I run. I do not like to run, but I do it, because someone, somewhere convinced me that it was good for you. There are different types of runners: sprinters, weekend joggers, marathon runners. Then there’s me:
Slow and reluctant.
I start with the best of intentions. I think – I’m going to go running! This is a great plan! – and get all dressed and ready to go. 200-300 yards into my efforts, I start thinking – Why am I running? This was a terrible plan! – and it goes down hill from there. But I survive, so I tell myself that I’m going to start doing this every day. Eventually, I won’t hate it so much.
The next day, I wake up and EVERYTHING HURTS. I tell myself that I’ll run every other day, to allow for recovery. I congratulate myself on my healthy intentions. Time passes, I keep telling myself that I’ll get back to it, but honestly, I’m lucky if I run a couple of times per week. Meh, c’est la vie.
One thing that helps (a little) is having a killer playlist to help me think a little less about how much I’d rather be doing almost anything else.
American Authors – Best Day of My Life (3:40)
Pompeii – Bastille (3:35)
Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song (3:20)
Sara Bareilles – Gonna Get Over You (4:17)
Ke$ha – Die Young (3:32)
American Authors – Believer (3:05)
Michael Franti & Spearhead – Say Hey (3:34)
Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good (3:19)
Total Time: 28:22
Bonus: Seriously, go watch the Andy Grammer video. Fan submissions, old people. Adorable.
Look, I can’t make running suck less, but sometimes, a little pick me up is what I need to keep going. Plus, I can trick myself by saying things like – Oooh, Ke$ha means I’m halfway done! Because I always pronounce the $.