5K running playlist

Music has been a huge part of my journey.

Maybe you saw this tweet the other day?

Having music that’s motivating and enjoyable had truly been something I’ve come to depend on.

When I first started excising, I didn’t set goals on time, distance or speed. My only rule was that I do it consistently.

For motivation, I created music playlists that were exactly a half hour long, so I didn’t have to bring a watch or phone with me on my walks. I would plug in my headphones, tune the world out and go.

This turned out to be a great move in the long run because these walks were such positive experiences. My whole life I’ve always hated working out. It was tiring, painful, and I felt like, a waste of time.

But not having any goals or expectations for my walks allowed me to focus in on the mental benefits of exercise. After an hour strolling through the park, I was always less stressed, happier and more focused.

This experience changed exercise from something I hated to treasured “me time” where I didn’t have to respond to any texts or answer phone calls. I could zero in on just what was going on in my own head.

However, when I began running, time, distance and speed began to matter. For my first 5k I set one goal: Finish under 40 minutes.

Then I made a new running playlist to be exactly 40 minutes long. I knew that if I began to hear the last couple of songs, it would motivate me to run faster.

So here it is, my 5k, 40 minute playlist. Enjoy!

Beverly Hills – Weezer

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera

Not the Doctor – Alanis Morissette

Possum Kingdom – The Toadies

Pull up the People – M.I.A.

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People

Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

Silver Lining – Rilo Kiley

Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine

Super Bass – Niki Minaj

What I got – Sublime

A perfect run and weigh-in

Yesterday, even though I had already gone to the gym that morning, I went for a run.

The outdoors were calling my name, with a setting sun and near perfect 55 degree weather conditions.

I needed it.

When I first started exercising, all I would do is walk. Slowly. For hours, around a path that followed a river near my apartment. Almost every day.

And when I began to run, in increments of one minute, than two minutes, and so on, I remember thinking, “One day I would like to run this whole loop.”

It’s just over two miles.

Last night. I did it.

Yes, I’ve run further and faster than that in the past.

But last night, I did something that once seemed like a very, very, very far away dream

Every run for me is emotional.

No matter the time, no matter the distance. It’s emotional because I’m doing something I once feared. Because I’m doing something I seriously thought was never possible for myself.

And last night everything was just on. My pace was comfortable. My breathing was steady. My body was focused and my mind was free to wander.

Perfection.

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The numbers:

Starting weight: 243

Last week: 181

This week: 180.5

Change: -.5

Total loss: 62.5