For the last seven weeks I have begun jogging. I am generally the last person who considers fitness. The following reasons forced me to make the decision:
1. Playing football at friend Richard's Stag Weekend tired me out within the first few minutes. I was out of breath and had to hide in the background whilst I caught my breath ... which took ages. Then when I started to get into it again, I was knackered soo after. Clearly, this establishes my lack of fitness in the first instance.
2. A friend from work jogged into school. He jogged 8 miles. 8-fu*****-miles. Before he even taught a single lesson. This amazed me and inspired me. He never gave the impression that he was obsessivly fit ... he just enjoyed it and improved week-on-week, to the point that he could run 8-miles in the morning before a day of teaching. Amazing.
3. I was recommend by a friend the NHS Couch to 5k podcast. Only a few podcasts which you listen to, generally, the same one, three-times a week and then week-by-week you up the pace. Starting on 1-minute running, 1-minute walking - times by eight - you run eight minutes the first week. By week 7, you get to 25 minutes solid running. That's where I am now.
As it is 25 minutes, it seems a little useless to listen to the same podcast when I can just put together a playlist of songs to jog to. I always warm-up with a 5-minute "brisk walk" and finish on a 5-minute "brisk walk", with the 25-minute run in between. With this in mind, I managed to hunt down the playlist from Forrest Gump and I use tracks that Forrest ran to as I do (the source-tracks are bookended by music from Silvestri's score). It wasn't easy to find, but I did fill the 25-minutes effectively.
This is what I will share with you film folk - the playlist for my evening jog. Not to mention how much I advise you to do the same!
Hold My Hand (UNKLE) - 5.00
The Crusade (Alan Silverstri) - 2.01
Running on Empty (Jackson Browne) - 4.58
It Keeps You Runnin' (The Doobie Brothers) - 4.22
I've Got to Use My Imagination (Gladys Knight and The Pips) 3.29
Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac) - 3.38
On The Road Again (Willie Nelson) - 2.33
Against The Wind (Starshine Orchestra and Singers) 3.52
The Crimson Gump (Alan Silvestri) 1.08
Vision One (Royksopp) 5.00
So what about you? Do you run? And if so - do you have any amazing playlists you could share?
I'm hoping that as I continue and change my playlists, i'll share them with you guys and maybe you could join me!