12K Tempo Run and a First!

Yesterday was tempo run 12K day. I had to prepare my body for this run so I tried my hardest to hydrate ALL day long. So, my large bottle of water took it’s place on my desk in the morning:

I finished it all by lunch. That was a first number one for the day. I was so proud. I rewarded myself by drinking a Vitamin Water an hour before my workout:

I followed that by a coffee ten minutes before my workout. I would have had a picture but I downed that coffee as I walked into the gym.

I stepped on the t-mill and decided to be adventurous. I selected the “Top 25 Most Played” playlist. I was nervous to see what was going to happen. The first song was, I Do Not Hook Up by Kelly Clarkson. The first thing that came to my mind was my wardrobe ladies. When I worked in professional theatre in the costuming department, I was the DJ of the wardrobe. Kelly Clarkson’s album had just come out and we loved to belt out her tunes while working. We also took dance breaks. And everytime I had to go pull a costume from storage I would always come down with a costume on.

Yes, that is a wig. I liked to pull those out as well. I was also nicknamed Gidget. Small and a surfer? Yes, please!

During this run I realised that my life really is defined by music. I just have so many great memories that songs accompany. When John Mayer’s Half of My Heart came on- I immediatley thought of my 2010 Valentine’s Day date with John Mayer and some of my best friends. You can enjoy a highlight from the show and our hilarious commentary. Sorry if it’s jumpy. I just cannot stand still at a John Mayer show for the life of me. One might say that I was in love.

My cool down and stretching song reminded me of my Grand Bend Family (aka GBF). My friend Craig introduced me to the song You Don’t Know Me by Ben Folds and Regina Spektor. The image I have when I think of my GBF is this one:

I miss those beautiful sunsets. And my beautiful friends.

I could go on and on with more memories from more songs in this playlist. It was such a good one. I actually had a dopey smile on my face from the beginning to the end of this run. I had that “zen” feeling of living in every moment and I kept reminding myself that every step I take is different from the last one and will be different from the next one. I didn’t think of any pains that might have cause me–wait– speaking of. After the first km my shoe came untied because I didn’t get a chance to put my race runners into my shoes yet:

I had to jump onto the hard plastic on each side of the running band on the t-mill to tie my shoe. When I went to lift my hand I accidentally scraped it on the moving band. I know, I’m ridiculous. I ended up scraping a few layers of skin off my hand. But luckily, it didn’t bleed. So, I hopped back on the t-mill and just kept going. I forgot about it after about 0.1 km. I think I have my ZEN and the ART of RUNNING book to thank for that one. I was in the mode and living in the moment and not worrying about the past.

And my biggest first– I didn’t drink any water at all during my 12K tempo run! Can you believe it?! I actually hydrated myself all day inorder to keep myself from depending on that waterbottle infront of me. Actually, I didn’t even have my waterbottle– I forgot it. But I didn’t even have that feeling where I needed water. Amazing! Now I know I can continue to do it. And I will.

The Top 25 Most Played Playlist
I Do Not Hook Up- Kelly Clarkson
Party in the U.S.A- Miley Cyrus
Shake It- Metric Station
Steer- Missy Higgins
Untouched- The Veronicas
Don’t Let Me Stop You- Kelly Clarkson
Half of My Heart- John Mayer & Taylor Swift
I Don’t Need A Man- The Pussycat Dolls
Circus- Britney Spears
Give Me The Music- Eva Avila
Knock You Down- Keri Hilson, Kanye West, & Ne-Yo
All Dressed In Love- Jennifer Hudson
Love Song- Sara Bareilles

Cool Down/Stretching
You Don’t Know Me- Ben Folds and Regina Spektor

Stats of the Run
Distance: 12.03 km
Pace: 4:26 min/km
Incline: 1%

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I just didn’t feel like running today. I wasn’t even going to run but I decided maybe I can sweat out whatever sickness is in me. And- I actually didn’t have a bad run! I challenged myself by sprinting and trying to get a faster pace. That didn’t happen. But- the five star effort was definitely there! Today’s Lesson: Some days you can really surprise yourself at how far you can push your body to go. And this was one of those days, friends!

Here’s a little playlist that got me through today’s run:
It was an interesting playlist because the first 15 minutes were moderately slow tunes. And- I managed to run at a nice fast pace which really surprised me. It just shows that maybe I can run at a fast pace without listening to any music at all!

Runner’s World also told me that for every 2 workouts I do with music I should run once without any. This is because your body starts getting immune to music and eventually your jams will stop working as a motivator for you. Hmmm… sounds like a podcast will be coming in the near future!

My cool down started off with Brian Dale’s song Sail On. Brian (aka B Dale) is a good friend I met while living in the beautiful Grand Bend (aka GB to my local jammers). Brian is an extremely talented artist who puts on a great set everytime I see him. Whether it is a solo show or his Jam Nite Band at Gables. (Every Monday night of the summer!) I will never get sick of going to his gigs. I can’t wait until he starts selling out stadiums!

A word of advice- if you can see Brian in Grand Bend– do it! It will always be my favourite atmosphere to watch B Dale! Dancing like there is no tomorrow without any flip flops on! If you’ve never been, you wouldn’t understand…

Check out Brian Dale’s Original Tunes! If you love them, you can buy his album peace/love/waves/song on iTunes and support the arts!

Also… On the way out of the gym I found an Australian 5 Cent Coin! There wasn’t any bad luck with that one… yet! And- I didn’t even embarrass myself today… yet! ha!
Stats of the Run:
Distance: 8.24 km
Pace: 4:21 min/km
Calories: 356