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My Body’s A Zombie January 26, 2010

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I’ve taken three days off, for various reasons. The day after my 20 mile run, I was still pretty sore. (Not to mention how sore I was the day of my 20 mile run.) So I had a scheduled recovery, but figured it would be more beneficial to rest. Monday was another rest day. I’ve decided that at this point, I’ve built up a good base for endurance and strength—it’s not like running 6 miles at 9/min pace will help me that much come marathon day. However, a day of rest to prevent injury would.

Today was busy with work (not to mention it started raining again) and though I wish I could have run, I just didn’t have the time. Luckily, I woke up early to get in a workout of stretching, crunches, and push ups.

Tomorrow I plan on being back. I’ll probably do a light 6 or 8 miles.

Also: I wanted to share my new running anthem. It’s called “My Body’s A Zombie For You” by Dead Man’s Bones. Ryan Gosling is actually the front man for this band. The song came on while I was listening to the awesome KEXP “Music That Matters” podcast (more on that in the future) and I decided that running a marathon is very similar to becoming zombified. For one, when I run I’ve learned to basically put my body on autopilot and let my mind wander. Very zombi-like, if you ask me. Additionally, after a 20 mile run, my body’s so sore that I pretty much feel like a zombie, as well as walk like one, staggering around the house. Anyway, without trying to make zombies more trendy than they already are, I’m sharing this song with you. Enjoy!

RunTunes: The XX December 4, 2009

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This week’s RunTunes is the debut album from The XX. It comes highly recommended by my friend Susan, who yelps for joy anytime someone mentions them. (She even has them on her wedding website.) I must agree: they are fantastic.

What I find makes them great for running is the fact that they’re very mellow and dreamy. When you’re on a long run and in a groove, it’s nice to have The XX to zone out to. It almost feels like you’re floating. At least, that’s what I felt.

So whether or not they make you levitate, I recommend picking up The XX.

Find it on Amazon here.

(“Islands” is probably my favorite song of their’s, but “Crystalised” has an actual music video. And don’t be fooled by how over-the-top emo they are in the “Crystalised”: listening to their music, you’d never know.)

RunTunes: Phoenix November 20, 2009

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Back when I started chronicling my marathon training, I always had the idea of posting music I listen to during the week and on my runs, either new music or ones I just like. Now, eleven weeks later, I finally get around to it.

My first selection for RunTunes is the new(ish) album “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” by Phoenix. It’s fantastic, especially for running. For one, their instrumentation feels completely organic and natural; you can’t help but want to move to their upbeat melodies. Second, their lyrics make no sense to me, which in my book makes for great music to zone out to on a long run. Even after reading their lyrics, I still can’t make them out.

From the Onion’s A.V. Club’s review:

Everything on Phoenix’s fourth album is highly mannered, to be sure. But none of it is ever forced or fussy—or, worse, less than geekily thrilled to be so carefully arranged.

I love it and I recommend checking it out.

Find “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” by Phoenix on Amazon here.