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The Color Run

I did my first 5K last weekend. The Color Run was super fun, and I will definitely do it again every time it comes to town. In hindsight, I wish I’d dressed warmer. The temperature was in the low 50s, which is normally capri and tank top running weather for me, but it was raining and very windy, so we were FREEZING. I’m doing Color Me Rad in June, so I think it will be even more fun with the whole not shivering thing.

The event was very walker-friendly, which is great – I believed up until a couple of weeks ago that I would probably have to walk part of it. The one problem was that a lot of them got in the way. I couldn’t believe that so many people didn’t get the concept of slow traffic staying to the right. There were even people stopping to take selfies on the left side of the course. There aren’t many things that annoy me more than inconsiderate people. On the other hand, being slowed down made for the most comfortable run I’ve ever had. I really didn’t feel taxed by it at all.

I also discovered that downtown is pretty cool without all the tourists. Of course, they’re the reason things are pretty nice around there, so I’ll let them slide. Nevertheless, running through a cloud of purple cornstarch in Printer’s Alley was way more fun than navigating through a bunch of people in cowboy hats* down there.

The Color Run

My run yesterday afternoon didn’t go great – I got in two solid miles before I kept stopping to walk. It was another case of starting out too fast, plus I’d been eating all day. That’s what I get for not getting my ass out of bed to run in the morning. Ultimately I burned enough calories to make me happy, but it still bugs me when I don’t get in the mileage I set out to do.

I did way better this morning. I am working on upping my distance a little bit at a time, so I did 3.25 miles without being any more worn out than an average day. Tomorrow’s a take it easy and walk day, but I’m hoping to do 3.3 miles on Thursday.

A friend has just about got me talked into doing a 10K in August, so that’s why I’m working on increasing my distance. I want to try doing that for a couple of weeks and see how quickly I’m making progress before I decide for sure.

This Saturday I have the Richland Creek Run. Obviously I can’t run all 5 miles, but I’m going to do at least 3.25. It sounds like I’ll sort of be doing this one by myself. I think J. is going to walk it (maybe with the stroller) because his knees aren’t so great. That only mildly freaks me out now that I’ve done one race and have a little bit of an idea what to expect. I guess that’s kind of dumb, since I run alone nearly every morning, and I do so on part of the course for this race.

I’ve got a couple of playlists to share. The first is one I made last week. It’s a fun one, and I’ve been listening to it on the course and in the car. Here it is:

 

I gave new one – from FitSugar – a try this morning. I liked most of it, but I’m prone to like anything that includes The Postal Service. Here’s that one:

 

*Keep wearing those hats, folks. That’s how we know you’re just visiting.

 

Wild in the Streets

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Ok, these are in no particular order (other than the order in which they popped into my head). Obviously my head is back in middle and high school – except for the Dropkick Murphys song. Anyway, I’m throwing this one on for tomorrow’s run.

 

Running for ice cream

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I ran my 30 minutes this morning – a little more slowly this time. It was a bit better today. I guess that’s partly because I was going slower and partly because I am getting used to it. A few hours later, I walked the same loop with a friend (and Z in a stroller), so I got in a good six miles on the greenway today. I met my Fitbit step goal (11,500) before noon, and it’s currently at 18,160. I have also supposedly burned over 2,500 calories. Whoa. I’m incredibly tired, but not sore or anything like that.

I try and get in a walk with my friend once a week, usually on my non-running day, but we haven’t gotten to do the whole loop of the greenway lately because it’s usually so cold. Normally we walk the tiny track in the community center and don’t do more than two miles because it’s kind of boring in there. Since better weather is on the way, I’m thinking I’m going to add in more walks. It sounds a little excessive, but if it’s not injuring me, I don’t see why it would be a problem. I guess it will just depend on how much time I have.

Thanks to all of the walking and running, I had a milkshake at Bobbie’s Dairy Dip and didn’t feel the least bit guilty about it. I run for ice cream, y’all.

I was changing clothes today and caught my first glimpse of some needed change. I mean, I can tell overall that I’m losing weight and taking on a shape other than blob, but I really hadn’t picked up on anything specific before today. Anyway, I noticed that the love handles have shrunken down considerably. Hopefully they’ll be totally gone in time for bathing suit weather. It surprised me because I really haven’t lost much weight lately. Maybe I’m just trading fat for muscle.

Don't trust the scale. Trust your jeans.

I’m also seeing a little muscle tone and less fat in my bicep area, which is good. I’ve avoided tank tops for the last couple of years because of my arms, but they’re getting better. I haven’t focused much on upper body exercises or anything other than running for a variety of reasons, but I plan on getting to it. I’m doing ok at throwing in a few crunches and half push-ups every day or every other day, and I suspect the latter must be what’s helping my arms.

It looks like I’ll be doing the Richland Creek Run the weekend after The Color Run. I’d been interested in it long before I ever gave serious thought to running, but I didn’t think I should do it this year because it’s 5 miles. However, a friend who had registered mentioned today that she wasn’t going to be able to make it, so I decided what the hell, and now her registration will be transferred to me. I’m just going to try and run my usual 30 minutes – or more if I feel like I can – and walk the balance. More than half of the course is on or near the greenway route I run almost every morning, so hopefully that will make me more comfortable with it.

The problem with this whole running thing is that now I want to sign up for ALL THE 5Ks, but MONEY. I’m super interested in doing the Country Music Mini Marathon (a 5k), but it’s $65 per participant at this point. I’m looking into a free registration that might be available (sorry, St. Jude – I’d give you a million dollars if I had it), so we’ll see. There are only 1,500 spots for that one, so I’m wondering if I can even do it if I don’t hurry up and register. The half marathon is definitely on my list for 2015 or 2016, but obviously I can’t do that this year. The marathon? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Yeah right.

As an aside, I just want to clarify that I don’t really go for what my beloved hometown calls country music these days. That’s kind of the way it goes when you grow up in Nashville. 🙂

I listened to the playlist I made that I mentioned yesterday. Um, LOVE IT. Good job, me. I need to start thinking about the next one, I guess. I want to get the most out of what I have left of Spotify Premium before it expires.

Oh shit, I am so tired.

New record

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Down from 10:16 yesterday.

Nothing super new. I took Sunday off. It was gross and rainy, and I felt I’d earned it. I ran 30 minutes yesterday, and again today. Today I ran with J., so that caused me to go faster than usual. It wore me out, but I ended up averaging 10:03 per mile (versus 10:16 the day before), so I guess that’s cool. I’m not really in this for speed – not at this point, anyway, but measurable improvement is neat.

I am wondering how long it will be before the 30 minute run doesn’t seem so tough. I haven’t really been able to experience that whole “running as therapy” thing lately because I’ve been working so hard just to make it through to the end. The mental effects of running are my favorite part, and surely why it’s so addictive.

It hurts now, but one day this will be your warm up.

I hope.

I’m sad because I had to cancel Spotify Premium today. I did the one month free trial, and I would love to continue it, but I just can’t justify the expense right now. The weird thing was that the cancellation confirmation said it would end 4/17. I haven’t been charged, and I don’t see any pending charges in my bank account, so I’m hoping that I’m getting a free bonus month for no particular reason.

I just threw together a new playlist, since I was thinking that I’d better take advantage while it lasts. I think maybe I’m kind of proud of this one, if for no other reason than it makes me giggle.

Wanna hear it? Here it go:

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March 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

I did it!

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make yourself proud

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Yesterday was the first day the training app had me running 28 minutes. I did it, and it wasn’t all that bad. I was supposed to run 28 for three days before moving on to 30. I said “fuck it” this morning, and I ran 30. This is a milestone for me, as it was my first really solid running goal. It also allows me to make the loop around the greenway in just the amount of time I have available for running (on weekday mornings, anyway).

I’m going to reward myself by taking it easy and just working on getting more comfortable with the 30 minute runs around the greenway before I tackle any new challenges. The direction I go is relatively mild hill-wise, and the hardest part ends right about the time I hit the halfway point. I think that when it starts to feel a little easy, I’m going to switch directions, as there are a couple of challenging hills when going the other way. I’d like to have a nice butt at some point in my life.

Oh, I also rewarded myself with some Peeps, because I FUCKING LOVE PEEPS.

I listened to a playlist that is borrowed from one I found on Design*Sponge. The theme should be relatively obvious. Some of it isn’t really running-friendly, but I enjoy it, so who cares? Also, I’ve had Astral Weeks stuck in my head all day!

Better than no run at all

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I’m tired.

J. ran with me on Saturday, since he’s doing The Color Run and Color Me Rad with me. He ran in high school, so he has a lot more experience and was able to jump in and do 25 minutes without working up to it. I did it as well. It was tough, but I didn’t feel like I was going to die or anything. I think I ran a little faster than I would’ve liked. I guess I was trying to keep up. In addition to having running experience, J. is 6’4″, so he can cover a lot of ground.

I had every intention of running another 25 minutes on my own Sunday, but I realized that my legs were really tired and could use a break, so I skipped it.

This afternoon J. and I set out to do another 25 minutes, but it didn’t really work out. First we couldn’t find an available grandparent to watch Z. for 40 minutes or so, so we had to bring her a long and run in consecutive shifts. Unfortunately my shift ended early. I think I got in about 18 or 19 minutes of running, which isn’t bad, but it’s not progress. I was having a tough time, but I kept pushing through until I just couldn’t do it anymore. I was out of breath! I think I was running too fast.

After that, I traded off with J. and took the stroller so he could run. I think he only got in 18 minutes as well. I’ll just have to try again tomorrow. Anyway, all of this pushed my training schedule back a couple of days, but I’m hoping I can keep it together from here on out – meaning I would be able to run 30 minutes by next Tuesday. There’s not any reason for me to be in such a hurry to hit 30 minutes other than it being a goal I’ve set for myself.

I was really disappointed with my failure this afternoon until I looked at the numbers. I ran 2.43 miles, and then I walked an additional 1.31 miles after that, totaling 3.74 miles – a little more than I currently do on a successful run. Better still, the estimate of calories burned for both activities came in at 380. When I ran 25 minutes on Saturday, the estimate for calories burned came up at 330.

I listened to most of the mix I made the other day. Meh. It serves its purpose. I am willing to listen to some stuff while running that I wouldn’t enjoy in other situations. I guess it’s the tempo.

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March 11, 2014 at 5:29 am

Back at it

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What a sucktacular week. Between ice storms, a driveway blocked by a tree, and an awful stomach virus, I was glad to get back to the greenway this morning. Running went well – I did 22 straight minutes this morning (a new record for me), and I handled it pretty well. Apparently I’m not fully recovered from the hell virus, because it shook my stomach up a bit, but I think I’ll be fine tomorrow.

It was around 30ºF which, at this point, isn’t a big deal to me. I did two consecutive days this week (or maybe last week… I don’t know what day it is anymore!) in 22ºF, so that has changed my perspective. I’ll be thankful when things are a little warmer though, because I hate dragging so much shit along to stay warm. I’m ready to leave the gloves, hat, neck gaiter and jacket behind.

Tomorrow I jump from 22 minutes to 25, and barring unexpected occurrences like those of this week, my schedule shows that I should be doing 30 minutes by next Saturday. That was my first running goal, so I’ll reassess from there.

I’m overdue for a fresh running playlist, and I figured that I should make one that fell around 40 minutes to cover the warm up and cool down in addition to the run, so I threw one together. There aren’t any songs on here that I feel super strongly about, so I don’t know how much I’ll enjoy this one. At heart, I’m a music lover, so I have it in my head that every playlist has to be this epic thing into which I’ve poured my feelings. In reality, I don’t have time for that most days. So if it sucks, that’s my excuse.