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10
Oct

Conversations and Music

   Posted by: admin   in Personal

This weekend Andrew and I decided to do an impromptu (roughly) 20km training walk.  It’s getting chilly here in Toronto, though it’s nowhere near what it usually is in December; I started bundled up and left the house at a brisk -6 degrees but ended up not wearing gloves or a hat by the end of things, and having taken off my sweater.

Turns out walking really does warm you up.

Walking with a small group – especially a group that can be broken into pairs – is easy. You can lose yourself in conversation, about anything at all.  The fact that you’re not just on a treadmill staring at the same spot for several hours helps; training on treadmills is a thousand times harder than walking city streets, even familiar city streets, for exactly that reason.

When I walk alone, though, I find it much easier if there’s music playing.  I like a wide variety of music, and keep an eclectic collection on the MP3 player that I always keep with me for long bus rides or walks.  Because of this, though, I’ve noticed something that anyone who works out with music notices straight off – the tempo of the music matters.  So do the lyrics.

I am easily affected by music (listening to sad music puts me into a sad mood, happy music puts me in a happy mood, etc.) – it’s why I often listen to more upbeat music than most people, especially in my general group of friends.  When walking, especially on a cold winter’s day, I want to listen to something with a good tempo for sure.

My top three bands for the last few months of training have been The Beatles (their “1″ album), finger eleven (“Life Turns Electric”), and Maroon 5 (“Hands All Over,” but also their single “Moves Like Jagger”); fast beats keep my feet moving and my mind off of any particularly bad hills.

I am, however, looking for something new to listen to.  When I say my tastes are eclectic, I mean it: in addition to the above, my MP3 player has singles from Jay Z, Tim McGraw, Ellie Goulding, Adele, Vivaldi, Omnia, and video game sound tracks.  Eclectic.

So please: comment here, on the Facebook group, @ us on Twitter – let us know what you recommend to listen to for long walks and help us with our individual training.

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