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A Happy, Throwback Running Playlist

Usually, when I’m running, I listen to Pandora and just select a radio station that I think will motivate me for the next 45 minutes. Pit Bull Radio is a favorite and recently it’s been Workout Radio. However happy and upbeat, or pumped up the song is, it’s rare that one will really get me excited about it.

Ergo…I’ve started back into the crazy world of making playlists. Considering I have just about no music on my iTunes (I lost all 5500 songs when my college computer died), I’ve been trying to be selective on which songs I actually download.

I made this playlist while looking for some motivating throwbacks. Songs that you don’t really hear on the radio today and songs that bring me back to training on teams in high school and college.

Running Playlist

Flashdance…What a Feeling: Irene Cara

Magic: B.o. B. (feat. Rivers Cuomo)

Gonna Make you Sweat: C + C Music Factory

All for You: Kate Ryan

I Wanna Dance With Somebody: Whitney Houston

Walking on Sunshine: Katrina and the Waves

Walking on Broken Glass: Annie Lennox

Hit Me WIth Your Best Shot: Pat Benatar

Let’s Hear it For the Boy: Deniece Williams

Barracuda: Heart

Call On Me: Eric Prydz

Heaven is a Place on Earth: Belinda Carlisle

Brent…thought this also made a great 5AM road trip playlist, so guess what we jammed to on our trip out to Michigan?! After that interesting car ride, I’m going to change it to an after 8AM playlist because I need my coffee before I listen to Brent belting out What a Feeling. It was a very enthusiastic rendition.

Barracuda, in this play list, was a great decision. I was just about sprinting when that song came on.

What is your favorite workout song??

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??

 

The Good Ole Days

Believe it or not, I have been snapping pictures and writing posts in my head…but not getting to the point where it ends up here. When I look through my photos for a few to add up, there are just too many options now….

For example: Brent has been stopping at every Sears, Home Depot and Lowes that he can find just to take a look at the lawn mowers they have. He is DYING for a man mower. I always joke with him and tell him that we are going to get him an old school push mower with the rotating wheel, like my grandfather used to cut his lawn with. He gets frustrated, I laugh and we usually walk away from the mowers.

Well, this weekend we headed over to the house to do some work and cut the lawn. Brent went into the shed and pulled out the gas powered mower that hasn’t been started up for over two years. In fear of a catastrophe, he discovered another option. The old school mower…And that is what her used.

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How fantastic is that. Those little guys actually work really well.

The Workout

Last night Maggie and I headed to our old high school to do a sprint workout. I am in the middle of training for my second half marathon and really feel like I need some work on the speed aspect of it. Unfortunately, that also means that some hill sprints will be making it into the mix.

As we were jogging around for our warm up, we were chatting about all of the games that we had played on this field and how in shape we once were. Even the smell of the turf field brought back some serious memories.

We warmed up with a mile run and then set ourselves up for some sprints on the turf. The workout ended up being:

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It was really the first time that I had SPRINTED since I played field hockey in college….which has been a little while. My body was definitely not used to going all out but it felt great to floor it.

You forget how long 100 yards is though…The cone we set at 25 yards…

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After the sprints we cooled down in another two laps and went home for some dinner.

This Morning

This morning has been crazy already. I ate some peanut butter and honey on toast, started reviewing some contracts for work and need to get out the door to drive to Cape Cod for a meeting.

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After the meeting, I am driving back any getting on the road for a 15 hour drive to Michigan! A much needed little vacation to hang out with Brent’s parents.

Off to get the day going!

Do you have any places that bring you back to the good ole days?? What brings you back?? A smell?? The feel??

 

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?!