We're just about a week away from the Vienna City Marathon. I wish I could say I was running it - actually I'm not even sure that I do - but I'll be participating with the easier route. I'm running it as part of a relay team with three other ladies, and we're all avowed and committed "non-runners". "Oh, running you say? Yeah, we don't do that..."
Except for this time we are doing that. And since it was great idea of yours truly to sign up for this endeavor, I'm also the priviledged holder of the longest segment of the race: 16km (10 miles). For some strange reason, the Vienna Marathon Relay is not divided into four segments that are equidistant. For some reason, it's divided into segments that range from 5km to 16km, just to add some spice I suppose. We drew straws and I got the short one.
For you runners, I'm sure you scoff and chuckle, but for someone who was ready to head back for a nap after a 2 mile run/walk when she started, I'd say I've made some progress. I downloaded a training guide, bought some decent shoes and started pounding the pavement. This past weekend was the first time that I actually thought I might be able to complete my segment - a good thing too, since in addition to having the longest segment, I also have the first. Needless to say, it would be a bit anti-climatic to everyone else if I wasn't able to do my part.
In any case, the best part of prepping for the race next weekend is putting together the playlist and I think I'm just about set. Here's what I'll be plowing forward too - I can't claim that every song is tasteful or has artistic merit that's widely recognized, but I can say that each helps me keep picking up my feet. Left foot...right foot...left foot...right foot...
Ps - Today's photo is actually borrowed from a blog called "Iron Ann" - Iron Ann looks serious about running. In a post she mentioned spin class, weights and a "long run" (which I'm guessing is over my paltry 16km) all in one day so I'm thinking these might be her legs in the picture? Nice work, Iron Ann!
Vienna Relay Day Playlist:
Under Pressure - David Bowie & QueenLet's Get it Started (Spike Mix) - Black Eyed Peas
Go (2006 Mix) - Moby
A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit Remix) - Elvis Presley
Fire Burning - Sean Kingston
Disco 2000 - Pulp
Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
All the Small Things - Blink 182
Gives You Hell - The All-American Rejects
Bad Romance - Lady GaGa
City of Blinding Lights - U2
Extreme Ways - Moby
American Boy (featuring Kanye West) - Estelle
Run This Town (featuring Rihanna and Kanye West) - Jay-Z (note the Vienna appropriate shout out to Reisling in this song, apparently the rap community has made the switch from Cristal and Hennessy to crisp, good-value white wines due to the recession)
Human - The Killers
I See You Baby (Fat Boy Slim Edit) - Groove Armada
Flashdance (Dance Mix) - Deep Dish/Ministry of Sound
Good Girls Go Bad (featuring Leighton Meester) - Cobra Startship
Hung Up - Madonna
Hold My Hand (I'll be there) (featuring Keri Hilson) - Sean Paul
Now That We Found Love - Heavy D and the Boyz
Walkin' on the Moon - The Dream & Kanye West (you'll note Kanye is a reoccuring theme on this list)
Paris is Burning (Cut Copy Remix) - Ladyhawke
Broken Strings - James Morrisson and Nelly Furtado
Love Etc - Pet Shop Boys
Fix You - Coldplay