Yesterday I accomplished something that I’m really happy about. I ran the 10k race as a part of Halifax’s annual Bluenose Marathon, and finished at a pretty stoked 1:13:37 (I was aiming for around 1:10 – running over the MacDonald bridge is hard!). This makes me happy for two reasons:
1. I just recently started running after doing it a couple times last year. I’ve never been athletic, but now that I’m in my almost-mid 20s, I’m developing a now-or-never attitude towards the endeavour of physical goodness. I was inspired by ESPN’s 5th Anniversary Body Issue Portfolio that I found at Atlantic News last spring, which features awesome shots of athletes at the top of their game. I was also inspired by my Mom, who’s turning 50 next year, but can run 10k in 55 minutes, can bike over 100km, and is currently training for an Ironman later this summer.
2. I used to back down from sports because I usually saw myself as falling somewhere in the bottom 30% when participating with an average group of my peers. Because I’m competitive, I would get really down on myself for not being more of a natural athlete, and use the “Well, it’s not my thing” or “Hmm, if only it weren’t for my asthma I’d be great at sports, but gee, my asthma sucks, so I guess sports aren’t for me,” excuse to convince myself to chicken out because I couldn’t handle not being good at something. So, I decided to get over that boring, ridiculous attitude (Go figure, you can enjoy something without having to be the best at it!). My asthma does hinder my endurance sometimes, and if I forget to take my puffer before I go for a run, then I’m pretty much walking up every hill. But, I’m not dying, and I’m doing something a lot better for myself than sitting still. My favourite side-effect of running is the focus I find when I come home after. It makes me super productive, and feel-good! It can put a positive twist on a crappy or mediocre day.
Also, from how training has been going so far, I think I might be able to shave a couple more minutes off there before my next 10k race on June 22 through the Salt Marsh Trails.
Now, with the feel-goods out of the way, here’s the playlist:
1. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers.
2. Pompeii – Bastille
3. Love Me Again – John Newman
4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
5. Live and Let Die – Wings
6. Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz) – Macklemore
7. I’m Writing a Novel – Father John Misty
8. Life on Mars – David Bowie
9. Leeds United – Amanda Palmer
10. Oasis -Amanda Palmer
11. Cherokee – Cat Power
12. Carry on My Wayward Son – Kansas (BEST!)
13. All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
14. Bloodline – Orenda Fink
15. Eet – Regina Spektor
16. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots – The Flaming Lips
17. Faster – Janelle Monae
18. You’ve Got Time – Regina Spektor
19. Starman – David Bowie
20. Loose Lips – Kimya Dawson
21. Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
22. The Monster (feat. Rihanna) – Eminem
23. THE FINALE: The Pokemon Theme Song!!! Oh yes, this is the best at the start or finish of a run (but let’s be honest – it’s great anywhere). This innocent, heartfelt, childhood chanson about wanting to be the best and improve yourself while making friendships is something that strikes a chord in awesome 90s kids everywhere.
So there it is! It’s eclectic, but it works for me. I also made a YouTube Playlist if you want to rock out to these while you clean the house (or make food, or whatever).
Also, the Black Keys just released their new album, “Turn Blue”, and I’ve been listening to that lately too. It’s pretty sexy.
UPDATE: Bonus! My boyfriend snuck Aretha Franklin’s (You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman onto my iPhone playlist the night before (we have a running relationship gag with this song). So, as I was pounding my way back over the MacDonald bridge, trying to psych myself up for the last 3k, all of a sudden my ears were greeted with the sassy sounds of soul; this gem: