It’s actually spring here in Chicago. Surprisingly we are having the type of weather one would normally associate with spring. We usually don’t get any sort of moderation, we go from winter wools to sundresses in about 4 days time. But this year has been a lovely aberration. So I’m back out hitting the pavement trying to get a run/walk in every day. I’ve been trying to get my stamina and endurance up for quite some time and have been having very little luck. I can walk to the end of the earth but if you ask me to run, it’s like a slow motion train wreck as everything starts to fall apart one piece at a time. Pretty soon I’m back to just walking, albeit at a brisk 4.5 mph pace. I listen to my bottomless iPod when I’m out to keep me engaged and on pace. There’s a mix of songs from the 80’s that are fun to walk fast to. Today I went deeper into my song selection and stumbled upon a run of power ballads from the early 80’s. You know the type of song, headbangers crooning their unrequited love while the lead guitar cries along and the drum bangs out the broken heartbeats. Good times. At first I skipped past a song thinking it was too slow but then I had an aha moment. What if I used this slower beat to pace my run? Eureka! It worked! It wasn’t pretty but I was able to run about 30% of the way around my usual route. My IT band didn’t get all tied up. I didn’t run out of breath. I felt like I was paint drying I was moving so slow but I was able to string together many intervals of running and walking. And I was still able to do this even towards the end of my route. I think I might be on to something. My problem is I walk so fast that in order to feel as if I was doing anything different, I really stepped up my pace but I was in no shape to be able to sustain that pace.
The funny thing is, slowing down is something I’ve been trying to do with my voiceover and acting. I have a tendency to talk really fast when working both of these crafts and that hasn’t served me well at all. Perhaps I’m finding a theme here, that I should slow down and smell the roses. Be more turtle-less hare. I think I’ll make a new playlist on my iPod dedicated to power ballads. Who knew about the wondrous powers of these types of songs?