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Music Monday: 100 Million Miles

This week's Music Monday is 100 Million Miles by Monster Magnet.

This is one of my favorite running songs.

It's really been my mantra for the last few races I have run. I just finished up the MRTC Road Race Series. This year has been a lot harder because I have been dealing with more pain and injuries. This song reminds me that I just have to keep pushing and that when I am done running I can rest and recuperate.

I also love the steady beat of the drums. On a easier run I sync each step with each beat. On my harder days I sync my right foot to each beat. That means a lot of turnover!

The song is not about running but the chorus and drum beat make it a perfect running song.

"Hey, there ain't no pain! 100 million miles away!"

Enjoy!


Music Monday: Life Must Go On

This week's Music Monday is "Life Must Go On" by Alter Bridge.

The thing I love about Alter Bridge is that their songs have a lot of emotion to them. Myles Kennedy writes in the same way that Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace that really hits every part of me. There are songs about dealing with loss, addiction, determination and depression. Some songs are heavier than others. Some are deeper than others. This song is very deep and yet not really heavy musically. I think Myles is just an amazing songwriter and has a voice that can reflect all of the emotions that are in his lyrics.

I picked this song for a friend that I haven't been in touch with lately. This person is going through a rough time right now. Someone that always seemed so strong living a nightmare and struggling to handle everything. I'm sure this person is strong enough to endure. In fact I know it. But sometimes even the strong need to reminded that they can get through anything.


Music Monday: Bleed It Out

This week's Music Monday is "Bleed It Out" by Linkin Park.
While I'm not a big Linkin Park fan, I really love this song. It's one of my favorite songs on my workout and running playlists.
When this song comes on during a workout or a run I get a little extra adrenaline going. For me it's about going really hard and putting everything you've got into what your doing. It's not particularly fast or heavy but the clapping and the chanting chorus of "I bleed it out, digging deeper just to throw it away" give it a ton of energy.
This is really great for my speed workouts. That's when I tend to go "harder". That's when I put the most work in. If you know me as a runner you know I'm hell bent on getting faster every day. Right now I'm working really hard in the gym with workouts from my trainer/pal Kate, so if you see me at the gym clapping and chanting to myself you know what song I'm listening to - "Going out …

Music Monday:Triple Feature

This week's Music Monday is a triple feature.

Perfect song for my problem.....




What should happen. (Minus the violence of course)....




What will likely happen. (It always does)......



So, the dilemma is that there is an issue. Probably just a simple miscommunication. Do I stand up and fight because I know I am not wrong? Or do I give up just like I always have? Giving up has always made everything better. But when is it time to say "enough is enough"?

Music Monday: Coeur d'Alene

This week's Music Monday is "Coeur d'Alene" by Alter Bridge.

This song is about a lake near where the lead singer Myles Kennedy lives. It's a place where he goes to get away from everything and find peace.

Listening to it makes me think about the place I go to "get away". That place for me is a long run. A long run for me is ten miles or more.

There is something therapeutic about a long run. I can work out a lot of problems when I am out there. I know I am gonna be by myself for at least an hour and a half. I can do a lot of thinking.....or I can think about nothing.

I can always tell when I need a long run. I get really frustrated easily, very irritable. I know my mind needs it even more than my body.

Right now I have a something that is really bothering me. Something that I am dealing with internally that I haven't told anyone about.

Right now I need a long run. I know that when I get one in I will hopefully get some clarity on the issue I am …

Hydration

For all of my runner friends and friends that workout a lot I have some advice for you:

HYDRATE!

HYDRATE!

HYDRATE!

I have friends, and a wife, that don't drink enough water. You people are crazy! I try to carry a bottle of water with me everywhere. You need to drink water most of the day. I start drinking water as soon as I get up.

If you are a runner you should try wearing a hydration belt. There are several different kinds. This is the one I wear:

I actually found it for $20 at T.J. Maxx. That is half the price they are usually. The price is worth it to get a good one even if you don't find it on sale. With it still being hot outside you have to make sure you are hydrated BEFORE you go out and run. Take care of yourselves. And stay thirsty my friends.

Music Monday: Celebrate Munford 5K Playlist

This week's Music Monday is my playlist from my most recent race, the Celebrate Munford 5K.
This is something that I've wanted to do for a while. I mention in these posts from time to time about songs being on a playlist. I thought I would write about my playlist for my most recent 5K.
I am starting this post a few days before the race. I am giving the details of why and how I chose these songs. After the race I will go back and finish the post with how the songs affected me.
When I make a playlist for a race like this I try to do a few things: have a song to warm up with, songs that push me to run harder, and a song for how I feel once I have finished the race. The songs build up from "slower" to "insane".

Here goes:

1. "Where Are You" - Our Lady Peace
I chose this song to warm up with. Most times I'll go with a song that has a lot of "swagger". Something that kinda conveys a sense of confidence. Usually a rap song like the WWE'…

Music Monday: My Own Summer

This Week's Music Monday is "My Own Summer" by the Deftones.
This is where it all started. This is the first Deftones song I ever heard back in 1997. This is my all-time favorite song. This song is why the Deftones are my favorite band. My dog's name is Chino after the lead singer Chino Moreno. This song is my ringtone. If I could somehow make it happen this song would play anytime I walk into a room kinda like a WWE entrance theme.
The first time I heard this song I knew right away that this is my kind of music, this is my kind of band. You can't find a hard rock band out there right now that doesn't give props to the Deftones for being a band they were influenced by. At the time Linkin Park was becoming a big deal they were playing on a tour with Metallica, Limp Bizkit and the Deftones. For some stupid reason the Deftones played before Linkin Park. And sure enough Linkin Park gave props to the Deftones and covered this song.
The one time I saw Our Lady Pe…

Out and Back

I have three routes that I usually run. I have a one mile loop around the YMCA that I use the most. I have a loop around my neighborhood that I use when I can't get to the Y. But my favorite is an out and back from the Y. I use this out and back when I want to go for a long run or if I really need to make myself run.

The route starts at the end of the parking lot of the Y and goes towards Navy Road. I cross over Navy Road to Veteran's Parkway and out to Navy Lake. Depending on how many miles I plan to run I know where to turn around and come back. All the way out to Navy Lake is 5 miles but I also use it for shorter distances.

Days like yesterday is why I like that route so much. Yesterday was one of those days that I wanted to run at least 5 miles or more but I was really tired. I knew if I ran the loop at the Y I would be tempted to quit early. It's easy to talk yourself into shortening your run when you are running a loop because you keep coming back to your starting/st…

Music Monday: Unity

This week's Music Monday is "Unity" by Shinedown.

This is another powerful song from one of my favorite bands. I've done posts about their songs "Bully" and "Fly From The Inside". They are a band much like Our Lady Peace that I could do a lot of posts about their music.

A lot of their music is positive and "supportive". I really feel a connection with their message. They are a band that I always feel is there for me. Much like OLP, their music really "feels" like it's written for me.

My favorite line of the song is:
So have you ever been caught in a sea of despair?
And your moment of truth
Is the day that you say "I'm not scared"Another line that really connects with me:
If I told you that you're not alone
And I show you this is where you belong
Put your hands in the air
One more time
This song is sort of a tribute to their fans and how they feed off the band and how the band feeds off of them. It's not…

First 5K of the RRS

I'm finally getting a chance to catch up on my most recent races. The 1st MRTC Road Race Series 5K was actually a couple weeks ago but I didn't get around to posting about it until now.

The 5Ks this year are at Audubon Park near the Cancer Memorial on Perkins. I ran with Staci because it is fun to get out and run with her. We never get a chance to run together during the week so it is a great opportunity for us. Also, we were without the kids for a few days so we could really enjoy each other's company.

The other reason I ran with her is because she was having some foot issues. It was her right foot. So I figured since her right foot was bad and my left knee was bad we could run side by side in case we needed to lean on each other to finish.

Our time was 35:54. Not bad considering she hadn't run outside much leading up to it and she was being really tough dealing with her new ailment. She did have a nice strong finish as we got to the last tenth of a mile.

Here is a pi…

Music Monday: Firework

This week's Music Monday is "Firework" by Katy Perry.

I picked this song for my daughter Sophie.

This is her favorite song. And it is the perfect song for her.

She is the middle child and she has, well....."The Middle Child Syndrome". She has probably the worst personality for her place among our children. She has a hard time dealing with the fact that she is not quite old enough to do the things Nate does and not baby enough to get treated like Olivia. But what she doesn't understand is that she is as special to us as her siblings.

Each of our kids are very special to us. Sophie is the princess. She is a "firework". She has a different personality than Staci and I. She has a different personality from the other two kids.

This song is great for her because it has a great positive message. I hope when she gets older she will realize what it means. I want her to understand that she is, and always will be, special and that she only needs to be hers…

Music Monday: Open Road Song

This week's Music Monday is "Open Road Song" by Eve 6.

This is a great running song. One of those songs you can really get in a good groove while your running. Even though the song is about driving you can draw a parallel to running. The joy of being alone..."It's so perfect, I'm so perfect, You're so perfect, You're not here!" That can be for anyone, everyone or no one.

"My pile shakes as I hit 80 on the open road!" I love that line!

I really thought this band had a chance to be really good. They had the hit "Inside Out". But there were two songs on the album that are just amazing songs, "Jesus Nightlight" and "Showerhead". Two "heartbreak" songs that get away from their punk/pop sound. "Jesus Nightlight" was a song that I related to when I went through a breakup because at the time a lot of that song was happening. But now it's just a really well written, beautifully sad song.

I …

Music Monday: Fix Me

This week's Music Monday is "Fix Me" by 10 Years.

This is a band I have really gotten into a lot lately. They've been around for a few years but I really got into them with their album Feeding The Wolves. They have a new album due out in August, Minus The Machine. They are on tour right now and just played in Nashville last night.

Since the kids are at their grandparents' house for a few days Staci and I drove over to Nashville to see them live. It was a quick drive over and right back after the show. But it was worth it.

I got to see two bands I really wanted to see, 10 Years and Kyng. And a band I hadn't heard much of in Fair To Midland. The bands were great but the crowd sucked. The hard rock crowds in Nashville just aren't what they are in Memphis. (Edit: rant deleted)

Here is a song from 10 Years that I really like. The video is pretty funny. It has the band members as a couple different characters in a bar. Their music is pretty serious so seeing t…

Music Monday: Working Man

This week's Music Monday is "Working Man" by Rush.

This is one of my favorite running songs. It is a song that found it's way to me in that weird way that a lot of other music has.

Ever since I can remember I always HATED Rush. I think it was always Geddy Lee's voice. So if Rush came on the radio I would change the station. I may have heard this song at some point in my life but never gave it a listen because I HATE Rush.

We don't get very many radio stations in our office at work but for a short while we could pick up a classic rock station so I would leave the radio on all night. One night, probably about a year ago, I walked into the office and I heard this amazing guitar solo playing. As I was rocking out at my desk I thought "damn this is sweet! Who is this?"

Then it happened.......Geddy Lee's voice.

SHIT!

But I HATE Rush!

If I would have walked in at any other point in the song I would have turned it down or walked out of the office. But …

Music Monday: Warrior

This week's Music Monday is "Warrior" by Disturbed.

I picked this song for a few reasons.

This weekend my wife came to me with an idea her best friend from college came up with: she wanted to do the Warrior Dash. I had thought about doing it before but never really got too serious about it. We decided we wanted to do it and signed the three of us up.

While I was at it, it was time to register for the MRTC Road Race Series. I talked Staci into doing it again this year. We did it last year and had lots of fun. The award you get for finishing all ten races in the series is the "Road Warrior". I will be going for my third "Road Warrior" trophy.

Another reason I picked this song is because I am starting a new battle with my weight. I really haven't been trying lately. I let myself go when I was dealing with my tendinitis. I couldn't run for a couple months and I really didn't do the things I needed to do that I could have been doing. I couldn…

Music Monday: Breathe

This week's Music Monday is "Breathe" by Seven Channels.

This is "one of those songs". One that I listen to that expresses my emotion of missing my father.

Sunday night as I was getting myself ready to go back to work after a week of vacation I started thinking about how happy I was being a father. This song kept popping up in my head. One other thing kept sticking in my head: "are you proud of me Daddy?" That was my 5 year old daughter as I was teaching her to ride her bike with no training wheels.

As this song kept playing in my head right along with Sophie's question, I stopped and wondered...."are you proud of me Daddy?"


Music Monday: Born 2 Run

This week's Music Monday is "Born 2 Run" by 7Lions.

This is not a cover of the Springsteen song. It's not even a song that I would normally listen to.

I heard this song on a couple of Sirius/XM stations that I listen to. (Octane and Faction) The song does not fit either station's format. But they play it. (Biting my tongue from ranting about how stations decide what music they want played......) Sorry.

When the song started playing I was about to change it but decided to give it a very quick listen because of the title. The lyrics kept me from changing it. They are really good lyrics that relate to being a runner. I knew right away: "Damn! This song is a good running song! And Dammit! I'm probably gonna end up liking it!"

It's not really my kind of song. It's more of a pop song. It has a dude rapping and a douchey singer with some douchey indie/soft rock dudes playing the music. (My apologies to any douches I offended) How this song ended …

Music Monday: Let The Sparks Fly

This week's Music Monday is "Let The Sparks Fly" by Thousand Foot Krutch.

This is Nate and Sophie's new favorite song. They lose their freaking minds every time they hear it!

The song is exactly the kind of music Nate likes. It's high energy and has a positive message.

Sophie loves the parts when the lead singer sings with a higher pitched voice.

They both love the "gimme 1....gimme2....gimme3" count. 

We went to watch my niece play softball last week and they didn't want to get out of the car until the song was over!

Reminds me of the way my sister and I acted when we were kids with my dad. Watching them through the rearview mirror helps me remember the way my dad would smile at us with great love.


Enjoy!



A memorable run

I finally got the chance to run for the first time in over two months.
And it was AWESOME!
I got the "all clear" on Friday but somehow waited until Monday to get out and run.
Going in, I had a little bit of fear. Really just little silly worries: will the knee be ok, will I get shin splints, will I remember how to run, will I be terribly slow, will I have to - gulp - walk.
Monday afternoon was the perfect time to get that first run. I couldn't think of any better way to get going than my favorite running weather: hot-as-balls! The temperature had to have been over 90. I know a lot of people don't like running when it's that hot but I love it. It really make me pay more attention to my body and how efficient I am.
As I was getting ready to go outside my kids asked where I was going. Of course they all wanted to go but the girls just can't make it but my son can ride his bike right along with me. Those are some of my favorite runs when I run and Nate rides his…

Music Monday: Back In The Saddle

This week's Music Monday is "Back In The Saddle" by Aerosmith.

I've been really busy the last week and the coming week looks a little hectic. I missed last week's post and this week is short but very sweet........

Why is it so sweet?

I'm back!!!!

Yep, I'm a runner again! I had a great run this afternoon and there is a great story that goes with it. I will share it when I get a chance.

So here's some Aerosmith while you wait. It's from when they were actually good. (I liked them in the 80's and 90's until I heard their music from the 70's and realized the stuff I was listening to really sucked compared to the old stuff.... Rant over)

Enjoy!



Music Monday: As Fast As You Can

This week's Music Monday is "As Fast As You Can" by Our Lady Peace.

In case you haven't heard OLP has a new album out. If you haven't heard shame on me for not telling you. The name of it is Curve. It is a little bit different than most of their previous albums. It has what I call an indie rock kind of feel to it. That's the best way I can describe the sound but lyrically it is on par with everything else they've done before. I'm thinking about doing a review on it here on this blog. The only problem is that I am not well versed in "music lingo." Every time I read a music review I wonder if they just make words up or if I'm an idiot. (Probably a little of both.)

Anyway, this is my favorite song by far....well maybe not by far. (I think I drive my wife crazy when we listen to a CD and every song that comes on is "my favorite song on this CD.") But this one is my favorite. ("If This Is It" is a close second... or maybe …

Music Monday: Open Your Eyes

This week's Music Monday is "Open Your Eyes" by Guano Apes.

This song helped pick me up today (Tuesday) during my workout when I was in need of a kick in the ass. I wasn't struggling with my workout. I was struggling with my focus.

I have been really bummed about the way my knee has been and starting to really get down because I can't do what I want, RUN. This song really gives me that reminder to stop being negative. Open my eyes and beat that feeling. I am not completely shutdown. I can still do other stuff. Just gotta keep myself focused.

Open your eyes,open your mind  Proud like a god don't pretend to be blind Trapped in yourself, break out instead Beat the machine that works in your head
The funny thing is that after this song played another awesome song came on. Hole's "Be a Man" came on. There is something about Courtney Love screaming "BE A MAN!" that makes me work harder.

Enjoy!

Music Monday: Superman's Dead

This week's Music Monday is "Superman's Dead" by Our Lady Peace.

This is a live version from Woodstock '99. I was there! But that is only the reason why I picked this version.

The reason I picked the song is because I am in the middle of a "pity party." It's mine and I'm having it.

This past week I was feeling really good about how my knee was feeling. I decided to bump up what I was doing because I really felt much better........bad idea.

I really felt like I was babying it too much, but apparently I was doing the right things.

Also, recently I was talking to a couple people and one of them made the comment: "I thought he was Superman?"

Nope. Superman's Dead.

Enjoy.

Music Monday: This Time

This week's Music Monday is "This Time" by Depswa.

This is so very much a song that I can relate to. It's one that every time I hear it my blood begins to boil. My fists clinch. My teeth grind. This is a song about me.

The psychological battle within is the hardest to win. We often know the way to win but we constantly let our "mental demons" get the best of us.

I know how to lose the extra weight I am carrying right now. I just keep losing these little mental battles with myself. But THIS TIME I've finally had enough! THIS TIME I'm ready to fight!

Everyone has these battles. They can be about anything in your life, not just weight loss. So if you keep losing these same mental or emotional battles with yourself I suggest you clinch your fist and say:

This time, I think you'll finally see
This time, I will not break
This time, I'm smart enough to know
There is only so much I'll take

This time, I'm gonna make change
This time, you&#…

Music Monday: Superstar II

This week's Music Monday is "Superstar II" by Saliva.

Lately I have been really struggling with this whole "not running" thing. I finally went to the doctor in March and was diagnosed with tendinitis. The doctor told me I could do whatever I want....as long as it doesn't inflame the knee. In other words: no running. For two months.

I thought it wouldn't be that hard. I could still lift weights as long as I wasn't using my knee. This was actually a bonus because I HATE doing walking lunges. (If you've ever seen my do walking lunges, then drop and do four push ups, it is one push up for each letter of the four letter word I want to scream out loud.) I also had found pool running as a way to "run".

I knew what I could and couldn't do, now it was time to do those things that were allowed. I came up with a plan and thought it was a good one. Not quite.

The plan:
MWF - Pool running. 1+ hour in the pool running and swimming.
TuThSa - L…

Music Monday: 30 60 90

This week's Music Monday is "30 60 90" by Oleander.

This is my perfect "Thursday morning song."

Thursday morning is when, if I'm getting all of my workouts in and doing more at work and doing everything that I want to do with my family and...., I am about to crash. I had this post at the first of the year where I talked about needing balance and perspective. I talked to someone I usually lean on about this kind of stuff and came to the realization that I need to do things my way to feel balanced. I'm not sure they meant I need to run myself ragged but that is when I feel the most balanced. If that is the case then right now I am REALLY balanced.

This song is about drug addiction. For me this song is about my addiction to trying to be selfish and unselfish at the same time. It perfectly describes the way I tend to feel at times. I decided to use it when I was sitting on a workout bench Saturday morning as it was playing on my iPod and I was trying to pu…

Music Monday: Bully

This week's Music Monday is "Bully" by Shinedown.

This song lashes out against bullying. It has more than one special meaning for me. I've been bullied. I've bullied others. I've had others close to me be bullies or bullied. I have kids that I fear may be bullied or be bullies themselves.

When I was in middle school I was bullied. This kid harassed me, and others, at school. He would call me at home and harass me. He would beat up his sister while he was on the phone with me. I really never knew how to handle the situation. Finally when we got to high school he became less of a bully to me because there were less opportunities because we had less classes together and I think he was a little intimidated by the upperclassmen. I think he also realized that girls didn't like that stuff and like all teenage boys he wanted attention from girls. From what I can tell about him now he is not anywhere near the person he was back then. To him: I truly regret that I…

Music Monday: On a Wednesday

This week's Music Monday Wednesday is "Sweet Child O' Mine" performed by Fergie and Slash.

My usual routine is to write my Music Monday on Sunday night/Monday morning. However, I did not have time this week so I planned to do it Monday night. However, my 19 month old (Olivia) got sick and had a febrile seizure so we were with her in the emergency room until 2:30 am. It was very scary but everything checked out and she is fine.

So I picked this song for my "little blue-eyed devil." When I looked up the song on Youtube I found this live version with Fergie.

Enjoy!


2012 Germantown Half Marathon Recap

Sunday I ran the Germantown Half Marathon. This is one of my favorite races to run. It lines up perfectly that my training for it starts at the first of the year. The weather is usually pretty nice on race day and the area that we run in is very nice. This was the fourth time I've run the race.

This year the training has been a little difficult. I have had to deal with my knee thing so I have had to rest more than I would prefer. I learned that I need to do more pool running a little too late. I probably could have gotten better use of my training time if I would have hit the pool earlier instead of trying to fight through it. Needless to say I felt under trained.

The thing I like about the half marathon is that it is not an easy distance, but once you get used to it you really learn how to run it. The first time you run it you think it is horrible. But once you get a few under your belt you get a good feel for how to handle it.

Inevitably, unless you are an elite runner, you wil…

Music Monday: Fire It Up

This week's Music Monday is "Fire It Up" by Thousand Foot Krutch.

This song is the ULTIMATE "get fired up" song. It is always at the beginning of my playlist for a race, especially a 5K. It's a really good song to get your blood pumping for a great workout.

I thought of this song after reading a blog of an old friend. She is blogging about her journey to a better self. She has a great story for why she is on her journey and recently wrote a post about her fire within. It was one that really shows her fire for getting where she wants to be. Check her blog out. Everything I've read has been great. I haven't seen her in years but judging from her blog it looks like she is in a good place.

This song should definitely be in YOUR workout playlist. Listen to the lyrics and try to not get fired up!

I've got a bad case of turning it up
It's getting cold in here so fire it upEnjoy!


Music Monday: Carnival

This week's Music Monday is "Carnival" by Our Lady Peace.

This is one of those songs that really has a special meaning to me. I found this song at a time when I was really having a hard time dealing with life in general. I was 21 years old and frustrated with how unfair I thought life was. I really didn't have any direction and I really didn't feel like anyone else thought much of me. I would try to envision myself in the future and all I could come up with was a blank.

This song is about the exact way I was feeling. A perfect song for me as I was trying to figure out where I wanted to be while dealing with the frustration of not really seeing a future. When I really listened to the words I had one of those moments that you never forget: this song is about me and is telling me it's ok, and for some reason I believe it.

you're frustrated by the cracks in
the pavement
and every mother's back...
once again
the carnival closed down
but if this world …

Music Monday: Adrenaline

This week's Music Monday is "Adrenaline" by Bush.

This is another one of my favorite running songs. Especially right now.

This morning I was having a really hard time finding the right song for this week. Sure enough this was the first song on my iPod when I started running. It's funny how these things happen. Music is so important to me and I don't really think it is ever an accident. I posted this song a few weeks ago because it just kept coming on during my runs when I really needed it....and it has three more times since I posted it. Like, literally right when I needed it. If you are friends with me on Facebook, now you know why I have "my music" listed as my religion.

This song instantly became this week's song because lately with my knee issues I have had trouble getting started because I never know for sure how my body will react. Today I said "F- it, whatever I need to do to get 6 miles in I'm gonna do it!"

How can you not ab…

Pool Running

Several months ago as I was training for the St. Jude Marathon I started having knee pain when I would run. The pain would occur when my foot made impact with the road. I never went to the doctor to get it checked out but I learned it is tendinitis. The best way to handle tendinitis is rest. F- that! I don't want no stinking rest, I wanna run! But the more I tried to run through it the worse it got.

Then a friend at the gym told me I needed to try pool running. She hooked me up with her friend that does water aerobics and I learned how to run in the pool. There is no impact. You wear a belt that keeps you floating and you basically just simulate running.

At first I thought I wouldn't enjoy it. I am not a very good swimmer and it did seem like it would be kinda boring. I really love to workout to music. Actually I love to do everything to music. Right now I'm listening to music as I type. (I'm listening to 10 Years in case you were wondering) But I was introduced to H2…

Positive thoughts = Negative splits

Positive thoughts = Negative splits.

I saw this on the back of a guy's race t-shirt while waiting in line to get on a ride at Disney World a couple years ago. I thought it was a perfect saying for runners.

Negative splits for runners is when you run each increment of your run (I go by miles) at a faster pace than the previous. In other words, if you run a 9:00 on your first mile, an 8:30 on your second, and an 8:00 on your third, than you had negative splits. 

When I run I tend to get stronger every mile. I have heard people say the opposite, that they get slower because they get tired. Part of it is physical. You have to train yourself to get stronger physically. But by keeping your thoughts positive you give yourself a better chance of getting stronger with each mile. Instead of thinking "I'm too tired, I can't do this" you need to remind yourself that "I'm strong, I can do this" You have to train yourself both mentally and physically so that you…

Music Monday: Get Up

This week's Music Monday is "Get Up" by Breaking Point.

I have quite a few friends that are starting or have already been working towards new goals. Some have been working on losing weight. Some are just starting. Some are getting back to exercise after getting away from it for a while. Some are getting ready to run distances they have never run: 5k, half marathons and marathons. I even know someone that is working on writing a book. And another that is starting a new job.

So right now I am excited for a lot of people. And I KNOW every single one of them is going to do great, because well.....I don't surround myself with losers!

This song is from my collection of songs that always seems to make it onto whatever playlist I make for a new goal. This song is about getting knocked down and getting back up. It's a great motivating song. Another one of those songs that really gets my blood pumping whenever I hear it. In fact I am sure it will come on my iPod while I a…

Music Monday: The Sea of Memories

This week's Music Monday is three songs from Bush's latest album The Sea of Memories.

Lately I have been having trouble writing in this blog. I've pretty much only written my Music Monday posts and the non music ones (as well as the music ones) that I did write were crap. So this morning as I was trying to decide on a song to use and trying to write one about running I could only draw a blank (or crappy sentences).

So I did what I usually do when I am stuck: I turned on my ipod. I picked this album to play while I sat there trying to come up with something good to write. Then it finally hit me! (8 hours later) I decided to do something I really have wanted to do for a while: give you a few songs and let you decide what you think/feel.

These three songs have very special meanings for me. I won't discuss them because one of my favorite things about listening to songs that Gavin Rossdale has written is that there is not always a clear meaning. There are a lot of his song…

Music Monday: Where Are You?

This week's Music Monday is "Where Are You?" by Our Lady Peace.

Last week's Music Monday was a song I used to blow off steam for how I had been feeling recently. I would put in a "good" week working out and then go on an eating binge all weekend. That went on for a couple weeks until I was finally too frustrated to write anything positive on Monday. So I decided to go with a song that I was using to call myself out for not really putting in a good effort in anything. I felt like I was "faking" a lot of things.

Three things happened after I posted that song. First, I really got that off of my chest. It was something I had been feeling for a few weeks but had kinda kept to myself. Next thing was a guy that I have gotten to know pretty well at the gym gave me some advice: If your not happy with the where you are, get back to the where you were before.

So from there I decided to get back to the same attitude I had before. I had fallen into a pit of se…

Music Monday: Fake it

This week's Music Monday is "Fake It" by Seether.

Good god, you're comin' up with reasons
Good god, you're draggin' it out
And good god, it's the changin' of the seasons
I feel so raped, so follow me down and just

Fake it, if you're out of direction
Fake it, if you don't belong, yeah
Fake it, if you feel like affection
Whoa, YOU'RE SUCH A FUCKIN' HYPOCRITEEnjoy!

Music Monday: Kick Ass

This week's Music Monday is "Kick Ass" by Egypt Central.

It is a song that I really love to listen to while I work out. The song has a lot of energy and it well.....it kicks ass! If you listen to music while you exercise you NEED this song on your music player. Plus, you gotta give some love to some Memphis boys.
Conquer the weakness
Work through the pain
I can't be defeated
I will remain
I will not quitEnough said!

Enjoy!


Re-building confidence

Lately I have been having trouble getting my running confidence back. My confidence, mojo, swagger, whatever you want to call it, it's gone.......or should I say it was.

After my marathon in early December I really didn't have time to do much in the gym. I spent the first week relaxing and licking my wounds. I got about four good days in then it was time to travel for Christmas. Then there was a very busy work week between Christmas and New Year's. By the time I got started on my half marathon training I was out of shape.

Terribly out of shape and it started affecting my confidence.

My pants were tight and I felt like a fat slob. So I did what I do best: I jumped into a training program that would kick my ass! I started using every resource I have to find good workouts to get in better shape quickly. I started the advanced half marathon training program and found a few core and cardio workouts to use.

But my biggest problem has been getting myself back into my running sha…