Sunday, April 22, 2012
Okay so it was a dark, dreary, cold and drippy day filled with lots of big batch cooking, catching up on housework and of course noodling around on the pc and before you know it I oughta get the heck to bed...BUT!
I hadn't done any workout! I'd been "thinking about" the treadmill up in my SparkHaven workout room...but dragging my feet all day to take care of business. After all the Binghamton Bridge Run is only a couple weeks away and I have what I regard as my single obligatory 5K run of the year awaiting me!
Of course with all this procrastinating you can tell I REALLY wasn't in the mood for this. However I had a new weapon in my motivational arsenal:
This may be a little tricky to explain such a visual thing but I'll try. Some of you may already be familiar with this program for playing music on one's computer: Winamp...? www.winamp.com
It's a freebie and works pretty well even for humongous music collections such as the hundreds of gigs on my external hard drive. One of the features of Winamp are the "visualizations" that others have created. Visualizations are animations which undulate, pulse, flash and MOVE to the music. Most are pretty abstract and kaleidoscopic and filled with colors, some are more descriptive such as a brilliant butterfly racing ahead of you across a field of grass or a neon roller coaster looping you through space. The cool thing about them is the sensation of MOVEMENT and my idea was to get these visualizations running with my tunes while *I* was running on my treadmill...and it WORKED! I turned all the lights off and had just my old 17" Dell laptop hooked up to my stereo and four speakers in each corner of the room and kicked out the jams! I've always enjoyed visualizations but who has the time to sit around stoner-like "oh wow man..." Guess I've still got lots of leftover 60's flower-power still kicking...lol! A house party of one!
My mind could roam with the animations while walking / jogging on the treadmill and sometimes I could associate the animation to the music, sometimes to the artist who was playing (a beautifully morphing flower for one of my favorite Santana tunes, for instance) and sometimes to the fact that I was picking up the pace to Polyethylene Pam by the Beatles, cranking up the speed as I knew it was a short song...lol!
Anyhow...some might not prescribe this as a tonic for sacking out for the night, but I'm betting I'll sleep just fine tonight...much better than I would if I was beating myself up for NOT hopping on the treadmill!
Have a great week ahead everyone!