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Originally posted on 11 Jan 2014

Since just before the prior post, I’ve been using the couch to 5K iPhone app. Despite tendon and knee problems (which I probably shouldn’t be ignoring), I’ve just finished week 4 of the program. It’s not that I’m looking to complete a 5K (been there; done that). It’s just that this program does a good job of preventing me from getting excited, pushing myself harder than my body is ready for, and damaging myself (more than I already am). I’m not in this to go far or to go fast. I’m just in this to go.

I find it impossible to run or work out without music. My workout playlist has been evolving for years. It’s currently 382 tracks totaling 22 hours and 51 minutes, so there’s no lack of variety. While all the songs meet the general criteria of “upbeat and fun,” there are some which are always more welcome when they get their turn in the randomized list. Here are a few of them:

“Under the Radar” by Abney Park

“Effington” by Ben Folds (a cappella version)

“Mister Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra

“Let Me Go” by Enter the Haggis

“Company of Fools” by Great Big Sea

“Late in the Evening” by Paul Simon

“Get the Party Started” performed by Shirley Bassey

“Doctor Worm” by They Might Be Giants