A typical Friday morning, a typical Friday morning run. I considered waiting to run until this afternoon since the girls will be off with Aunt Ellen for the day, but the blasted weather man is calling for rain so I went out early to beat feet to beat the rain drops.
When we hear a loud noise unexpectedly, we might jump and get a little surge of adrenaline, which is a survival mechanism that triggers the Fight or Flight response. Brendan says that loud music can create a similar effect. It can get your adrenaline pumping and can increase athletic performance.
I thought of this today as I was rounding the corner at the end of my 5 mile run, almost to the house when one of my more recent favorites queued up – Forever by Chris Brown. (The Office last night anyone? Too stinkin’ funny!)
Brendan writes that loud music can be stimulating in a way that can actually reduce your perception of pain and can allow you to push harder, run faster and longer than normal. It’s basically a way to give yourself a natural energy rush! I know I’ve experienced this before and you probably have too, but I didn’t really understand the biology behind it until I read Thrive.
When Forever came on this morning, I turned it up and immediately felt compelled to rocket off, sprinting hard and fast, blowing right past the house aiming for the opposite end of the street. I felt like I was flying! It was amazing and seemingly came out of no where.
I didn’t turn it up so loud that the sound emanating from my ear buds might wake my sleeping children inside the house as I zoomed by, but it was a higher volume than I would normally run at. I felt perfectly safe as I transformed for 45 seconds from suburban housewife runner to Atalanta on my neighborhood street in broad daylight facing traffic all the while. I’m so rowdy.
Speaking of rowdy – let’s have ice cream for breakfast!
Ice cream – or really banana whip. Potato, Potato.
Topped with ground flax seed and sliced almonds. Ava took hers straight up, Maxine opted for Kashi Waffles. That kid doesn’t know what she’s missing.
Are you dancing to Forever in your chair right now like I am? Go ahead, you can sprint. It’s natural.