Trying something new

So this morning, I woke up at 5 am. Yes, that’s right. 5 freaking am for absolutely no reason. I watched an episode of Made online (stop rolling your eyes, Jason!) and then managed to crawl back in bed for a couple of hours.

When I awoke again at around 9:30, I decided that I might as well get a start on my day and get a run in. I put on my new Brooks running shorts and was all ready. And then I decided that my Ipod was boring. Unfortunately, I just haven’t been as into downloading music lately and all of my stuff is old and I’m sick of it. Save for the song Paper Planes by M.I.A which I love right now. Anyway, I decided to try something new. A Podcast. So I downloaded the latest episode of This American Life. I thought that listening intently to a story for an hour would either make my run go by super fast or super slow, I wasn’t sure.

Off I went. I thought it would still be sort of cool out, but this being Georgia, it wasn’t. I turned on the Podcast and began to listen. The episode was called “Life after Death” or something similar and was about peoples lives after they had been involved in death that wasn’t their fault. (Examples being a car accident and a solider in Iraq) The stories were involving but they didn’t help my run. The plan to run 6 miles quickly turned into a run/walk with me walking about half the time and up every hill.

While the Podcast was interesting and I really like This American Life, I decided that running with music works better for me. When I’m listening to music, it’s more of background. I don’t get bored but my thoughts stray and go elsewhere. I tend to think a lot about different aspects of my life when I run; I remember college and think about the future….ahhh, i just got a really bad foot cramp*…anyway, when I had to focus on listening to someone else’s story, it took away from the time I had to think about my own.

So the run/walk was okay. I brought my Garmin but haven’t uploaded the mile splits to my computer yet. I think a huge chunk of the reason that I walked is mental. Half-marathon training doesn’t start until next week. So it’s almost like I have no reason to be tough on myself. There won’t be any negative consequences to letting myself walk. If I was training, there would be. There’s always the concern that by not following the plan, I won’t do as well in the race. But with running just to run, I just do what I want. Also, it was hot.

*What causes these? I’ve heard lack of potassium but I eat a banana almost every day.

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