Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4-Mile 4th of July

For the first time since I started working out three weeks ago, and for the first time in about 4 months, I ran more than a mile and a half without stopping for a break. Then, I ran past 2.3 miles without stopping for a break, and then past 3.4, and before I knew it I had run 4 miles. FOUR. On the 4th of July. Coincidence, I think not.

Actually, it is a coincidence. I'm just being a dork.

Here are the real reasons why I think I had a good work-out:

* I had eaten healthfully, and the perfect amount, the night before, so I had energy once I got on the treadmill;

* I've started doing pilates again, and I think it's already made my core and legs stronger, which also helped me once I got on the treadmill;

* The last three weeks of working out, though grueling and exhausting at first, have started to pay off;

* I committed mentally to running for at least 3 miles because I knew it would make me feel good, and I knew I would be proud of myself;

* I was motivated by watching my legs pumping on the treadmill and detecting just the slightest increase in muscle tone (hurrah!); and,

* I had an awesome 10-hour sleep last night.

Here's my 4-mile playlist:

1) Since You've Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson
2) Buttons - PCD
3) Tell Me - Diddy and Christina
4) I Like To Move It - Bang Gang
5) Banquet - Bloc Party
6) I Drove All Night - Celine Dion
7) Breaking The Habit - Linkin Park
8) Rabbit Run - Eminem
9) Fighter - Christina
10) This Ain't A Scene, It's a Goddamn Arms Race - Fall Out Boy

After that great start to the day, I'm off to celebrate the 4th down in Brooklyn with Em and some friends. I hope everyone has a lovely holiday!


Bobby said...

When certain songs from my playlist come on during my workout, I'm somehow able to run faster.

Sparky Duck said...

You also had a sickly rocked out soundtrack to run too. Add some ACDC to that mix and Im running 3 miles too

Buttercup said...

Bobby - Me too. "Fighter" and "I Drover All Night" are killer for that much needed pick me up. "Take it Off" by the Donnas is also pretty awesome for that.

Sparky - Thanks man. It was pretty rocking. Not Celine, but that song is awesome to run to.

Ariess said...

Congratulations! That is AWESOME. I was going to skip my run today, but now that I read your inspiring post... I can't wait to get out there! Thanks for the reminder that there's nothing better than the feeling of being proud of yourself.

Love you, Buttercup!