Return of the Run

So I haven’t gone running in three months. I was way embarrassed to say it, so I didn’t. Actually, just kidding. I haven’t gone running in seven months. It started innocently enough: I got super sick, my hip freaked out on me, I got sick again, we traveled. But my excuses kind of run out from there, and I’m left with the following: I was lazy to start again after losing virtually all the fitness I’d gained, and I felt burnt out and sick of running. There, I said it.

But apparently all I needed was to go running with my brother. I stayed with them last week in beautiful, energized, breathing Cape Town, and he asked me if I wanted to go running with him. I said yes because a) in a weird, sweaty way, it’s kind of like a bonding thing, b) he is after all my brother, and I didn’t want to seem like a wimp, and c) I had started to feel like a major sloth and failure at running. So out I went, with my pajamas and Converse (not being prepared rocks), and we ran.

I would like to take this moment to say that I ran for longer than I did when I got sick and had to stop last year. Altogether, we ran about 14 minutes. The next time, I ran about 16 minutes (my brother went for 19, being my brother). Okay, yes, I felt like I had no oxygen left anywhere and my calves felt like they had heavy rocks sewn into them, but still.

So this week, I’m back running. I checked to see that my Nike+ stuff is still working, I laced up my amazing running shoes, and put on my running clothes, and out the door I went with my mom. I have discovered that I like running in the afternoon instead of lugging myself out of bed an hour earlier than usual to run in the dark. Anyway, I just had to say all this because running was pretty much 50% of life for me when I was serious about it. You do get addicted, even if you’re a former couch potato, and the high is unbelievable. If you’d told me three years ago I would be writing something like this, I would have laughed at you. A lot. Loudly. But it’s the truth, and if you run you know what I’m talking about.

Here’s my playlist. And don’t laugh. Yes, I more or less despise Lady Gaga and I’m no fan of Eminem or the Black Eyed Peas, but you have to admit, they have good BPM (beats per minute). The Ting Tings, All-AMerican Rejects, tobyMac, All Time Low, and MGMT on the other hand are some of my favorite people, so even though I believe in free speech I will absolutely delete any anti-them comments. This is in no particular order, by the way…I usually shuffle them anyway.

1. Stronger – Kanye West
2. Don’t Stop the Music – Rihanna
3. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
4. Paparazzi – Lady Gaga
5. Get This Party Started – tobyMac (In 9th grade, I quit marching band before I even started. But then I heard this song, and I was like, what? Quit? No way. So AAHS Kadet marching band, it’s all tobyMac’s fault. In fact, that’s why I wasn’t at the first day of band camp freshman year, because I quit. My very first self-imposed run happened this day, too. With this song. In short, it is needed for a running playlist.)
6. Kids – MGMT (How unbelievably cool.)
7. Lose Yourself – Eminem (Did it have to be spaghetti? Why not something less gross?)
8. Catchafire – tobyMac
9. Boomin’ – tobyMac
10. Gone – tobyMac
11. Burn For You – tobyMac (He mentions running in here, so it sort of works, you know?)
12. That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
13. Ignition – tobyMac (What can I say? He’s good for running. BPM, good music, and God. What more do you need in a good running song?)
14. Move Along – The All-American Rejects
15. Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
16. Weightless – All-Time Low

As soon as iTunes stops being moronic, I’ll create a Sport iMix so you can find it. Search for “Momentum Run” or “africanstardust” in the Sport iMix section.

P.S. If you want clean versions like I do, you can find them at Walmart or on iTunes, just make sure it has {clean} next to the song name.

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