After a couple of years off, I am getting back to running. I had never actually run before in my life, save for that awful required one mile run in high school, until I completed most of the Couch to 5K running plan (C25K) in fall 2010. In the years since then, I had my second child and still weigh almost what I did when I gave birth. I know it’s time to get back to it.
ACPL’s staff wellness committee is sponsoring a C25K challenge, so I’m using that as an opportunity to get running again. C25K is great for easing slowly into exercise, starting the first week with 60-second running intervals, each followed by walking for 90 seconds. In the past, I used Robert Ullrey’s C25K podcasts. I like his voiceovers and encouragement, but the music was sorely lacking. So I am using a new app (similar to these) for my phone that has only walk/run voice prompts, but otherwise uses the music on your device.
My playlist was pretty easy to set up, since I have very little music on my phone. I have downloaded songs here and there for free through the library’s Freegal service. Adele was great to run to, and Sara Bareilles’s voice made me want to move, too. But I could not have chosen a better song or timing when my 90-second running interval started just at the point in “Not About Love” when the tempo picks up and carries on like crazy (2:35 in the video below). I love this song. I highly recommend it for general listening, and especially for running!
What songs get you motivated to exercise?