Thursday, March 24, 2016

Playlist Thursday: Just Some of My Favs

Happy Thursday, everyone! I can't believe that March is almost over! Sunday is Easter and next weekend is the Final Four! How's everyone's brackets holding up? My men's and women's are both DEAD! However, my women's national champion (Connecticut, obviously) is still alive and kicking! 

Anyway, I decided to post a playlist for the first time in ages! I have fun doing these, and since I haven't done one lately, why not put one up now?

Anyway, a huge thank you to Pavey for originating Playlist Thursday in the first place!

For those unfamilar to Playlist Thursday (either through Pavey or myself), here's the format:

Something Old: 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: Songs that have been released within the past year.
Something to Consider: This is the wild card category. Feel free to list any song: old, current, guilty pleasure, underground, whatever.

Here's what I came up with:

Something Old 

Song: Mr. Jones
Artist: Counting Crows
Side Note: Typical 90's music. I actually never heard it until a few years ago, and it became one of my favs from that decade. The song is possibly about two struggling musicians wanting to be big stars, which I think that everyone wants in whatver they do, whether in performing arts, running, or whatever else, but may have second thoughts about that. Just an awesome song no matter what.
Quotable: "We all want to be big, big stars. Yeah, but we got different reasons for that."

Something Current 

Song: Try Everything
Artist: Shakira
Side Note: This was the theme song from the Disney movie "Zootopia." The movie as a whole delivered the message of "Anyone can be anything." This song did an awesome job of tying in with the message of the movie. Basically, how can you know if you can do something if you don't try? You may fail, but at least you tried, and that's half the battle right there.
Quotable: "I want to try everything. I want to try even though I could fail."

Something to Consider 

Song: Dare You To Move
Artist: Switchfoot
Side Note: This song has five recorded versions. The one we all know is the rock version on the album The Beautiful Letdown. There is also a quieter version without the driven instrumentation, and was featured on the album Learning to Breathe. The other three are the Japanese version, which is longer, a heavier rock version, and a live one. This is another fav song of mine, because it's about not settling for what you are, striving for something more. 
Quotable: "The tension is here, the tension is here, between who you are and who you should be."

There you have it! I went with a mixed bag this week, since I wasn't feeling a particular theme. I just wanted to share a few of my favorite songs with you all! 

What's on YOUR playlist?

Monday, March 21, 2016

#MotivateMe Monday: Transitioning to Race Training

Hi, everyone! Happy Monday! New week means a fresh start, right?

I decided to do a #MotivateMe Monday for the first time in FOREVER! I love looking to a new week, tweaking what didn't work from the last week and continuing with what did! You can join the fun too, just check out Janice, Lucie, and/or Rachel's blogs! 

It's now spring, which means more time to run OUTSIDE and start training for ALL the races! I'm planning on eight this year, with a possible ninth one! Cue the freaking out! 

To get a baseline, I actually ran the second of my virtual races on Saturday. For those who don't know, I won two entries back in February as part of a Super Bowl giveaway. The second was St. Patrick's themed, so I decided to hold off until the weekend to do it. 

The result: Not as fast as I hoped, but given that it was windy and cold, plus my longest outdoor run since October, I'll take it!

I also took Centergy and Barre on Saturday. Both are no joke! I was feeling all the soreness, and all the emotional pain after my boys of UConn got knocked out of the tournament on Saturday night. Rooting for Duke the rest of the way now! 

Yesterday I never made it to the gym, since my car didn't start. I let myself have a fit, then popped in two of my fav Biggest Loser DVD's and got my move on at home! I also walked to get all the steps in and keep my Fitbit streak alive at 50 days!

As for this week, I plan on going full throttle with the race training. My season starts earlier than in the past, and I need to work a third day of running in. My typical plan will be three days of running (Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday), two days of cross-training (Wednesday and Saturday). Friday will be a total rest day, and Monday will only be core work. This week will be a bit different since I didn't get my spin class in yesterday morning. Here's this week's plan:

Monday-Core and Ride
Tuesday-Run (1.5-2 miles)
Wednesday-Ride and Power
Thursday-Run (1.5-2 miles) and Yoga
Saturday-Ride, Core, and Centergy
Sunday-Run (2 miles) and Power

There you have it! Getting back into a routine and already feeling good about it! Less than six weeks until my first race of the year! It'll be here before I know it!

How was your weekend? What are you planning on for this week?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Goals!

I just realized I went all of February without blogging. Epic. Fail.

My dad had been sick and in the hospital for most of January, plus had to go back in last week for a bronchitis/congestive heart failure flare. He's home now, so life can finally get back to normal. Well, as normal as it gets here.

As a result of all the craziness here, I kind of let my monthly goals slide. Oh wait. That would mean I had to have HAD goals though. Which I didn't. Oops. 

Well, I have no excuses this month NOT to kick ass and make some things happen! So, I am reinstating monthly goals this month!

1) Two new recipes. I have been so lazy about cooking lately. I want to get back in the kitchen and try something new!

2) Hit 11,000+ steps twice a week. This should be super easy! I've been averaging 12,000 during my Fitbit streak of 30 days. This is just to keep me from being okay with just 10,000. ;-)

3) Empty out e-mail. I'm declaring e-mail bankruptcy. There, I said it. My e-mail situation is overwhelming. I plan on taking several hours out of one weekend day and purging. The trick will be to maintain it so this doesn't need to be a goal ever again.

4) Three blog posts. I miss you guys and want to write some more for you this month! Maybe a Playlist Thursday, some reviews, and even another surprise or two! We'll see where this month takes me!

5) Bedtime of 10:00 Sunday-Thursday. I've gotten really bad about staying up later than I should and I feel sluggish throughout the day. So, I'm giving myself a bedtime during the week. This may carry into the weekends too, since I still get up early to hit the gym. Hopefully, getting more sleep will make me a happier person at work and at home!

As for a reward? I'm getting myself a new Yankees shirt! Opening Day is right around the corner, and I figure it would be nice to have a shirt of a player who's not retired or playing elsewhere. Haha.

What are you working on for March?