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Motivate Me Running Playlist

Over the past month, I have really started to struggle with staying motivated to run those 9, 10, 11, and 12 milers. I simply lost the motivation to do it. One of the ways that I kept myself going was changing up the music playlist. I found that sitting down and putting together a new playlist got me excited to hit the road and try it out.

All of the songs are upbeat, motivating and some had me singing along while running. True Life, I ran singing Breaking Dishes several times.

Motivate Me Playlist

 

Get You Home– Shwayze

S&M– Rihanna

Barracuda– Heart

Headstrong– Trapt

Breaking Dishes- Rihanna

Feel This Moment– Pit Bull

Timber– Kesha

Call On Me– Eric Prydz

Come On Feel The Noize– Quiet Riot

Teenagers– My Chemical Romance

Bleed it Out– Linkin Park

Up, Up, & Away– Kid Cudi

Blow– Kesha

Eye of the Tiger– Great White

Vegas Girl– Conor Maynard

Come With Me Now– Kongos

Hold it Against Me– Britney Spears

All Day– Cody Simpson

My Songs Know What You In The Dark– Fall Out Boy

How Far We’ve Come– Matchbox Twenty

These songs are definitely all over the place but I couldn’t help myself when certain songs came over my ear buds. How can you ignore the contagious beat of Come With Me Now, or the I’m going to kill this run feeling of Barracuda and Eye of the Tiger?? It’s just not possible.

What is your motivating running song?? What beat can’t you ignore??

Zooma Half Marathon, Done and Done

This past weekend my friend Kaela and I ran in the Zooma Half Marathon in Falmouth which is on Cape Cod, MA. AND KILLED IT.

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We signed up for the run back in May with the idea that it would be a great way to start whipping myself into shape for my wedding and just a great goal to have. Kaela hadn’t done one before and after finishing my first, I couldn’t encourage her enough to try it. Kaela had jumped right into training and was asking me to run 8 miles with her on the Fourth of July. I wasn’t there yet. Even though I signed up with the goal of hitting the 2 hour mark, I still hadn’t started training. A casual run here and there wasn’t going to get me to 13.

It wasn’t until the middle of August that I looked at a calendar and realized that I needed to REALLY get serious about it, and change my goal to finishing without dying. It was just enough weeks to hit the 13 miles in stride. But, the farthest I ended up running in my training was 9. I ended up getting myself comfortable with running that 9 miles but I was terrified the night before the race knowing that I might not be as prepared as I wanted to be.

My ultimate fear, letting Kaela down because this was a race that we wanted to do TOGETHER. That was really what got me off the couch some days, knowing she was training so hard.

The race started at 7:30 at the Seacrest Beach Resort in Falmouth. I was actually really surprised at how much smaller this event was in comparison to all of the other races I’ve done. I remember how motivating all of the other people running were and was actually a bit nervous about having a smaller group of people going.

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We started out at a good pace, meaning FAST. I would guess an 8 minute mile. After about 3 miles, I slowed and let Kaela power on.

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Throughout the race, it was hard NOT to notice all of the beautiful scenery on the Cape. I wish I could have just stopped and snapped pictures of the pretty views of the Ocean and the bogs. It was seriously breathtaking at some points.

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But nothing really compared to having a HUGE cheering section.

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Brent folded his sign to cheer on the other girls.

Brent, our friends and family were waiting on the course at several different spots with huge signs and cheers. It was so much fun to run and wonder where they were going to end up next. Maggie said she had felt like a treasure hunter or something. Running from spot to spot on the map and trying to time it perfectly with us running. Apparently they never had to wait long for us to reach them at their new post. So much fun.

There was a HUGE hill at the end of the course and once you hit the top you just coasted right down into the finish line. I thought it was going to be really difficult to get over the hill but I actually loved the fact that there was the huge hill. It made the last little bit extremely enjoyable just sprinting into the finish line downhill. AWESOME.

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I ended up finishing in 2 hours and 3 minutes. When I turned the corner into the finish line I saw the time and was immediately excited at the time, then it set in…I missed it by 3 minutes. 3 MINUTES. I was so proud of myself and so excited but at the same time I just couldn’t believe I missed it by 3 MINUTES.

Kaela finished in 1 hour and 53 minutes. Just amazing. I can’t believe how well she did and she really deserved it. She worked so hard to finish with a great time. Especially for her first half marathon, which I’m positive won’t be her last.

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Afterwards, we just took in the view from the resort and relished in our accomplishment. Obviously snapped a few pictures. It was just such a great feeling.

We all headed straight over to the fairgrounds to walk around the fair and enjoy the weather. It was also a great way to stretch out our legs and keep moving. Everything fall finally made it’s way out and it was just fun to be around.

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Overall, the run was just amazing. As a medal, they gave us these cute running necklaces, which was a nice change of pace from the traditional medals. You can wear them any day and remember how hard you worked for that accomplishment. I have been wearing mine since the race and every time I notice it, it makes me feel accomplished.

We are already looking for our next one.

There’s Always An Excuse

Yesterday, I stopped into Nike to grab a new pair of pumped up kicks for running. The ones that I have been using are the same pair that I was training in for my last half marathon….which started just about a year ago now. After some discussion and a bit of indecisiveness, I ended up landing on a pair of pegasus. The bright yellow sorts.

 

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I chose the color because I’m kind of a fan of everything that is just a little different, and it’s starting to get darker earlier, which means I’m running at dusk. I figured these bad boys would get noticed by anyone driving by. And I wasn’t disappointed. I was actually stopped by a woman who said she was blinded by my sneakers.

The sneakers along with my neon pink top…I felt like a running highlighter. True Life. Loved it.

While I was thinking about something that had crossed my mind a few weeks ago as I was sitting on the couch really debating going out for a run. There’s always an excuse NOT to go running. Always.

Excuse

I’ll run as soon as I get home.

I’ll run as soon as I relax for another 15 minutes.

I’ll run as soon as I eat something.

Now I’m full and need to wait until I digest it because I’ll get a cramp.

I’ll run as son as my show is over.

Okay, after this show.

Just one more.

Dang. Now it’s too late. I have to leave.

I can’t run today, it’s too humid.

Not today, it’s raining.

It’s too hot today, and I’m already dehydrated.

It’s cold now.

Snowing even.

It’s dark. Cars won’t be able to see me.

I’ve got some work to catch up on. Tomorrow.

I’m sore.

I need to rest my muscles.

 I have a blister. It should heal.

Rest days are just as important as running days.

I”m tired.

I’ll run tomorrow morning.

I don’t feel like it.

I don’t have time to shower afterwards.

My running partner bailed on me.

No one else is running today.

When I realized that there is ALWAYS an excuse not to run, it really served as my motivation to run. I never want to be the person that is full of excuses, and each one is just that. There is no validity to any of those excuses. Each time that I am running, I go back and think about each one of the excuses that I have used in the past to justify not running and it really fuels me to run harder.

So bottom line, there is ALWAYS an excuse and you never need to look far to find one that sounds good and sound legitimate. But do you really want to be the person that is full of excuses??

To take it one step farther, are there other things that you put off constantly with smoke screens of excuses??

WHY NOT JUST DO IT??

What are some of your go to excuses??

 

First Half Marathon = Conquered

This morning Brent and I FINISHED our Half Marathon. I am pumped. The race started at 7 this morning, so we were on the road by 615. I lined up at the 9 minute mark hoping that having some faster people around me would get me going. But, I ended up starting at a pace that was too fast. I ended up having to convince myself that I was going to go at my own pace and not try to BEAT everyone else that was running.

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Around mile 5 or 6 my knee legit just said no thanks. It hasn’t done this in a while. Out of all of my long runs…it had to be this one that it just said see you later. I was limping a bit and struggling a lot for the next two miles. I stopped a few times to really stretch it out a bit, but it never seemed to calm down.

At mile marker 7, I started thinking in terms of the miles that we had left. However, my math was wrong and I for some reason though we only had 5 left at that time.

When we got to mile 9, the number of people cheering us on really started to pick up. Their signs…were AMAZING.

  • You trained for this longer than Kim Kardashian’s marriage lasted.
  • Run faster, I just farted.
  • Sweat is fat crying.
  • Run like you stole something.

Those were just a few favs, but people can be really creative. We finished and immediately grabbed a banana, which I fell in love with after the Rock N Run in Sept. Grabbed some water and headed over to the grassy to start stretching.

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I think Brent wanted to shoot me because while we were sitting there chatting away, I couldn’t help but start thinking about the next one! I loved it. I am absolutely doing another one. Brent just responded, can we just talk about this tomorrow?? Haha.

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Tired elves. After we gained some strength, we started walking around the tents that they have set up for a little after party. One of the things that they were giving away was chocolate milk. Brent found this out before the race and may or may not have been running towards that chocolate milk.

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The route that we ran was really, really nice. It had several areas that were cobble stoned, which wasn’t amazing to run on towards the end. It took you all through downtown Orlando, and around all of the little lakes in the area. If you aren’t from Orlando, I would say this is a great way to get a good sense of what living in Orlando is like!

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They had tons and tons of volunteers and police officers marking the way. Every mile and a half there were Port A Johns and water stations to grab something. Even more towards the end. At mile 8.5 they had supplements to give you that extra boost. There were bands playing in several spots along the way. Tons of spectators cheering you on. They also had a medic about half way through.

At the end, there were tents to get ice wrapped on your shins, knees or whatever else and cooling stations that you just stuck your head into and it showered you with a light cool mist. Yes.

The weather, was perfect. There was a little chill in the air in the morning, and it warmed up to about 75. The light, long sleeve shirts that we wore were perfect. I had so much fun that I am sure this isn’t going to be my last half marathon. Only next time, I’m running for time!

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Post race, I didn’t really want to eat or drink much. The thought of food was just…mer. After about an hour at home, I was ready for something light. I ended up making a little twist on a tuna melt, that was so good.

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Ingredients:

1 Can Tuna 2 Tablespoons BBQ Sauce
1/4 Cucumber Chopped 1/2 Slice Provolone Cheese

Strange, but delish. Brent loved it. I love everything with Sonny’s BBQ sauce on it anyways,

I ended up resting for a bit of the day because tonight, we are going to a BIRTHDAY PARTY!!

A Tummy Twister

Yesterday, for lunch I had brought some pea soup to work thinking it would be a really easy thing to just heat up and munch on while I was shuffling through paperwork. It actually turned out really well because it was so easy to heat up and was absolutely delicious.

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I spent the day running around as usual and left around 5 to speed back to Orlando to pick up my race bib and packet. EXCITING! When you walk into Track Shack, they have a large board set up with all of the bib numbers. You find your number, and tell the ladies in back so they can grab everything for you. When I looked up Brent and my numbers, I realized we had the SAME EXACT NUMBERS from Autumn Rock N Run. 1286 and 1287.

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I asked the ladies if that was normal, because they obviously didn’t select number based upon alphabetical order. They said it’s random number generated and that is actually EXTREMELY weird. I don’t know if this is a good omen or a bad one, but all I know is that every time I think about the race…my stomach twists up in knots.

 

So nervous for this run. It will honestly be the first time that I have intentionally ran 13 miles and in training, they don’t have to get up to that milage.

 

I also picked up some of the energy chews that I’m planning on munching on before and after the race. I have been trying out a few different chews and energy supplements for during the run and have found these to be the best. The energy gels just don’t sit well in my stomach.

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I got the Shot Bloks for a pre-race energy boost because they tend to make your mouth water a bit, which isn’t exactly what you want while running. The GU Chomps are definitely best for energy along the way. They are easy to carry around, don’t make you thirsty and don’t make me nauseous.

And lastly, I picked up 2 of the 13.1 magnets for my car and Brent’s car. As soon as this run is over, I am crawling over to me car and slapping that 13.1 magnet on my car in celebration. This is going to be my little badge of achievement. BOOM.

I’m nervous and excited at the same time. But I figure that is the best mindset to be in when you are challenging yourself.

Any quick Pre-race tips?!