It’s been a tiring few days here. After taking Tuesday off to rest, I did a short 1 km paddle yesterday (super windy conditions), and then went out for a run at night. Got to Yingbin Lu and turned right in the direction of Tiandu for another kilometer or so before heading back to Dadonghai. A 16km/10m run that took me one hour and forty minutes. It definitely took it out of me, but I was happy to have worked up to a ten-miler three weeks after starting to run regularly.
My paddle yesterday mid-day was cut short when the winds got choppy as hell. Strong ESE that got stronger while i was out there, until the chop was getting big enough to almost knock me off a couple of times. I wrap my ipod in a plastic bag and put it in my shorts pocket when I head out paddling. It might survive a quick fall in the water, but probably not. So when it started getting messy, I decided to come in, lest the ipod drown at sea.
Listening to music is quite essential for my exercise. I quite literally cannot run without it, because I cannot motivate to get going. For running, I prefer to listen to fast rock, punk, and drum and bass. Nothing below 150 beats per minute will suffice. When I hit mini-walls, I switch to a really fast punk song. Usually Bad Religion. But I have discovered that the same playlist doesn’t work for SUP. The body is in a completely different rhythm. My ear is quite different when running than SUP. When running I don’t really want to concentrate on listening. I just want a fast and loud song that has proven itself many times previous of being able to get me going harder. But while paddling, you are slowed down and can really appreciate the music. I listened to The Clash on shuffle for yesterday’s paddle. And now, before I go out for tonight’s paddle, I am putting together a SUP playlist. Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie is number one.
Below is my run route from the other night, and then some pictures from our game of SUP Frisbee.