Running Jams

When I run outside I often forgo music, but when I’m stuck on a treadmill, it’s pretty much the only thing that gets me through—even if it’s just a mile.

I have a few upbeat playlists that I typically circle through (my series of hipster dance party compilations leftover from my early-20’s titled “Danceachusetts” usually do the trick), but I decided to start a “run” specific playlist this month that I could keep adding to. Here’s my work in progress—anyone have any song suggestions to throw in the mix? I’m all ears.

Oh, and as a side note, I have it arranged by musical genre: 1. Pop/Dance, 2. Hipster Dance/Electronic, 3. Classic Rock/Alternative.

  1. Till The World Ends / Britney Spears
  2. Sexy Bitch (feat. Akon) / David Guetta
  3. Whatcha Say / Jason Derulo
  4. Drunk in Love (feat. Jay Z) / Beyoncé
  5. Just Can’t Get Enough / Black Eyed Peas
  6. Hello / Karmin
  7. I’ll Fly With You / Gigi D’Agistino
  8. Ni**as in Paris / Kanye West & JAY Z
  9. Whataya Want from Me / Adam Lambert
  10. Show Me Love / Robin S.
  11. Earthquake (feat. Tinie Tempah) / Labrinth
  12. Beautiful Life / Ace Of Base
  13. Little Bit (CSS Remix) / Lykke Li
  14. Lola / MIKA
  15. Jerk It / Thunderheist
  16. Like a G6 / Far East Movement, The Cataracs & Dev
  17. Dirty Mutha / Steed Lord
  18. Kate Moss / Roxy Cottontail
  19. Perfect Fit / Tilly and the Wall
  20. Over and Over / Hot Chip
  21. Affection / Crystal Castles
  22. Girl’s Night Out / The Knife
  23. Back & Spine (Extended Original) / Kasper Bjørke
  24. Blackout / The Knocks
  25. Fa-Fa-Fa / Datarock
  26. Sisters (feat. Northern Voice) / A Tribe Called Red
  27. Par avion / FM Belfast
  28. Take It To Fantastic / Cannonball Jane
  29. Freedom / George Michael
  30. Boy Blue / Electric Light Orchestra
  31. Takin’ Care of Business / Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  32. Cum On Feel the Noize / Quiet Riot
  33. Born to Run / Bruce Springsteen
  34. The Devil Went Down to Georgia / Charlie Daniels
  35. Carry On / Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  36. Say You Love Me / Fleetwood Mac
  37. Amphetamine /  Everclear
  38. Excuse Me Mr. / No Doubt
  39. God Bless the S.O.S. / The Explosion
  40. Dear Sergio / Catch 22
  41. Superman / Goldfinger
  42. Asleep at the Wheel / Hippos
  43. Bitch / Kicked In The Head
  44. Cars & Calories / Saves The Day
  45. Song 2 / Blur
  46. Golden Touch / Razorlight
  47. Such Great Heights / The Postal Service
  48. Do the Whirlwind / Architecture In Helsinki
  49. Way You Walk  / Papas Fritas
  50. Intro / The xx

 

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Yoga for Runners

I can’t go all month without mentioning how awesome yoga is for running, right? My goodness, some deep stretching makes a world of difference…

The other day I stumbled on this yoga practice by Goldie Kaufenberg, a Boston-based teacher who is lululemon’s SeaWheeze yoga ambassador this year. After this morning’s run—my 25th of the month, might I add—I rolled out my mat and spent 48 minutes stretching out every muscle that needed a little extra attention. In short, it was awesome, a practice that I’m bookmarking for sure, and one that I recommend to all you runners out there (and to anyone really). Enjoy.


p.s. WordPress just informed me that this is my 500th 12 Months of Lent post, ahhh! Crazy, right? Break out the bubbly!

Today’s Run Brought To You By: Britney Spears, Jason Derulo, and Beyoncé

After yesterday’s bragging about how “effortless” my runs have been lately, today’s run was anything but. Serves me right for gloating, I suppose. After work I went to Pure Barre, which isn’t out of the ordinary for me, but today’s class kicked my ass 10,000 times more than it usually does (holy thigh work), and my poor little legs were yelling at me to couch myself for the rest of the night.

Sorry legs, I still have to get a mile in before midnight. FML.

After an extended bout of procrastination, I dragged my sore self down to the gym and slowly, but successfully, eked out my mile. Phew. I couldn’t have done it without the help of Britney Spears, Jason Derulo, and Beyoncé though, who provided the soundtrack that I had fun lip-synching to in the gym mirror as I ran. On another note, I’m also glad that I was the only person in the gym tonight so the aforementioned lip-sync sesh was possible.

#whateverittakes

I’d love some suggestions too, what are your favorite songs to run/workout to? I’ve been working on a running playlist for the past few weeks and would love some new additions. Pop, classic rock, hipster dance hits, I’m all ears…

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20 Days and Counting

This morning’s mile marked my 20th consecutive day of running. Wait—who am I? This is definitely a first in the book of Danne.

So, how’s it going? Am I liking it? Actually, yes, I feel like I finally found my running groove. The first 2 weeks(ish) consisted of me forcing myself onto the treadmill, slowly jogging while I impatiently watched the little digital screen as it tracked my mileage, but the past few days have been different. I’ve been running—dare I say—more effortlessly (it’s only a mile though, let’s not give me too much credit here), and there have even been a few times that I’ve looked forward to my daily run, or even decided to keep running past a mile. Woah. I may or may not even be considering a 1/2 marathon for 2015. Again, woah.

But for now, I’m 20 for 20 and totally on board to get my runs in for the next 11 days so I can proudly say that I successfully completed “Mile A Day May”.

Has anyone else been running? How’s it going for you?

One and done.

One and done.

Workout Clothes For Days

It’s borderline embarrassing to post this, but yeah, I could show up to the gym in a different outfit every day this month. This is what happens when you work for an athletic apparel company for 2+ years. At least I can be excited about cute workout outfits, right?

 

workoutclothes

And this is just the bra and tank section too, don’t even ask how many pairs of stretchy pants I have…

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’

Granted a mile isn’t really all that far to run, when your body isn’t used to it, your muscles can take a minute to adjust (read: your poor little legs are pretty sore). Cue the foam roller, my new BFF this month. If you have one at home, check out this awesome 10 Minute Self-Massage with Foam Roller from Yoga International that I’m doing immediately following this post.

And in case you missed it on Twitter and Instagram last night, even though I worked a 12 hour day yesterday and didn’t get home until after 10pm, I hopped on the treadmill at 10:38pm and managed to get my mile in. Danne. Bam.

midnightmile

I might have bought new running shorts to motivate myself for the aforementioned late night mile. Whatever works though, right?

 

#beastmode

Slightly sweaty and rosy-cheeked, I walked into our apartment’s gym the other night and was greeted by a guy from our building that I’ve met a few times before. As I hopped on the treadmill, he looked at me and said (in a slightly confused tone), “Hey Danne, how’s it going?…Wait, it looks like you already went to the gym”, to which I replied, “Ha! You’re right. I actually just got back from Pure Barre and I’m getting a quick run in before I head to yoga”. Which was 100% true. Pure Barre + Running + Yoga = Beast Mode. I’m totally crushing this month.

While I can’t say that I’ve actually enjoyed running any of the last 11 days (I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with running), I’ve still managed to do it regardless. Whether I like it or not, committing to get a mile in a day is pretty doable and not so bad after all. Plus I’ve already lost a pound so there’s that, right?

11 for 11 and the month continues on…

and…Happy Mother’s Day to all the mammas out there, especially my own. I might look more like my Dad, but I’m pretty sure I’m my mother’s daughter in every other way. Thanks for always being the “cool mom” and for giving me the best upbringing a girl could ask for. Love you lots Mumsie xoxo

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If I Do Say So Myself…

As I was leaving work today, I glanced down at my pedometer and immediately felt severely disappointed: 1,700 steps at 6:30pm—are you kidding me? Not good. Actually, I’m going to go as far as to say, terrible. F.

But then again, I was also feeling kind of terrible today. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I’m sick, but I’ve been operating at about 75% for the past few days, and as I was fighting a bogus bout of nausea this afternoon I thought to myself, “Perfect! This is such a legitimate excuse not to run tonight”. 

Seriously? What a slacker.

Luckily, by the time I left the office I was feeling significantly better and as a bonus, it was a miraculously beautiful day in Michigan. So, to remedy our sedentary day, Dan and I decided to spend some time outdoors, and in addition to an 8,000+ step walk, I hit the treadmill to get my daily mile in. Oh, yes I did.

So, if I do say so myself, I get some sort of gold star, or bonus point, or something (read: glass of wine) for champing it up today.

 

My favorite Instagrammable moment on our walk

My favorite Instagrammable moment from our walk: The local liquor store, aka. party shoppe

♪ This Is Why I Do It ♪

Although I didn’t intend for it to, blogging seems to have taken the back burner to some other projects and things that I’ve had going on this month (my bestie and her husband were in town visiting last week, yay! I’m getting back into the swing of freelancing, yay! I’m figuring out how to be a yoga teacher, yay!).

But even with everything that I’ve been working on behind the scenes, I’ve managed to stay strong with this month’s Early Riser challenge. It’s been an atypical month schedule-wise with my yoga teacher training and out-of-town visitors so I haven’t necessarily been waking up early to tackle the day and get down to business, but I’ve been getting myself out of bed nonetheless, and it’s felt awesome to get an earlier start on the day.

That being said…my God, that one “cheat” day I have a week where I can sleep in has been heavenly. You know that feeling when you can go to bed on a Saturday night knowing that you have nothing on the agenda for Sunday and that you don’t have to set an alarm or even be slightly concerned what time you rouse the following morning? Unbeatable. I’ve been soaking it up.

But I will say, that one sleep in day that I grant myself has been so awesome because it isn’t something that I indulge in every day. By setting some restrictions, it makes loosening up on those restrictions all the more enjoyable.

And this is why I do it (to the tune of Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It). Because how could I not?

This month's custom alarm (those extra 8 minutes are for snoozing)

This month’s custom alarm (those extra 8 minutes are for snoozing)

10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It

The other night I stumbled on a great article from the website Zen Habits entitled, 10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It. Perfect timing, eh?

Leo Babauta, who runs the site, wrote on how he rises each morning at 4:30am and the many benefits of doing so. While I’m definitely not in the waking before dawn camp quite yet, the article did a great job convincing me that it’s something worth working towards. Here are my top 3 favorite benefits from his list, but you can read the full article here:

  • 1. Greet the day. I love being able to get up, and greet a wonderful new day. I suggest creating a morning ritual that includes saying thanks for your blessings. I’m inspired by the Dalai Lama, who said, ” Everyday, think as you wake up, ‘today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can.’ “ Danne’s Note: Is that not the most beautiful way to start a morning, ever? I love this.
  • 7. Productivity. Mornings, for me at least, are the most productive time of day. I like to do some writing in the morning, when there are no distractions, before I check my email or blog stats. I get so much more done by starting on my work in the morning. Then, when evening rolls around, I have no work that I need to do, and I can spend it with family.
  • 8. Goal time. Got goals? Well, you should. And there’s no better time to review them and plan for them and do your goal tasks than first thing. You should have one goal that you want to accomplish this week. And every morning, you should decide what one thing you can do today to move yourself further towards that goal. And then, if possible, do that first thing in the morning.

With that being said, it’s 10am, I’ve already meditated, dressed, eaten breakfast, and now written a blog post—all before checking my email or any other social media sites. This month is really growing on me…