Grand Jeté That Puddle!

It’s been really hard to judge what kind of clothing to wear going out for a run lately with the flux of temperatures. On Friday I had to wear my wool Vancouver Olympics sweater because it was sooooo cold with a chance of flurries (thank goodness that didn’t happen yet) and today I didn’t need the extra layers. So, on went my capris pants, long sleeve shirt, and my lulu start up jacket and I hoped for the best as I put my ipod sensor into my delicious ipod! Yep, I found it! Huzzah! I decided to switch up my run and buy the new Katy Perry album Teenage Dream and listen to it for the first time during today’s run. I love when things are new or just different from your day in and day out routine. Like when I opened up a new toothbrush head for my electric toothbrush. That fresh firt use of a toothbrush feeling is sooo refreshing. I just love it! Yep, I’m a dork! So, I loaded up my ipod, got stretching, and out the door I went. I had to bring a bottle of water with me because I definitely did not hydrate enough today and I thought to myself, “this water could make my hand verrrry cold soon, ahhh well…” so I just dealt. When I was out running I was having fun with the racey Katy Perry. Her sexually filled songs are just so good and catchy! But when you are running passed an older man walking his dog and Katy sings, “You make me feel like I am loosing my virginty” it’s a little awkward right? It defintiely put a smile to my face as I thought “I wonder how spicy this man was in his twenty-somethings!” Was he the catch? The flirt? The player? Or the dorky.funny type? And if I am thinking these things about him, I wonder what he is thinking about me as I ran for another two meters passed him and did a grand jeté over a puddle and then switched legs to do the opposite leg over the other puddle. Who is the weird one now?! My run just got so graceful and dance like. The working out aspect of my run suddenly diminished. and I like that. It’s good to be playful! On the way back, you better believe I did a double grand jeté back over the puddles.

The time change started to kick in as the sun decided to start fading very quickly. I love that it’s sunny when I wake up in the mornings again, and I felt like I had a tonne of energy this morning. But getting dark during my runs does not make me a very happy girl. It looks like I may have to start getting out there earlier. But– it’s not snowing yet so I can’t complain!

Also! I discovered the greatest thing during my run. If I push the power button on my ipod during my run, a voice will tell me how long I have been running, the distance I have ran, and my pace! No more making excuses to slow down and read my ipod! I’m so pumped! It’s going to make keeping paces soooo much easier!

After my final sprint- I remembered to EAT! Wooohooo! I ate my bag of veggies that I didn’t eat during the day while stretching and half an hour later I ate some za (aka the fun way to say pizza) and I am feeling great now! Thank you, glycogen!

The Teenage Dream on Shuffle Playlist
Teenage Dream
Not Like The Movies
Hummingbird Heartbeat
The One That Got Away
Who Am I Living For?
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)
California Gurls

Stats of the Run
Distance: 7.95 km
Pace: 4:49 min/km

Relaxing the Run.

On Friday I decided I really needed a good stretch and time to relax my mind. So, I pulled out my Yoga mat and decided to work my hips. As soon as I placed both of my feet on the mat and looked straight ahead– my berry started to go off. Amazing. So, I turned it to silent and tried again. 15 minutes later, my land line rang. At least, I managed to stay calm and not be annoyed by the technology around me. I turned everything on silent and went back to the downward dog just to find that my cat had started practicing yoga right on the edge of my mat. Lucky for him, I’m small and could use the rest of the mat to finish my workout while he caught up on his zzz’s.  
After saying “namaste” I thought about doing some weights but I decided against the idea. I started feeling as tired as my little cat Gus. So, I said good day. 
Last week I bought the new Taylor Swift album, “Speak Now” along with the other million people in the world.  And she really beat my expectations with this album. The idea of writing an album based on the idea of not saying exactly what you want to say in a given moment is something that everyone goes through. The fact that T Swift can do it with such class is applause able. There are times when I really wish I could just say what I am thinking but in the moment you just don’t even know what to say until you reflect a situation, ponder your thoughts and say, “Why did I shut up and sit still?” Everyone does it, I think? And this is where running comes in handy. I decided that you can’t dwell on situations and you just have to take chances and jump. Sometimes you might fall but there are many people who will be right there to catch you.
So, I suited up with my pants, a hoody, a pair of gloves, and grabbed my new generation six ipod nano. Which, I am in love with. The touchscreen, the ability to put on the radio and to make playlists anytime I want on my ipod. And it’s soooo small and clips on to anywhere! It’s ahhhh-maaay-ziiing! Love. Love. Love it!

I started looking for my nike+ sensor but couldn’t find it anywhere. So, I gave up, put on my running shoes, filled up my water bottle and just went out to run. I didn’t even care how far I was going, what my speed was, all I wanted to do was run with my thoguhts. And that’s exactly what I did.

I started out with Taylor Swift’s Mine. I swear Taylor and I would be best friends if we knew eachother because we seem to have the same mindset. For starters, this is why Taylor wrote Mine:
“Lately I’ve had this bad habit of running away from love. Kind of getting to the place where it’s about to commit, and then you just, like, run in the opposite direction. “Mine” is about the idea that I could find someone who would be the exception to that, someone who would be so sturdy and so much of a sure thing that I wouldn’t run from it. Sometimes I look back on a lot of examples that I’ve seen of love, long term, and a lot of times it doesn’t work out. There are goodbyes and people get really hurt, so I tend to be a little ‘run-awayish.’ But I’m never past hoping that at some point that could change.”
Ohhhh Taylor! How she writes the words of my heart. And she somehow has the courage to let the entire world into her heart in one album. So, I ran to the entire Speak Now Deluxe Version album. Tears may have formed in my eyes while I was running or it was the cold wind- who can say? Either way, it was a great run that didn’t feel like work.
My run lasted 15 km’s (I know this from my past runs with my nike+ sensor). And I could have kept running but I thought about how I probably didn’t have enough food in my system to burn anymore energy. So, I stopped. Wise choice.

To my NYC Marathon friends, I hope you had an amazing run today!

The Speak Now Playlist

Sparks Fly
Back to December
Speak Now
Dear John
The Story of Us
Never Grow Up
Better Than Revenge
Last Kiss
Long Live
If This Was A Movie
Cooldown/ Stretching
Back To December (Acoustic)
Haunted (Acoustic Version)
Mine (Pop Mix)

Stats of the Run
Distance: 15 km

Time: 1.5 hours