Friday, January 29, 2010

runner's playlist

In 9th grade, I ran cross country. I didn't like it, so I finished out the season and never looked back. Then, I focused my interest in drama and was much happier. Now that I'm older, I could kick myself for not sticking with running. I'm not saying I wanted to stay on the team (or that I shouldn't have done drama), but I wish I could have stuck with the habit. Now I can't ever bring myself to run and I don't know why. I love the energy it gives me and I love the rhythm and constancy it brings. I've always sworn off running partners because I feel obligated to stick with them and, in reality, I would feel much more comfortable going the pace I always want to go and stopping if I need to. I would probably feel like a little sissy if I stopped while running with a partner. It's dumb, but it's a true story. I thought I could handle running with my boyfriend — even if he ridiculed me, it would be sweet and lovingly. But truth be told, he doesn't really want to run and I don't really want to force him into it. See where this puts me?

What about going to the gym? Well, I can't stand the gym. I was pretty good about going last semester, but it just recently hit me that the reason I can't bring myself to go back is because I couldn't stand it. I would so much rather be exercising outside, why would I waste my time inside? And if I lived at home, I could surely power-walk with my mom everyday, but I don't live at home. And if you remember this post, my boyfriend and I planned a resolution together, but we've both been incredibly busy with school. I wish I could say that's an excuse, but it's not. Sometimes I feel like I don't even have the time to breathe.

So where is this long-drawn speech on exercising going?
I thought maybe I could convince myself that running is fun and that I love it (because it
is fun and I do love it) by making a new, snazzy playlist. This could be a flop, because who knows if a playlist is really going to give me the kick I need, but it's totally worth a shot. So, without further ado:

1. I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas
2. Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
3. Hey Soul Sister- Train
4. Chewing Gum -Annie
5. Kick Drum Heart - The Avett Brothers
6. A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
7. Gotta Get Up - Harry Nilsson
8. Us - Regina Spektor
9. Strawberry Swing - Coldplay
10. You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
11. Daylight - Matt & Kim
12. A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
13. Viva La Vida - Coldplay
14. I've Just Seen a Face - The Beatles

* If You click on the songs, I've linked all of them to YouTube so you could check them out. I especially encouarge you to check out Coldplay's Strawberry Swing music video. It's absolutely incredible and you can get an inside look at the making here.

Enjoy! xo

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