Old School, with a Kick: My New Running Playlist
One more exam done, which means just one more to go! When I finished my test this morning, I was so excited I was practically vibrating. I knew that I was going to have a hard time getting down to the business of studying, so per the plan I laid out yesterday, I went for a run.
It was not a great run, or even a good run. It was one of those runs that just feels awkward the whole darn time, where you never feel like your legs find their stride, where you Just. Feel. Slo-o-o-w. I started out by forgetting to turn on my Garmin, so I ran probably about a km without having it on. Then, per the Jeff Galloway Disneyland Half Marathon training plan that I’m following (adapting is probably more accurate), I was supposed to run an easy warm up and then what the plan calls a “Magic Mile, ” which you’re supposed to try to beat the following week, and then again the following week, and so on. (Note that the 30 min runs they list are supposed to be 45 min.) I pushed a little hard, felt gross, and decided I’d better do a little walking. I ended up running it in 12:52, which is INSANELY slow, even for me, but my heart rate was just so high during the whole run, there was really no running it any faster. And, to top it all off, my knee was twinge-y at the end.
So those are the kinda disappointing parts of today’s run. On the other hand, it was sunny, relatively warm (but not too warm), and I was loving my playlist. For your listening pleasure, here it is, my “Old School, with a Kick” playlist:
You Give Love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi
Talk Dirty to Me – Poison
Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
Fishin’ in the Dark – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
My Maria – Brooks & Dunn
Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore) – B.o.B
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Devil Inside – INXS
Africa – Toto
Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
Hole Hearted – Extreme
Hot Tottie (feat. Jay-Z) – Usher
Desire – U2
Kickstart My Heart – Mötley Crüe
The “old school” part is pretty obvious, but the “kick” part of the title refers to the fact that every few songs is one with a rhythm of 90bpm, which is aimed at keeping my stride rate right around the “ideal” 180 per minute. Every song on this list is on here because it has some sort of pleasant memory associated with it. Smells like Teen Spirit = staying out late with friends and partying in high school. My Maria = dating my (now) husband and hanging out. Desire = hanging out in my room, reading, listening to music as a teen. Africa = enjoying some barbecued sausages, chatting with a friend of ours about how he had attended a Toto concert in South Africa, while we were sitting outside our rented cabin in Kruger National Park, listening to the lions on the other side of the electrified fence. You get the idea.
Now that I’ve taken a short stroll down memory lane, I guess it’s time to get to what I’ve been trying to avoid, which is studying.
Do you have any favourite songs that always bring up good memories when you hear them?