April 17 09

so, remember way back in February when I had this crazy idea that I was going to make the gym my bitch? remember, I was all, yes, I DO have a habit of getting excited about the gym, going for a little bit, and then quitting, but this time WILL BE DIFFERENT?

and you all secretly laughed at me?

Well, two months later and I’m pleased to report that I haven’t quit yet. sure, I find some of the weight machines a fucking pain in the ass tedious , and I go through the motions of most of them just to get through them, with the exception of the thigh machines and the ab machine, just to get my ass on the treadmill. because, god, I LOVE it. when i first got on, I was running (I’m using the term loosely here, people) while watching Family Ties, and I’d run for, um, about 2.5 minutes and then go back to walking. I stopped watching TV, starting cranking the music, and now I can make it an entire half an hour only stopping once or twice for about 30 seconds at a time.

and then I did something I’d NEVER in my entire life thought I would ever do. I let my sister convince me to run the Thanksgiving day Atlanta half marathon.

you can feel free to pick your jaw up off the floor now.

so, then, yesterday, I had this crazy idea that since I am going to have to, you know, at some point actually get off the treadmill and run outside, yesterday was going to be the day.

2.2 miles. outside.

I know it doesn’t sound like much, especially considering that the half marathon is, what, 13.1? but consider how far I’ve come from my Family Ties Watching days…

and please don’t judge me that my favorite song, well, second to the Rocky training montage, to run to is “We Rock” from…OH THE SHAME…Camp Rock. it was on the playlist I put on my ipod for carpool and when I had the damn thing on shuffle this song came up and I was in a good groove and didn’t change it and kept it on and it was good. and then I put it back on again and I can’t believe I (the self-proclaimed music snob) am telling you this information that may come back to haunt me for the rest of my life…

FINE. judge me. i totally deserve it.

judge me. and then help me. What does a person who ONLY listens to fairly angsty indie rock RUN to? I mean, sure, Neutral Milk Hotel is fine for weight machines and the elliptical, but for running?

Metalia and Kristin and my friend Tamara have ever-so-generously offered up their workout playlists because they secretly know that Demi Levato and the Jonas Brothers are just one step away from listening to, GASP, Miley Cyrus

also…I have some other questions…


I don’t know that I could put off shortshorts. my inherited-from-my-mother-and-my-grandmother short-girl Jewish PULKEE thighs have no business being in the face of other runners. no one wants to see that. so, what to wear?

because if you don’t help, I may end up wearing this…


but, hey, at least then you wouldn’t be making fun of my music choices…

  1. Well as long as we’re confessing to bad taste in music…
    When I ran cross-country my favorite song to run to was Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavign. It’s the exact right speed for how fast I ran, and it made me feel a little kick-ass. Today I tend to stick to Rammstein, because it’s empowering and totally makes me feel hardcore.

    Comment by MonsteRawr on April 17, 2009
  2. Well, how can I possibly judge you seeing as I FORCED MY HUSBAND TO BUY ME THE TWIGHLIGHT SOUNDTRACK so I could run to it. Oh the shame. I don’t think he will ever live down being the 32 year old man buying Twighlight amongst the 14 year old girls. I also like the Lululemon Punya shorts.

    Comment by Jen on April 17, 2009
  3. And by ‘twighlight’ I meant ‘Twilight’. Dur.

    Comment by Jen on April 17, 2009
  4. RUNNING SKIRTS! They sound dippy and stupid and as if they’re for women that care more about how they look than how they run, but they are actually AWESOME. Usually they consist of spankie pants (like under a cheerleading skirt) or compression shorts (bike shorts) under a skirt. They are cute as hell, cover my thighs, and feel GREAT running (I’ve heard it said that it’s similar to running naked, I haven’t run naked so I don’t know). You can get the really expensive ones at a running store or give the concept a test drive with a cheaper one from Target, which work just as well in my opinion.

    My running music is old metal (Iron Maiden, ACDC, Motley Crue), so that’s probably no help to you.

    Comment by El on April 17, 2009
  5. I would go with sweat pant capris.

    Comment by WickedStepMom on April 17, 2009
  6. I run in scrubs or stretchy-like-yoga-pants capris….my thighs only see daylight if I’m showering next to a window.


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    Comment by heidikins on April 17, 2009
  7. I ALWAYS wear capri runner’s pants because I hate shorts (and they chafe if you run more than a couple miles). I also hate the really fitted runner’s tights that make me feel like I’m losing all of my circulation. Thus, I’ve been using this style of late and loving it:

    Nike makes some really great comparable ones, but these are a bit cheaper.

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on April 17, 2009
  8. I’m the same way. When I run in the movie room I can’t go as far but the ipod changes EVERYTHING. I’ve run an extra hour on a good playlist.

    My guilty pleasure to run to – Christina’s version of Lady Marmalade from Moulin Rouge. Also love – Going the Distance by Cake.

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    Comment by Amy @ Milk Breath & on April 17, 2009
  9. Training Montage rocks. When I was on the dance team in high school, we did a dance to it. Going to buy it now on iTunes. Thanks for the reminder πŸ™‚

    Comment by Suzannah on April 17, 2009
  10. Sarah (Whoorl) tried on a bunch back when she did the couch to 5k, and I think she even posted about it.

    I miss running. My knees can’t take it anymore. BOO.

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    Comment by Angella on April 17, 2009
  11. I may get some giggles for some of these songs, for you I will offer my current running playlist πŸ™‚

    Supermassive Black Hole – Muse (on the Twilight soundtrack)
    Lose yourself – Eminem
    Sexyback – JT
    Since you been gone – Kelly Clarkson
    The Pretender – Foo Fighters
    If I never see your face again – Maroon 5/Rihanna
    Fergalicious – Fergie

    Comment by Sarah on April 17, 2009
  12. The word ‘run’ just makes me break out in a “I haven’t ACTUALLY been running” sweat, so I’m not sure I have any good music suggestions for you (other than to agree to the Foo Fighters…mmmm…Dave Grohl…). Suffice to say, I would happily watch Joe Jonas singing the theme song to Family Ties. Sha la la la….

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    Comment by fadkog on April 17, 2009
  13. try capri leggings. lululemon has a great pair. they’re definitely pricey for workout clothes but come on, you’re running a half marathon…you deserve them!

    Comment by NEWMOM on April 17, 2009
  14. I prefer basketball shorts when it’s warm enough and yoga capris of the non-sweat-material variety when it’s cooler. For me it’s not so much the jiggle, it’s my laziness about leg shaving that I prefer to hide! I walk/jog to techno & punk mostly, from The Crystal Method to Less Than Jake – I have pretty broad taste though & usually just put my whole library on shuffle.

    Comment by jen on April 17, 2009
  15. Funny enough, back in November I decided to make my non-running butt run this year’s Thanksgiving Half Marathon in Atlanta. And inspired by your tweet about going for a run outside, I ended up doing the same thing. Apparently, for the same distance. (I swear I’m not stalking you).

    As far as shorts are concerned, those Nike running shorts with the built in undies are freaking amazing. They keep you cool, and they’re long enough you’re not embarrassed to be seen in them.

    Comment by tutugirl1345 on April 17, 2009
  16. I just did my 1st run outside yesterday also!
    (pretty much the same distance)
    Maybe this is embarrassing, but I actually like to run to Lady Gaga. At least in my mix.
    Also, I can’t do the shorts. I look ridiculous. Lulu has running pants.

    Comment by Laural on April 17, 2009
  17. Heh. I buy capri pants to run in…

    Also, I “run” to dirty south type stuff because it’s got a pretty steady beat….

    good luck!

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    Comment by Lynette on April 17, 2009
  18. I run in Yoga capris. I can’t believe you committed to a half! YOU ROCK. The farthest I have run is 7K I can’t even imagine a half. Someone linked to a web site called ‘PodRunner’ (djsteveboyDOTcomSLASHpodrunnerDOThtml It is a mix of electronic music specifically mixed for running. My hubby and I have used it and we like it.

    Comment by Chantal on April 17, 2009
  19. Good for you for training for a half marathon Ali! I like the Killers. Keep it up!

    Comment by Heather on April 17, 2009
  20. Oooooooo this is an S.O.S., don’t wanna second guess, this is the bot-tom-line-its-true…

    Yeah. I get it.

    Comment by Maria on April 17, 2009
  21. Ooh, yay! I ‘ran’ my first half marathon last year. Before training for that, I had (I shit you not) not run even a mile since high school gym.

    And I also petitoned my friends to send me music suggestions – but my running tastes fall a little bit more toward the Britney side, so I’ll leave that alone. πŸ˜‰

    As far as what to wear … Nike makes some great shorts that are kinda short I guess, but really baggy so they are still really comfy. Another tip … plan to wear a top-layer shirt that you can just throw away half way through … you’ll start a lot colder than you’ll end up.

    Can’t wait to hear more about the training!

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    Comment by Jen on April 17, 2009
  22. Britney Spears, baby. You gotta listen to Britney Spears! πŸ˜‰

    Comment by Haley-O on April 17, 2009
  23. I’m going to jump on the capri bandwagon. I ran my marathon in them and completed most of my training runs in them. The problem was finding a pair that were actually capris on my short legs and after much searching these were the winners: http://tinyurl.com/dgakwz

    The few times I wore shorts (I only liked them for runs less than 5 miles or when it was hella hot), these were my favorites: http://tinyurl.com/ckkjpd

    Comment by regan on April 17, 2009
  24. I must admit that Miley Cyrus’ “See you again” has a great beat for running?!

    Comment by Cindy on April 17, 2009
  25. Ok, my running playlist evolves a lot. Some days, I have to go all pop-tastic with some Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Janet, PCD, etc. Then there are days of the Hair Metal – Motley Crue, GNR, AC/DC, Bon Jovi… and then there are the “I’m going to get mad at my running” and break out the scary Marilyn Manson (“Beautiful People” has a great beat), Filter, White Zombie, Godsmack… I’m a bit of a character when I’m running.

    But you’re welcome to borrow my playlist anytime!

    As for running clothes, I second El on the running skirts. I have three of them from http://www.skirtsports.com, and I love them. The compression shorts (vs. the shorties) have plenty of coverage, but still allow air circulation, they have pockets on either side for iPod or gels, and there is a slit along the waist band to thread your earphone cord through them.

    Oh, and if you have an iPod Nano (at least 3rd gen), I highly recommend the Nike+ system, even if you don’t have the Nike shoes (you can buy another holder to thread through your laces). It’s great to see your progress as you train.

    Once you get down here to Atlanta, we can talk more local-weather-specific training gear… trust me, you’ll need it. πŸ˜‰

    (Sorry for the novella.)

    Comment by Darcey on April 17, 2009
  26. I love the thigh machines, too! They are strangely enjoyable and satisfying.

    Comment by Anna on April 17, 2009
  27. podrunner.com has great pace music…no singing just the music but has a beat that you run to…keeps me going when I feel like dying! πŸ™‚ (you can download them for free on ipod podcasts)

    Comment by Jen S on April 17, 2009
  28. The Nike running shorts. The ones everyone at the gym has? Yeah those.

    Comment by slynnro on April 17, 2009
  29. Hahaha….you must HATE all of my Britney tweets! (Don’t even look at my blog or YouTube…especially the YouTube!)

    Okay, non-Britney song recommendation for running – “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie.

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    Comment by BlondeBlogger on April 17, 2009
  30. wow you are totally my hero. Running = Suck. People who do it = Awesome.

    Comment by Jen on April 17, 2009
  31. I had been doing the couch to 5k plan, but somehow strained a muscle in my hip (OMG yes it totally sucks) and therefore will miss my race on May 2. I am oddly sad about this because I’d gotten where I actually enjoyed running. Isn’t that always the way?

    Anyway, from my playlist I highly recommend: Wolf Parade’s I’ll Believe In Anything, Tyrone Davis’ Can I Change My Mind, Rob Thomas’ This is How a Heartbreaks, and Outkast’s I Like the Way You Move. I’d also add Coldplay’s Lovers in Japan, but something tells me you hate Coldplay.

    Good luck!

    Comment by jcristg on April 18, 2009
  32. I wish I was a runner… I want to be one.

    I’m just a walker.

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    Comment by Katie on April 18, 2009
  33. You might judge, or you might like but I have say nickelback’s “something in your mouth” and Kevin Rudolf’s “let it rock” , most fast beat fergie songs, and various others that I would list but might get me slapped:) Also if you don’t mind spending the $ on work out clothes I constantly dream of buying from here some day: http://www.fitcouture.com/store/home.php

    Comment by Jenn on April 18, 2009
  34. Good for you! I always played “running” sports but have never committed to actually running. I just get so damn bored. I used to do our training runs with a rugby ball in my hands just so I had something else to think about!

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    Comment by Julienne on April 20, 2009
  35. Well, I have Miley on my iPod, so I won’t offer any suggestions.

    Good for you on the running! I don’t like the short shorts either. I usually ran in longer shorts (from Target), but then they tend to ride up on my thunder thighs.

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    Comment by Kristabella on April 20, 2009
  36. I’m new to your blog. Congrats on starting the running, you will love it (most of the time). I run in lululemon shorts –
    http://shop.lululemon.com/Knock_Out_Short/pd/np/580/p/1030.html – they are so comfy, I even wore them through both my pregnancies. As for iPod suggestions, I recently downloaded some of the soundtrack from Slumdog Millionaire

    Comment by NJ on April 20, 2009
  37. You go girl! I ran my first (and only) half marathon in ’07 and it was my biggest personal accomplishment to date (besides the boyz, of course)!
    My fave running song: Footloose. Seriously.
    Shorts: C9 brand with built in undies from Target.

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    Comment by TrenchesofMommyhood on April 21, 2009
  38. Hey, you can totally do the half marathon. I’ve be running (if you want to call it that) at the gym 3-5 miles a week. I signed up for a 5K over the weekend, and then I wanted to kick myself! I was scared shitless and thought I was going to die. I did it thought, and in 37 minutes, about 12:52 a mile. I did better than I thought I would!

    You can do it!

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    Comment by Ruby on April 21, 2009
  39. Holy crap what is up with all my typos! I swear I know how to type…

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    Comment by Ruby on April 21, 2009
  40. I would go with sweat pant capris.

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  41. The Nike running shorts. The ones everyone at the gym has? Yeah those.

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  42. The Nike running shorts. The ones everyone at the gym has? Yeah those..

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