Saturday, July 23, 2005

see lola run. run, lola, run!

I jogged 7.5 miles last night.* I was propelled along by the music loaded up on my new iPod shuffle. Uptempo and non-sappy-uplifting songs, not surprisingly, appear to have a more invigorating effect than other songs. Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car," despite ostensibly being about the intersection of speed and hope, turned out to not be very good at goading me up a hill, while Bratmobile's "Gimme Brains" and the New Pornographers' "Mass Romantic", neither of which have any lyrical relevance to jogging, worked wonderfully. There is the strange consequence where my arm motion while running sometimes switches from the orthodox to a weird, wheeling, dancing, quasi-gangsta-rapping motion that has to make me look like a total freak to the cars that pass by. Good thing I run at night.

So now I'm revising the content of my iPod shuffle to remove downtempo songs I like and replace them with peppier songs. So long, Luka! I even--and I can't believe I'm confessing this to the world via weblog--bought "Eye of the Tiger" and the theme from Chariots of Fire from iTunes this morning. Anyway, if you have any suggestions, let me know. Remember that I'm a child of the 80's and 90's with not particularly refined but also not parochial tastes.

Either the iPod shuffle or an exercise partner protect me from one of my principal enemies while running--my own ruminations. It's not like I have deep intellectual thoughts about academic matters while I am jogging. Sometimes I devolve just into chanting little things to myself to keep me pushing forward. These range from the inspirational ("You. Can. Do. It. You! Can! Do! It!") to the reassuring ("This. Will. Get. Easier. This! Will! Get! Easier!) to the rankly self-loathing ("You. Suck. You! Suck!) to the more mildly self-flagellating (lately: N. O. T. O. N! O! T! O!, a reference to New Orleans Take Out, whose opening of a new location right below my old apartment was, as much as anything, responsible for kicking off The Great Weight Gain of 2003 that put me in this mess).

* Katy says that what I'm calling jogging is really running, but I suspect she's being charitable--at least regarding my pace when I'm running by myself and not with her--although perhaps junning or rogging would be a more appropriate term.

10 comments:

Tonya said...

The next time I see you, will you demonstrate that "weird, wheeling, dancing, quasi-gansta-rapping motion?" I really wanna see that. OK?

jeremy said...

Only if (a) the next time you see me I'm jogging with my iPS and (b) you see me before I see you.

Tonya said...

Well, that sounds like an invitation to stalk you. I haven't stalked anyone since 1984 and it's probably not a good idea for me to resume that sort of thing.

Anonymous said...

Since you've already got the gangsta-rappin'motion, you should incorporate some hip-hop into your playlist -- hip-hop and dance are hands down the best running music. For the former, maybe try Freak-a-Leek (the zipped up version with L'il John) and Yeah! (Usher). Obviously these are not for delicate ears.

On the other hand, if you want to moderate your pace or only gradually increase it over time, you can try some Buddhist chants. I would send you one but it's 45 minutes and might end up e-bombing you.

Anonymous said...

Hot in Here (Nelly)
Enter Sandman (Metallica)
Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme)

Rhymes With Scrabble said...

Some Nellie McKay would probably be good. Oh, and Metric. Their album "Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?" would be a good one for exercising. Also anything by Freezepop.

I'm still hoping my parents will get me a masters degree iPod so that I can stop hearing that damn "Don't You Wish Your Girlfriend Was ____ Like Me" song at the Serf. I hear it EVERY TIME I lift weights.

jeremy said...

I looked up the lyrics for "Freek-a-Leek" and was psychologically damaged. Thanks, Anon.

RWS: I've posted about my enthusiasm for Nellie McKay.

A+ said...

No kidding. "Freek-a-Leek" is just nasty.

Sally said...

good for running if a bit repetitive after awhile: chemical brothers

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