Gangster’s–I mean Runner’s–Paradise

Exciting News, Chronic Readers!

I have officially run/walked a mile in less than 15 minutes!

In all technicality, it was 14:58…those 2 seconds make a difference, trust me.

This means my latest running goal has been met!!

My previous goal was to get to 2 miles in less than 35 minutes by my birthday way back in February. I completed that goal and then set about to working on this one.

I have been stuck in the same run/walk pattern for a while. Just to recap, I follow the NHS Choice Couch to 5K podcast (available for free on itunes), which tells you when to walk and when to run, starting slowly and building up to 30 minutes of straight running. It’s meant to be a 9-week program, but factor in chronic illness, and 8 months into it, I am still on the Week 4 pattern. Which is fine by me. I have “been there, done that” when it comes to pushing myself too hard too soon, and all it did was land me right back in bed, exactly where I didn’t want to be. So I’m taking a page from the Tortoise, not the Hare’s, book, and giving that “Slow and steady wins the race” thing a try. So far, so good.


I have been listening to the Week 4 podcast 3 times a week for 2 solid months now. I started out modifying the pattern to be slightly less of a jump from the previous podcast (90 seconds to 5 minutes? Yeah, I need another step–or 3– in there…), so that has added to my time in Week 4-Land. I have pretty much memorized the soundtrack. The first time I listened, I totally didn’t mind the kind of lame, grocery store-esque quality of the music, but by the 24th time, I am SO SICK of it.

So, in order to rid myself of blah-music overload, I decided to allow Spotify access to my name and public profile on Facebook (and whatever else it may be pilfering from my online prescence…) and get an account so I could make some super fun run/walk playlists. I still play my podcast so that it can tell me what to do, but I play my playlist loudly over it from another device simultaneously. I’ve got a system down.

Let me tell you, exercising to the right kind of music makes all the difference.

*The right kind of music is simply defined here as music you actually like.*

I have a confession to make, Chronic readers. 100 years ago when everyone used AIM and Myspace, and when Facebook let you write in your interests instead of choosing them and linking them to your profile and whatever it is that you have to do now, I succumbed to peer pressure and filed in my music preference as such:

***I love ALL kinds of music!! 🙂 EXCEPT country and rap!!***

(Nontraditional punctuation added for emphasis and realistic reenactment purposes)

Didn’t everyone write that? (You know you did. Come on. Really.) It was such a dumb thing to write because even if you didn’t like country and rap, were you saying that you liked Disco? Did the lyrics (or lack thereof) of Enya speak to your 13-year-old soul? Were pulsating club beats punctuating your ride to school with your mom? I’m not so sure you were that evolved. If you were, many apologies.

I don’t know why everyone collectively decided to shun country and rap as being something unlikeable, but I do know that I really, really love country music, and I really, really don’t mind (some) rap music.

I have always loved country music, and my love is so deep and so vast, that I am going to have to write an entire blog post about it another time. It just won’t all fit here.

My appreciation for rap and hip hop came much later, around the time that they invented “radio edit” and “clean version”.

#IJustDontLikeCursing #SorryNotSorry #ITryToGetTheMessageThough

I also appreciate these versions of pop songs.

#BritneySaysWorkWork #DontCallMeB****WhenImBuyingYourMusic


The point is, I actually do like ALL kinds of music (*** 🙂 !!! ***), and yes, I include rap, country, hip hop, pop, disco, Enya, pounding club music, and a whole lot of other things when I say that.

That’s a good thing, because if you want to run/walk a mile in 14:58 when you’ve got a medical condition (or even if you don’t, I guess, #WouldntKnow) it’s going to take Reba McEntire (Going Out Like That), 50 Cent (In Da Club), Biggie Smalls (Big Poppa), Pitbull (I Know You Want Me), Sia (Chandelier), and Walk the Moon (Shut Up and Dance) to get you there.

Follow it all up with a Donna Summer chaser, because She Works Hard for the Money, and so do you!


What kind(s) of music do you listen to Chronic Reader? Do you have any suggestions for my ever-evolving playlist? What’s your go-to workout song? I’d love to hear from you!


4 thoughts on “Gangster’s–I mean Runner’s–Paradise

  1. amsiebee says:

    I have a hard time running to music. It is not distracting enough for me. I find myself not even really listening to the music and instead focussing on how much my legs hurt, or how i am breathing too heavy, and maybe I should just start walking now, and it feels like this song has been playing forever! I have found though, that listening to a good podcast makes the kms fly by. I am especially hooked on the another mother runner podcasts right now.

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