This winter, after last years stress fracture, running has been sheer bliss! For the first time, the last couple months have included very structured runs. The past few weeks unfortunately due to our passing blizzards and bitter cold wind, I have done a lot of runs on the treadmill next to my faithful training partner CV. For some reason, next to her and in the middle of the gym, it does not bother me (like so many of my treadmill hater pals) for us to bang away loudly on our treadmill workouts.
The bonus is that while we banter during the warm-up and cooldown, I throw on the headphones for the meat of my workout. Now I have always fancied myself as being an extreme music connoisseur...only the hippest and coolest music for this girl and if it is not already, it will be! I never have been a girl into country, always more of a alt rocker with a small rap / pop edge (years ago it was all Korn, Disturbed, Zombie, Rage love before most even knew who they were, hitting every concert like it was my job). I do love my Pandora and Sirius. On that note, while I am not a daily girl, I am a pretty regular Howard listener and was SO happy he resigned...seriously, best interviewer EVER in my book! Have I mentioned that my daily commute is 94 miles round trip which leads to lots of radio time! So anyways back to the treadmill and music...there is nothing that makes the workout easier than awesome tunes! I am almost embarrassed to mentioned that lately, I have started to embrace my sister's favorite----the gay pop music. And I soooo love dance music....on Sirius the Beat is my station and while on the treadmill listening to Pandora, David Guetta radio might be my first choice! It must have a fast good beat or it must just be awesome!
Lately I just can't get enough Enrique Iglesias (is it wrong that I like the new song titled Tonight I'm F-ing you?). I love Pitbull. P!nk is my girl. I do have a soft spot for the Indie Rock. I love the song, Dignity by New Politics and Internet Killed the Video Star by The Limousines. Anyways, new fun tunes send me to a happy place on the treadmill even when dying through some killer fast workout! That coupled with the fact that I am happy to be running this winter has me moving!
On an even happier note, the weather broke this week and we got above 20 degrees without a major snow storm(GASP!) HEATWAVE! The past two mornings I have been delighted to run with the girls! 3 or 4 of us, downtown Cleveland running by 6am (yes, that equates to a very painful 4:45 am wake up call for me with the drive). I take satisfaction in the fact that I am running very high quality workouts but unfortunately I am still the slowest in the group....among these other girls, most men would be happy to run like a girl! At the end of the day, it is hard to be a triathlete running with the elite female real runners....I never ever feel fast enough or in the same league...but these ladies rock!!! Yet I love the challenge of trying to keep up and pushing myself to get better. Hopefully a bit of their speed will rub off on me....someday!