Thursday, February 19, 2009

My Life Changed Today

Lately, when I go to the gym, I walk up to any machine that doesn't have someone right next to it, program my info, and proceed to do a mediocre workout. And I know that that's not going to cut it.

Especially when I've registered to do a half marathon on April 25.

On Monday, while I was barely running and getting frustrated because I just couldn't get into it, I tried to remember how I was able to train for my first half marathon.

And then it hit me.

At my other gym, the better gym, the nicer gym, they had tv's on every cardio equipment. I would just plug it into some music station and I could workout forever.

I'll just say that my current gym doesn't have tv's on every machine. To give it credit, though, it does have a cardio theatre that shows different movies. But, seriously, just how many times can you watch "Are We There Yet" or "Johnson Family Vacation" or "RV" without losing your mind?

So I came to the conclusion that I needed some type of MP3 player. I tried to think of ways to justify the cost. Well, if I don't get one, it will be like forfeiting the $86 registration fee because I'll never be able to finish the training. Our new car has a MP3 player hookup- we can get rid of our cd's.

I had it all worked out. I would get a small one that didn't cost too much and just listen to the same song over and over again.

When I checked me email, I knew that God had gotten tired of listening to me.

I won an iPod!!! Imagine my happy dance.

I programmed about 20 songs and while I was working out, I realised just how much I've been missing. It changed my workout. No- my LIFE.

My 10:30- 11 minute mile was a 9:13 mile. I ran faster and farther than I've done in a long time. And it felt good.

Okay- here's where you, my bloggy friends, come into play.

I need songs. When I was trying to program my favorites into my new best friend, my mind went blank.

What are you favorites? New or old. Fast or slow. Country or rock. Just no gangsta crap.

This plea for songs is two-fold. I want to know who still reads. I want to find some new blogs. I want to know if I should continue blogging. Okay, so that's four-fold, but whatever.

So, please, leave me some of your favorite songs. And let me know who you are.

That's all for now.

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Terri said...

Oh, yeah - i-pods are awesome, and lucky you, winning one! :)

I-tunes has quite a lot of running music on it - there are even free running podcasts you can subscribe to. Do a search for "running music" on the main page of I-tunes.

My personal favorite running song is "Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)" by Scatman John. An added bonus is that kids like him, so Maddie will probably love it!

Oh, and please keep blogging. Some of us out here would miss you if you didn't!

Karen said...

My favorite workout song is "this is how a heartbreaks" by Rob Thomas. It has a great melody. But once I am in stride, I like to listen to Life is a highway by Rascal Flatts

Carrin said...

yes, you should definately continue blogging, DUH!

Here are a few of my faves

Single Ladies - Beyonce
Livin on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Ain't no mountain high enough-Temptations
All the small things - Blink 182
Kerosene - Miranda Lambert

Hope that helps

The Spaids said...

I can't remember how I got here one day, but I read you all the time.
New: Plain White T's
New & Oldish: all U2.
Oldish: Journey's Greatest Hits Live (all the best on one CD - my favorite album of all time, I think)
any and all Aerosmith
Country: Brad Paisley
Old: Allman Brothers. The rhythm in their songs is total workout material for me (when I actually DO workout... another story)

Just My Type said...

The song that pumps me up the most today is Let It Rock by Kevin Rudolf (probably a one hit wonder but a great song).

Anonymous said...

Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run
Journey, Don't Stop Believing
The entire soundtrack to Gross Pointe Blank and The Wedding Singer.

amanda said...

i am also training for the half, and the songs that get me going the best and make me want to punch the air are:

Give Me Your Eyes-Brandon Heath
Right Now-Van Halen
The World is Alive- Casting Crowns
Yours- Steven Curtis Chapman
Lord of the Dance-Steven Curtis Chapman

Good luck!

Heather said...

I read your blog! Came to it from Brandi's! Do you go to the downtown y? bc I love the cardio theater there! anyway...I love Viva la Vida by cold play, very upbeat and good for working out. Thanks for this post! I look forward to hearing what music everyone recommends :)

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