Hi, friends! For those who have been following me, you may have seen individual posts on the songs that currently make up my gym playlist – you know, the songs I play super loud through my earbuds while I’m walking / jogging on the treadmill. While they work really well for my feet to keep a steady pace on the treadmill, I have discovered that they don’t work quite as well on a bike (I guess because the more steady you pedal, the faster you go, which messes up your pace… or maybe I’m just less systematic on a bike, I’m not sure). Whatever the reason, the list is probably most appropriately titled the “Treadmill Playlist” Be that as it may, it was already named when I began the series, so it sticks.
Here it is in its entirety:
Gym Playlist # 1: Walk This Way (Aerosmith)
The Gym Playlist # 2: Back on the Chain Gang
Gym Playlist # 3 – Sweet Dreams are Made of This
Gym Playlist # 4 – Monster (Skillet)
Gym Playlist # 5: Back from the Dead (Skillet)
Gym playlist #6 Burn it down (Skillet)
Gym Playlist # 7 – Anticonfirmity (Krystal Meyers)
Gym playlist #8. Walk. (Foo Fighters)
Gym playlist # 9 I ran (flock of seagulls)
Gym Playlist # 10 – A Thousand Miles (Vanessa Carlton)
Gym playlist # 11. Rio (Duran Duran)
Gym playlist #12. Everlong (Foo fighters)
Gym playlist # 13 Meant to Live (switchfoot)
When I keep pace with the beat on all the songs in my list (even Anticonformity), my pace ranges from 3.8 to 5.0 mph, and I finish at 3.564 miles and 502 calories burned.
I’m not sure if it’s because of OCD or I’m just strange, but I like when things end “evenly”. It would be nice if exactly 50 minutes would be exactly 3.5 miles and exactly 500 calories. I’ve discovered that there is always a compromise as the workout never worked out exactly evenly. In my mind, I struggle with this: which number is most importantly even: the distance? The calories? Or the time?
And then, of course, I feel frustrated that I spend nearly an hour of my crazy-schedule life and have ONLY progressed 3.5 miles. Sure, it’s 3 miles more than before I tied my laces, but it’ll take forever to get to 1000 at that pace.
The struggle is real, my friends.
By the way, over the past few weeks, I’ve had quite a few distractions in life which are trying to get in the way of fitness progress (and, in fact vying for my attention on many other ways, too). I refuse to let them win, and am working to reprioritize / juggle some things in order to continue the workouts. Although I have continued hoping on the treadmill, using my recumbent bike and rower, and taken a few “long” bike rides at the gym, I’ve been less good about actually tracking my total mileage. Ive honestly lost tract of my total mileage. One of my 2019 presents to myself is a wellness journal, though, and I’m hoping to get meticulous about tracking immediately.
Keeping it real, my friends.
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