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Couch to 5k (again) and a Playlist

After three days of eating so much that I was holiday full (think Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc. – aka stuffing yourself silly), I woke up yesterday morning and my pants felt the snuggest they have felt in a long time. Like I am talking very snug. They’ve been a bit tight lately in general, as I haven’t been incredibly active (minus racquetball!) and I have just been eating with no regard to calories, but I haven’t given much thought to it (since the last time I wrote about this anyway).

But now it is getting dangerous. My pants are falling down and I need to keep adjusting, but not because they are too loose. That would be a nice problem to have, but no. They are falling down because my muffin top is pushing them away from my body. They are in danger of no longer fitting. If my pants are already not fitting and it’s not even Christmas yet (aka the season of eating), well then, we have a problem. I intend to fully embrace all the Christmas eating, which means I need to start being more active.

When I mentioned this to Evan, he agreed that his pants were also feeling quite snug lately, and was immediately on board with stepping up the level of activity around here. Excellent, because there is motivation in numbers. So I suggested we start a running regimen together. Evan has never ran before. Well obviously he has run in sports and things, but he has never run just to run. Just like me when I first started out. So, like me, we need to ease him into it so he doesn’t hate it. Enter Couch to 5k. The program I used when I wanted to start running.

So now it’s treadmill time. It is really convenient that we have a rec center attached to our condo building with a full cardio room. Last night was Couch to 5k Day 1. We will be doing this three times a week, and then who knows, maybe we’ll even go to 10k! But we are doing this and we’re not half-assing it. I am telling all of you so someone can hold our lazy asses accountable. Yes I can already pretty much run 5k without stopping, but I haven’t in a while and I’m very much out of practice. Plus I think it’s more fun to do things together, so I’ll be doing the entire program right along with him.

Since we’re going to be doing more mindless treadmill running (which, as you may know, I do not prefer), I need a good playlist to keep me into it! Here are the beats I have been loving lately:

A Light That Never Comes – Linkin Park with Steve Aoki
Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys
Let Her Go – Passenger (thank you to Liz at One Twenty Five for introducing me to this amazingness)
Love Will Save Your Soul – Grouplove
Mother – Said The Whale
Recovery – Frank Turner
Speeches – Walk Off The Earth (playlist highlight right here)

Stompa – Serena Ryder
Sweater Weather
– The Neighbourhood
Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch
Team – Lorde
Ways To Go – Grouplove
What I Wouldn’t Do – Serena Ryder

If you like those you should check out my playlists page.

And that is all for now, but I’ll keep you posted on how we’re doing!

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