Got through the Swansea Bay 10K on Sunday by the skin of my teeth. Had to walk parts of the last mile just to get to the end, which I normally wouldn't need to do during a race of that length. Lack of speed isn't bothering me so much as enjoyment. I'm never going to win any races, especially at my current level of "fitness," so my main focus should be fun. And when my lungs feel like they want to escape out of my butt, it goes without saying I'm not going to be having the time of my life. Lesson learned: training is important, even if you aren't expecting to be Sonic the Hedgehog (fast - not blue and naked bar shoes). Nevertheless... medal!
Pure terror of running anything further than "to the fridge for cheese" of late has forced me to get creative. I'm easily distracted and pretty soggy willed when my motivation levels aren't high, so I needed something to get me excited about pounding pavements for 2hours +. So, I'm currently putting together a Spotify Premium playlist to see me through the event. I've not moved from my computer all morning. I'm having a bloody blast! As I type, I am currently bouncing to "The Bitch Song" by Bowling For Soup.
I love clicking through the "related artist" feature and coming across bands I'd almost forgotten I loved as a spot ridden, angsty, pasty skinned teen (not much has changed. Slightly less spots, but I certainly haven't gotten any wiser, taller or less pale). I don't know if most other people in their twenties are the same, but my taste in music seems to have stalled at around age fifteen. I still LOVE American pop/punk. Love, love love it! I also seem to have developed a taste for shameless pop music, which is ideal for grinning to yourself while you have headphones on because no one bar you knows that you're secretly getting your groove on to 5ive. I miss 5ive...
Can't wait to get off my arse this afternoon for a playlist test drive. I plan to bounce around Swansea to the musical stylings of Blink 182 and New Found Glory, Something Corporate... (remember them?! I didn't!) Maybe in the spirit of regression, I will also wear eyeliner down to my chin and sport some black and purple shag bands.
Or maybe I won't.
Behold some gems from my Cardiff Half playlist for your inspiration/revulsion:
In Too Deep - Sum 41
Sk8er Boi - Avril Lavigne
My Favourite Game - The Cardigans
Hella Good - No Doubt
All Downhill From Here - New Found Glory
Punk Rock Princess - Something Corporate
Dammit - Blink 182
Fatally Yours - Alkaline Trio
All My Best Friends Are Metalheads - Less Than Jake
She Hates Me - Puddle Of Mudd
I Want You To Want Me - Letters To Cleo
Sell Out - Reel Big Fish
If you're on spotify too, you can have a nose at my debatable taste in music here:
..."Rock" on, honorable ones!