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September 16, 2010

No, not taco bell.  Much healthier:

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Hey guys! I’m about to run up to school.  It’s actually raining today, so I’m driving instead of walking—first time in three weeks! I’ve done pretty good on my “walk to school more” goal…but I’m not gonna walk in the rain!

I’m brining my lunch up to campus, so I packed a taco lunch to go: avocado, salsa, and Garden of Eatin’ tacos, plus carrot sticks and an apple for my snack.  Tacos might not seem like the most portable lunch, but really, it’s pretty easy!

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Some of you asked about my new playlist.  It’s funny, sometimes I’m in the mood for your typical, pump-me-up workout music.  But my newest playlist is actually pretty mellow—which I think is perfect for longer runs.  I like music that I can kind of zone out to.  Here it is:

Street Fighting Man        The Rolling Stones   
Blue Bird        The Rosebuds       
Dead Flowers      The Rolling Stones
Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)       Jay-Z
Already Home (feat. Kid Cudi)        Jay-Z          
Home        Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros  
Better Days        Eddie Vedder           
40 Day Dream       Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
All The Old Showstoppers        The New Pornographers       
Grass       Animal Collective        
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right        Bob Dylan

And there you have it! Slow, strange, but keeps me entertained!     

Also—Winter’s Bone verdict?  Really, really good.  It’s a very bleak, intense movie, but also compelling in a “can’t tear your eyes away” kind of way.  Highly recommend it…but not on a night when you want something light!

Okay, off to school!

Do you always listen to pump-up music for your workout, or, like me, are there times when you want something a little slower and more low-key? I actually find that slower playlists don’t negatively affect the impact of my workout or speed of my run.  In fact, sometimes I run faster with a slower playlist because I feel like I get more in my “zone.”

18 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2010 4:29 pm

    Great looking tacos!
    I listen to whatever when I work out..either I go on shuffle, or listen to my playlist, which is a mix of upbeat stuff, chillout, rock, pop..everything!

  2. September 16, 2010 4:30 pm

    I usually like to listen to ‘pump-up’ music when I work out.
    I haven’t really gone on any longer runs, though, but I can see how something a little more “zone-out-able” would be good for those 🙂

  3. September 16, 2010 4:33 pm

    i have to do the pump up stuff…if it’s too calm i just want to take a nap 🙂

  4. September 16, 2010 4:49 pm

    I kind of like running to mellow stuff too — a little Britney works too, but sometimes I just like gliding along to John Mayer. It can be very therapeutic (though my run time could totally be slower for all i know!)

  5. Emo permalink
    September 16, 2010 5:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing your playlist! I’m all over the place with music to work out to. Lately, I like the “Twilight” score — I never thought instrumental music would be good to work out to, but it works!

    • September 16, 2010 8:08 pm

      I love running to instrumental music!! I run to the Olympic scores sometimes…that’s kind of embarrassing, but it’s true.

  6. September 16, 2010 5:07 pm

    I like to run to slower songs sometimes too, it keeps me from getting all amped up and burnt out during a run.

  7. September 16, 2010 9:10 pm

    Oh those tacos look delicious!

  8. September 16, 2010 10:03 pm

    Hope you have a good night at class. I love that you’re not only able to walk to work but that you do. I like fast-passed music typically.

  9. September 16, 2010 10:06 pm

    Thanks for the music – I desperately need new stuff!

  10. September 16, 2010 10:35 pm

    That lunch looks delicious. I haven’t had avocado in soooo long. Waiting for them to go on sale soon.

  11. highonhealthy permalink
    September 16, 2010 10:42 pm

    I would love to listen to slower music while working out but I just can’t. It messes up my breathing. 😦 Therefore I’m forced to listen to more upbeat music.. which is okay with me! I like stuff that makes me want to just go all out. 🙂

  12. September 16, 2010 11:08 pm

    I can’t listen to slow music when I work out… I need music to pump me up for a sweaty work out!

  13. September 17, 2010 12:59 am

    I have a lot of slower songs on my running playlists but in order for them to be good running songs, they have to be sort of powerful to me. Case in point, one of my favorite running songs is by Sigur Ros. Not sure if you know them, but they’re weird, especially as running music.

    • September 17, 2010 11:17 am

      I love them! I have some of their songs on my running playlists too!

  14. September 17, 2010 3:38 pm

    I mostly run, rarely with music. But when I listen to music I try to be careful about the tempo. I choose mellow music for longer runs and have noticed that my pace unconsciously picks up when a song with more beats per minute comes on — which is not a good thing on a long run day! But I like faster music for track work or other speedwork. If you ever get interested in it, Runner’s World had a list a couple years ago of a bunch of songs broken into groups by beats per minute. I’m sure you could find it somewhere and then try doing exclusively songs with X bpm for one run, and songs with X+15 bpm for another run and seeing if it impacts your pace at all.

    Also, I wanted to tell you I made your chickpea smash thing for dinner last night and loved it. My husband had to work late and I told him how good it was and he asked me to make another serving for him.

  15. September 17, 2010 10:27 pm

    I tend to be a pump-it type for workout music, but sometimes prefer slower stuff on longer runs. Great playlist, thanks for sharing.

  16. September 17, 2010 11:27 pm

    agreed! I totally enjoy a more medium-to slower paced song list because I slow down and choose a good pace for a long run. Sometimes the overpumped music gets me feeling exhausted!

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