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Music as Motivation

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a huge fan when it comes to listening to music while working out. I really think it helps me to keep going and to shut down the negative voices in my head. And I discovered a website/app that I’d like to share with you in case you’re also a fan of running to music.! matches your desired pace with songs that have an appropriate beats per minute. What a fun way to find new motivational music! I hope you enjoy! It’s also available for your iPhone, but I’m not finding it on the Android platform (bummer!).

Plus, you may enjoy this study about increasing lung function and working out with music.

I also find it funny that the site reminds people:

The phrasing cracks me up, but that’s because I hear my mother’s voice from my childhood telling me not to run into traffic… However, I do agree with be careful where you choose to run with music. Personally, I run on the treadmill or on a running path in an urban environment (lots of people – so less of a chance of being attacked, I hope – and if a car is going to hit me, it’s going to have to first crash through a grocery store or an apartment building for the most part…) I think I’m pretty safe with my music, but please be safe with yours!

What do you think?


Finally Outside!

Normally, I live in the land of those loathing spring daylight savings. This year, I actually haven’t completely hated it. I went running outside last Wednesday and on Sunday! I’m loving it! It’s so exciting to see daylight when I get out of work.

Now, I was being optimistic on Wednesday. It was “nice out,” so I rushed home from work and went out for 30 minutes (as the sun was setting).

I put on some winter-ish running clothes (read: I put a fleece on over my t-shirt), popped on my headphones, and skipped out the door. As soon as Face Down by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus started playing on my iPod, I had a HUGE grin on my face and couldn’t stop. You might be thinking to yourself  “Isn’t that song about domestic abuse? Jen, you’re twisted!” And you’d be right on both accounts! Although I don’t support domestic abuse! Here’s the thing, I love listening to upbeat break-up songs, because I sing them to my “old, lazy self” or to the squishy parts around my middle that I’m trying to lose, or anything I think is holding me back at that moment. And Face Down is the first song on my running playlist. As soon as I heard it, I heard a little voice inside start shouting: “Woohoo! We’re running!” I mean, just listen to the opening and tell me that it doesn’t get your heart pumping (ok, you might hate it if you think it’s a little too heavy, but it psyches me up)!

Woohoo! Outdoor running!

And I was outside and it was fabulous! For about 10 minutes… then I realized that while it was “nice out” during the day, it was still freaking cold! It was only 40 degrees. I became a runner over the summer; if you ever want someone to run with in 80 degree weather with 90% humidity, I’m your girl! But I’ve been running inside (or skipping workouts) all winter long! I don’t DO cold! My hands were FROZEN! I didn’t even think to bring gloves.

I may have run with a hand (each one taking turns) on the small of my back, under my shirt, trying to warm up the entire time. It was so pitiful! I may have looked ridiculous. Plus, there wasn’t much light, so it was only a 2.5 mile run. It may have felt short and I may have felt out of shape again, but it was so great to be back on my trail!

And Sunday’s run was even better! (I’ll post about that tomorrow) It feels so good to be running outside again!

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