Kristie is one of the happiest people I know. She always has a positive outlook on life and is encouraging and motivating others. This quality shines through in her blog and I always feel so peppy after reading about her schenanegans.
When I was in high school I played some volleyball and basketball. Oh yeah, I'm 5'11 by the way. Anyways, I played some sports. Both of these sports required a lot of running and training on my own. A few days a week before practices began for the year, I'd head down to the good old Hockomock YMCA on the other side of town and crank out a run on the treadmill and lift some weights. Back then, I needed motivation to get me through it, so I brought my iPod. Like every 16 year old girl ever, I felt that music was my life. I loved wallowing in the depressing melodies and intense emo-piano rock of Something Corporate. They so got me. You know, I really did need "space so I could breath, space so I could sleep, etc." I'd make it through my workout
A couple of weeks ago I began a 5K training online course. For my first run, I brought my iPod and was all set to blast some "I'm Not Okay" by My Chemical Romance because, you know, that's how I do. Once I started running, however, the music didn't motivate me like it used to. Much to my chagrin (I've always wanted to use that phrase), listening to MCR wasn't making me run any faster or harder. Wah wah. My workout sucked. I came home feeling like I really did need to listen to "I'm Not Okay." Haha. I decided maybe listening to music while working out wasn't for me anymore. After all, they have banned iPods from most races anyways.
The next morning I woke up with and S Club 7 song stuck in my head. "Reach for the Stars" was the only thing I sang all day long. I was a huge S Club fan so I decided to relive some of my adolescence and watch their videos on Youtube. Oh those were the good old days when women just wore sports bras as tops and men tried to look like little boys with spiked hair, no matter their age. After thoroughly enjoying the time warp, Youtube suggested "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls. Um, YES. Not many people know this about me, but when I was in elementary school, I was obsessed with The Spice Girls. Like, I tore out pictures from Teen Beat and created a wall in my basement dedicated solely to The Spice Girls. I went as Baby Spice on Halloween on numerous occasions, and would frequently choreograph dances with my best friends, who were each assigned a Spice Girl, during recess. As soon as I listened to "Wannabee" I fell down the rabbit hole and was listening, dancing, and shamelessly belting Spice Girls songs all afternoon.
As I prepared to run again the next day, it donned on me. I should run to the Spice Girls! If angsty, over emotional music couldn't get me running faster, then I was going to try the addictive, if not overly promiscuous (for a third grader), pop sensations that are Spice Girls Songs. When my feet hit that track, and "Spice Up Your Life" began to pump in my ears I was overcome with the feeling of "Girl Power" and my feet moved faster and my breathing regulated itself while I was singing.. You can't not sing out loud to "Spice Up Your Life." It's just not possible. It looks like I found my new/old workout jams and that my friends, is how Kristie got her groove back. Too cheesy? Ya, I thought so.
Were you a Spice Girls fanatic like me? What's your workout jam? Well, I'm off to go watch Spice World. Don't judge me, people. You know you love it too. There's no point denying it
Kristie and I both share the love (if you can love something that is complete torture) of running. Now go check her out and learn about her life.
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