I finally feel adjusted since coming back from my trip. It’s always nice to get away, but all the organizing and cleaning from the camping trip threw me for a loop. I kind of have a hard time adjusting back to “normal” life after vacations anyway, but who doesn’t?
I think I did about 7 loads of laundry in the past 2 days… Most of it being sleeping bags (which I can only wash 1 at a time), and then nasty camp clothes that I didn’t want mixed in with our regular clothing. Laundry is without a doubt my least favorite chore ever. If this basket sits here for less than 3 days before I put it away, I’ll be happy. That’s how
slow I am much I dislike laundry.
I also just feel like life has been a little crazy in the past week. I signed for Mary Kay right before my trip, went on my trip, but then came back to a lot of people and things that I needed to attend to. It’s nice to feel settled again.
Gimme Some Beats
On another note, something I’ve realized lately is that I don’t listen to music anymore. At all.
My whole life, I have loved music and followed a lot of bands. I’m a die-hard Beatles fan and half my apartment is decorated in Beatles memorabilia against my husband’s wishes. In high school, my iPod was my lifeline. I was really into classic rock and used to proudly wore Led Zeppelin t-shirts like it was cool. I used to love making playlists and organizing iTunes. Music was my escape, my happy place.
And now? I guess I just got too busy and stopped making room for music in my life. I feel like since I moved to Boston about 2 years ago, life just got busy. I got married, was still trying to fit into a new group of people, started new jobs, etc. I guess I am officially a boring adult.
Anyway, I was reading one of Katie’s recent posts, and she mentioned a band I’d never heard of (because I live under a rock), Imagine Dragons. It sparked my interest, so I decided to look up some music. Lo and behold, one of my favorite bands, OneRepublic, has a new album and I had no idea. I’m happily listening to Native as I write this post. 🙂
I also recently stopped running with music. Mostly because my earbuds are so old that they fall out while I run, which is so annoying that I’d rather just skip it. I skipped my iPod one day (and my SUPER old running playlist that I never update) and I haven’t picked my iPod up for a run since…
It’s weird because I used to feel very dependent on my music during runs, especially during my last half training. Like I thought I was going to die when my iPod died during runs. But now I totally enjoy running sans music and enjoy the sounds of nature and being in tune with my breathing.
Half Time, Here We Go
…This week is actually my first week of half marathon training for my half on August 3rd! Annnd, I also signed up for the Boston 10K as well. So it’s time to get my butt in gear!
I definitely want to have music to motivate me for my training. I still want to run without music too because it’s been really nice to know I can. But some JT and Rhianna don’t hurt sometimes either 😉
I haven’t really come up with a perfect training plan yet because I, uh, forgot to. But I’m thinking my week’s will look something like this for the next 3 months:
Tentative Half Training Plan
- Monday: run & strength
- Tuesday: run
- Wednesday: speed work/tempo runs
- Thursday: strength
- Friday: run
- Saturday: long runs
- Sunday: rest
I’ll make up a calendar with the actual mileage and what not, but that’s my basic plan for now.
I haven’t ever done speed work before, but I have access to a track now, so I figured I should try. My last half took me 2:18 and I just wanted to finish. Someday I want to finish in 2:00 or under. Not sure if that’s feasible to do for this half, but I just want to get closer to that goal.
I’m excited to push myself with this training plan, but at the same time, I feel ready for it too!
Questions for You:
- Give me your MUST have running playlist song. I’ve gotta branch out!
- Do you make music a priority in your life or does it fall to the wayside sometimes?