I signed up for the Anthem 5K next month and I have been attempting to train for it. I use the term train loosely… I have been exercising but I haven’t been following a strict training schedule. I’ve done this race before, and it was my first 5K then, and so I’m not worried.
I’ve been working on a playlist to keep me going, and I have been listening to it non-stop even when I’m not working out. I’ve made a number of workout playlists over the years and this is my favorite one. Now that I’m done editing it completely, I thought I should make it public and share it with YOU! The playlist is embedded down below and can be accessed here if you’re having issues accessing it on a mobile device.
I’ve also dedicated a page to spotify playlists and you can access it through the menu. I have 10 shared at the moment and I’m already working on a new one.
5K Motivation – a super energizing playlist to keep you going.
You don’t need a premium account to use these playlists, just keep in mind you’ll hear ads from time to time with a free account. Enjoy!
This week was pretty good and it certainly helped to hit this goal. I don’t feel like I can notice a difference in my body or how things are fitting, and I certainly don’t expect anyone else to notice. I have noticed my mental health is better since I’ve started exercising and watching what I ate a few weeks back. I’m not saying those two things cure depression and anxiety because I know they’ve never worked for me by themselves. They help for a while but the underlying issues always come out. While I am still on anti-depressants, I am only taking them when I start to feel anxious. Typically it’s once a week but I was able to go about two days longer than normal this week, which I am happy about. Taking it once seems to curb the feeling without making me feel numb. The end game is to get off of them so long as things continue to improve.
Things I’m (re)learning:
What’s working for me:
I haven’t been utilizing a gym because the weather has been cool enough to walk and I have TRX for strength training. Typically, I prefer to be outside rather than in a gym anyway. I also prefer to take multiple leisurely walks (15-30 minutes) as opposed to one really hard walk.
Fitness professionals: is this wrong? I’m trying to figure out the way I can keep up with this long-term and this seems to work best for my schedule. Doing it this way gives me energy and keeps me motivated throughout the day.
Sometimes you have to listen to your body and rest
I typically stay the night with my parents one night a week to break up my commute during the week and visit my family. I went down with the intention of walking on the farm for a bit and instead I napped on the couch for 3 hours. I felt guilty because I didn’t walk but I clearly needed the rest.
In case you’ve been living under a rock during the past week, you have to listen to ^^ this ^^ new single from Justin Timberlake! It’s a super fun song and makes you dance, dance, dance when you listen to it, and this week is worth celebrating!
I also put together a short playlist (~30 minutes) if you’re interested in using the next time you’re working out.
**If you can’t view this on your mobile device, click here.
When I first started out exercising, I quickly realized that music was going to make or break my workout. I made the mistake of putting my iPhone on shuffle when I walked, and I think I spent more time shuffling through songs than I enjoyed the walk. I finally stopped being lazy and created playlists. I also stopped being such a music snob and downloaded music I wouldn’t normally listen to. You really can’t work out hard and listen to music like Ryan Adams…unfortunately!
After sending song suggestions to a few people, I decided I should share them with everyone. I’ve created three playlists thus far, and really the songs aren’t in any particular order. I always stick my iPhone on shuffle to break up the monotony. My mixes are always work in progress, but I hope you’ll enjoy them! And if you need even more music, I highly recommend the Sun Run series from RockMyRun!
Get Moving – Part I (Spotify link)
Get Moving – Part II (Spotify link)
Get Moving – Part III (Spotify link)
**This is my first time linking to my Spotify playlists, let me know if you have any issues.
Photo via Pexels.