For what it’s worth, once a week I go out for a run. Well, ‘run’ is a generous term for it – I really just shuffle a bit faster than the average person’s walking pace. My legs aren’t that long, so any person 5’9″ or taller could probably keep up with me while walking at a leisurely lope.
But as I said, for what it’s worth, I do get out and pound the pavement. I usually have my iPhone with me and I catch up on my NPR podcasts while looping around the neighborhood. But I’ve found that Ira Glass’s voice just doesn’t contain any inspiring qualities when I’m struggling halfway up a hill. For those times when I need an adrenalin boost, an extra bit of ooomph, I’ve got my workout playlist.
I have my husband to thank for the Blues Traveler and U2 songs – I listen almost exclusively to the indie-rock duo the Indigo Girls and although some of their songs can rock out, I wouldn’t say that ‘Ghost‘ really gets my blood pumping.
I have an enduring attachment to the music of the Indigo Girls, and come to think of it, I’m sure I can make an ‘IG Only’ workout mix. Give me a minute…
Okay, here’s what my Indigo Girls workout mix looks like:
Fugitive – Swamp Ophelia
Land of Canaan – Indigo Girls
What Are You Like – Poseidon and the Bitter Bug
Joking (live version) – 1200 Curfews
Don’t Think Twice – Staring Down the Brilliant Dream
It’s Alright – Shaming of the Sun
Compromise – Come On Now Social
Yield – Become You
Damo – Beauty Queen Sister
I Don’t Wanna Know – 1200 Curfews
Pendulum Swinger – Despite Our Differences
Making Promises – Beauty Queen Sister
Trouble – Come On Now Social
Money Made You Mean – Despite Our Differences
I could also compile an IG playlist for locking oneself in a room and crying all day, but that will have to wait for another post.
P.S. No offense to the Girls, but the best cool-down song after a workout will always be ‘Beautiful‘ by Christina Aguilera.