Running has changed my life.
Obviously, it's made me healthier and more fit and active. But it's done more than that. I no longer deal with depression or anxiety. There's no more insomnia. It gives me something in my life to completely control (which frees me from trying to control absolutely everything else in my life), it's boosted my self esteem and made me more independent and stronger. It challenges me and gives me an outlet to be competitive and to set goals and work towards them.
It's the best thing I've ever done for myself.
There is one thing that has changed since I started running... and... it's safe to say that it's not really for the better, but for the worse.
You see, I have always been a music lover. And from high school on... my taste in my music was very... in a word: pretentious*. I never listened to the pop radio stations or heaven forbid the hip hop or rap stations. No, I was too good for that. Not only that, but I was wayyy ahead of the curve... I was always one of the first to hear of new band X or Y. I was a total music snob.
But, as I've started running... and making running playlists, my music taste has plummeted. I now listen to the pop stations some trying to find new upbeat songs to run to. And It's turning into, not just listening to them when I run... but, other times, as well. I downloaded some new tunes this weekend... check this out:
"Circus" Britney Spears
"Single Ladies" Beyonce
"Live your Life" T.I. and Rhianna
"Paper Planes" M.I.A.
Ugh. I've totally gone 13 year old girl with my music tastes. Before you know it, I'll start hanging posters of the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana on my bedroom door.
At some point, I'm expecting an intervention...
*Okay, so I have to include this disclaimer because if I dont, April will totally call me out on it. YES, I did own a Spice Girl single in high school. "2 Become 1" was a kick ass song... and... I had a special dance that accompanied the song... I have no problems admitting that.