So I ran my first ever 5k yesterday, 12/11/2010. It was to support arthritis and yes, it was a themed run. I decided to dress as an elf. I thought it was fitting since every runner received a pair of bells to tie to their laces when they ran. I got a little over excited and decided to perform Christmas songs on my feet. It turned into a great warm up. I finished my 3.1 miles in 37 minutes flat. Considering the cold, and that I was training at 12 minute miles, I am very proud of myself. I even sprinted the last tenth of a mile, my elf hat flapping in the wind. The cold weather really takes it out of your muscles. That, and the fact that this course had two raised bridges to hike up. One right around the 1 mile mark, the second in the last tenth of a mile stretch.
Did I mention I sprinted that? The combination of seeing the finish line, the song on my ipod, and just the feeling of getting this ridiculousness done as soon as possible had me screaming 'caution be damned, move your ass' in my head.
I also created a playlist for the occasion. I didn't use holiday music, but instead designed the playlist to let me know where I was mileage was during the race. To kick off my playlist, I chose Dog Days Are Over- but the Glee Cast version. That could have been the best decision I have ever had. The chorus really tells you exactly what to do.
Run fast for your mother; run fast for your father /Run for your children all your sisters and brothers /Leave all your love and your longing behind/ You can't carry it with you / if you want to survive.
The beat in the Glee Cast version is steady to choose an easy pace and just got me really excited. The big chorus support makes the song a great running song.
The rest of my list was based on heavy drums, which help me keep my feet moving to good pace.
1) Dog Days are over - Glee cast
2) Chelsea Dagger- The Fratellis (great for a 5 mph pace and the occasional air hand drum solo)
3) How Far we've come- Matchbox 20 (great beat and lets me remind myself how far I have come)
4) Misery Business- Paramore (for all those who like to rub it in the faces of all bitches past and present)
5) Lose Yourself- Eminem (it calls my focus away from how much my body wants to stop and focuses myself on listening and getting into the music)
6) Start Me Up/Livin' On a Prayer- Glee Cast (played at my 1.5 mile mark, and serves the purpose of reminding me "We're half way there! Living on a prayer!)
7) Scotty Doesn't Know- Lustra (best song to have a smile on your face and to jam out to- being involved with the song gets you moving your feet without realizing it)
8) Til I Collaspe- Eminem (that opening dialogue prevent you from stopping the internal monolouge in your head thats telling you a little walking break won't hurt)
9) Untouched- The Veronicas (this song always makes me smile, from personal memories, but also because its such a dance hit with a fast pace. A great power song when your legs are failing.)
10) Zumba 9- (Also known as Gimme That- Ciara remix which sent the reminder to my brain that I'm getting back into shape - and to sprint my ass up the hill your almost finished!)
I have many many more on that playlist incase I wanted to change the songs that werent suiting me, and if you want them, let me know!