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Monday, October 19, 2009

Three for the price of one today!

I've had a wacky day already. Got to my office (I start work at 7:30 AM) to find that there's been a water main break in the area. Hence the office was closed (no water in the building)! What to do .....

I had my gear with me and went to the gym, even though I really had not eaten enough. It was fine, I was okay. Then went home, ate my apple on the way. Got in and realized, ewps, I better open email. I did. The bigwigs were still kinda floundering around. It was declared a work from home day. Well, that's nice but the laptop is in the office. Not a helluva lot I can do, other than read and respond to email. I sent a few crucial emails and told my boss that the laptop is there while I'm here.

Oh and of course someone said, well, the building management says the building could open at any moment. Gaahh there's always someone like that, eh? I figure, I did my part. I came to work, I was unable to do so, I got home and I did the really important stuff. Not my fault that I didn't have the laptop (I usually don't). I won't be thrilled but if I am stuck losing a day off, well, so be it. I am planning on Friday off anyway and am not changing that. I need the break, desperately.

And so that's been my day so far.

In the meantime, the weight loss department is not going along as well as usual. I've gained back 3 lbs. in the last 2 weeks. Not good. But I am working out like a fiend, still (when I last looked, I had, yes, this is the God's honest truth, more fitness minutes than anyone else in Boston). And my pants fit better than ever. Can't blame muscle for everything but I figure I'm okay. Though it is annoying to see the scale doing that. I am doing what I am supposed to do. It'll all right itself at some point.

So, why three songs? And why are they so techno?

I recently went through all of our CDs and added whatever I wanted to the iPod. This resulted in over 2500 songs -- days and days of music. I pulled the three songs for this blog out and put them not only into the iPod but into the Running playlist. This is the playlist for getting out and doing 5K stuff, both formally for competitions and informally for training. I was listening to them (and maybe a dozen other songs) when we were training on Saturday, and it was fun to hear them as they are from the early '90s and remind me of when we used to live in Mineola, NY. Plus I can't resist laughing along with the sinister laugh on "Ebenezer Goode". I'm sure the fine citizens of Brighton were unsure of what to make of the woman running in navy tights and laughing to herself like a fiend.

Eh, it's that time of year.

But it also got me to thinking about how music has made so much more of this possible. I didn't even have an iPod until after the first 5K, as it was obvious that I needed my own music in order to simply get through the time it takes me to run one. Now I put together my own little collections, about 43 - 50 minutes long, and I just run and enjoy them and don't waste any time or energy thinking, "Oof, what was I thinking, why is this on here?"

It's a little thing but it works for me and I know it helps me to run longer and possibly faster.

Before I started, I recall feeling that exercise is boring and how the heck am I gonna endure hours and hours of such a non-intellectual pursuit? Well, lots of pursuits can and should be non-intellectual. There's nothing wrong with feeding your muscles instead of your head. Or they can be mixed -- there are always books on tape for the truly ambitious. Or silence if you prefer. The sound of your own breathing, your own heart, your own feet pounding pavement, all of those are rhythmic and musical, mystical and magical.

Whatever it takes to get you, to the gym, to the park, to the field, to the court, DO IT. Play the music, get the sitter, eat lunch early, take a little time off, whatever works.

Whatever it takes, whatever works.

And now if you'll excuse me, I need to practice my sinister laughing for Halloween.
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    So Dahlink. Work from home means...vacuum, do the laundry, play with Milly.

    Yes you may come out here and play with Milly. It is vital work.

    Best to you!
    4024 days ago
    Thats funny... techno, i remember those songs. The Shamen's "Move Any Mountain" was playing when I met my husband.

    Hope you had a good day off. I am happy to hear that even though the scale went up, you still are keeping it in perspective. Sometimes it's so easy to get caught in those numbers, even when you know you are progressing with inches lost. The scale lies.

    4024 days ago
    I love to listen to my mp3-player when I work out too. Also when I do chores at the house, it helps pass the time in a more interesting manner. I'm hooked on radio drama and plays as well as audio books, but some groovy music really gets me going with more stamina. Have a great wacky day off and enjoy the rest of the week.
    4024 days ago
    "Rhythmic and musical, mystical, magical" - - - I love it, LOVE IT, Janet. You're right (of course). I don't know what I'd do without music though either. It pushes me when I'm all fired up, and it supports me when I'm trying to light that fire. But, music is my muse.

    HUGS! I'm glad you're well.
    4024 days ago
    ok I really feel old now.Your videos were a little too much for old grandma.But to each his own.

    Sounds like quite a day for you. Enjoy your unexpected day off
    4024 days ago
    I run without headphones. I prefer to listen to nature and free my mind to wander. I also like to be able to hear approaching traffic. Lately I've been wondering if running to music would help me increase my speed. I think it may be time to experiment with that.

    Enjoy the rest of your wacky day. Thanks!
    4024 days ago
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