30 January 2010

NYR Notes

Today's "running" time: 42 minutes
Distance: 3.44 miles
average mile speed: 12:44

Tricks I have discovered to keep me running:

*Good music. I decided Thriller motivates me to dance much better than to run. However Video Killed the Radio Star is stellar for running.

* Picking a short-term goal far ahead that I can see, and then looking at the sky and keeping the visible goal in sight with my peripheral vision. The clouds were nice today.

* Having a long distance goal point in the back of my mind at the beginning of the run. For example: Don't stop running until the Dish network van in front of that one house.

* The tiger is not doing as well as at first. I think I need a scary pteradactyl or something.

Do you have good running songs or tricks to keep you moving? Do share.


Jessi said...

Way to go!!! You are awesome!

The one thing that helped me to overcome my fear and loathing of running was to embrace the fact that I'm kind of slow. I also kept track of my progress. Nothing was more motivating than feeling myself getting stronger.

Queen Elizabeth said...

"Beat It" - as opposed to "Thriller" - is a bit better for running. (I also have both.) Blue Monday from New Order is fabulous - great beat and LONG. Don't Stop Believin' by the Glee Cast is also a favorite. I'll stop...
It's all psychological... I'll run to that tree and then walk, and then keep moving the "goal" ahead.
Even if you WALK across the finish line, it's empowering. Keep up the good work!

Ben said...

In order to run -- back when i said i did -- i had to listen to Abba. It was the only thing that would work for me.
dangit, book club missed! i am sad about that, i really wanted to go. my email is marieallred@hotmail.com

msjvd said...

I think you're doing great!

My tip would be to NEVER FORCE YOURSELF to go. If you don't feel up to it, stay home. If you do feel up to it, push yourself.

And when you hit the wall, whatever and whenever that wall is, RESPECT THAT WALL.

msjvd said...

I forgot to give you any song suggestions. I like really happy, upbeat stuff, so here are a few from my playlist:

"Life Is A Highway" from the movie "Cars" CD.

"Feeling Good" from Michael Buble.

"Hey There Delilah," from Plain White T.

"Super Freak" from Rick James.

"Mercy" from Duffy (a definite fav for exercise!)

"Beautiful Day" from U2.

"I'm Alive" from Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews (I think that's who is in that duet.)

"Jesus Take the Wheel" from Carrie Underwood.

Linz said...

Way to go!! Yes, "Beat It" or "Bad" are better than Thriller. Other of my favorites: "It's my Life" Bon Jovi
"New Divide" Linkin Park
"I've gotta Feeling" Black Eyed Peas
Let it Rock - Kevin Rudolf and Lil Wayne
Here it goes Again - Ok Go
Gives you Hell - All American Rejects

You know what... I'll just email you my playlist...

The Rookie said...

You rock! Seriously, that 5K is yours!

I personally love "Sexy Back" by Justin Timberlake while I'm on the treadmill--though I'd never appreciate it in my real life.

And this is why people live in Hurricane: running outdoors in January without inversions, snow, ice, or severe cold. I chose the wrong part of the state!

Gina said...

"I run to you" by Lady Antebellum. I start every run with it- that is, when I actually get wrapped up and head out, which hasn't been often this winter! You rock!

Cory Reese said...

My suggestion for efficient running:

Never listen to Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, or Gloria Estefan.

Coincidentally, that tip applies to every minute of your life that you AREN'T running also.

H. Gardener said...

"Eye of the Tiger" and almost any other song from the "Rocky" soundtrack works for me when I ride my bike...
Kudos to you for running over 3 miles. That 5K is in the bag this year!
Keep up the great running!