Saturday, June 22, 2013

My Running Playlist

I am totally a runner that needs music during a long run. I enjoy the escape the music gives. I fear that if I weren't listening to music I might listen to that evil voice in my head that says your going how many miles today. So here is a list of my favorite songs to listen to on my run.

Power Songs!

This list are songs that get my feet moving a little faster when they play. They are in order of my favorites.

1. My Song Knows What You Did In The Dark(Light um up)- Fall Out Boy (if you haven't listened to this on a run I would say do it, I could probably PR by putting it on repeat. OoO I need to try that!)
2. Dig A Little Deeper- The Princess And The Frog Soundtrack (you listen to mama odie and dig a little deeper it will give you the metal boost you might need)
3. Titanium- David Guetta
4. Fire Burning- Sean Kingston
5. Run Away Baby- Bruno Mars

For A Happy Run
A few weeks ago I downloaded the soundtrack to Walt Disney Worlds Fantasmic to my Ipod nano. I have never been so happy during a run. I even started to tear up (what not like you have never teared up during the fireworks or fantasmic). If your having a bad run try turning on a Disney soundtrack (if you enjoy Disney) it might make you smile more during your run. Come on how could you not smile listening to Journey Into Imagination! oh ya you know your singing---- Imagination a dream can be a dream come true with just that spark     from me to you :).
My Playlist
Here's the other songs on my playlist. Some make me smile. Some make me laugh. Some just distract me. Some are encouraging. These are in no particular order (some are slower, I usually listen to them in the beginning of my run to save energy for the end).
Go The Distance- Hercules Soundtrack (warning this make me tear up too! Don't judge!!!)
Closing Remarks- Leading The Heroes
Keep Your Head Up- Andy Grammer
Stronger- Kelly Clarkson
She Wants To Move- N.E.R.D
Starlight- Muse
Real Gone- Cars Soundtrack
Life Is A Highway- Cars Sountrack
Make Damn Sure- Taking Back Sunday
Time Is Running Out- Muse
Attack- 30 Seconds to Mars
Rock That Body- Black Eyed Peas
Hall Of Fame- The Script
Catch My Breath- Kelly Clarkson
Something I Want- Tangled Soundtrack
Don't Stop Believin- Journey
Ever Ever After- Jordon Pruitt
What It Is To Burn- Finch
Sweetness- Jimmy Eat World
Bye Bye Bye- NSYNC 
Get Low- Flo Rider
Eye Of The Tiger- Survivor
Don't Stop The Music- Rihanna
Blow- Kesha
Locked Out Of Heaven- Bruno Mars   
At The Speed Of A Yellow Bullet- Head Automatica
Right Round- Flo Rider
Fergalicious- Fergie
The Red- Chevelle
Misery Business- Paramore
Walk This Way- Aerosmith
The Boys Of Summer- The Ataris
Fat Bottom Girls- Queen
I hope you've found a least one new song to add to your playlist. I love finding new running songs. Do you have a favorite song to run to that I didn't put on my list?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Pre-run Habits

So before each run I have certain habits that I do. Some could call them weird but others may say oh crap maybe I should do that too. I always lay out my running clothes the night before. This makes it so I don't have to wonder what I am wearing for my run in the A.M. Even if you don't do it for long run days always do this for race days! then you won't forget things. Oh I also always put my NUUNhydration in the fridge the night before so that it dissolves all the way and its ready to go in the morning. I always run with my NUUN now it helps me stay hydrated in the hot South Florida heat. If you have never tried NUUN I recommend you go try it. I don't run without it now! its the greatest thing I have found! ok back to my habits. 

Before my long runs (weekend runs longer then 4 miles) I always take a shower. WHY DO YOU SHOWER BEFORE SWEATING???? yes I have gotten this question, mostly from family members. Well I will tell you why! There are a couple of reasons why I shower before a run. The first reason is to shave! I hate hair, especially hair on my legs it's itchy and annoying! So before my long runs I get up drink a cup of coffee (ill explain more on the coffee later) and then go take a shower. The second reason is if your like me I am the runner that has to be up for over an hour before I run. It sucks I am not a get up and go runner (my sister is and I sometimes hate her for it, ok not really). Some runners are, some aren't. My body and mind need time to wake up before a long run. So showering wakes me up! its how I wake up daily so why not wake me on a long run day. Now back to the coffee. I drink it before I take a shower so that my digestive system has time to process *Wink Wink*. After coffee, shower, and applying my Kttape, ok another product love I love my Kttape! it helped me get through my first half marathon and all of my longer training runs. I have bad knees, so I always wear it on my knee. I also at the beginning of running had bad ankles and my foot use to rub strange at the ball. Kttape helped with all of my issues! its amazing! If you have problem areas try it on them.

 Now I am almost ready to run, I eat my cliff bar, drink water and usually after that if I haven't already I am then able to "use the bathroom". Yup this process seems to work for me. These are the habits that I have developed over my year of running. I cant believe I have been running for almost a year! it went by SO fast!

Any habits that you find yourself doing before each run? Are you weird like me and shower before you run?

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Women For Women 5k/10k

On Saturday May 18th, 2013 I ran in the Women for Women 5k/10k. When deciding if I was going to do this run I battled with my inner scaredy cat, I also ask for encouragement from my Team RunDisney friends! This 5k/10k goes over the Lake Worth bridge in Lake Worth, Florida. I have a minor fear of bridges. The bridge is ok its the see through grate that peers down to the intercostal below that scares the crap out of me. Hey when I was a kid my sister tripped on those evil see through death traps, so of course I have a little fear of them! So with a little help from my friends (I love you Team RunDisney)! I decided it was time to face my fear! I signed up for the 5k with my sister (yes she wasn't happy about crossing the evil tripping death trap either) and my mom.

We got to the 5k early on Saturday morning it was starting right on the beach so we hung out, got pictures and enjoyed the view. Big Shout out to we wore our sparkle skirts because it was a women's based event so why not look our best! or in my moms words "if I cant run fast at least we can look good doing it" (this was a joke she told a runner that screamed love your skirts while running past us).

Sunrise was beautiful!

 This is my Why are you taking pictures of our BUTTS face! (I like having fun taking pictures!) You know you love our Sparkle!!
After taking pictures of the beautiful sunrise and some crazy faced pictures it was time to get in the crowd of 1000 and get ready to run. It was kind of a funny feeling being with 1000 women compared to 24,000 at the Princess Half! So we took off. We decided to not start our 1/1 ration until we hit the bridge we kept up with the crowd to make it over the bridge.
 This amazing shot was taken by my dad of all of us going over the bridge.
It was the most amazing sight seeing that many people running over a bridge together. Then we were at the top of bridge where the evil grate was. I waited a second until it was clear of people and took off running as fast as I could. Telling myself don't look down don't look down! Then we were over and I felt better! I made it over! so we continued on went through the local neighborhood in Lake Worth. It was great! people were out in chairs cheering us on. Some had their car radios on. There was only  one creepy guy but that was expected. Along the course they had people dressed up, there were a group of guys in coconut bras (this is something they have every year). photo.JPG I stayed with my mom until about mile 2 and then asked her if I could "run my own race" she said of course and I paid less attention to if we were sticking together and more on just running how I felt. Then it was time to make the second trip over the bridge on the return home. As I was going over the part that is not my favorite I saw someone looking down the middle to look at the water this of course gave me heart palpitations (fear of heights) and then to make matters less fun the kid that was running next to me stumbled over the grated part! Talk about having a freak out! I was concentrating on not looking down and then she stumbled and I was like holy crap I don't think I can stop to help her. But luckily she did not fall!!!! so I made it back over the bridge and am SO very happy!! I faced the fear, and made it. I made it to the finish at 43:16 on their clock but my chip time was 42:16 I PRed from my last 5k by 17 seconds a mile. Which felt great thanks to that double bridge and heat. I had a lot against me but pushed past it. Oh ya and firefighters give you your medal when your done! that's them got mine from the tall one.
Here are some finish photos.....
Would I run the Women for Women again? yes, The race was a lot of fun! There are only a few things that make me not want to do the 10k next year. Number 1 the HEAT yup its May in FL and it is really hot out! Number 2 They start at 7 so by then the sun is up there is no lets get half of it done before the sun heats up. Number 3 they have the 5k and 10k begin together. This happened at my first 10k I did. I don't like this! I think the people doing the 10k should be able to start before the 5k people. There are always less doing the 10k so being stuck behind 5k people sucks for them. Also for the slower people like me the crowds wouldn't be totally over standing around and cheering by time the 10k people got done (my parents and sister were the only ones cheering me on at my 10k, and of course the kid of the guy behind me who was yelling at his dad that he was almost there). Also the food and drinks wouldn't be gone for those who just did more miles. Just how I felt from my first 10k experience. All in all I had fun and would do it again. And we clocked it over the bridge its a half a mile over one way, so a mile over and back.