Earlier today (yes two posts in one day!) I wrote about maybe renting a movie and doing a long run on the treadmill. That did not happen. But what did happen was I ran 4.73 miles on the treadmill, which is quite a bit farther than I can normally force myself to do.
I remembered that although I did not love the movie Pitch Perfect, I did love watching it on the treadmill. The songs were a nice change and were fun to run to. This gave me the idea to watch a similar show on Amazon Prime. I watched Season 3, Episode 1 of Glee (“The Purple Piano Project”). Chris and I had watched some of Season 1 and a bit less of Season 2 of Glee on T.V., so I am familiar with the show and the characters. Apparently I didn’t watch much of season 2, though, because I was confused in some parts.
I decided I would cover up the distance on the treadmill and just run for time. This particular episode of Glee was 43 minutes. I made a goal of running that much time no matter how fast or how slow it turned out to be. The first song was catchy (“We Got the Beat”), so I decided to speed up the treadmill and do a fartlek-like interval until the song ended.
This gave me the idea to do a faster interval every time a song came on. I ran most of the time at 9:30 pace, but I bumped the speed to somewhere between 7:00 and 8:06 pace for all of the songs. I am, however, a bit out of speed shape and I couldn’t hold 7:00 for a whole song. Somehow I used to run a mile at 7:00. Oh well.
This was a nice way to do a workout. I don’t remember the show well enough to know if all episodes are like this, but this particular episode was song-free for a good chunk at the beginning, then had most of the songs in the second half of the show. This lead to a nice warm-up and a pretty tough workout. The episode did end with a song, so I ended up walking around the house a bit to cool down. The other songs in the episode were:
“Ding Dong the Witch is Dead”
“It’s Not Unusual”
“Anything Goes”/”Anything You Can Do”
“You Can’t Stop the Beat”
I will definitely watch Glee again on the treadmill (probably not off the treadmill). Even though I’m not captivated by the show, I find it amusing, and the songs are really fun to run to.
Have you ever watched Glee? Do you enjoy watching Glee, Pitch Perfect, or other types of musicals on your treadmill?