Push-ups and a Playlist

Big surprise, I haven’t gotten any better at push-ups since not attempting them in about a year.

push up

I didn’t expect to suddenly be good at them or anything, but I thought maybe I wouldn’t be so horrible. Nope. I had my second session with Gillian last night and this was pretty obvious when I tried to do my first push-up on a small step (so my body was inclined, which is apparently easier) and my arms buckled and I nearly fell on my face. I  did get slightly better, bit definitely nothing impressive. So it would appear this would still be me:


I drew this a while ago. If you like you should check out my cartoon stories.

Luckily, Gillian doesn’t judge like the musclemen at the gym. And to be fair I have a pretty heavy chest region. I would say it’s probably the heaviest part of my body. Whenever I gain weight that’s the first place it goes! So we will just say that is the reason for my lack of upper body strength. The good news is there is a lot of room for improvement, so hopefully I can step it up. I will keep trying.


Last night’s upper body party with Gillian wasn’t quite as hardcore as the lower body stuff on Monday (lower body is always harder in general I find). Lots of push-ups and push-up-type activities and resistance and core work going on. It was still tough, and my arms are very sore, especially when I attempt to lift them over my head. And my legs are still sore, so just hurting everywhere over here.


But the good kind of hurt. The kind of hurt that means it’s working.

Anyway, I mentioned that I have still been running once or twice a week, and I have mentioned many, many times that a good playlist is very important to my running. And also that I try to save all the songs on my running playlist to only listen to while I am actually running, that way I am excited to run because I am excited to listen to those songs. It works in theory. I am constantly on the lookout for new songs to listen to, so I thought someone might be interested in my playlist. If you dig my jams the rest of my playlists are conveniently located on my playlists page.

Clicking on any of the songs will take you to the YouTube video:

Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Demons – Imagine Dragons
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Hopeless Wanderer – Mumford and Sons

(best video I have seen in a while, just kills me)

I Love You – Said The Whale
If So – Atlas Genius
Infinitesimal – Mother Mother
Out of my League – Fitz and the Tantrums
Pompeii – Bastille
Safe and Sound – Capital Cities
Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
Tiptoe – Imagine Dragons
Trojans – Atlas Genius
Wake Me Up – Avicii

Again, I am always on the hunt for new music so feel free to leave me suggestions! Any push-up advice is welcome also.


16 responses to “Push-ups and a Playlist

  1. have been reading your blog for a while but never said hi… so, hi! I have never been able to do a push up either! I am convinced I’ll never get better so looking forward to hear if you end up being able to do them 🙂 Have you heard of the band Girl Talk? They have amazing mash-ups of popular songs and are all free downloads (you can donate some $ if you wish) on their website: http://illegal-art.net/girltalk/ . Free music is the best music, right? enjoy 🙂

  2. What kind of upper body strength exercises did you do? I always find myself doing the same boring ones over and over, and it magically never ends up toning my spaghetti arms!

  3. The Tattoo Diaries

    When A Fire Starts to Burn- Disclosure is the best workout song ever. Ever ever!

  4. I hope you’ve definitely been listening to the official unofficial song of the summer “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. I love that sexy man.

  5. I actually attempted pushups in my class last night, albeit on my knees. I normally just hold a plank position. I was proud of myself for at least trying..but I am still awful at them. Look at the positive, though–at least we are adults and not in any sort of situation where hand raising is a requirement.

  6. I have run 13 marathons and countless other races. I have even won some! AND I can’t do one push up. Not one. So not in shape after all!

  7. yeeeeessss! I love new song ideas. and I have been loving Demons (Imagine Dragons) also lately! ♥ that video always get me for some reason too

  8. I totally get what you mean about waiting until you run to run to listen to your “running songs.” I do the same thing! It’s old, but I always love the sound Lights by Ellie Goulding. It got me through the tough part of my first marathon, which I ran in the fair city of Vancouver, BC!

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