I had a rocking 14.4 mile run on Thanksgiving morning. For me, running long on Thanksgiving has become a rite. It allows me to feel super fit and strong on a day that in the past made me feel indulgent and blobby. I take my family to to Maine for Thanksgiving to see my extended family, and so an added bonus of this run is that I get to run there. There's nothing like running on the totally quiet, misty-cold roads of coastal Maine in November.
When I first became a runner I couldn't go out for a jog without my walkman; I had tapes devoted totally to running and these tapes got me through those years during which running 30 minutes felt endless. When I met my now husband he alluded to the fact that "real" runners didn't run with musical "support." (He was a college runner--a steeple chaser--and had strong beliefs about what distinguished the true runner from the jogger...youthful bologna I now realize..) However, at the time I both wanted to impress him and I didn't want to be a faux runner. I became used to running without music, and I never picked it up again. Walkmans became extinct, and I never upgraded to the I-Pod when they came around. I also never got a disc man--that piece of technology that existed between the walkman and the I-Pod--. So when Andy got my a Nano as a surprise gift I was pleasantly surprised, but I didn't think much of it. It had been so long (15 years!) since I had listened to music while I ran. Would I even like it? I figured perhaps I'd use it at the gym when I got annoyed with the sound of people and machines.
Oh. My. God. I have been missing out on a whole world of inspiration for all of these years. I took the Nano out for my Thanksgiving run, and listened to it the entire two hours. At one point I was running down a quiet road, the tall pines all around me, and the song Wake me up when September Ends by Green Day came on. The music builds to a peak, and I just got so blissed out during the build. It was orgasmic. No lie. I felt so in touch and alive and strong. Words really diminish the power of the feeling I had.
It got me thinking that one thing I would love is to exchange playlists with other triathletes. I know very few people read this, but if you do, and you have a great running playlist will you email it to me or put it into a comment?
My Nano will not take over my running completely. I love listening to the sound of my breathing in the cold quiet of winter (not so much in the summer!) and to my feet pounding the road. But rediscovering music while running has been unbelievable.
Thanksgiving Day Playlist:
Abba-Waterloo, SOS, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Take A Chance on Me
Tomorrow from Annie
Fight for Your Right to Party, The Beastie Boys
Beatles: Twist and Shout, I Want to Hold Your Hand, A Hard Day's Night, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Get Back, Drive My Car
Billy Joel: Sometimes a Fantasy, Only the Good Die Young
Whadaya Want, Casey MacGill
Pour Some Sugar on Me-Def Leppard
Wake Me Up When September Ends, Green Day
Just Like Heaven, the Cure
Good Riddance, Green Day
American Idiot, Green Day
Nice Guys Finish Last, Green Day,
Jane Says, Jane's Addiction
Journey: Don't Stop Believing, Any Way You Want It, Separate Ways
Michael Jackson: Beat It, PYT
The Police: Roxanne, So Lonely, Bring on the Night
Under Pressure, Queen and David Bowie
The Ghost of Tom Joad, Rage Against the Machine
Van Halen: The Cradle Will Rock, Panama, Dreams