I went to the gym for the first time in over a week today. It was glorious. Just being there was wonderful and my workout was great with the exception of my iPod.
You know what helps my gym motivation? Music. I can easily run a 5k distance but without great music it isn’t likely that I’ll hit the 5k mark, I just lose interest. So besides my running shoes, water bottle and towel I need my iPod. Need.It.
The only problem is that my iPod is a Shuffle from circa 2005, which makes it a senior citizen in the world of mp3 players.
I have nothing against senior citizens but my little Shuffle is barely cutting it. You see, Shuffles don’t have play lists. They don’t have gigabytes upon gigabytes of space to hold music and they only play straight through the music you have loaded on it or they play random selections.
This is trouble when you are running and you know you are about to hit “the wall” and you need THE perfect song to help you push through it and keep going.”The wall” can happen to anyone. It just pops right up in front of you all you feel like you can’t/don’t want to keep going when really you can and probably do want to keep going. So random songs, and not knowing when and where you will finally come across the perfect song is obviously not conducive to pushing myself harder, further, faster, longer.
This is where a Nano comes in handy.
I don’t have one though. I want some play lists people. I want to pick music to match my mood and motivate me at the gym. I am so tired of one size fits all music for the gym.
I want to be able to get to my current favorite wall buster song (or my other favorite, or my other favorite, or my other favorite, or my other favorite, or my other favorite)* in a flash, instead of the 10 minutes of searching it took me today, by then it was frustration in my iPod that was making me want to stop running and find something else to do and not the running itself.
Now I just need to figure out a way to talk Luke into letting me upgrade my iPod.
Oh, who am I kidding it isn’t Luke I have to talk into it, it’s me. Because what mom doesn’t daydream about spending money on herself only to completely chicken out when she has the cash in hand.
*I like a big variety of music as is easily seen in the above links. See, I totally need playlists right?