Monday, August 30, 2010

With a little help from the Stones....

Back in my horse-riding and rodeo days (I'll post some pictures sometime soon), I was taught that when a horse bucks you off, you have to get right back on. You can't let it defeat you; otherwise, it'll just keep bucking and you'll never get anywhere.

So, I woke up this morning knowing I'd head back to the park. I began chanting to myself "I will not be defeated. I will not be defeated." And so I went, having stretched for about 15 minutes, drank about .75 liter of water and ate a banana.

In anticipation of today, I made a playlist for myself of songs in my library that get me going, either really happy or really angry but, nevertheless, songs that make me want to move. Today I chose my selection of The Rolling Stones to accompany me.

What a great choice!! They were fantastic today, enlightening in their own way (because you know you can't always get what you want but if you try sometimes, you might find you get what you need), and the songs I selected were perfect in tempo and vigor. I chose:

* You Can't Always Get What You Want - for warm-up
* Start Me Up - does this even need any explanation?
* Paint it Black - a fantastic song to run to!!
* Satisfaction - another great song to run to!
* Brown Sugar - just because I like it and its upbeat
* Sympathy for the Devil - which is a fantastic song to walk to, so I used it for cooling-down.

Mick, Keith and the boys were just what I needed this morning and this selection was perfect time-wise. I didn't run as much as I did last week, but I still got 2 circuits in and as the last "woo! woo!" from Sympathy was sung, I was headed back to my car about 35 minutes later.

So the Stones will definitely be added to my arsenal in the future. Who knew a bunch of old, wrinkled guys could provide so much motivation? :o)

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