Choosing a playlist is basically the most fun part of preparing for a race. And when you add a specific pace/beat per minute, it takes it to a whole new, um, scientific level. I think I’ve got mine all prepared for Saturday’s St. Paddy’s Day 5K. In fact, I’m previewing it right now as I’m writing this, and let me just say, I’m typing superfast.
So that’s a good sign.
Also, it’s keeping my fingers busy so I won’t run into the pantry and eat all the food. WHAT is it about being the pool that turns me into a person that’s just been rescued from a deserted island. Is it desert island or deserted? I’ve never really known. (A good writer would look that up. But this is a blog, so…)
Yeah, I went to deep water aerobics with my friend K again. Man, it’s so much fun because I can be a total goof-off the whole time. The other people are probably like, “Ugh,” when they see me now. But I’m sorry. Why so serious? Working out is FUN! K and I decided water aerobics classes should play music. There’s probably a safety reason, like, you need to hear if people are drowning?
Speaking of drowning, GOOD thing I had on the foam belt tonight because I pointed my toes for one of the moves and my right calf cramped like a MoFo! K had to tow me to the shallow end using one of her foam hand weights. Holy sh*t. Last week, when I swam laps with Zoe, BOTH of my calves cramped when I pushed off the wall. But not as bad as tonight. I was panicked for a minute there. As Mr. T would say, “What the eff? Over.” (Except he says the full version of “eff,” of course.)
BTW, Zoe was at the pool, too, swimming laps like a pro. I saw about half way through that she had to share a lane with a dude that had kind of long hair and was not wearing a cap. You know how Mel has a pet peeve about women not tying their hair back when they run? Well, I can’t stand it when people swim laps without a cap on. YES, I KNOW I’ve done it. But that was only because my cap ripped mid-swim, okay? Anyway, I guess I don’t like it because I know what it’s like to take a breath and suck in a glob of wet hair. Sick. You know what else?
There was a chick wearing a swimsuit with a t-shirt over it and swimming laps! WTF? Over. Are you kidding me? AND she wasn’t wearing a cap. Two strikes.
I still have 2.5 more songs left to listen to on my playlist. I feel like I should keep writing. OH! I shall share the playlist with you. It is to play in the order I have here (someone please remind me to take the “random play” option off my phone on Saturday). The pace info is from Jog.fm. Obviously not going to be running as fast as some of these paces, but hey, I figure the faster the song, the better, right? Actually, if I hear all of Kelly Clarkson and ANY of Cake, it probably won’t be a PR…
Just Can’t Get Enough – Black Eyed Peas – 3:39 (6:12 pace)
Check It Out – Will.I.Am & Nicki Minaj – 4:12 (7:36 pace)
Price Tag – Jessie J – 3:43 (7:30 pace)
Pumped Up Kicks (All the Other Kids Mix) – DJ Hipst3r – 4:02 (7:36 pace)
Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra – 5:02 (7:24 pace)
What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) – Kelly Clarkson – 3:42 (5:48 pace)
The Distance – Cake – 2:59 (6:48 pace)
Are you wondering if deep water aerobics is mostly all older women? Because it’s not. There are a lot of older men, too. KIDDING! All ages, sizes, genders. What’s your go-to “fast” song? Kelly Clarkson’s What Doesn’t Kill You is pretty freakin’ powerful. I test drove it on Tuesday. (I USED TO like Pump It by the Black Eyed Peas, but surprisingly, it’s not as fast as I need for Saturday.)
My Go-to of all go-to songs is Stronger, by Britney Spears. It’s fast AND there’s some handclaps. EPIC. I put it on when I’m down to my last 3 minutes on the bike or treadmill or run and bust-a-move. Or bust-a-gut.
I don’t know this one. Looking it up now. Why didn’t I think of ol’ Brit?
Great blog, I look forward to future readings of your adventures. I like the playlist I have a couple of those songs. My go faster song is (Somewhere I Belong) by Linkin Park & (Help I’m Alive) by Metric. In the second song I like when she says “they will eat me alive if I stumble,” it makes me want to run faster.
YOU CRACK ME UP! I giggled my way through this! Also, thanks for your playlist, because I need to pull mine together for my run this weekend!
Nice pace times all together. Music definately helps keep you mind busy. Consider:
Avicili – Levels (3:19)
David Guetta- Memories (3:30)
Escala- Paliadio (3:54)
My recent race, my ipod died on the 4th mile. For the rest of race, I just kept my mind occupied daily life past/future events & listen to other runner’s conversation. Amazing how people talk a lot during a race!
PR PR PR PR PR PR PR PR PR PR PR PR PR PR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tell us everything!!!!
Oh, and people come to lap swimming at my pool WITHOUT GOGGLES!!!!