Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tuesday's Tunes

Hmmmm, trying to come up with some great clever title.  Sometimes those come easily, sometimes not.  Off the top of my head:  Distraction.  Showtime.  Brrrrrrr. (over done?)  Baby It's Cold Outside (cheesy AND over done).  Change of Plans.  Puker.  The list can go on.  The all have things to do with what I will tell you in this post, so let's see where we go with this.

I've been wanting to created a musical/showtunes playlist.  I already have plenty of this genre on my running playlist.  I'm kind of a musical theater junkie, more especially when it comes to the musicality portion of it.  What can I say:  I LOVE to sing!!!!  I was prompted to do a specific playlist due to this post on Salty Running (great website I was told about recently, check it out, it's great!).  So it took me a few weeks and I got it done and listened to it this morning.

I Can't Help Falling In Love - All Shook Up
Hold On - The Secret Garden
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things - Sound of Music
Castle On a Cloud - Les Miserables
You're the One that I Want - Grease
Luck Be a Lady Tonight - Guys and Dolls
I Just Can't Wait to Be King - Lion King
Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats - Cats
How Beautifully Blue the Sky - Pirates of Penzance* (start at :40)
The Kid Inside - Is There Life After Highschool?
You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smily - Annie 
When the Foreman Bares the Steel - Pirates of Penzance

*why, yes that is ME you can see in these clips!

Now all of these songs are great & I love them, but I was awfully distracted this morning on my run.  Most of them I barely even heard.  Not literally, but figuratively.  I've been consistently running outside and it's right smack in the middle of winter here in the Midwest.  That means we are getting a lot of coooooold weather, meaning single digits and/or sub zero temps if you factor in the windchill.  The snow and ice haven't been too much of an issue this year.  But man, it's getting COLD!  Now perspective is always helpful.  I suppose compared to Siberia, Antarctica, Alaska, Canada and the like these temps are normal on a good day.  And it really gives me great appreciation for those days that it really warms up to 32F or we have a heat wave of mid 40F temps.  Either way, it's cold (today was -9F, Sunday was -5F) and it requires a lot more preparation, layers, gear, etc.  It's also requiring a lot more mental preparation & paying more attention to proper form, etc.  No matter how you look at it, it's wearing me down.....quickly.

(After today's run)

Believe it or not, I'm not actually cold when I run outside.  I feel the cold, but I am not cold.  In fact, I'm still a boiling hot sweaty mess when I'm done. All of it combined is leaving me slightly frustrated.  Oh, I thoroughly enjoy the run and feel awesome when I'm done, but it's all too much for me.  I could keep going, but I'm likely to snap.  As much as I hate to, I will likely move some of my runs indoors on the ever lovely dreadmill.  These extremely cold temps are good every once in awhile, but more than a day or two of them and it's not good for me.

So my playlist was a bit useless on today's run, but played/heard none the less.  I have a lot more on my mind too that is distracting me.  I had a kid up puking in the middle of the night.  Luckily it was a teenager who knows to grab a bucket.  I didn't even get out of bed the first time, just offered verbal instruction about what to do.  The second time was literally 2 seconds before I walked out the door for my run.  It seems very contained, we actually think it's more of something that didn't agree with her, rather then the big F word going around right now.  (FLU!!!!)  I had to keep said puking child home from school even though she feel just fine now.  And, of course, my biggest distraction....Florida!  3 days and 17 hours until we pull out and head south.  Not that I'm counting or anything.

I hope you have a great Tuesday!  Tell me about your cold weather running.  What are your limits?  I'll leave you with this funny youtube clip from last week that my friend ME posted.  I'm sure you'll find it amusing, unless you live in California or somewhere south.  It's still funny :)


  1. So glad I didn't go with "Baby, It's Cold Outside" on my post yesterday. Almost did.

  2. Oh gosh, sounds bad!! Youre quite a trooper running in it!!

  3. You are amazing....I do not think I could manage a run where my eyes freeze!!! YIKES!