Sunday, January 25


Last year, alongside calligraphy, soup-making, and botany I picked up a hobby. Squats! Or rather, I started the 30 Day Squat Challenge. This year, I started running again-- the combination of these things meant one thing: I needed an exercise playlist.

At the beginning, it was fine. I downloaded a running podcast and let the Guardian running man's voice be my soundtrack. My squats, starting at ten or so a day, were done in thirty seconds and even I could tolerate the sound of my own huffing and panting that long.

However, it quickly changed. The podcast I downloaded proved to be wholly incompatible with my brain for multiple reasons. For one, the first week was too easy. I know what you're thinking, just skip some weeks, they're aimed at beginners. I am a beginner, it was too easy, and I just couldn't get myself in sync with the other weeks. For another, more practical reason, I found that I literally couldn't hear the instructions over the traffic where I was running. I found that I was just running the whole time rather than following the interval plan as I simply couldn't hear the two second whisper telling me to take a break.

Equally, as I reach the conclusion of my squat challenge the time I must delegate in the day to complete them is gradually increasing. 160 Squats took around 8 Minutes. 200 plus? Yep, I'm going to need a few tunes.

After a few test runs where I let my iPod's shuffle run free, only to wind up trying to stay motivated whilst forced to listen to the most recent U2 album, I realised I might need to collate a list more suited to me. So, here we go!


Warm Up
- Childish Gambino - Freaks and Geeks

Get Going
- The Shins - Simple Song
- Best Coast - The Only Place
- Matt & Kim - Daylight
- Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks
- Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Asaf Avidan - One Day/Reckoning Song (Wanklemut Remix)
- Mystery Jets - Two Doors Down

Final Sprint
-The Academy Is... - Same Blood

Cool Down
- Fleetwood Mac - Dreams (Gigamesh Edit)

That's it for now, until next time!



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