Fitness life

Apple Purgatory + Food for Thought

April 16, 2024


It started when I tried to access our Apple TV account for Josh to see the soccer game over the weekend.

I noticed that my playlists had disappeared, and Apple thought I was Josh.

(Of note, my Health app seems to think my watch belongs to Cameron. It will say things like “Great job closing your rings today, Cameron!”)

THEN I figured out that I had to log back into the purchases/apps part in a different way to restore my playlists. Playlists reappeared! I love my giant racing playlist especially. It has a lot of songs that seem random but are meaningful to me, and I LOVE hearing them come up during a race. Some random examples:

Liz Phair’s “6’1″ ” – I remember playing this at the start of so many races in the 2000s/early 2010s. It was always my first song. The guitar kicks in and it’s just a perfect sendoff — not too fast, but with a grungy, “underdog prevails” sort of energy to it.

Decemberists “The Rake’s Song” – this song is about . . . infanticide!?!? It’s a crazy song that was part of a weird album, but I was soooo into it in ~2007 and remember running to the entire album during my PR marathon in 2009.

Anything from the Barbie soundtrack or Olivia Rodrigo — reminds me of the kids!! And anything that makes me think of them makes me smile.

Songs from Mean Girls – again, underdog energy. This is what I crave in a race or speed workout setting.

Digression aside, I am glad I got my playlists back! BUT then my fitness data seemed to have been erased!

It then showed “restoring activity data from cloud” and after a long pause it came back, but while it was gone I thought about it and realized that my fitness is the same whether my Health app knows about it or not. Ha!

(Plus, there’s still Strava. I would be more upset if that data was lost!)

All of this data collection and record keeping is so interesting to think about. I find it helpful and love doing it! And yet . . . I know so much of it is essentially worthless. It has no intrinsic worth. No one will want it when I am gone someday. I love using paper planners and take pride in many pages filled out with all sorts of details despite the fact that I generally let them go into the shredder at year’s end! It feels almost irrational to do all of the collecting I do but I find it immensely satisfying nonetheless. Very interesting to reflect on.

it came back!
legacy playlist (page 1; there are 49 songs and I will have to add to it because I cannot run a 3 hour 1 minute marathon!)


  • Reply Grateful Kae April 16, 2024 at 12:33 pm

    My “opening” song for all the races I ever ran was always Rihanna’s S&M. Not sure how I landed on that but it’s got a great beat and the opening lyrics of “nah nah nah nah come on, come on…nah nah nah come on come come on…” always got me super pumped up and excited to race!! Try adding that one; maybe will pump you up too! 😉

    • Reply Rachana Shah April 16, 2024 at 7:03 pm

      Paper planes!!! Love that song, and I was so happy to be reminded of it, great underdog energy there too!

  • Reply Leslie Stompor April 16, 2024 at 3:27 pm

    There is definitely value just in writing something down! It makes it more “real”, and it helps you remember it. I don’t think we know why, exactly, but the physical act of writing helps the brain part of remembering.
    A good reason to take notes!

  • Reply Ruth April 16, 2024 at 4:01 pm

    Oooh Paper Planes, that’s a banger

  • Reply coco April 16, 2024 at 6:56 pm

    I do sometimes wonder why do I care about tracking so much if those experiences still exist without me tracking, for sleep, travels, workouts, etc. Maybe because I want to re-live them later? good experiences can be lived twice if we can recall them. sleep/workout/health related tracking helps to identify a pattern to understand things better.

  • Reply Megan April 16, 2024 at 7:24 pm

    We hav a bunch of running songs in common! Here are a few songs I love to run to, in case they resonate with you: Vince Staples, “Jump Off the Roof,” TV on the Radio, “Wolf Like Me,” & Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close.”

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  • Reply ZM April 17, 2024 at 7:23 am

    I’m enjoying the playlist suggestions- some of my favourites for a run or the gym…
    Promise by Voyager (Australia’s Eurovision entry last year), Dynamite by Taio Cruz and De Vloer is Lava by DJ Maurice (the lyrics are in Dutch, but is basically about partying, going off like a volcano and jumping all night – my kids love it). Ready to Go by Republica. Pump it up by Endor.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 17, 2024 at 2:36 pm

      Ready to Go!!!! I forgot about that song!!!!!

  • Reply Lisa’s Yarns April 17, 2024 at 8:35 am

    Something must be up with Apple because yesterday in my text chain with some college girlfriends, the name of one of my friends changed to her husband’s name. And I had a minor moment of panic that I had somehow added her husband to the text chain! Which would have been fine but I don’t think he would care to hear about mom guilt while traveling or my puking son back home… but it sounds like this couple shared an Apple account so that is why her name changed to his in the text chain. So very odd.

  • Reply Elisabeth April 17, 2024 at 12:21 pm

    Just commenting to say Bulletproof is an old favorite workout song of mine as well

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 17, 2024 at 2:37 pm

      the beat is perfect AND the message too!!!!

  • Reply Wendy April 17, 2024 at 5:55 pm

    That playlist is everything.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 17, 2024 at 6:14 pm

      Haha it’s only a small piece! I guess I might have to share the rest

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