Running (A Work in Progress)

Something clicked in my brain last week and I decided to start running again.

Just like that.

I laced up my (new) running shoes (Mizuno Wave Rider 10s), smeared on some body glide, charged up my iPod* and showed up on the street at 6:00 a to the m and got my feetsies moving again.

It wasn't necessarily pretty, it was excessively sweaty and yet in a weird way it was still fun.

And then I did it again the next day. And then the next. And so forth.

New (again) habits take repetition, don't they?

Last week I logged 14 miles and this week I've logged 13 (so far). This morning I ran 2.5 miles before taking Annelise to tennis camp and then hit the track (I know!) for 2 more miles (walking the curves and running the straights). I even "ran" the bleachers, well, sort of and only 2-3 times, but still.

I don't know what has come over me, but I like it.

Yes, it's hard to get up early, but you get used to it.
Yes, it's hot and humid even at 6:00am, but you get used to it.

I'm still following run:walk intervals that are embarrassingly short, although this week I've bumped it up to 3:1, and yes, that extra minute of running is killer. Will I ever get back to 5:1 intervals or even straight running? Is this the rebirth of Marathon Bird? Maybe. I hope so.

I'll keep you posted.

*My iPod is my running life saver, I don't think I could run without it. I added a few new (to me) songs:

Dynamite by Taio Cruz
Howlin' for You & Everlasting Light by the Black Keys
On the Floor by J Lo

but can still bust my running groove old school with It Takes Two by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock and don't forget Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen. Gotta give a HOLLA to Anne for sending me an awesome running CD full of dance-y remixes that really keep my feet going, thanks again girlie!

Now I'm curious, what songs are getting your feet moving these days?


  1. There must be something in the water, because I'm revisiting running as well! I'm glad you're still enjoying the mix I sent you. I just blogged about my new favorite running song: The Kids Don't Stand a Chance by Vampire Weekend vs Miike Snow. It is so so fun.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. i am almost embarrassed to commit this to print, but everything i've heard off the new Britney Spears' album gets my feet moving. also, This is the New Year (Ian Axel), So Big (Iyaz), Shimmer (Fuel), I Want you Back (Jackson 5), Best of You (Foo fighters), New York Groove (Ace Frehly/Kiss), and music from The Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack.

    varied enough for you?

    of course, i am running so much, i constantly have to add and add and add or i get bored :)

  3. I'm so happy to read this! Good for you Holly! I'm taking things up a notch too, at least this week. Next week is VBS and I always volunteer, so we'll see what happens. I have Dynamite and On The floor too. I've picked up a couple of songs from Zumba that I love. They are in Spanish, so I have no idea what they are saying, but they are high energy. La Bomba by Ricky Martin, Oye by Mara, and my favorite is Pegate by Grupo Treo.

  4. Yeah for running! And I love Miz. shoes -I've been wearing them for years and you're literally one of two others I know who wear them. I just downloaded Rumor Has It by Adelle. Another one that comes to mind (oldie) is Heavy Fuel by Dire Straits.

  5. You're amazing!!!!

    I tune into the Black Eyed Peas station on Pandora. PLENTY of awesome running songs :-)


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