought I couldn’t hear them as I still had my earbuds in though the music was off. They were looking at me and discussing how if “that big girl could run, maybe they could too.” While “that big girl” isn’t my favorite nickname ever, the fact that I, Leslie who was scared to go to the gym when she first started working out because she thought people would make fun of her slowness and fatness, had inspired these women to even have this conversation is an awesome feeling. Though I only ran thirty minutes last night and only ran an 11.5 minute mile; it’s a far cry from the dying after sixty seconds, slower than 15 minute mile pace person I started at. I never believed I had the strenght to seek out and be this person, but I did (and do!)

2. My friend who had been running on another treadmill away from mine asked me what was going through my head while I was running. I laughed and told her that I had felt amazing and realized just how very much I had missed running. She told me it was obvious because I was grinning like a fool the whole time. 🙂

I always wish I knew what other people in the gym are listening to, so in case your curious here’s the playlist I used last night:

County Warm-Up:

  • Crazy Girl – Eli Young Band
  • Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean

Run it Out:

  • Addiction – Medina
  • Beautiful People  – Benny Benassi f. Chris Brown
  • Levels – Avicii
  • I’m On One – Drake, Rick Ross, Lil’ Wayne
  • Set Fire to the Rain – Adele
  • Paradise – Coldplay
  • I Wanna Go – Britney Spears
  • Dynamite – Taio Cruz
  • Sleepyhead – Passion Pit

Slow Jams Cool Down:

  • Motivation – Kelly Rowland and Lil’ Wayne
  • Young Forever – Jay-Z f. Mr. Hudson