Mornin' all my balla's and shot-calla's! Hope your week is going sweet and dandy for you.
Today I will be presenting for my last training session with the State Department for Directors and Managers of Child Nutrition Programs, and lucky for me it's right down the street. No more sketchy hotel rooms and scrambled egg patty breakfasts for me! Not to mention only 18 more days 'til my big wheels keep turnin' on up to NH! But who's counting...
I'm always a bit out of the loop on the latest hits on the radio, since I only really listen to it on my 2 minute commute to work each day which is usually filled with commercials or which celebrities birthday it is today anyways. I haven't updated my Ipod probably since Rick Astley was on the top of the charts.
Ok, maybe not THAT long, but it's been a while. I still haven't had the urge to die on the surface of the sun anytime soon, so I haven't attempted anymore long runs in the surface of the sun weather here.
Although Sunday was rather cool and rainy, I guess I couldn't use that excuse but I have been trying to work on my speed more since quite frankly I hate speed work. There's no better way to face your fears then head-on, so I'm trying to make the commitment to do some sort of speed-work or tempo run every week unless I am able to fit in some long runs.
I finally printed out my half-marathon training schedule by Smartcoach. It is a free program from Runner's World, and is customizable to your current fitness level, your race distance, and how long you want to train for.
I am pretty happy with what it has planned out for me since it includes long, tempo, and speed runs each week which is what I have been trying to do anyways AND my first "long" run this Sunday is 4 miles. AKA half of what my longest run has been. I guess I can try to tough it out for that this weekend. Just maybe.
Music always sets the mood for my runs each time I head out. Some days I am so pumped full of energy, the only people I want cheering me on through bass-thumping and computer-generated voices is Rihanna and Flo Rida.
Other days I just want to sit back (if that's possible while running, enlighten me) and have a run to just explore my surroundings and not focus on my speed or distance. Jack Johnson usually helps swoon me through these days where I like to imagine I'm running down the pier of a Hawaiian beach where a coco-nutty drink and fish taco is waiting for me in the hands of a surfing, plant-loving, firefighter. Until I realize I'm running through a cemetery covered in goose poop. Le Sigh.
In general though I like some good heart-pumping, bass-thumping tracks to power me through a run. Here's what I am digging, now that I've finally come out from under my music rock to the new world of today's hits. Sorry Mr. Rick Astley, you didn't make this list. Maybe next time. Actually, no not next time either.
Ok, so I know not ALL the songs are hot off the press, but they still deliver some great pavement pounding beats. Like "Flagpole Sitta". Can you say Now That's What I Call Music #1?! Yeah, remember when those CD's were still in the single digits? I think they are up to "Now That's What I Call Give It Up Already 58". Seriously.
What songs are you diggin' lately?
What's your favorite genre to listen to when you workout?