Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Day The Music Died

I was so annoyed this evening! I went out to do the last day of Week 3 for the C25K program – which I have actually been enjoying more than the first couple of weeks – and my MP3 player died on me less than half way through the session. Plus, it was right at the start of the best song on the podcast. I was not happy!

Thank goodness my husband has been doing it with me. He runs faster than I do and he just uses the timer on his watch to keep track of when to jog and when to walk. We always start out doing the warm up walk together, we go at our own pace once the intervals start, and then we circle back to meet up when it is time for the cool down.

Tonight though, once the battery for my MP3 player gave up the ghost, I had to keep on circling back to him so that I could watch him for the cues that the intervals were starting or stopping. Ugh! It was very annoying, but I am thankful that he was there and that I didn’t just give up because things were not working out how I would have liked.

The battery has been replaced now and my MP3 player has been tested and loaded up with the audio for Week 4. I am nervous about starting this next series as it has intervals that are five minutes long. I know I have run for longer than that a couple of times since starting this blog, but I find that the stop and go technique that is required for this program actually keeps me from fully hitting my stride. Personally, I think it’s a bit more difficult than if I were to just jog for a longer amount of time with no pauses.

I really hope I don’t have any more issues with my music quitting on me. It was really jarring and frustrating to suddenly have silence in place of the high energy tunes I took the time to put together for this. I actually don’t have any problem with jogging when there is no music; it was just that it was a change I wasn’t counting on and I was unhappy with the unexpected in this case. I suppose we will see what Monday brings…

- 11 glasses of water
- 1 banana
- 2 egg wrap on a soft tortilla shell with yellow pepper, onion, and pepper
- 1 strawberry flavoured bran bar
- 2 cups grapes
- 2 homemade tuna cakes
- 3/4 cup fat free black cherry yogurt with 1 cup Rice Krispies
- 2 cups heated strawberries and blueberries with cinnamon and sugar

- 35 minute step workout video
- 25 minutes of the C25K program (Day 3 of Week 3)


  1. that would be annoying. This past week I left my iPod at church. I work there and it is out of town. I have been so MISERABLE without it. TOday, I'll be reunited with it today:)

  2. I run on the Wii Fit a lot and I always have music playing while I run, but sometimes I don't queue up enough music and I have to run the last few minutes in total slience. Those are the hardest miles of all.

  3. I need a beat on my She-ra tunes to keep me moving. Moving in silence is just killer.


  4. OH NO! But I rememeber the days when we had nothing to listen to.. I know, I am old! :-)

    Glad all is back to normal & good luck with the intervals. You can do it!

  5. Thanks for the commiseration!

  6. I have to say that in my experience with C25K, I definitely felt that the longer runs were in some ways easier than the shorter one. I think it is, as you suggested, that you don't have a chance to get into your stride during the shorter runs. I'm often surprised at how fast the middle part of my runs goes by just because I've sort of lost myself in it.