this is me now

July 10, 2008

Please don’t stop the Muuusic

Filed under: 1/2 marathon,Music,running,training,Uncategorized — by heatherdc @ 12:54 am

Rihanna knows what I’m talkin’ ’bout…

I did my last “long” run today, which is really the last real training I’ll do before the race (next weekend!). I set off for my 1 hr 30+ min of jogging business, and stopped dead in my tracks when I looked down at my iPod. It was about to go dead. Extremely low battery. Oooh no. This cannot happen.

Not only does my iPod provide my ‘jams’ to run along with, but it’s my timer. And these long runs are sort of (really) crucial to the training process. This being my last one before the race, I wanted to know that I ran the certain amount of time. Without the iPod, I have nooo idea how long I’ve been running. I don’t have a watch (weird, I know. they bug me.), and it’s not like there are huge clocks all over saying “hi heather! you’ve been running _____ this long. go you!”. That’d be pretty nice though….

Anyway. I stopped, turned right around, and charged her up. I gave it about 15 minutes, hoping that would charge it enough. I don’t really know how long it takes to charge 100%….anybody? I’ve never noticed. Hmmm. When I pulled it off it had about 80% charge. Works for me!

As I started running, I wondered how long it’d last. During the first race I did, it was fully charged and it crapped out on me with about 2 miles to go. I wasn’t expecting that, but figured it had to happen eventually. So, today I realized that without a full charge, around 1 hr 15 min or so, it’d probably do the same thing. Eh, Dangit. Didn’t think about that.

My quick fix was to just turn it off for a little while. I’d much rather have the music keep me going at the end of the run, and have the clock alive to tell me how long I’ve actually been goin’ around. So for the first few miles I ran in silence….


….Wow. Haven’t done that in a looong time. I wasn’t dying or anything, but it was just weird. So quiet. And I could hear the cars zooming past me. And I could hear myself breathing….Ehhh, I hate that.


I went on like this for about two miles. And I thought of Rihanna, and what a good point she has. Then I finally turned up those jaaaams. Ah, so much better.

All for nothing, really. At the end of the run, over an hour and a half later, there was plenty of charge left to spare. Who knew. My little iPod is quite a trooper. Still goin’ strong after three years. Yessss.

Oh, and now I totally want to go download “please don’t stop the music”. It’ll go right onto my “running” playlist.



  1. that song is definitely the jam! and i totally feel your pain of trying to run without music. its like my legs shut down and laugh at me. “you really think i am going to move without your sweet, sweet tunes…think again.”

    good luck with your race!

    Comment by ANG* — July 10, 2008 @ 12:58 am |Reply

  2. thanks!! ha yes! My legs were definitely missin’ the beats.

    Comment by heatherdc — July 10, 2008 @ 1:09 am |Reply

  3. I can’t run without music either. Then I start thinking about how much I don’t want to be running and how much farther I have to go. Hate it. Congrats on making it through your last long run!

    Comment by Playful Professional — July 10, 2008 @ 10:15 am |Reply

  4. i don’t mind the runs w/o the trusty ipod—but i feel you!!! good luck at your race! I am jealous!!!!

    Comment by L B — July 10, 2008 @ 3:03 pm |Reply

  5. I’m the same way! I need my music to run AND I time my runs with my ipod. I’ve turned around before when my ipod is about to die. I won’t even try running without music. That’s just crazy talk!

    Comment by megkathleen — July 10, 2008 @ 5:32 pm |Reply

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