So, I’ve been slowly getting back into running lately. And on my run the other day, I went 3 whole miles without stopping once.

What’s that? Applause? For me? Oh I really don’t think that’s necess- ok.

truman show bow

Anyways I listen to Pandora’s “today’s hits” station while I run, which is cool for the most part but sometimes it pauses for a few minutes for no reason at all. During these moments, it’s just me and my thoughts.

Most runners will tell you that is a very intimate moment- just you and your thoughts, listening to your feet against pavement, your breathing, feeling your body moving through time and space, telling yourself motivational things to dig deeper, etc.

So, what are my motivational things? Well, remember SNL’s Spartan Cheerleaders?

spartancheerleaders

I cheer myself on to the beat of their cheers.

Like this:

Mile 2, my music stops. My thoughts:

“Roll call!

cha cha boochie cha cha cha boochie

roll call!

my name is charlotte

(clap clap)

I’m breathing heavy

(clap clap)

but I’m still running

(clap clap)

so check me out!

…still no music…

cha cha boochie cha cha cha boochie

roll call!

my name is charlotte

(clap clap)

am I still moving?

(clap clap)

that walker passed me

(clap clap)

I might pass out”

Music comes back for a couple minutes. Then stops again. My thoughts:

“Who’s that girl who will not quit?

Its me! Its me!

Who’s that girl who wants to sit?

Its me! Its me!

Woohoo! Side cramps!”

Music comes back on for like, half a song then stops again. My thoughts:

“So you want to finish strong?

then run right through the pain,

although i think its safe to say,

you ain’t no Prefontaine

Prefontaine! Where is he?

I dunno, I dunno!

Prefontaine! Where is he?

I dunno, I dunno!”

And then the music came back on in time for the hill that I encounter at the end of my route, which isn’t fun, but the downhill part on the other side IS fun so it’s good motivation to get to the top. I purposely save that hill for the end (rather than running the loop in the opposite direction) because I heart running downhill that much. It makes me feel like I’m fast :)

spartan cheerleaders

What’s your favorite SNL skit?

Do you like running downhill?

Do you prefer hills in the beginning or end of your route? Or not at all?

ON A SCALE OF 1 to 10 HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT THE NEW ROYAL BABY?? (personally, I haven’t been this excited about a birth since that of Suri Cruise, which is to say, very.)

"Monday- one day. Tuesday- two day. Wednesday- When? What day? Thursday! The third day." -Joey Tribiani

“Monday- one day. Tuesday- two day. Wednesday- When? Huh? What day? Thursday! The third day.” -Joey Tribbiani

Happy Thursday, all! And welcome to the first installment of The Great 8 List!

Top 10 lists are good, Great 8 lists are better.

In addition to rhyming so well with the word “great” (thus providing a catchy title for my countdown) the number 8 is also my lucky number. (The number 2 is my other lucky number, but two items does not a countdown make).

Also, studies prove that absolutely everybody is a little more ADD today than they were yesterday, and a little less ADD than they will be tomorrow. So a Great 8 List has all the benefits of a Top 10, without those last two things that nobody has time for anyways. You’re welcome, blogosphere.

So without further ado, I present:

8 things to think about during your workout instead of how much pain you’re in:

8. If something has been weighing on your mind lately, try thinking about it during the most intense part of your workout. You may find that it provides a perspective free of mental clutter, resulting in a course of action.

7. How funny Kim Kardashian’s face looks when she tries to cry though all the botox and fillers:

kim-kardashian-crying-face-2-zap2it

6A.  This is a two parter- if it was up to you, what would you name Prince William and Duchess Kate’s baby if it turns out to be a girl?

6B. And what about if it’s a boy?

5. Try to figure out what monster is going to be the next big trendy thing after vampires and werewolves use up their 15 minutes. Mummies? Frankenstein? Minotaurs??

Vente-Saint-Laurent-minotaure

4. Smile. The endorphins that get released from even forcing a smile can result in a decrease in pain.

3. Get really into whatever song is playing. Whatever movement you’re doing, do it to the beat, kinda like you’re dancing. (Or, exactly like you’re dancing)

2. If you just broke up with someone/just starting something new with someone/ in the middle of something longterm/ or just single and loving it, think about how absolutely awesome you’re going to look out of revenge/ nervous excitement/keeping things fresh/or for yourself, respectively.

AND 1. If you’ve exhausted this entire list and you’re still in pain, maybe just take it down a notch. Like, maybe just ease up from a 10 to a 9. Go ahead. It’s alright. Nobody around you will notice because everybody else is too busy focusing on whether or not anyone else just noticed that they, too, just took it down a notch.