Tjejmilen–The Final Countdown
The Tjejmilen is less than two weeks away, and what I should be doing, instead of munching on grapes and writing this blog, is running. I should be outside training for my 10K on this rare of rare sunny day, pushing myself to the limit, which as of now, is maxed out at a 7K. What I’m hoping will get me through is the adrenaline of racing with 35,000 other women (and the cheesecake they’re promising to give us at the end).
Truth be told, I still don’t like running (not even sort of), and as soon as this thing is over I’m getting a massage and then it’s back to yoga and watching episodes of Suits and White Collar while I workout on the elliptical machine.
I’m tired of smelling like Bengay (when are they going to change that name?) And I’m tired of the blister that keeps cropping up on my left metatarsal (no matter how expensive my Nike shoes.) And I’m tired of being tired…you get me?
OK, so what I’m not tired of is drinking my Coke light with fresh lime and coconut in the afternoon, my secret weapon in the fight to the finish. (We’ll have more about “Mormon Mixed Drinks” in another post (wink).
On the bright side, the race has been an excellent excuse to add to my iTunes playlists, downloading the latest hits from Imagine Dragons (Radioactive, America), The Lumineers (Ho Hey), One Republic (Counting Stars, All We Are), Of Monsters and Men (King and Lionheart), and Owl City (Good Time)…to name a few.
My mix starts out with Chariots of Fire by Vangelis. What could be more apropos? And around my 7th kilometer, I have Eye of the Tiger to keep me going strong. Channeling Rocky. “Risin’ up, straight to the top. Had the guts, got the glory. Went the distance now I’m not gonna stop…” It’s pure gold. Thank you Survivor. And then somewhere in there, because I’m in Sweden, I’ve got Petra Marklund’s doing her upbeat pop thing with Händerna Mot Himlen, love it.
There’s actually a lot of good Swedish musicians. No surprise really, with groups like ABBA that Sweden should be home to other great pop performers. If you want to check out another popular singer, listen to Swedish Idol winner Linnea Henriksson’s song titled Lyckligare Nu. I have no idea what the lyrics mean, and I’m sure it sounds dreadful when I try to sing along to it in the car, but it’s so darn catchy. Olle Hedberg is another Idol competitor with a single out called “Wonderful,” and it really is wonderful.
I’d love to keep blogging about my playlist and other things I find a lot more fun than running (just about anything, dusting perhaps), but seriously, this chair isn’t going to get me to the finish line or to that cheesecake, so I’m off to hit the trails running.