Music is what keeps my running strong. Music is what keeps me going. It also distracts from the actual work of my body. It’s simple. Exercise is 80% physical. Don’t worry about it too much. You can do it. My phone is always in my hand, with music blasting through my headphones. Sometimes, I enjoy small, but hopefully subtle, dance moves while I run. Sometimes I lip sync and I pray to God that I’m not singing.
I would like to believe that people who go to the gym with me are used to my eccentric behavior. Whatever.
Music is an integral part of my running. Avril Lavandigne makes me feel a bit badass, Barns Courney has a beat that I can’t ignore, Murphy Lee’s “Shake Ya Tailfeather” will distract me from what’s going on. It’s quite an eclectic playlist. You can imagine my shock when, upon arriving at the gym to run my 42-minute track lap, I discovered that my new phone did not come with a plug-in for headphones.
My music was not available to me. My heart broke. It was my only choice. I was forced to be raw, with my only focus being on my breathing, pain, and fatigue. I decided to try a 20-minute run instead.
It is possible. It took me 5 minutes to feel like I was going to die. I couldn’t help but think how heavy I was putting onto my feet and how awkward each step felt. Every single minute, I would glance at the clock and wonder how much time I had left. I was bored to death! I was missing my cheerleaders shouting through my headphones. I only managed to last 7 minutes. It was short, but it counted! It took 7 minutes.
Although I wish I could claim it was only the absence of music, it was the week following the holidays and it marked my first run of this year. The week before, my siblings visited. Do I need to say more? I’m not going on a crusade about missing a week running during the holidays. This is a fact. I will make mistakes and I won’t be perfect. Accept that. But, I refused make this dessert-filled, couch-friendly week a routine. I didn’t want to start 2018 in the same way that I began every year of my adult life. Instead, I went back to the gym. Did I feel sore? Incredibly. It took some getting used to. It took very little.
Did all my consistent work over the past three months go to waste? Um, no! It was only seven days before I returned. One year ago, I wouldn’t have gone to the gym until March “for New Year”. I would have just stayed there for 15 minutes and then called it quits. Then, I would reward myself by not going back to the gym the rest of the month. Take a look at where I am right now. These were the mental and emotional obstacles that I had to overcome in order to get back into the game. Bravo! Today, I know that I will be returning in two days to get back to my normal routine. Next time, I will remember to bring my headphone adapter.
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