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Saturday, February 04, 2012

This is Fun

My brain never stops. I remember, years ago, seeing a counselor about something, and I mentioned how I count everything, like my steps and he laughed. A counselor LAUGHED at me. And I wasn't even offended. I took it as a compliment. So did he when he received his payment from my insurance company.

I was a good big girl and got up early, as I have since January 10th, and after breakfast, coffee, and lolling around, I made it out for a run  -- all by 8:30.

It was a great morning for a run even with an overcast. In my aging process, I have gotten less cold and, with what used to be a freezing 41 degrees, I ran in just a long-sleeve wick shirt and capri running pants. Wow. Who is this person?

I tuned on to Pandora, one of the greatest inventions that iPhone has provided to smartphones. It was my first time running without Keith and the Girl and while I haven't dropped the podcast, it was a great variation to listen to music I don't already own.

Last weekend, I ran counter-clockwise at Lake Lynn, which is, to me, the easier route. Today I felt bold and cocky and went for the clockwise route. I'm glad I did because the feeling of bold and cocky got me through my run without a hitch. It was great.

On top of that, I decided to do some counting. My favorite thing to do and, on many occasions, I do while I run. So today's stats were:
I passed 67 people. Eight of those 67 were going in the same direction as me (all walkers). I passed 12 dogs, although some of those belonged to both groups that went in either direction. I recognized five people as duplicates and did not included them in the 67...but that doesn't mean that the 67 I did count weren't dupes. I just recognized only five as people I noticed before. Only one person passed me (a runner) and he was not included in my 67 since, technically, I did not pass him.

It was not easy keeping up with these numbers. When I finished my run, I had to quickly type these into my iPhone so I wouldn't forget. But I kept count while I ran. The first half, I was REALLY cocky about how eeeeaaassssy it was keeping count with all of these numbers. That's why I kept raising the bar: let me include the dogs, let me include the people going in the same direction, etc. But about half way, I passed people with dogs going in the same direction, and two groups with and without dogs going the opposite way and I almost panicked. BUT that just made it more like: HA, try to figure THIS one out. And I got it.

Yeah. I'm weird. But so what. I don't care. It's fun for me. And while I am exercising my body, I'm exercising my brain.

While all of this is going on, I'm also listening to my Arcade Fire station on Pandora. Here are the songs that I listened to during my run:
Half Light II (No Celebration) by Arcade Fire
Silver Coin by Angus and Julia Stone
Two Weeks (Radio Mix) by Grizzly Bear
Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second by Starfucker (wow. what a band name)
Modern Man by Arcade Fire
VCR by The Xx
Mad World by Gary Jules (Only song I recognized in this whole list)
No One's Gonna Love You by Band of Horses
The Winner Is from Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack (wonderful movie; might have to watch this again)
Old Flame by Arcade Fire
Fences by Phoenix (loved this song)
Perpetuum Mobile by Penguin Cafe Orchestra (oh, I have heard this before...maybe in a commercial?)

1 comment:

  1. I haven't listened to as much Arcade Fire as I'd like, but Modern Man is awesome.