The dreaded week 5, day 3 on the “Couch to 5K” program I have been using via my iPhone was this morning. For reasons known only to the designers of said program, right in between week 5, day 2 (“Five-minute warm-up, then jog for 8 minutes, walk for 5 minutes, and jog for 8 minutes”) and week 6, day 1 (“Warm-up 5:00, run 5:00, walk 3:00, run 8:00, walk 3:00, run 5:00”) is this:
Five-minute warm-up, then jog for 20 minutes with no walking.
Wait – what?! Obviously these people do not know how I have come to enjoy/live for the first walking interval after the longer running intervals over the past week. I have even taken to throwing my arms up in the air and letting out a little “Woohoo!” when the run has seemed a little longer than normal.
But I prepared myself with a little motivational help via a playlist I put together last night^ titled “Playlist of Awesome” (so named because it did turn out to be awesome when I was done). Helping see me through a long run was:
- “Take a Chance on Me” by ABBA* – It’s fun and peppy with a good beat. And as a fan of “The Office” I’m obligated to picture Andy Bernard’s acapella rendition of this song (complete with actions) while listening. It kept my brain happily distracted for the song’s duration.
- “All the Strange Strange Creatures (The Trailer Music)” by Murray Gold (from Doctor Who, series 3) – The title seems appropriate somehow. And I think a song with a bit of drama from a show where there has been a lot of running also makes it a good fit.
- “The Futurekind” by Murray Gold (Doctor Who, series 3) – Two minutes of music involving a rapidly moving string section and guitar riff. ‘Nuff said.
- “Breakdown” by Group 1 Crew – I love the movement of this song. It’s not necessarily a fast beat, but it helped me keep a good jogging rhythm.
- “You Reign” by MercyMe – One of my favourite worship songs by one of my favourite groups. Plus it’s always good to get my focus off myself.
- “I am the Doctor” by Murray God (Doctor Who, series 5) – I dare you to listen to this and not want to get up and do something.
- “Umbrella Beach” by Owl City – This song popped up while I was driving home from work on and it perked me right up. It worked today, too!
- “78 Eatonwood Green” by Rich Mullins – A beautifully moving piece of music played on the hammer dulcimer. I feel like I should be in Ireland or Scotland while listening to this song. For now, I can pretend. Yay! Another happy distraction!
- “Stronger” by Seabird – With a line like “. . . she’s so much stronger than before” and, well, I had to include it.
What songs help you to get moving? Sound off (ha!) below!
^The bulk of this post was also written last night. I’m not so crazy so as to run and then try to pound out a blog post with links first thing in the morning. >_<
*You should know this song! Besides which, the music video ABBA did for the song is a little . . . odd. I was getting a ‘stalker’ vibe in a couple of parts. O_o