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It’s gotta be the ‘tude (and maybe the tunes)

August 6, 2011

There were so many good thing about this morning’s run.

First up is my handy dandy temporary fix for my iPhone. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, that is a Ziploc bag around my phone. It’s waterproof, and I can still use the touchscreen. I figured that the volume issue was probably due to moisture from my hand shorting out the micro switch under the volume control button. As for the the phantom scan mode … well, sometimes iPhones are finicky enough that you can’t even breath around them, so who knows. The bottom line is — problem solved.

I did a round of stretching before I started this morning. I know I probably should have been doing this all along, but you don’t get to be three-bills-plus by knowing the correct way not to that heavy. For any other fat asses who are as new to this as I am, take my word — it helps. My legs felt awesome during my warm up. I found myself doing a few arm and shoulder stretches while walking just to balance my body out.

Getting through the sets was a little easier this morning. Each one was still a trial and the sets where my walls usually are were a little worse than the rest. However, this time I felt rested after the walking halves of the sets. “Rested” might be going a bit far, but I can say that I didn’t have that familiar “beaten up” feeling.

A huge plus is that I feel like I found my stride. “Mice and Gods” by Clutch seems to be the perfect tempo for where I am right now. I was able to keep up with the flow of the music without feeling like I’m seriously overexerting myself and without wanting to fall down at the end of the set. So right around 154 BPM is where I need to shoot for on my playlist.

I was constantly policing my attitude and keeping my mind from wandering off to how much this sucks or how much my legs were going to hurt later. “That’s not happening right now dude. Right now you’re running. Focus. Right foot, left foot, right foot, left foot … Everything’s gonna be what it’s gonna be. All you gotta do it keep going.”

As I began my last set, the Skrillex remix of Deadmau5’s “Meow” came through the headphones and I told myself, “Let’s go.” I ran flat out as hard as I could for that last minute, and it felt great when it was over.

It might sound like a fat person cop out, but the cool down is my favorite part of the workout. Don’t get me wrong, knowing that I don’t have anymore sets to do is an incredible feeling, but knowing you just accomplished something you didn’t think you could feels so much better. I had to walk around with my chest puffed out a little bit. I’m one session shy of being two weeks deep into a running program. Other than when I used to ride, I’ve never kept up any kind of serious physical activity this long. More than likely, this is closer to the level of “ain’t shit” for most people, but for me, it’s pretty big.

I got to inflate my ego a little more because right as I was congratulating myself on a job well done, T-pain started singing “All I do is win, win, win no matter what …” The rest of my cool down included G. Love’s “Peace, Love and Happiness” and “Weight of the World” by my favorite band The Samples. It was a good morning, musically speaking. I might work on a second playlist geared specifically toward the cool down.

On my last lap, the sprinklers on the south side of the stadium kicked on so I got a little extra cool down as I walked by. And thanks to my nifty new case, my iPhone continued to play music like a boss.

I’ve promised myself if I make it through these nine weeks, I’ll by myself a new pair of running shoes. But I think I might have to grab a pair of these before then. I think these will make my feet feel awesome after a run.

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