Monday, November 5, 2012

Runnin' around this town, on the corner

So thanks to my brother, sister-in-law (Thanks Jenny!), and a few half-marathoner/triathaloner friends I have been inspired to start running jogging.. i.e., their running has inspired me to start jogging. I refuse to mar the good name of running by calling what I do, which is lifting my legs in the fashion of running but at a much. slower. pace, running (no, seriously, I will never ever post the time it takes me to jog a mile because you will sit there scratching your head and wondering why my jogging a mile takes longer than it does your toddler to walk a mile).

Anyhoo, with running comes listening to music. As I ever-so-gently put it to Justin when I was ranting about my iPod not working, when I don't have music to distract me, my brain screams at me: "Ahhh I'm DYING, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO YOURSELF... GAH my LEGS! DYING!!"  I had a few songs in my 'Work it OUT' mix on iTunes, but it became repetitive listening to Michael Jackson over, and over.. and over as I jogged. Upon realizing that I do not jog at nearly a normal pace, I was able to add some music that features slower tempos and expand my repertoire. Hence, the following very-eclectic list of my favorite songs, in no particular order, that make me want to dance and thus encourage me as I'm panting through my 20-minute, 1-mile jog. I may or may not dance/jog along when I think I'm alone in the woods only to turn around and realize there's a 20-person field trip group visiting the nature center I jog at, staring at me. Awesome.

1. Some Nights (Explicit)- Fun
2. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere- Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova (I'm Not There Soundtrack)
3. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) (Remastered LP Version )- Talking Heads
4. The Good Life- Weezer
5. Mr. Blue Sky- ELO
6. Dog Days Are Over- Florence & the Machines
7. Sunday Bloody Sunday- U2
8. Lights- Elie Goulding
9. Crazy For You- Best Coast
10. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough- Michael Jackson
11. Praise You- Fatboy Slim
12. Gold Dust Woman (LP Version)- Fleetwood Mac
13. Dancing With Myself (2001 Digital Remaster)- Billy Idol
14. The Galway Girl- Steve Earle
15. Too Close- Alex Clare
16. For Once In My Life- Stevie Wonder
17. I Wish- Another Stevie Wonder classic
18. Speed Of Sound- Coldplay
19. Giving Up The Gun- Vampire Weekend
20. Squeeze Box- The Who
21. Church On Sunday (Album Version)- Green Day
22. Fences- Phoenix
23. Paint It, Black- The Rolling Stones
24. September- Pomplamoose (cover)
25. Rock The Casbah- The Clash
26. Pretty Vacant (Album Version)- The Sex Pistols

For those who are curious, I'm following the Hal Higdon novice 5K training program. I would've gone with the very popular Couch-to-5K, but after finishing INSANITY: 60-Day Total Body Conditioning Workout DVD Program, I was able to run 1.5 miles (kinda sorta without dying) so I wanted to build from there.

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  1. Yay! Great music selection. If it helps, I like the Visual Couch to 5K chart to keep track of what I'm supposed to be doing. I would link to the original poster, but keep getting messages about Malware for viewing their site. Here's a safer link:

    1. Thanks Jenny! That's an awesome visual chart and I love that it has a 'checklist' when you complete each day!