I like musicals. Broadway musicals.
Wait! Hear me out! I also like indie music and foreign films and serious literature and I'm SO over impressionist art! I have some standards!
But I do enjoy my Rent CDs.
I've often thought recently, while running away on the treadmill like a hamster, with my ipod on shuffle, that it would be nice if I could watch TV AND listen to music at the same time. The plotline of a TV show combined with the beat of the music would keep me running for hours, I'm sure. But for all the gadgetry Apple puts into its little mp3 player, I don't believe there's a "watch Alias with subtitles while listening to Beyonce" function.
And then it occurred to me: musicals. Musicals have a plotline AND a beat! They might keep my mind interested as well as my feet pounding! So today I tested it out, on my first "long run" of the 10 mile training program. I needed to run 4 miles, so I synced my Wicked CD onto my ipod and it was AMAZING. The first 1.6 miles absolutely flew by. Then I accidentally hit the stop button on the treadmill and had to curse myself out and do the math to figure out how much further I had to go while desperately jabbing the "quick start" button so as not to lose my momentum. It definitely decreased the momentum, but I kept going.
The only problem was my need to make jazz hands during any particularly soaring musical moments. Oh Elphaba. I'M going to fly, defying gravity, dammit!