Have shoes, will travel… fast

This is sick.

I’ve been having some perverse fantasies lately and I just can’t seem to shake them no matter what I do.  I’ll just tell you: I’ve been finding something irresistibly sexy about running.  Sure, whatever, you’re thinking.  Hot, sweaty bodies in motion are sexy.  See that’s not the thing.  Here’s the sick part… these fantasies all centre around the thought of me doing the running.  I repeat: me running.

I don’t know what to blame exactly, whether it’s my diet or some exciting things going on behind the scenes or maybe it’s just seeing the sunshine a little more often (although by no means all the time – this is Vancouver, after all) but I have been shockingly full of energy lately.  I’ve never felt better than I do these days.  I’m happier, feel more fulfilled and excited and I just want to go, go go.  I love it!  I’ve been more productive in doing some work outside of my job, I’ve been eating healthy and nourishing food, I’ve managed to feel like I’ve made some headway in decluttering my house, I’ve taken on some new academic challenges this fall, I’m loving my friends, I’ve been exercising regularly and I’m just feeling really satisfied with my life these days.  I feel invincible.

It seems invincibility is just the ticket to deluding myself enough to believe that I should actually take on the challenge of beginning a running program.  It also seems that I’ve got a case just bad enough to be taking it rather seriously.  Last night I stopped in at the mall on my way to a dinner date to take a look at running shoes.  Not only did I pick up this pair here, but I also bought some Under Armour pants and a UA shirt to complete the outfit.  So excited was I when I got them home after dinner, I had to take them out right away.

I’d done some research about beginner running programs online and set out last night doing a variation of what I’ve read, alternating between walking and running.  I didn’t push myself a lot, but I did work hard and it felt so good.  The only reason I came back inside was because it got dark and I got tired of circling the small area close enough to home to feel safe.

Now I just can’t wait to get out again later this afternoon.

Before I took off last night, I quickly threw together a playlist to help Asha Bosley keep me motivated.  All
the songs worked out pretty well, in fact, I doubt I’ll remove any of
them.  I would like to add more so please let me know if you have any
suggestions.  Just make sure it’s something that there’s a remote
possibility I will like.

Phew!  I can’t believe I remembered all that!

August 23, edited to add:

I forgot two of the songs that were originally on the playlist.  I mistakenly thought that there were 12 songs when actually there were 14.

I also took Rebecca’s sage advice and added If It Feels Good Do It by Sloan.  I even listened to it twice tonight.


12 Responses to “Have shoes, will travel… fast”

  1. Rachael Says:

    Whoa! Good for you. My experience with running is that it’s so intoxicating once I get going I can hardly stop. It’s the “get going” that gets me. I would recommend anything by Quantic for a little feel good funk to keep you moving.

  2. emJaydex Says:

    Love the RAGE. Can’t listen to Move Along ’cause they play it at work. You need more metal in that playlist. Metal makes me want to sprint.

  3. courtney Says:

    I always fantasize about going running, but I never actually get up and go do it. Maybe I should try to this week.

  4. Dex Says:

    Just ewww.

  5. Sarah Says:

    wow. yes, running is sexy in theory, but the red-faced huffing-and-puffing reality isn’t pretty. kudos to you, my friend. i’m in awe.

  6. Renee Says:

    I’m so proud of you! Amazing what a healthy lifestyle can do for your soul 🙂

  7. Mon Says:

    I’m in the market for new running shoes….let us know how you like them! I’m not running. I walk. Good luck with it, it does do a wonder for the spirits!

  8. Vegas Princess Says:

    That sounds like a great running soundtrack…maybe it will work for me.

  9. jan Says:

    I’ve switched to aerobics now, due to my advanced years, but I spent years in a running program. It was fantastic, I was seldom tired, never overweight, always energetic. Encouragement to you.

  10. Rocketstar Says:

    I hate running, but I hit the treadmill anyway and when I am done, I do
    really like the “high” you feel via the natural endorphins.

    Add these to the list:

    Bulls on parade – Rage…
    Nirvana – Smells like teem spirit
    NIN – March of Pigs
    Lenny Kravitz – Are you going to go my way
    screaming trees – i nearly lost you

  11. Rebecca Says:

    I loathe running, but since Hubby has been doing it lately I’ve been tagging along and doing some as well. I have done a 2k twice now without stopping, the most I’ve ever continually run in my life!! I have to say, for noticing body improvements, running is fantastic too.

    Throw some “If It Feels Good Do It” by Sloan on your list. Trust me.

  12. Adele Says:

    i love when you list music, we like lots of the same stuff so I can now go and seek out the ones i don’t already know.
    I use newish punk stuff at the gym because it’s upbeat.

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