Just gonna put it out there: I like country music. Yep. In spite of my salmon-eating, North-Face-wearing, Pacific-Northwestern upbringing, there is a little slice of redneck in me. Y’all.
(In fact, did you know that my favorite vehicle ever owned was a dented little pickup?
Actually, you can read all about it here. I’ll bet you didn’t know I used to have a wee blog back in the Cleveland days! I had kind of forgotten about it myself. Aaaaand I just wasted an hour on a trip down memory lane.)
Country can be a little tricky for running. It tends to lack the driving energy of a good rock song, or the rhythmic thump of hip hop. Because what country excels at is telling ridiculous stories through fun lyrics. Sometimes sad, sometimes funny. Often better suited for peeling the label off a longneck while laying in your truck bed than for pounding out miles.
But I’ve been on a mission to build the perfect country running playlist for a while now. And I think I’ve got it.
I can’t help but run faster when “Sold!” by John Michael Montgomery comes on. Really. And Martina McBride’s “Independence Day” is so such a powerful story. And “Hell Yeah” by Montgomery Gentry? Turn it up. Right on.
Today’s EAT: I know many of you deplore country music and stopped reading long ago, but if you’re still here? Look at the beautiful sushi box I ordered from Soho Sushi tonight! You see? Sushi! Urban preppiness at its finest!
After yesterday’s pickle debacle, I needed to have some real sushi. This box of white tuna, yellowtail and salmon along with a mango-salmon roll and an eel-avocado roll hit the spot.
Today’s DRINK: Sake, sake, sake bomb!
Just kidding. I don’t do sake bombs when I’m drinking alone on a Thursday night. (Or ever, really. Well…rarely.)
This Gekkeikan sake from TJ’s is really really mild. Almost too mild. But would be great for someone who’s not a sake fan. Or maybe as part of a sake-colada. (Hmmm!)
Today’s RUN: Oh hey, summer humidity. Thanks for taking a couple of days off this week. Welcome back. Not.
Ugh…I cranked out a sweaty 8 miles tonight. Easy pace, probably 9ish. Was dripping everywhere when I finished.
The countdown to fall is officially on.
Today’s QUESTION: Country music: yay or nay? I have a feeling I’m gonna be in the minority with my country music appreciation here. Whatevs, though. It’s my blog. Haters gonna hate.