running a 10k and a playlist

On Saturday I am planning on getting up at the buttcrack of dawn, driving out to the Hyatt Lost Pines in Bastrop, and running 6.2 miles. Never mind that I am horribly untrained for this race. Never mind that I haven’t run more than 3.5 miles in the past 5 weeks. Never mind that every time I talk about running, it’s nothing but negativity and excuses.

This training season has not been what I expected. After dropping out of the half marathon due to a great deal of stress (that was leading to depression) trying to fit the training into my life, I felt a huge sense of relief. I could manage the 10k easily! Then the kids and I all got sick and I THEN was laid up for over a week with terrible neck pain, and before I knew it, it had been over a month since my last run.

I didn’t start running consistently again until late last week. One week of training.

But I’m committed. I thought about stepping down again to the 5k, but you know what? Whatever. I’m going to run this damn 10k. It’s not going to be pretty. It’s not going to be a PR from my last (and only) 10k. It may actually be pretty terrible. I’ll probably walk a lot. I’ll stop to take pictures, because the bluebonnets on the trail are out of this world. But most of all, I’m depending on some race day adrenaline, some comfy socks, and a kick ass playlist to get me through so I can rush home, eat some cake at my own children’s birthday party, and then take a nap.

I haven’t published a running playlist in a while, so here’s a list of the songs that are most heavily in rotation on my runs.

And I’ll see you all at the finish line!

Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap

Soul Meets Body – Death Cab for Cutie

Reunion – M83

Rebellion (Lies) – Arcade Fire. When is Arcade Fire going to show up on my street with their guitars and drums and violins and general badassery? WHEN.

I Love It – Icona Pop

Time Bomb – Old 97s

Chicago – Surfjan Stevens

I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness. Make fun of me if you will. There are not enough words to describe how much I love this song.

Until next time!


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  1. Best of luck on your 10K Leigh Ann – you will rock it! And great music always helps.
    We’ve had a terrible run with the viruses and the sickies. That, coupled with the fact it is folded up in the corner of the family room downstairs, means that it has been way too long since I was on the treadmill. Mix fix that.

  2. Can’t wait to hear how it went.

    This coming Saturday, I’m waking at the butt-crack of dawn, putting on boxing trunks, a satin robe, & boxing gloves and running a half marathon as Rocky Balboa. The next Saturday, I’m waking at the butt-crack of dawn then heading out to run a full marathon. Have I mentioned that I’ve run, like, 3-4 times in 2015 so far? I’m going to be a hurting puppy. Part of me says that I’ve conditioned my body to “go” for 13.1, and I honestly think I believe it, so I should be fine this coming Saturday . . . but the full? Well, it kicked my ass last year. Part of me wants to drop down to the half . . . but, I paid for the full, and it’s the full that kicked my ass last year, so I kind of want to beat it. Despite the fact that, you know, I’m horribly underprepared.

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