First update: My food discipline is crap right now. Despite working out pretty regularly I'm actually a bit up from my last post. I need to find discipline but I've not yet managed it. That said, I've run quite a lot (until this week) and so I'm keeping the exercise going.

According to Walkmeter, I did my first Couch 2 5K run on July 12 of last year. I know I did a couple with at least 2 other apps before I realized Walkmeter (an app I had already been USING) had a 5K program built in (and one that was way better than apps that cost money).

So I'm going to say July 9 is probably really darn close to the 1 year anniversary. Close enough. So let's say a year.

So one year ago, I started a process that included running 7 one minute intervals with 90 seconds of walking in between and ended 10 theoretical weeks later by running a continuous 5K. It was more than 10 weeks for me because of a knee injury and a tonsillectomy, but if you've been reading my blog you already know I did eventually complete that.

Today I just finished a run that started with a .75 mile warmup walk, then 4 miles of continuous running, another quarter mile rest walk, a kind of agonizing 1 mile follow up run, and then another third of a mile walking (basically until I got home). I haven't quite managed a full 10K of running in one session yet, but if I keep on the trend I'm on, I'll be able to get there sooner or later. I'm not really concerned with when, honestly if I just keep up what I'm doing right now I'm getting plenty of good work.

While running, mostly I've just put my iPhone music on shuffle, but today I decided to try and focus on music that fills me with energy as a way to help me get through the "I don't wannas" I inevitably start getting in the last couple of miles. The theory being that I can stop thinking about how much I have left to do and try to zone out and listen to the music and get me through it. I'm not sure it really works, but whatever, it's energizing music nonetheless.

Also, I'm kind of old. Everything on here is very much from my generation.

ThunderstruckAC-DC
Manic Monday Bangles
Greensleeves Blackmore's Night
Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes
Godzilla Blue Oyster Cult
Rasputin Boiled In Lead
Tubthumping Chumbawamba
Alegria Cirque Du Soleil Alegria
Beautiful World Colin Hay
Istanbul (Not Constantinople) They Might Be Giants
Shout Tears For Fears
Rio Duran Duran
Invisible Touch Genesis Invisible Touch
Doctorin' The Tardis Timelords
Birdhouse In Your Soul They Might Be Giants
Under Pressure David Bowie & Queen
Main Title-The Ice Planet Hoth John Williams
Lola The Kinks
Lightning Crashes Live
Kyrie Mr. Mister
Rock You Like A Hurricane Scorpions
All for you Sister Hazel
Storybook Love Mark Knopfler
Never Gonna Give You UpRick Astley YES THIS IS A RICK RUN
True Faith-94 New Order
Bury My Lovely October Project


I think the Beautiful World doesn't quite work, it's a bit too mellow. And while Storybook Love is mellow it inspires me a lot so will probably stay. And yeah, my taste in music is probably a bit weird. It's also leaving out some obvious stuff for no reason other than this was enough to ensure it covered my runs with a little extra.

I've tried to make sure no artist gets more than 1 track, except for TMBG because their songs are very short so they get two.

Date: 2016-07-12 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineme.livejournal.com
You are kind of old, but that's okay. Being old is cool, or so those meddling kids and their little dog keep telling me.

We have zero energy songs in common, dude. That's not the case with artists: I currently have the Bangles' "Hazy Shade of Winter", Duran Duran's "None of The Above", TMBG's "Don't Let's Start", and Tears for Fears' "Mothers Talk".

I get you about food discipline. I have been trying very hard to stay on track, but I've been fighting a weight loss plateau for about three months and change. Bizarrely, it broke last week, during Week #1 of my gym break.

I've had to put the gym sessions on hold for three weeks, first thanks to the holiday, now thanks to the Monster's chicken pox, and next week, it'll be because I'll be off on the first multi-day business trip I've taken since 2008. I haven't done a darn thing but keep hydrated (a constant struggle for me) and make sure I eat according to my regular non-gym-going FitBit activity level and boom, I'm down nine pounds since last Tuesday.

If this keeps up through next week and stalls again when I go back to the gym, I'm thinking I need to rethink what FitBit and LoseIt! are telling me about the calorie bonuses I'm earning from working out. Alternatively, I'll need to start running on my off days.

I so don't wanna run, but I may have to start.

Happy Anniversary!

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