I = iPod

Today’s I-word is a tribute to my dear running partner – my iPod.

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Her name is Emerald – Emma for short – and she’s been my trusty sidekick for several years.  In fact, she is tattooed with Run, Joanne, Run on her slender backside.

I’ve always been a solitary runner and, since I’m also a very slow runner, I’ve been grateful to have Emma accompany me on the long hours I need to put in the mileage.  I simply can’t bear listening to the sound of my own heavy breathing without the distraction of her upbeat tunes in my ears that help to keep my feet moving.  I curse with frustration if she falters and grows weak before I’m ready to quit.

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Some people would probably describe the music contents on my iPod as rather eclectic.  The only criteria a song must meet to make my playlist is that it has a lively beat.  Her song list is constantly growing and covers a broad range of music from Johnny Cash to AC/DC and Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus to Freaker’s Ball by Dr Hook.  A strong dancing beat helps me find ‘the zone’ – that elusive feeling that I could dance run forever.

Emma’s been frozen silent by bone-chilling temperatures, rendered mute through rain soaked runs, and chipped from numerous tumbles from my clumsy hands.  She’s also on her third set of earbuds, but I love her dearly.

I see most runners now are plugged into their smartphones rather than an iPod, but I think I’ll stay faithful to Emma as long as she can continue to match me stride for stride.

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About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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24 Responses to I = iPod

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  2. Derek the Laptop has a crush on your Emma! O_o

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  3. rebeccatirabassi says:

    When I was trying to come up with something about “I” I was thinking about all of the iStuff that I could talk about. But I decided to go a different route. Thanks for writing!

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  4. M-R says:

    And you SHOULD stick to Emma, Joanne – no sense in blindly ‘keeping up’ with technology, because you NEVER WILL !! It’s such a retail trap !

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  5. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

    I had my ipod ‘Augustus’ for 5 years before I had to replace it- too many times when I dropped him on his head the poor thing!

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  6. Just by the sample you give of your eclectic musical tastes I suspect we’d have the same play list!

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  7. sueslaght says:

    Joanne I have the same Garmin watch and red headphones! Does that make us kindred spirits? 🙂 I too have an iPod but not so lovely as Emerald. Couldn’t bear to be without it.

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  8. nancytex2013 says:

    I use my iPhone for music, only because I use an app to track my run distance/pace and another app to tell me when to run and walk. 🙂

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    • joannesisco says:

      My sons use their smartphones for a tracking app as well. I have a Garmin watch … and my Fitbit which follows me everywhere. Personal record – 36,000 steps one day on the Bruce Trail.
      As for run/walking, after last weekend’s very brutal long run, I’ve decided I’m more of a walk/runner *:|

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  9. It’s funny how we name inanimate objects-I do exactly the same! She sounds like the best kind of companion 🙂 xx

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  10. Emma sounds like a true and loyal companion. Do you ever go through phases where you have one song on constant play throughout your run?

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