I saw this sign posted on Facebook the other day. Now, before seeing this, I would’ve said that I’m not a runner. I run. But, I’m not a runner. It’s kinda weird how that works. I run maybe once a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. But, I only run about 1 or 2 miles at a time, so clearly that makes me not a runner, right?
But… I run. If I run, I’m a runner. Simple.
But, when I run I need something to motivate me. Usually I rely on music. And, on that note (pun intended) I’ve found a couple new songs that help rock the run.
A Lull – Weapons For War
Bang! Bang! by The Knux
I’ve also decided that I need something bigger to motivate me. That’s why (drum roll please) I’m seriously thinking of doing Ragnar.
What’s Ragnar, you ask? It’s an overnight 200-mile relay race with teams of 6-12 people. “The legs of the race vary in difficulty and distance, from 3-8 miles, allowing elite and novice runners to run together. Over 2 days and 1 night, teams run across 200 miles of the country’s most scenic terrain.” I’ll want to do the SoCal one next year sometime in April. And, I already have a couple of people who are “in” for this adventure.
Why would someone want to do run a 200-mile relay, you may ask. Well, I’ve been asking myself that same question. Why would someone who isn’t really a runner, doesn’t really like crowds of people, and really doesn’t care for camping want to do a 200-mile relay race over 2 days? The answer is, I have no idea. I just really want to do this. Maybe I’m crazy?
I’ve started training. Running on a regular basis. I’ve even talked to my bootcamp instructor and told her I’ve love more exercises to help me train for running.
I promise not to turn my blog into a running blog, I know that’s not why you come here. You come here for tasty treats and the occasional weird thing that I’m up to. But, I will keep you posted on anything interesting. Like when I cross the finish line! Until then, wish me luck!
I’ve also been doing a little research into running and music. So, if you run, or exercise at all, here are some resources that you may find useful…
When you type in how long it takes you to run a mile on jog.fm, you get a playlist of songs with the right number of beats per minute.
Run Hundred is a website that allows you to sort by beats per minute (BPM) & there’s a list of top 10 of songs each week.
Here’s a useful training schedule to get to a 10k by Cool Running
Running nut has a great article on running music.