I've had this idea in my head for awhile (actually I was inspired by Natasha of Maw Books who regularly semi-regularly posts these types of things!) to share with you some of my interests outside of reading and blogging.
(I was just talking to Emma from ASAMUM BOOKTOPIA how much I would love it if book bloggers stepped away from the books more often and shared with us all something a little deeper, something on a more personal level. I feel like I never fell into that trap of being squarely focused on just BOOKS BOOK BOOKS because my blog started out as being more of a personal website. But either way, I urge you all to show more of your humanity in your blog posts! Really, I and I'm sure many other readers out there, would like to know.)
But first up, I think I've mentioned before that I run. I don't run in public, and it isn't that I'm very good at it - I don't run fast and I don't run for long distances, but I do run. And I enjoy it a great deal. Last year, I was running about 5k 4-5 times a week, it was the highlight of my day and I felt really competitive with myself to push myself for harder and longer. And then things fell apart.
My treadmill broke and it was too expensive to fix. When we replaced it, it was too cold and I had too many excuses not to continue running. But stuck in my head was still the memory of how great it is to be running. I'd run, listening to music on my iPod and it would be like all the noise in my head was turned off for a little while. I have a very active inner voice and sometimes its more of a bombardment of ideas and thoughts and worries. And I always found when I was running that I could focus on my breathing or my pace and not worry so much about what inner-me was saying. I hope that doesn't sound too bonkers.
And my point of this post is to say that I am running again. I'm not quite up to where I was last year in my big running phase though. I'm nearly at 5k each time I run and it's only 3 times a week so far, with lots of panting and power songs that keep me motivated. I think my favourite part of running is when I hit my stride finally, when things stop becoming a struggle and this sense of empowerment comes over me. Has anyone else felt that before? I feel a huge rush come over me and in that moment I feel like I can do anything, all the negativity just drops off me and I feel great. It's what I strive for every time I run. Because I am addicted to that positive burst of energy, even if it only happens for a minute and then I collapse in a heap on the floor.
Here are some of the power songs that I've been using lately to keep me running:
Book Eight by Hank Green. I love this song, it just makes me incredibly happy. It's a song that I'd love to wake up to in the morning because it seriously makes me smile and I've danced to it in the kitchen while I'm cooking more times that I can count. I seriously adore Hank's nerdy songs.
Sugar High on the Empire Records soundtrack. My version doesn't have Renee Zellwegger's solo and I really think the song needs her feminine voice. I had no idea until I watched the clip again that they drastically changed one of the lyrics, HA. Anyway, it reminds me of this part of the movie. Man, I loved that so much as a teenager.
And finally, the last song I've been using to keep me running long after I'm ready to give up is Katy Perry's Hot 'N Cold. I never really liked her music before and then I saw this absolutely ADORABLE video with Elmo from Sesame Street and it completely changed the way I think of her.
And that's it. I hope to bring you more When I'm not reading or blogging... posts very soon. Do you have song suggestions for me to add to my running playlist?