Four Miles of Bliss

Four miles of bliss… Bliss is a huge overstatement – more enjoyable is more accurate. I’ve discussed how I feel about music (click here for a recap), and I have to tell you, running to music is absolutely mandatory. I’ve realized that I make connections with my music and each song has meaning in my life. Below I’ve attached 10 songs from my 4 mile playlist, some lyrics, and videos. Be warned- some of the songs are absolute garbage (I’m lookin’ at you Ke$ha and Pitbull) but they get me moving. Others make my heart melt and are absolute favorites. I’ve italicized my personal reviews on my music choices and included lyrics that are:

a) ridiculous.

or

b) speak to my soul (I’m so corny I know).

1. Pitbull & Ke$ha- Timber 

I can’t help it. This song is catchy. This is how I started my run. I can’t help but imagine a ho-down to this song with it’s odd country-esque rhythm. Is this song serious? Why do I like it?! Help!

It’s going down, I’m yelling timber
You better move, you better dance
Let’s make a night you won’t remember
I’ll be the one you won’t forget

2. Sublime – Seed

This song makes me want to rock out. Sublime reminds me of summer and rebellion. I can’t post their lyrics- a little to risque for some of you folks (Hi grandma!) 

3. Passion Pit – Sleepy Head

When I realized John and I had to become friends it was in between talks of Always Sunny in Philadelphia and his cell phone ringing out this song. We hit it off immediately and now I call him my ride or die B. 

4. Matt & Kim – It’s Alright

I think Matt and Kim are the bee’s knees. Running music? I’m not sure. But I love them and I love this video- you have to watch it. 

5. Matt & Kim – Let’s Go

See above. I secretly want to be as awkward and awesome. Not so secret anymore… And the lyrics below, how essential are those words?

Say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything

6. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Home

Every lyric to this song makes me warm and fuzzy inside. This song can be the anthem for anyone in your life. What do I mean exactly? Lyrics like these:

Laugh until we think we’ll die,
Barefoot on a summer night
Never could be sweeter than with you

The video below is not the actual video or version, but I had to attach it due to adorable-ness. 

7. MGMT – Electric Feel

I love running to the beat when this song comes on- it’s bizarre, it’s trancy, and it makes me run completely erratically, but it makes me feel like a hippie chick and I think that’s groovy.

8. Blink 182 – Dammit

Hello! How can this song not get to you?! This song is being young: “Well I guess this is growing up” – when I was in high school that line made panic set into my entire being- is this growing up?! Also, the song makes me want to mosh. Where are my Etnies? 

Please look at these babies too!

9. Big Boi – Shutterbug

Badass. 

10. Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow 

I can’t explain the love I have for this song, but it makes me want to run. This is my pump up song- when it comes on I’m good for another mile. And this is how I completed my run yesterday.

What are your running songs? I would love some input! 

Goals

THANK YOU AL GORE FOR CREATING THE INTERNET!

I am a huge fan of technology because I am lazy and anything that accelerates my life and helps keep me organized is AOK in my Kindle. Today I created an account on mapmyfitness.com. I’m all about keeping track of what I’m doing since there is a goal to this whole blog- I am supposed to run 52 miles per month people! This website helps you not only to keep track of your workout goals, but also your nutrition goals… nothing like typing in “bacon cheeseburger” to make you feel like a real health fanatic. I also downloaded onto my phone their nifty running app because as they say, there is an app for that… this app uses GPS to track your workout, the time, and the calories burned based on your height/weight. Yes, I kind of felt like big brother was watching and it did kind of creep me out that this phone knows where I am at all times… but I’m a sucker for this stuff! I used it today on my run and it definitely helped me see where I am at physically since it allows you to compare and contrast prior workouts.

I also created a new goal- because one isn’t enough. I started out aiming to not only run 52 miles per month, but also to complete a 5K in September (see here). I have been running on average 2 miles/day, but ultimately I want to be up to 4 miles by the end of next month! Here we go!

Goals

So, my advice- go set a goal, any goal! Make it something that you believe you can do, something you will be proud of, and something that you can modify once it had been accomplished!

Now for the rest of my day I have a yoga session, a bike ride, and some tacos in the horizon… All of which I will be documenting on the app.