miley + much, much more
warning: the theme for this race is COMFORT. therefore, i tried to pick music that i know well and that i have run to many times! hence: the high, high concentration of GAGA. i also sprinkled it through with cheesy pump-up songs that i think will provide me with the right boosts needed at certain times.
★ getting started: full of catchy hits from “whatcha say” to “halo”, but nothing too upbeat. and yes, you are seeing miley cyrus in there. what can i say? this should get me through the first 3 miles.
★ strategic slowdown: i LOVE the decemberists hazards of love album, and hearing it takes me back to the amazing concert i attended earlier this year.
(not a surprise to anyone who reads this regularly, i expect. after all, i saw her in concert too!)
★ bringing it home: by this point i should be at around mile 16 or so. ie: time for the real test to begin! the rest of the playlist is a mix of inspiring/calming songs (sigur ros, fleet foxes), old friends (ben folds, andrew bird), flat-out motivators (kanye’s “stronger”), and ridiculous distractions (FERGALICIOUS, anyone?). the entire list is 4 hours. hopefully i won’t be making it to the very end!
for those of you who asked for earbud recommendations: i am far from a headphone guru. i think earbuds that stay in depend more on ones ears than the earbuds themselves! personally, the classic iPod buds stay in my ears just fine, but i know that they fall right out of my sister’s ears. unfortunately, they don’t last forever — i think getting wet from sweat (ew, i know) ruins them, and the cords tend to fray.
about to take my new ‘phones for a test run. i got these little skullcandy buds — available for around $10 from amazon. they come with 3 sizes of rubber bud, so if the mediums don’t work, i’ll try the smalls.
on a completely random note
anyone see the most recent grey’s anatomy where the chick below hangs out on ECMO for a few weeks, talking and hangin’ out the whole time?
yes, she does get ischemic bowel (and gets operated on WITHOUT anesthesia!! (%*&(#*&@#!), but otherwise it just looks like she gets a restful vacation from having to pump blood to her organs. i wonder how many people watch this and think, “oh good, i’m glad we can do that now.” if only ECMO was that easy . . .
workout: 40 minutes elliptical. this workout was optional but i had energy to burn. this AM is the last run before race day!