I have the usual music on my running playlist – a good beat, something uptempo, a fair amount of Kanye – but I also have some slower jams. Adele. Bright Eyes. Bon Iver. I like to think these slower songs add variety to my runs. As the music slows I can focus on breathing, my stride. Sometimes this works but, more often, I pull a line from the lyrics to be my mantra for three minutes and fifty seconds. I WILL BE Bon Iver’s skinny love. Skinny, skinny, skinny, love, love, love.

Maybe this is flawed logic. I blame my oxygen deprived brain for convincing me it’s totally normal.

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