Last night, I “hit the pavement” in a way that I did not realize I could. Yesterday had its fill of phone calls, odd conversations, and – let’s face it – frustrations. I work with humans, I am human, and it seems that frustration follows wherever humans go. Poor God. I wonder if He knew this when He created us.
Of course, He did. And, again, I digress…
I did this awesome program of 30 minutes – twice. I was so excited that I completed a 5k in 52 minutes (3.75 miles in 60 minutes)…great fun! I did pay attention to see if the twenty minute theory that I discussed in a blog post last week words; it does. There is no doubt. Get over the first twenty minutes, and I think I could walk for six miles.
About half-way through the first set, I started paying attention to my music and making my music choices based on the pace that I needed it to support.
And that is when the “ah-ha” happened!
The key to a good workout could be ensuring that the sounds around me support that. I could watch TV to distract me, but I do not actually like a lot of TV shows. And just TV alone would sort of bore me. But – “The Biggest Loser” or some show about pawn shops (yes – both of them…on different TVs) are tolerable as long as I have good playlist.
I thought I would share last night’s playlist.
- Viva la Vida by Coldplay
- Boston by Augustana
- I. Love. You
- Song from the “August Rush” Soundtrack
- Barton Hollow by the Civil Wars
- From This Valley by the Civil Wars
- We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel
- Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
- Beautiful Wreck by Shawn Mullins
- Alice from the Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton) Soundtrack
- Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy
- The Little Things by Colby Caillat
- Downeaster “Alexa” by Billy Joel
And that is how you do a 5k in 52 minutes. Or – it is how I did it.
Note: I know that 52 minutes is nearly laughable; however, I figure that it is not too bad for walking. I also figure that it is pretty good that I am doing any form of exercise and that it does not matter how long it takes to finish a 5k…the point is I finished a 5k!