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So. Here’s the thing.
Every time I stop running for a very long period of time, no matter what other kinds of physical activity I do (which is a lot of kickboxing, weights, yoga, and HIIT on the cardio machines at the gym), I start realizing…I just want to go outside and run.
It’s not because running makes me a certain body shape (although I notice IMMEDIATELY that my body looks different when I start running). It’s because sometimes you need to be out in the open air, with nature, pushing yourself. Finding that edge.
For the past few weeks I have been exclusively doing Dave Farmar and hot power yoga at my studio. My wrists were starting to hurt and while my ass looked great, my legs and knees weren’t very happy with me. I took a few days to do some kick boxing videos that don’t focus on lunges or anything too intensive, but on Saturday it was 60 degrees outside. Had I been in my basement doing a kickboxing video, I would’ve been actually kicking myself. So I got my butt outside and ran. I didn’t run to burn calories, and I didn’t run because I felt like I had to for my fitness. I ran because I just wanted to run. I wasn’t sure how far my stamina would take me, but I managed 5.5 miles and only stopped to walk once very briefly.
How do I feel today? SORE. My abs and quads hate me right now, but I’m not sure if the quad pain is from the running or from the gigantic foamrolling session I did a few days ago, so on the whole I’m pretty pleased at my recovery. I took it easy yesterday with 40 minutes on the elliptical, just to shake out any residual tightness, and today I plan on attending hot yoga to stretch it out even more.
Another reason why I started running again? My sleeping and eating as well as my entire physical fitness improves when I add running (although I eat more carbs). I take more days off, and my week gets more variety so I feel more balanced. If I go on the elliptical one more time, I’ll probably start screaming. But I won’t be running very long distances. I’m going to max out at 6 miles and that is IT. But I won’t be doing that every single time I run.
So the goal for now is to just add one or two running days to my schedule, and try to balance that out with a lot of yoga and crosstraining.
Another reason why I need to add running back to my schedule? I may or may not have just signed up for this:
Yep. At 9:30 AM on June 9th, I plan on dragging, pulling, leaping, and crawling my way through a 5K obstacle course in Thompson. Blame my boyfriend. Or blame me. We’re both crazy. He actually signed up a few months ago, but by the time I got to the website to do it his wave was closed. I figured he could make fun of me throughout the course, then I could drink and watch him and his friends do it. Win-win? And there’s beer at the end! And VIKING HATS! Here’s hoping I don’t light myself on fire or something.
Obviously, I need a bitchin’ playlist to make it through any cardio workout. So here are some songs that have been pushing me to run harder and jump higher.
Jay-Z and Kanye West, “N*ggas in Paris” and “Otis”
Britney Spears, “Hold It Against Me” and “3”
Nicole Scherzinger, “Don’t Hold Your Breath”
Demi Lovato, “All Night Long” and “Unbroken”
Foo Fighters, “Everlong”
The Black Keys, “Gold On the Ceiling” and “Lonely Boy”
Everything Lady GaGa has ever written, ever
Lil’ Jon feat. LMFAO, “Get Outta Your Mind”
Eminem, “I Won’t Back Down” (I was obsessed with this song in the summer of ’10, but it has recently seen more play on my playlist because of its usage in the Ghost Protocol trailer. Such a cool musical cue.)
Jordin Sparks, “Battlefield”
The Who, “I’m Free”
K’Naan feat. Adam Levine, “Bang Bang”
Ester feat. Chris Brown, “Drop it Low”
Alexandre Desplat, “Statues” from the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Original Score
Patrick Doyle, “The Quidditch World Cup” from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Original Score (DON’T JUDGE ME)