When you have a baby, it takes a while to get your body back. At least, it does for me. (My sister-in-law has ginormous babies with ginormous heads and bounces back like a rubber band. Hate her. [Kidding.]) Okay, fine. When I have a baby, it takes me a while. There. But “the baby” is 40 months old now, which means I’m well past the postpartum recovery period excuse. So even though I have a hate-hate relationship the treadmill, I have been logging hours and miles on the ‘mill every week in an attempt to more closely resemble my pre-goat self. Added bonus? PA keeps the goats occupied while I do my cardio workout and OH. MY. GOD. The alone time? SO worth it.
I’m pretty proud of myself. I’ve made some progress. The biggest change so far, though, has been the running. (Anyone who knows me knows I am not a runner. Honestly, if the hounds of hell were chasing me, I’d probably just lie down and pray for it to be over soon. Running would be futile. Plus, I’d get all sweaty-salty-tasty, and I refuse to season myself for them. SO NOT worth it.) I’m not signing up for any 5Ks anytime soon (read: ever) but I am starting to hate running a little bit less.
One thing that has really helped is using my ‘Pod (what’s with me and the overuse of apostrophes to make single-syllable words, you want to know? I’m a busy woman, that’s what) I have always struggled with cardio workouts because I get bored easily with all that monotonous movement (that isn’t getting me anywhere) and nothing to occupy my mind. But the ‘Pod changed that. I have walked/jogged/run through seasons 1-3 of House and Grey’s Anatomy and haven’t been bored once. It’s been great.
Now that I’m running more and more, though, I find that watching a show doesn’t work for my workout. What’s that you say? Oh, put some MUSIC on my ‘Pod? Well, there’s some there already. The problem is, it’s almost all PA’s stuff (Hate him. [Kidding.]) Don’t get me wrong — I love the Cure. And the Smiths. And REM. And U2. But that’s all sit-around-on-the-couch-and-reminisce-and-pretend-I’m-not-almost-40 music. I need quicker tempos. I need get-up-off-my-butt-and-stop-pretending-I’m-not-almost-40 music. Music to run to.
Like I said, I’ve never been much of a runner; this is all new territory for me. So if any of you have any ideas for a running playlist for the ‘Pod, please let me know. I can’t keep “Gonna Fly Now” on repeat much longer without losing my mind.
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