I listen to the radio in my car and Pandora at home. Most of my iTunes folder is dedicated to running music. There are snippets of the Napster years still lingering around, but the majority of the music that I have purchased for my iPod is for running. Every few months or so I go on a buying spree with new songs or old favorites and treat myself to some new stuff.
I don't claim to have great musical tastes. I like what I like. It's mostly sugar and spice pop and Top 40 with a little bit of techno-y stuff. The past few years I have added country into the mix. My 15 year old self would think I was so lame. But I had blue hair and a black bedroom back then. It's a good thing people evolve over time, right?
Two separate sparks of inspiration lead me to a new girl power playlist for my run today. This morning I read a really great article about Pink in the USA Today. Later, I watched
the last 30 minutes of Bridesmaid which included a song by Hole. The
wheels started churning and the credits for Bridesmaids played, I conjured
up a few new songs to finish out my run. I was so enamoured with my
selections that I ran an extra mile to enjoy the songs.
For the final couple of miles of my 8-miler, here's what I rocked out to:
Garbage-Only Happy When It Rains
No Doubt-I'm Just A Girl (I forgot how much I LOVE this song)
Eve-Let Me Blow Ya Mind
Christina Aguilera/Lil' Kim-Can't Hold Us Down
the fact that I was pumped up by my music selections, I was pretty
happy to run in just double socks for 2.5 miles. The last 5.5 miles I
wore my Flows. I have been experiencing some bunion pain and decided to
see how my feet felt sans shoes. It was pretty great for a few
miles--I definitely have a more relaxed stride without shoes. But
I do think it is time for new work shoes and probably couldn't hurt to
get a new pair of running shoes too. I'm thinking minimalist shoes
don't last quite as long as stability shoes...for obvious reasons.
Lastly, I am
greatly enjoying a book that Flying Tomato lent me. It's the Runner's
World book that features the long stories compiled by the magazine. I
have been reading a story each night before bed and feel freshly
inspired with each read. I have a feeling I am going to really sad to
finish it so I am trying to savor each story. And I am such a sucker
for human triumph sagas--I love a happy ending.