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Monday Made – Run Apps and other things I never used to think about….

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“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” ~Oprah Winfrey

I have previously been a real advocate for the C25K program. It helped me learn how to run. I really thought I could never do it. But now I can. I’m not great, but like most things, it is something that you gradually get better at (but not without effort).

I had settled into a nice little running track, but I couldn’t see my improvement so much using the C25K app. It gave me overall run averages for the specified “Run” times all combined. This was ok while I was just trying to learn how to run for more than 2 minutes at a time.

Now I want to improve my pace and I also want to get a bit of kudos for my hilly running track! For this I have found Strava to be really useful. It uses GPS to track your run. It also tracks the elevations and at the end of your run it will break your run into km sections (or you can pin point segments on your track that you want data on) telling you about the elevation, your speed and even an adjusted speed taking into account the hills. This is all free by downloading an app to your phone.

I believe you can purchase certain brands of heart rate monitors that will connect with your phone and interact with the Strava app. You can also purchase an upgrade that I believe helps you improve your min/km by telling you to speed up a bit when you fall behind your desired pace in certain sections (I might be needing this).

You can choose to have a public profile so that other people can see your run data, or you can run other people’s tracks and compete with their times. While this is a really great idea (I’m aspiring to do a certain segment of my run at something near the pace my friend does it in) other people can see your run routes….other people know exactly where you run, maybe even when you run (stalker alert!!).

I get a bit paranoid about the internet sharing a little too much of my info, but I don’t really want people knowing where I live exactly. To combat this, I don’t turn on Strava until I have jogged about 1km from my house.

To people who haven’t yet started jogging, this probably doesn’t sound very interesting/useful. I admit, my husband told me about Strava months ago, but I told him that I was happy with C25K at the moment.  Which I was. But now I have gotten past my inability to run for any length of time and now I am on to the part where I get excited about my improving min/km.

Crazy talk. If you had said to me 18 months ago that I would go for 5km runs 3 times a week (more if I could) then I would have laughed in your face……never say never, hey?

! (The Playlist Formally Known As) – Monday Made

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“A person does not hear sound only through the ears;
he hears sound through every pore of his body.
It permeates the entire being, and according to its particular influence either slows or quickens the rhythm of the blood circulation;
it either wakens or soothes the nervous system.
It arouses a person to greater passions or it calms him by bringing him peace.
According to the sound and its influence a certain effect is produced.
Sound becomes visible in the form of radiance.
This shows that the same energy which goes into the form of sound before being visible is absorbed by the physical body.
In that way the physical body recuperates and becomes charged with new magnetism.”  ~Hazrat Inayat Khan (Mysticism of Sound) 

Over the summer my jogging slipped a bit. I could say it was due to me hating doing exercise in hot weather. It probably was. But I was also struggling with my music playlist.

Previously, I had this kick-ass list that got me smashing up the track. It was all girl-power-go-woman-feel-good stuff. But then I got tired of it (as you do when you listen to the same songs over and over).

My new playlist that came into action at the end of December just didn’t cut it. There was no zing song that made me want to run and extra 2km through a swamp. I didn’t feel the urge to sing along (and consequently forget about the searing pain of running exertion). It was just blah. And so was my will to run.

I had some ideas to make the running happen. I FINALLY got my treadmill out of storage and into the new place. I set it up in my workroom (which has a fantastic, inspiring view). I had crossed off one thing that was taking my running down-heat.

Anyone can tell you, running on a treadmill is physically easier than running on the road, but psychologically harder. A friend told me she couldn’t do it as “every step was an opportunity to step off”.  I needed some kind of entertaining distraction. TV was out of the question. There was no way to easily see the tv from the workroom. Next best thing? Audiobooks.

In theory, this is a great idea. I have often walked around the house doing chores listening to an audiobook. Running is not the same. Especially when you are listening to a complex story with a hundred characters all with obscure northern European names.

Treadmill fail was in full swing.

Then the weather cooled down. And I got on to Spotify and started listening to a whole heap of new music and TAH-DAH! I was back in business!

My new list is….ecclectic and fun. Here are a few:

! (The Song Formally Known As)- Regurgitator: This one has a mean beat, really funny lyrics and some of those excellent “oohhh oohhh” bits which are great to sing along too (and practically all the words I can get out when running full tilt).

Caught A Lite Sneeze- Tori Amos: I have a friend who says whenever he listens to Tori he ends up sobbing! Ha! What I like about this is the sort of industrial sounding beat and the harpsichord (whoa….did I just say HARPSICHORD??) which has a really driving riff–>key to running. I could care less about the words ;-P

Fireflies- Owl City: This might well be the Pop-iest song on my entire computer. It is so cutesy pie that I normally reserve it for turning up loud at home and dancing around the house with my kids to. But somehow that pure pop joy translates really well to running. Especially if it is one of those sunny days.

Marina Gasolina- Bonde Do Role: This song is probably familiar to people because of the Bonds ad in which it was featured. I’m not channelling hot girls running around in their underwear, I’m getting more of a tough girl from South America vibe. The beat is off the chart, so is the horn line and the “hoo-haa” and “uhhh” bits.

Pagan Poetry- Bjork: Unlikely contender for a running song. I don’t know what it was about this song. I think I have some distant, pre-Japan memories of listening to this song as I packed up all my belongings. It is a little hazy, but I get this really wierd feeling when I listen to this song. A sort of sad/happy/excited/scared resigned feeling. Also, when you are running in a copse of Pine trees with pine needles under foot, you get a bit of a woodsy magic feeling going on.

Default- Django Django: This is my new go-to song. It has a guitar riff to die for. That is all I can say. You need to listen to it for yourselves!!

I’m back on board with the running. I knocked 30 seconds off my km/min average last week. Lost some kg’s in the process. I’m really looking forward to the Run Melbourne event I will be partaking in next month. Want to sponsor me?

Helloooo Non-Stretch world!! – Monday Made

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“My face to the sky
Dreaming about just how high
I could go and I’ll know
When I finally get there

Taking off my glasses
Sun pokes through my lashes
And somehow I know
There’s a time for every star to shine

Everybody got their something
Make you smile like an itty bitty child” ~Nikki Costa

This week I have really felt like I was kicking some goals. My weight loss last week was not significant, but a welcome surprise as there was a distinct lack of exercise and good eating behaviour. Just goes to show the power of water intake and eating breakfast!! But the real feeling of joy came when on Wednesday I go dressed to go to work and decided to get our some of my old work clothes and give them a shot. SUCCESS!!!

For the last 4 years I have been pretty much only wearing stretch fabric. From about 16 weeks when my belly popped out during my first pregnancy until last week I was a serial stretch wearer. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it’s just that all of my really funky clothes, and most of my work clothes are non-stretch and have been quietly carrying dust all this time.

I’m so glad I stuck to my guns and didn’t get rid of them. I used to buy really cool clothes from funky stores where there was only 2 or three of the item handmade locally. So, really, I couldn’t throw them out because I wouldn’t be able to replace them in the future anyway. That’s the story I fed my husband every time he suggested I clean out the wardrobe.

I have been loving myself sick in clothes that I bought in Europe while on my Honeymoon. Certainly, they were bought at the end part of the holiday when I had put on a few kg’s from enjoying the local cheese and wine a little too much, but it has been a huge psychological leap for me to see all my hard work paying off. It’s like I’ve gone on a shopping spree.

Another great moment was when I picked up my children from a day with Nannie and Poppie and my dad said to me that my bum looked like it was 3/4 of the size it used to be. And I know he means it. My parents are the first to say when I am getting a bit heavier (god bless their honest souls). I appreciate that about them.

So, going to work, feeling a bit groovy, earning some cash. Life is good.