Do not eat a cheeseburger and fries before running and stick with what works.
On Tuesday, I got home from work and was soooo tired. Didn't feel like cooking or running...I really just felt like coming home and crashing on the couch in front of the TV. But in the end, the angel on my shoulder won. After eating a Wendy's value meal and unsuccessfully finding anything interesting on TV, I decided that there was no time for slacking and hopped on the treadmill.
I ate dinner two hours prior to running, but still felt really sick for at least 2 or 3 miles into the run. To distract myself from my extreme discomfort I tuned in to the Music Choice channels. As I scanned through all my choices, I decided to make it fun and listen to a different genre every mile. Since I was to run a six miler, I would get to sample six different types of music and keep things interesting. Brilliant!
I started with the Salsa y Meringue channel. Greg and I bought a "teach yourself Spanish" set (book and cds) last week and this seemed like a great choice. It would be fun and upbeat for my run and also provide excellent background music for Greg who was practicing vocabulary in the other room. And it was fun. But by the end, I decided that salsa y meringue, for me, was best for dancing with a swishy skirt or drinking a mojito.
So next I decided on Oldies. However, after 1/2 of Be True to Your School by the Beach Boys, I felt like throwing my Wendy's back up. Oldies didn't last long-couldn't even make it a mile.
My next choice was techno. I'm not sure why it was my next choice since, generally, techno frightens me. It makes me think of drugged out people dancing with glow sticks in a smoky, crowded warehouse. Yeah, I know that it is possible to listen to house or techno music without doing drugs and that my comment was pretty stereotypical, but whatever. It didn't work for me.
Ok so I was striking out left and right here...and I decided that I needed to be a bit more selective with my tunes for the remainder of the run. I flipped on...
Adult contemporary? No.
Show tunes? No.
Hip-Hop and R&B? I paused...
I was trying to broaden my horizon here...and this was my safety. Finally I decided on forgetting about broadening my horizons and turned it up as loud as it would go. Ahhhh...just right. Hip-Hop just fits my running style. Next time I'll just go with what works...and no fast food before a run.