About three and half weeks ago, I wrote a post about needing a change of pace when it came to how I approached my fitness. After years of focusing solely on running marathons, I decided to diversify my training to include more cross training; things like lifting weights and yoga. I called off the two marathons I was scheduled to run in October in an effort to begin this change right away. I decided to make this change in an effort to rekindle my passion for running, to become a more well rounded athlete, and most importantly to spend more time with my two year old girl.
For the first week or so, I felt like a huge burden had been lifted because I no longer had to worry about how many miles I ran each day. If I felt like running, I ran. If I felt like going to lunch with my co-workers, I went and went without feeling guilty that I was skipping out on running miles that would help me prepare for my October marathons. Then the Facebook posts started.
I’ve written a couple of posts since I started Short, Round, and Fast that have asked my readers for song suggestions to add to my running playlist. Each of these posts resulted in adding a few songs to my playlist; however, I discovered this morning, that I have been asking the wrong question when it came to adding new music to my workout playlists. This morning, I came across a post in one of my favorite Facebook running groups (RunJunkees) asking members what their favorite guilty pleasure song to work out to was. I checked in periodically throughout the day to see the answers and I didn’t know whether to be thrilled or mortified. I LOVE nearly every guilty pleasure song listed and have run to most of them at some time or another over the last 20 years. All the way back when the Sony Walkman below was state of the art. I am so glad that I don’t have to carry one of these on my 20 milers anymore.
My musical tastes may be stuck in the past but I am excited to create the playlist below for my iPhone and iPod. I am affectionately labeling it “The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Playlist Of All Time!” I want to give a HUGE thank you to all of the RunJunkee’s that contributed to this list. Also, if you feel that the RunJunkee’s and I missed one of your favorite guilty pleasures, feel free to let us know in the comments. There is plenty of room on my new iPhone to accommodate all of the suggested songs. The more the merrier! Now on with the list!
Ever since I made my decision to move forward with a change of pace in my training (i.e. running less miles and engaging in more methods of training to be a more well rounded athlete), I have had significantly more time available to play with my daughter, socialize with the friends outside of my running family, and to think about the successes and failures that I have experienced over the past couple of years regarding my running and weight management. While pondering my successes and failures, I came to a realization that I should have come to a long time ago.
My running goals and the accomplishing of those goals over the past five years have looked like this…
- St. George Marathon 2010
- Goal = Under 3:10 and qualify for the Boston Marathon
- Result = Ran 3:08 and qualified
- Boston Marathon 2011
- Goal = 3:30 – 3:35
- Result = Ran 3:31
- St. George Marathon 2012
- Goal = Run without use of a Garmin and finish under 3:30
- Result = Ran 3:14
- St. George Marathon 2013
- Goal = 4:00 or under (I was under trained and weighed 225 pounds, but did not miss any of my long runs)
- Result = 3:34
- Ogden Marathon 2014
- Goal = 3:45
- Result = 3:35
As you can see, every running goal I have set in the past five years has been successfully met.
My weight loss and management goals have looked like this…