January 12, 2009

on running, music and cute old men...

This morning I went on my second run of the year, and I'm pleased to report that it was much easier this time around. I didn't even have to take a walking break. Hurrah! However, that's not to say that my legs weren't meatloaf by time I arrived home thirty minutes later. Because, well, they were. But I must say, despite the fact that I always crumple to the floor dramatically after returning from a run, I also feel strangely rejuvenated. And pretty invincible.

(Even though you wouldn't believe it if you saw me. Seriously. Hot mess.)

This morning I was able to get out to run before 9:00AM which is pretty much unheard of, considering my penchant for sleeping in ridiculously late on any day I don't start work until the afternoon. I rolled out of bed at 7:30 for some odd reason, and kind of wandered around aimlessly before realizing that it was incredibly gorgeous outside, thus inspiring me to get myself outside and enjoy it a bit before being stuck behind a desk for the rest of the day.

So, I did a bit of yoga to warm up, fought the urge to stay parked in front of the TV, attempted to ignore the fact that my hair was greasy beyond all reason, grabbed my iPod and headed outside.

As I was running along, I began pondering my questionable taste in running music. Now, I have a slightly eclectic taste in music (depending on my mood and other determining factors). But under normal circumstances you won't see me listening to music with lyrics like, "Ladies is pimps, too." That is, of course, unless I'm running. Seriously, there's something about a little Jay-Z that gets me really pumped up. At a certain point, I literally wanted to brush my shoulders off, but I kept thinking about someone looking out their window and seeing some sweaty blond girl running around brushing her shoulders off like a pimp. I'm not sure I could handle that sort of judgement. So, I decided against it.

A definite highlight of my morning was when I was nearly at the end of my run, and I came upon a seriously old man who was out walking. He's one of those old men who takes walking really, really seriously - he was decked out in his sneakers, sweatpants, sweatshirt and those huge black sunglasses that I've never really understood. As I ran past him, he smiled and came over to run (AKA: hobble adorably) next to me for a second.

old man: "You on your twenty mile run?"
me (laughing, as well as wheezing, probably): "Oh, I'll be lucky if I make it to three!"
old man (laughing): "Ohhh, well, have a good time!"
me: "Thanks!"

It was really the cutest thing ever. He had me smiling all the way home.

36 comments :

  1. Good for you...running :)

    Don't ay just love old people!

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  2. How cute! Keep up the hard work. I am hitting the gym but I'm not much of a runner!

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  3. "At a certain point, I literally wanted to brush my shoulders off"

    Hahaha, that was great!

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  4. Like I said, I hate that you can run outside in January.

    And by hate, you know I mean I'm incredibly happy for you and your SoCal life.

    :)

    In fact, when I tried to go to the gym today and it was FULL, (Yes! Full!) I thought of you and how you get to run outside.

    Also: I love, love, LOVE old men.

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  5. Oh how presh. I love old men.

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  6. How adorable! I wish the weather in St. Louis was run-worthy. Motivation is hiding in the 20-degree freeze!

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  7. What a cute story! I love old men!! They all remind me of my grandpa!

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  8. Yes! I love those people that randomly make your day!

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  9. that's adorable! I love old people. Also, I went on my first run of the year today! although, it was in the gym because it's freezing where i live...so lucky you!

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  10. For some reason, running is the one form of exercise I can never find the motivation to do. Go to the gym...sure. Do some crunches and push ups...likely. Partake in some Tae Bo...I'm game. But to get my butt outside and run is a scary thing for me? Did you ever feel like that? How did you find the drive to push past it and find the enjoyment behind the sport?

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  11. Well done on being motivated. I haven't even started my exercise regime yet. Sigh.

    How adorable! Some little old men are just so cute! But yes, I must get my butt into gear and exercise.

    By the way I joined 20SB lol =)

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  12. I do love some Jay-Z when I run! It is amazing what I will listen to when I run vs. when I am not running. I need some things that are a little more hardcore when I am running. I like a good beat though...that's really what I am looking for.

    Sounds like you had a good run! I can't wait to get to mine!

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  13. Yay for you! I am always happy when I see someone of that age group motivated like that as well. Except that, you know, it makes me feel SUPER lazy.

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  14. You are seriously my hero, because whenever I get all dressed and get my iPod on and hit the street I get exhausted and end up walking/jogging after a few minutes as a result of the excruciating pain. Am I not a runner, or do I need to push through the pain? lol

    I love cute old men! (It always sounds so weird when I say that). but they're so adorable. I never really had a grandpa in my life so I've always wanted to bribe one with some sweaters and alka seltzer to come and tell me stories for a while.

    Totally kidding, but I definitely have a soft spot for cute little old men :)

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  15. Good for you for actually going!

    And you seem to live around the most adorable, sweet people in the world.

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  16. i love old people, seriously. and i love that you listen to jay z when you run. for me? it's fergie or ludacris... music i would never listen to if i wasn't into running. i'm such a token white girl i am almost ashamed to admit that. :)

    i hate you and your so cal beautiful weather. really. (not really, i just wish i was in socal.)

    xoxo

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  17. Some of the people you meet running will really make you smile. Keep up the hard work!

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  18. Oh good for you. I've only run twice in 2009 too. I used to run all the time. And I listen to rap too. Because for some reason it makes me feel sexy when I'm running and hearing someone scream "shake dat ass" in my ears inspires me to keep going. LOL. I don't know why...

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  19. Go you! Now, send some of that motivation over to Texas... =)

    I don't even have any excuses, because Austin is pretty darn warm too. Keep it up!

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  20. I tend to loathe running in general - inside or out - but do it because it's good for me. What I found most hilarious about this entry was your taste in music; I'm the same way! I need some obnoxious top 40 and hip hop to get me moving for some reason!

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  21. I'm impressed with your running skills. The only way you'll ever see me outside running is if I'm being chased by a large dog.

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  22. I so feel the urge when running to do whatever is on my ipod at the moment. I am a singer and I'll get to a point in my run where I feel so invincible that I literally feel like dancing through the streets singing and dancing all the way home...Of course that doesn't happen because well I don't want to be known as the weird girl that everyone runs away from!

    I'm so glad other people think about those things while running!

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  23. lmao, you so should've brushed those shoulders off. that was too funny!

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  24. As for me, I can't workout with Kanye. :) Although I should consider adding Jay Z as well to my mix.

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  25. this made me happy... I love old people! I can just picture him in all his adorableness. :)

    get. that. dirt off ya shouldahs.
    True white girls are closet Jay-Z fans. Love it!

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  26. What a fabulous blog! I love it!

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  27. Love the running too! Enjoy!!

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  28. You inspired me to run yesterday too! I ran for a mile out in the freezing cold weather. Thank god I have a boyfriend who acts like personal trainer to kick my butt!

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  29. woo woo for running. i seriously just can't do running. i'll stick to my wii training for now :)

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  30. you truly are an inspiration. I will admit that I am not a rap kind of girl but there is nothing better than 50 cent, Jay Z or Xzhibit to get my butt moving at the gym. Gwen Stefani is good for that too!

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  31. Aww! Don't you love when strangers brighten your day?

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  32. Ha! Completely understand on your taste of music whilst running. You need some ghetto music when workin' out! It just pumps you up for some reason.

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  33. Now I want to go for a run and have an old man cheer me on.

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  34. Awwww little old men are the cutest! I love this story!

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  35. I really need to work on my workout music.. so far my playlist is Jet, Ashlee Simpson, some Madonna songs, and Shania Twain. Ugh pathetic.

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