I woke up today with no leg pain and no coughing fits. So I said to myself, "Self, today is the day that you find out just how much conditioning you've lost. You will get dressed, put on your Garmin and your new IPod, and go outside and run. You will not concern yourself with distance or pace or anything but putting one foot in front of another". So that is what I did and I completed 4 miles at an excruciatingly slow pace; but I did it with no stopping or walking. It's better than I expected-I would have been happy with 2 miles.
Oh, the joy of the IPod Shuffle! I knew I wasn't going to survive running without music and since certain (insert expletive) jerks stole the charger for my old MP3, I splurged on the Shuffle. It's definitely a better choice than my old Sony. I love the randomness of the music with the Shuffle, a feature the Sony didn't have. Will the next song be Beethoven or the Beatles? Bagpipes or the Rolling Stones? I have eclectic tastes in music, I like almost everything, and my Shuffle reflects that. And wow-I can buy songs for 99 cents! How awesome is that! I know people of a certain age like to reminisce about the "good old days", but honestly, when you can buy songs one at a time for less than a buck, then load them into a little device the size of a matchbook, and then actually listen to those songs-and you can have 100s of songs stored in that cute little matchbook thingy-it just doesn't get better than that. Who else here remembers buying a record album because you really liked one song on the album, and all the other songs were duds? I always felt cheated. Don't get me wrong-I'm kind of happy that I grew up in the 60s. Being a kid at that time was actually a lot of fun. But electronically speaking, it's way better now and I love my gadgets-it makes me wonder what's next?