I can’t believe it’s here. When I sat down and planned my training for this years goals (all running related) the Cherry Blossom 10 miler seemed so far in the future. Not only distant but impossible. I really wasn’t sure I’d be able to do it. Now I’m confident. That didn’t happen overnight. I had to run through a few running walls to get here. It’s been quite a journey…
- First there was overcoming the "I’m not a runner" wall.
- Then there was the "I can’t run outside" wall.
- I then ran right through the "event" wall. That’s when I got hooked. The energy of an organized running event is SO contagious. After that first 5K I knew I wanted to do it again. I almost immediately signed up for a relay in the Baltimore Marathon.
- There was also the "running on vacation" wall.
- Then I broke the "40 minute" wall. Soon my next event… longest run at that point, 6 miles. Now I’m beyond hooked. I’m obsessed. I sign up for 2 big events in 2009.
- The "others see you as a runner" wall was a strange one for me.
- I even ran right through the "running in the cold" wall.
- The most recent wall was the "am I really an Athlete" wall. I really didn’t think I would be able to progress past 3-4 miles and now I’m able to run 9 miles, alone, in the rain.
"What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been"
NOOOO that’s not the Weekend Quote! I just needed to say it after looking back at my running progression! It really has been a long strange trip and guess what…. It’s NOT over! :)
Nope this weekends quote could not be a better one. Lauren sent it to me, she believes it’s from runners world…
If you can walk from the couch to the refrigerator, you are not too fat or too old or too slow to run.
LOVE IT! And take it from me, the girl who thought she couldn’t run, it’s SO true. I think too many people think they have to run so fast or so far to be "runners." If you can walk you can "run" all you need to do is find your own pace.
Alright this is getting longer then I have time for! I need to straighten up and get to bed. We are heading out at 5:30 to get to DC for the race. The toddler is TOTALLY psyched because he gets to ride "the train". :)
Here’s the mix I put together. Most of these are repeats from prior mixes. Links will open in iTunes.
|Mad World -Michael Andrews & Gary Jules||3:08||May seem like a strange start to race but this song sets me into a reflective mood and the first few minutes of a race are always slow anyway.|
|Run (I’m a Natural Disaster) -Gnarls Barkley||2:40||The title says it all. Great song for a running mix!|
|Plowed -Sponge||3:18||An old fav of mine.|
|O Valencia! -The Decemberists||3:48||A new fav of mine.|
|Sex On Fire -Kings of Leon||3:23||Great song and perfect beat to run too! (They have tons of great running songs)|
|Suicide Blonde -INXS||3:51||Just love it! :)|
|I’m Shipping Up to Boston -Dropkick Murphys||2:34||I fell in love with this song after seeing the Departed. It’s an awesome workout/running song.|
|My Prerogative -Bobby Brown||4:52||Always a good one for me. I mean Bobby even wrote a song about me .;~P|
|So What -P!nk||3:34||P!nk really is AWESOME!|
|Beautiful Day -U2||4:08||I’m hoping by this point it is beautiful and I’m ready to soak it in.|
|United States of Whatever -Liam Lynch||1:29||TOTALLY get’s me pumped. It’s fast, it’s short and fun!|
|Break Stuff -Limp Bizkit||2:47||It get’s me angry and sometimes angry is good on a run.|
|I’m Not Like Everybody Else -The Kinks||3:28||This is my absolute favorite running song. It gives me that mental motivation to keep going everytime. (sorry it’s not on iTunes :(|
|Let’s Live For Today -The Grass Roots||2:52||Just a song I really relate to. It pretty much sums up the state of mind I strive for.|
|If I’m a Man -Burning Brides||3:42||I just LOVE this song, especially becuase I’m not a man. Not sure if that makes sense.|
|Handlebars -Flobots||3:27||You may think it’s a strange one but the intensitiy builts and I love running to this song.|
|Crazy -Gnarls Barkley||2:58||Another one I just love. I really think I am Crazy. lol|
|Get up offa That Thing -James Brown||4:10||James Brown ’nuff said.|
|Keep the Car Running -Arcade Fire||3:29||The second most perfect running song ever.|
|Flathead -The Fratellis||3:17||Geat beat to run too.|
|Istanbul Not Constantinople -They Might Be Giants||2:33||I’m thinking I’m going to need something to make me smile at this point.|
Walking Down the Line -Arlo Guthrie
|3:36||Another one that makes me smile. (iTunes didn’t have the version I had)|
|Killing in the Name Of -Rage Against the Machine||3:00||Rage ‘nff said. :~P|
|Jesus Walks -Kanye West||3:14||The most perfect running song ever.|
|Bleed American -Jimmy Eat World||3:01||Great beat!|
|My Little Demon -Fleetwood Mac||3:33||We all have demons, love this one to contemplate.|
Ramble On -Led Zeppelin
|4:23||One of my fav Zep songs along with Going to CA.|
|Suddenly I See -KT Tunstall||3:22||Suddently I DO see! :)|
|Go, Go, Go -The Backyardigans||1:18||Every mom needs this song on their iPod!|
Crazy Train -Ozzy Osbourne
|4:56||I already told you, I’m crazy!|
|Eye of the Tiger -Survivor||4:04||If I timed it right I should be crossing the finish line to this song and that will TOTALLY crack me up!|
Ok, I’m OUT! I’ll twitter from my cell if I can!