Nov 5, 2009

Maybe I need to take all those waltzes off my running mix

Monday night when I left the office and headed to my normal jogging trail, I forgot my iPod. I left it in its charging station on my desk, and by the time I realized it, I was five minutes out and couldn't take the time to go back and get it.


Ever since I got spoiled by jogging with music, it seems like unnecessary torture to exercise without it. POP CANDY MUSIC, I CAN'T QUIT YOU.

So here's the thing: When I got to my starting spot and stretched out, I gave myself a little pep talk. "You can do it. Just start jogging and get it over with. You don't even have to do more than two miles, not without music you don't. Thirty minutes and you're outta here."

I jogged (in the pitch-black dark, mind you) and I jogged. I was aware of every breath and every footfall. It was tedious and boring. And then I was finally done, and I looked down at my watch to see how much slower I was without my beloved musical accompaniment -- and I'd finished my two miles FOUR MINUTES FASTER than I had three days before. I got out my calculator and figured out that that's two minutes off of my one-mile pace. WHOA.

I wish I could say that I'll keep it up; I'll keep jogging without my music. But people, I just don't think I can do it. Britney and Kelly, I NEED YOU.


Rachel said...

I agree. I think it's harder without music. I can't even drive without music!!!

Sarah T. said...
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Sarah T. said...

No way! I can't believe you went faster without music. I'm choosing to believe that's not true about me, because there's no way I'm giving my running music up. I don't care if I'm twice as slow without it.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

SET, NO KIDDING. I don't know why. I think I was just in such a hurry to get it over with, because without the music I was SO BORED. I must have run faster just to finish more quickly!

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