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Playlist Thursday: Sounds of Summer

21 Jun

It’s Thursday again already! While I’m out getting my run on early in order to avoid the 100 degree temps we’re expecting, I present you with yet another episode of Playlist Thursday.

This time we’re talking Sounds of Summer – after all, yesterday was the first day of summer!

How it works (in case you’re new here, or forgetful LOL)

Three songs, one post:

Something Old: These will be songs that are at least 5 years old. I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.
Something Current: These will be songs that have been released within the past year. I know, but you have to give me some leeway here.
Something to Consider: These will be songs that are not typically heard on the radio and may be by artists you’ve never heard of or considered running to. This is the wild card category, can be old or current.

Something Old:

Artist: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Song: Summertime

Oh yes, I went there. I so went there. I was also ten when this song came out – really?

Fave Quote: “Summer, summer, summertime, Time to sit back and unwind” That’s what summer’s about, isn’t it?!

Something Current:

Artist: Calvin Harris

Song: Let’s Go

Not necessarily a summer themed song, but this song is blowing up right now, and I’m feeling it for a theme song at this very moment.

Fave Quote: “It’s not about what you’ve done, It’s about what you doing, It’s all about where you going, No matter where you’ve been.”

Something to Consider:

Artist: The Ataris

Song: The Boys of Summer

Yes, this is a remake of the Don Henley song, but it kicks ass. They add enough of a punk influence to modernize it and keep your moving!

Fave Quote: “A little voice Inside my head said, "Don’t look back. You can never look back." Exactly.

What songs are you loving for summer?!

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Playlist Thursday: All Pop, All the Time

7 Jun

Are you ready for another edition of Playlist Thursday? I most certainly am – I think this may become one of my fave new weekly posts!

Since I’ve only done this once, here’s a little reminder as to how it works:

Three songs, one post:

Something Old: These will be songs that are at least 5 years old. I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.
Something Current: These will be songs that have been released within the past year. I know, but you have to give me some leeway here.
Something to Consider: These will be songs that are not typically heard on the radio and may be by artists you’ve never heard of or considered running to. This is the wild card category, can be old or current.

The theme of my Playlist Thursday for this week is All Pop, All the Time. I’ve been OBSESSED with listening to Today’s Hits Radio on Pandora. At work, in the car, at home, you name it, hence my inspiration for this post.

Something Old:

Artist: Montell Jordan

Title: This is How We Do It

Oh yes, I went there! Can you guys believe this song is from 1995? Wow.

Fave Quote: “You gotta get your groove on, before you go get paid…”

 

Something Current:

Artist: Usher

Title: Scream

I love Usher! Ever since the days of “You Make Me Wanna” (hello, 1997? where does the time go…seriously…). This song is no different, it just screams (hah! no pun intended) RUN! MOVE! And it features Jay Z., which is always a win in my book.

Fave Quote: “Got one life, just live it, just live it” (Amen, Usher!)

Something to Consider:

Artist: The Fray

Title: Heartbeat

I wouldn’t normally consider The Fray as music that I’d like to run to – but this song has a great beat for a mid-tempo run!

Fave Quote: “We gotta keep on running ’til we see the sun” (There are days I feel like I could/should do that!)

 

What are you listening to this week? Anything new for me to consider?!

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Monday Love: Ugly Butt Rainy Day Edition

4 Jun

Today is most definitely a day I need to talk about what I am loving versus what I really want to do – bitch, moan, whine, and complain about the weather. It’s June – and it’s COLD and RAINY!

But, enough about that – onto more important things, my weekly favorites!

1) Leftovers. I had a lot of running around to do today, and a workout to squeeze in. By the time that was all said and done it was almost 8. Who wants to cook at 8? Thank goodness for leftovers! This was a killer dinner – ready in less than 5 minutes!

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2) Planless-ness. Like I said yesterday, I’m taking it easy. With taking it easy comes planless-ness. I wanted to run tonight (my legs are itching to run), but as I mentioned, Mother Nature isn’t being very friendly right now. Instead I came home, popped on my 10# Slimdown Total Body Circuit video, and had a 25 minute sweat fest in my living room. Perfect. It hit my legs, core, arms, shoulders, and felt like exactly what I needed.

3) Today’s Hits Radio on Pandora. In a word: obsessed. I cannot stop listening. I’m listening now. I listen in the car. I listen at work. Tonight I turned it on and a more perfect song could not have been chosen for the first song:

So yeah they’re a boy band and I’m not 13 – whatevs, I freakin’ love this song!

4) Looking at apartments. YES! You read that right – I’m on the fast track to awesomeness lately, and I’m moving out of my parents house! I’ve only looked at one so far and it wasn’t quite what I wanted, but, I’ve got an appointment to look at another one that has a fenced in yard – and lots of space on the inside (from what I read anyway…). Lexi would be in heaven if we moved there! This couldn’t come at a better time, really, I’m to the point where I’m very tired and frustrated over the fact that it takes me 30-40 minutes a day to drive 15 miles. My commute will be cut down by 5-10 miles, and I won’t have to drive the really traficky (yes that’s a word) parts anymore!

5) Unexpected weight loss. I stepped on the scale yesterday for the first time in at least 9 months. I lost 3 pounds. It’s simply amazing what a few little tweaks to your diet can do. I’ve avoided dairy (almost) like the plague, and got my body used to not eating like I’m marathon training (since I’m not right now). Voila, weight be gone! I thought I was looking a bit trimmer in the mid-section lately – I was right! WOOHOO!

6) Productive Sundays. I got so much done yesterday, I felt like a million bucks by the end of the day. Don’t you just love it when you have a day to just get stuff done?

You know the drill by now – what are YOU loving today? Fill me in peeps!

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P.S. Stay tuned for a SUPER awesome guest post tomorrow!

Playlist Thursday

24 May

Friend, fellow FitFluential Ambassador, and all around awesome runner/blogger guy, Pavement Runner, does a series on his blog called “Playlist Thursday". I participated last week by adding my ideas to the comments on his blog, but he told me I should really participate so here goes!

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Yes, I stole his logo – I don’t think he minds Winking smile

Here’s how it works (From Mr. Pavement’s post):

Something Old: These will be songs that are at least 5 years old. I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.
Something Current: These will be songs that have been released within the past year. I know, but you have to give me some leeway here.
Something to Consider: These will be songs that are not typically heard on the radio and may be by artists you’ve never heard of or considered running to. This is the wild card category, can be old or current.

I’ve been on a wicked techno/hip-hop/anything extremely upbeat kick lately so I’m using that as a basis for my post:

Something Old:

Artist: Rusted Root

Title: Send Me on My Way

Try staying still when this song is on. I dare ya

Fave quote: “And we will run, we will, we will crawl, we will”

Something Current:

Artist: Flo Rida

Title: Good Feeling

The title really says it all, doesn’t it? Running makes you feel good!

Fave Quote: “Got adrenaline, never giving in, Giving up’s not an option, gotta get it in”

Something to Consider:

Artist: Alter Bridge (I am out to rid the world of people who haven’t heard of Alter Bridge, one person at a time. This band is amazing, by far one of my favorites).

Title: I Know It Hurts

Not only is this song rockin’, but you really think if you’re running a hard race/run that he’s talking to you!

Fave quote: “We all fall sometimes you’re not the first, But I know it hurts,
Yeah I know it hurts”

 

What’s on your playlist? Do you like the Alter Bridge song? Do I have to force more upon you to turn you into a fan? Winking smile

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Monday Love: Marathon Training Edition

19 Mar

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE! Seriously, it was 72 here today. How can you NOT be in a good mood when it’s 72 in March?! All this great weather has me thinking about my next marathon (of course!) – Cox Rhode Races! Here’s what I’m loving so far into this marathon training:

1) Planlessness. Now I’m not going entirely planless – I’m going week by week, which makes me SO happy. Especially now that I’ve vowed to take a few days off of running until this calf heals.  Here’s what this week looks like:

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I’ll play the weekend by ear – depending on how my calf feels. Hopefully I’ll get a couple decent runs in and can get back to normal training next week.

2) Choosing my colors. Yeah, I’m ALREADY thinking of colors for this race. My shoes are white/black/silver/purple. Zensah compression sleeves come in purple – so I’m thinking black and purple this time.

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Purple Calf Sleeves

Asics Core Singlet – I think this is the right color, I’m going to order it and hope it all matches! I love these singlets – I have 3 and they’re super comfy!

Core Singlet Purple

3) Massages. I finally got my post marathon massage tonight. Hurts. so. good. My incredibly terrible post RnR NOLA sunburn was one reason I put it off for so long. My massage therapist told me my calf is “cranky”, then loaded me up with Biofreeze and sent me home with instructions to hydrate extra, ice, and take Advil if necessary. Yikes, I did a good job this time.

4) Running my first “home-turf” marathon. This one is particularly exciting because none of my family or hometown close friends have been there when I’ve run a marathon. Now, I know a whole bunch of people who are coming to spectate and have lunch post-race. It’s going to be an amazing time! (Not to mention people like Coachy, Jess and her hubby, Jo and M, and many more who are also going to be there to run and spectate!)

5) I think I’ve *finally* found shorts. It’s times like this I’m not so grateful for my thighs (most of the time I love them – I know they’re super strong and powerful) but when it comes to buying shorts – no thigh love there. I have to have something that comes down at least mid-thigh (and I have pretty long legs), otherwise I chafe – Bad. So something with a 6” or so inseam is what I need – but I’m picky and I want spandex, not loose. Which limits my choices…but I’ve narrowed it down to:

Nike Tech Tight Shorts

Nike Shorts

The North Face Women’s GTD Short Tight 7"

North Face

Moving Comfort Women’s 7 1/2" Compression Short Moving Comfort

Yup, three choices. Oh, did I mention they have to have pockets? It’s a requirement, which makes my choices even slimmer. And yes, I realize they all pretty much look the same.

That’s why I’m hoping someone else has one of these and can give me some insight? Anyone have any experience with any of these three shorts? If so, what are your thoughts?

6) New (old) music. I finally offloaded my iTunes library from my old desktop computer onto my external hard drive – I know one thing: there’s 2000 something songs. What’s in there? I have no idea. I can’t wait to explore it and makes tons of new fun training and racing playlists!

What are you loving this Monday? Do you have any shorts advice for me? Fave running song? Anything? Talk to me!

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Rock N Roll New Orleans: Race Recap

6 Mar

Some of you may already know how this story ends – some of you may not. Either way, it’s a great tale to tell. Sit tight and enjoy the ride! I’m only recapping the actual race right now, the rest of the weekend in another post!*******************************************************************

Sunday morning I rolled out of bed somewhere around 5:30 a.m. My first thought – why is it so early? I still managed to get up and get dressed – slowly but surely. Super Coachy delivered me a cup of coffee – he’s awesome and knows me well enough to know my caffeine addiction runs deep (so does his for that matter, probably why he was up gathering coffee so early in the morning…). While finishing up getting dressed and strategically applying Body Glide and Vaseline, I drank my coffee and ate my Luna Protein Bar and banana.

I met Coachy and our friend Tim and his girlfriend outside the hotel around 6:15. Again thinking, why so early? I didn’t realize it until race morning – the hotel was 2 blocks from the start!

It was a chilly 43 degrees at the start – since we were so close to the start, I went back to the hotel to use the bathroom one last time, no lines and much cleaner than any port-a-potty I’ve ever been in. Winking smile

We all made our way to our respective corrals around 6:50 a.m. While standing in my corral, I started looking around to see if I knew anyone else. Well, what do you know? I saw Heather, fellow FitFluential Ambassador, Running Skirts sales-rep, and all around super sweet girl.  I hung with her and her hubby while I munched on a package of Honey Stinger chews for extra fuel.  It was great finding them and having someone to chat with, since I was getting a pretty bad-ass case of the pre-race jitters.

What seemed like an eternity later – our corral finally got to start, at 7:20 a.m. It was really crowded and slow going at first but I managed to break free for a 9:52 Mile 1.

I knew that was too fast – my goal for this race was to start around a 10 pace, for 5-6 miles, pick it up in the middle if I was feeling it, for as long as I was feeling it.

I slowed it down but kept around my intended goal pace for the next few miles. I was feeling great and really enjoying the scenery down St. Charles Avenue – HUGE trees lined the road, as well as old homes and scenic buildings.

After turning around on St. Charles we headed back toward the French Quarter and Canal Street. I was starting to feel a little crummy – I was frustrated that we were still with the half marathoners because it was exhausting fighting crowds – crowds for water, crowds on the street, a LOT of people slower than me were in front of me, and walkers were taking up half the road (no offense to walkers, but PLEASE move over to the side and don’t take up the entire road!). I couldn’t wait for the split. I still managed to keep pace through all of this, but it was exhausting.

We hit the Half/Full split at Mile 12 – and all I could think was “Why the hell am I running the full? I really wish I was running the half right now, then I’d be almost done!”

That was also my slowest mile in the first half of the race.

I forced myself to snap out of that nonsense frame of mind immediately. I still felt tired and I was getting sore, but with 14 more miles to go I chugged on. I also popped a couple of Advil to help from getting too sore.

I reached the half in 2:11:41 – perfect for a sub 4:30 marathon, right? At this point 4:30 still felt within my reach – but it is a marathon. I knew I had a good cushion, but wasn’t sure how the rest of the race was going to go.

I slowed way down on Mile 15 – the only part of the race that I really felt a substantial gap in the water stops. I was getting hot and thirsty, and I needed fuel. I always get to a point during a long run or race that I can’t fuel any more without water.

Once I got to the water stop, I fueled up on a few Honey Stinger chews and allowed myself a longer than usual walk break. I literally just bit my chews in half and swallowed them with water like they were pills. I started fueling at almost every stop at this point, smaller portions, of course, but the water made it easier. I still had plenty of cushion for 4:30 at the end of that mile.  I also took the time to plug in my 2nd headphone – up until now I had been running with one headphone out, so I could pause my iPod and listen to the bands along the course as I went. But now I needed to focus.

Miles 17-19 were beautiful – we ran along Lakeshore Drive, overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. Since this was a really long out and back, I could see all the faster than me runners headed in the opposite direction. I occupied my brain by trying to spot Coachy along the course. While running down this out and back I was also bopping along to all of the awesome songs I had on my playlist (I’ll have to share with you – it was AWESOME). People look at you funny when you’re bopping your head and half dance-running while mouthing the words to the songs in your iPod during a marathon. I didn’t care, I was having fun.

FINALLY I spotted Coachy at Mile 19! Exciting because he  was around Mile 22 – and he started in Corral 5 – so I knew I was kicking some Marathon booty!

That gave me a serious surge of energy and I ran a 10:07 Mile 20 – SAY WHAT?! How did THAT happen?! More bopping, word mouthing, and dancing.

I slowed down again after that, and began to really get sore. My lower back and feet were hurting – and my thighs were chafing. I literally stopped at every single person handing out Vaseline on the course. I decided very last minute to wear shorts, which was a good decision for the temperature, bad decision for my thighs.

Mile 21, however, was not so pretty – at 11:52. I started to really slow at this point. I pushed myself as hard as I could – never giving in to walking, except through the water stops. It was hard to keep running, but I would not allow myself to walk. If I gave into walking other than water stops, I would not have been happy with myself, or proud of my race, and I knew this would be my best marathon to date no matter what, so I wanted to finish proud and with a giant smile on my face.

As I started to get close to Mile 23 I realized I wasn’t going to break 4:30. I knew at that point I could either give up and just finish the race comfortably, or I could push myself and finish the best I could.

I chose to push. I gave myself a Plan B race goal at that split moment. And by the way, doing math in your head 23 miles into a marathon is tough. Really tough. I knew that I could still break 4:45 and still have a killer PR if I just ran my butt off the best my legs and feet would carry me for the next 3 miles.

That decision gave me an 11:17 Mile 23 – which, given how my legs and feet felt, was pretty freakin fast.

I got my final big surge of energy when we entered the park area and I saw Mile 25. I ended up running an 11:06 mile 26! I was psyched that I was “this close” to finishing my 3rd Marathon.

Once I entered the finish chute all of those feelings of pain, soreness, tiredness, you name it, faded as though they had never existed and my legs just started flying. I ran a 9:55 pace to finish Marathon #3.

9:55 after 26 miles?

9:55 on sore, tired legs?

YES PLEASE I WILL TAKE IT! Open-mouthed smile

I was beyond thrilled when I crossed the finish line. And Coachy was waiting for me at the end! I was so glad to see him there when I crossed – I knew he’d be so proud of what I had just done!

Sure I didn’t make my original goal of a sub 4:30 race – but I was so close. I know I’ll get there in May.

But May doesn’t matter right now, this is what matters:

OFFICIAL TIME: 4:40:14

A 42 MINUTE PR!

More than 48 hours later I am still riding high. That’s going to take a long time to go away. Winking smile

I leave you with this:

Rock N Roll New Orleans was a beautiful race. I would run that race again in a heartbeat. The entire course was beautiful, the spectators were fantastic, the weather was perfect. After the race we were entertained by a band called Flow Tribe – they were funky and soulful. Perfect post race music that was 100% what you would expect to hear when in New Orleans.

Sorry this post is so long! I’ll fill you in on the rest of the trip, along with pictures, another time!

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The Return of Monday Love

27 Feb

Happy Monday everyone! Time to bring back an old favorite of mine, random things I am loving for Monday!

1) Lemon Water. I cannot get enough lemon water. I crave it. Which is funny because Christine wrote a post on this exact same thing last week, go read it, it’s very informative and interesting!

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2) Re-making restaurant recipes. I’ve recently re-made Carabba’s Chicken Bryan, Panera’s Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, and I have plans to re-make Ruby Tuesday’s Zucchini “sliders”. Recipes on the soup and sliders to come soon!

3) Newly downloaded music!

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Yes, I downloaded Selena Gomez. I can’t help but move to that song, it’s too catchy!

4) Compression everything. I now own two pairs of compression socks, a pair of compression calf sleeves, and a pair of compression shorts. These have made my life so happy. I’m even running New Orleans in the calf sleeves! The rest of my super awesome outfit will have to remain a surprise though!

5) Tapering and NO MORE TREADMILL! Daylight Savings Time begins on March 11th, and it’s already light enough at night for me to run after work this week, because I’m tapering, so my runs aren’t going to be any longer than 3 or so miles.

6) Race Day Weather – and really the weather for my entire trip. It looks great!

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What are YOU loving this Monday?!

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