I know it has been forever since I posted running songs. I think the last time was when I was marathon training last year, right? After that, I grew pretty lax on sticking to a running schedule. But since I’ve done nothing but stress-eat for the past month, it was either start running again or go buy a bunch of new clothes with elastic waistbands. I had a hard time deciding, believe me! Running has a lot of pros going for it though, including the fact that if I run enough miles, I can have my cookies and eat them too. So I’ve started getting serious about running again. My mood has also been better and I’m feeling more relaxed since I’ve been back at it. Those endorphins are pretty cool little dudes.
I was very nervous about pushing myself on my recent Sunday long-runs. I didn’t know if I would had lost much stamina from my lack of dedicated training, but I was happy to squeak out a ten-mile run a week ago Sunday, and then almost thirteen this past Sunday. I guess I did just enough “off-season” running to maintain most of my stamina. Now I have to decide if I’m going to run a local half-marathon (13.1 miles) this weekend. I’m not 100% ready for it, but I think it’s fear that’s making me hesitant, because I know I’m ready enough. I ran it last year, so I’m kind of curious if I can beat last year’s finish time. But what if I can’t? It depends also on how Spot does after chemo. Or is that just another excuse? We’ll see.
While I wasn’t running this week, I watched a little bit of television. Have you seen the new Netflix series “House of Cards” with Kevin Spacey? Wow! We flew through the series in a couple of days–it was that good. Spacey plays a U.S. Congressman enmeshed in Washington D.C. politics and power plays. He offers private narrative to the camera quite often–sarcastic, biting, hilarious, and addictive quips. His wife is played flawlessly by Robin Wright (Penn). We weren’t sure about the series after watching the first episode, it seemed a little slow, but by the end of the second, we were hooked. The series even touches on alcoholism, drug addiction and recovery, and it does a pretty good job handling the subject.
Speaking of which… does every show or movie have someone dealing with addiction these days? It seems like addiction or recovery or 12-step programs are super trendy now. Is that a good or a bad thing I wonder?
Which leads me to one of my guiltiest television pleasures… “Shameless” on Showtime. William H. Macy plays an unapologetic alcoholic, and does a damn fine job of it too. I laugh, I cry, I cringe, I think, and I thank-my-lucky-stars that I am not in his shoes. The show is not for kids, but it’s certainly entertaining.
This past Sunday on Shameless, someone asked Frank (Macy’s character) if he is gay. Frank replies, “I am whatever I need to be at the time I need to be it.” Huh. That about sums up the life of an active addict, as well as many non-addicts too, sure, but when an addict is actively drinking or using…? He or she will stop at nothing to get what he or she wants, shamelessly and relentlessly.
And I know what you all want, at least the three of you who made it this far. For me to shut up and just get to the dang running and work-out music. Okay, okay, okay. I hope you like rock music.
So for those about to rock, or run, I salute you! Happy running, walking, toe-tapping or air-guitar playing!
Oh, if you want more running songs, especially some you may have never heard, be sure to check out Eve’s post at “I’d Rather Be in Iceland”: 10 Icelandic Songs for Running. Eve is a marathon runner and blogs mostly about all things Iceland, including Icelandic pizza–she’s definitely put Iceland on my “To Visit” radar.
Eleven Favorite Running Songs From This Week:
And my favorite running song this week (great lyrics, perfect beat!) is…
I used to be lonely till I learned about livin alone
I found other things to keep my mind on
And I’m gettin to know myself a little bit better
Whoa , I keep pushin on
Keep pushin on, yeah
Goin through all the changes I made so many mistakes, oh yes I did
Tryin to leave behind the heartaches
And sometimes I think I was a little bit crazy, oh yeah
Whoa, I keep pushin on
Keep pushin, keep pushin, keep pushin, keep pushin on
Keep pushin, keep pushin, you know you have got to be so strong
Keep pushin, keep pushin, well even if you think your strength is gone
Keep pushin on
Well it’s comin together I finally feel like a man, oh yes I do
I never thought that I’d be where I am, oh
Everyday I wake a little bit higher
Whoa I keep pushin on, oh yeah
lyrics source HERE