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A few weeks ago I talked about achieving a big running goal last year. That would definitely not have been achieved if I didn’t have a killer list of songs to run along to! Every run I had Fergie, Madonna, Ke$ha, and Usher telling me I could do it! You’ll notice there’s an affinity for Bon Jovi; didn’t realize he was so heavily featured here! So next time you want to make a sweet workout video; here’s your soundtrack.

Anyway, here it is: My workout playlist!

  • Move Along: All American Rejects
  • Girlfriend: Avril Lavigne
  • Karma: Alicia Keys
  • La La: Ashlee Simpson
  • Boom Boom Pow: Black Eyed Peas
  • Don’t Phunk with My Heart: Black Eyed Peas
  • The Way you Move: Outkast
  • She Likes me for me: Blessid Union of Souls
  • Livin’ on a Prayer: Bon Jovi
  • Runaway: Bon Jovi
  • Have a Nice Day: Bon Jovi
  • Last Man Standing: Bon Jovi
  • Lost Highway: Bon Jovi
  • We got it going on: Bon Jovi with Big & Rich
  • Stronger: Britney Spears
  • Do Something: Britney Spears
  • 3: Britney Spears
  • What Hurts the Most: Cascada
  • Everytime we touch: Cascada
  • Yeah Toxic (Blades Blend Remix): Usher and Britney Spears
  • Aint no other Man: Christina Aguilera
  • Bug A Boo: Destiny’s Child
  • Loose My Breath: Destiny’s Child
  • Call on Me: Eric Prydz
  • Go your Own Way: Fleetwood Mac
  • Elevator: Flo Rida
  • Low: Flo Rida
  • Shimmer: Fuel
  • I don’t Wanna be in Love: Good Charlotte
  • Hollaback Girl: Gwen Stefani
  • Come Clean: Hilary Duff
  • Could it be you (Punk Rock Chick): Hwood
  • Proud Mary: Ike & Tina Turner
  • Black Cat: Janet Jackson
  • Rhythm Nation: Janet Jackson
  • On Love, In Sadness: Jason Mraz
  • Down: Jay Sean
  • Get it Right: Jennifer Lopez
  • Don’t Stop Believin’: Journey
  • Any way you Want it: Journey
  • Like I Love You: Justin Timberlake
  • California Girls: Katy Perry
  • Firework: Katy Perry
  • Waking up in Vegas (Calvin Harris remix): Katy Perry
  • Days go by: Keith Urban
  • Since you Been Gone: Kelly Clarkson
  • My life would suck without you: Kelly Clarkson
  • Miss Independent: Kelly Clarkson
  • Blah Blah Blah: Ke$ha
  • Tik Tok: Ke$ha
  • We R who we R: Ke$ha
  • Your Love is my Drug: Ke$ha
  • Let it Rock: Kevin Rudolf
  • Mr. Brightside: The Killers
  • Just Dance: Lady Gaga
  • 4 Minutes: Madonna & Justin Timberlake
  • Like a Prayer: Madonna
  • Shake It: Metro Station
  • Lose Control: Missy Elliot
  • Hella Good: No Doubt
  • Misery Business: Paramore
  • That’ what you get: Paramore
  • I am the Warrior: Pat Benetar
  • When I grow up: Pussycat Dolls
  • Don’t Stop the Music: Rhianna
  • Disturbia: Rhianna
  • SOS: Rhianna
  • Pon de Replay: Rhianna
  • Dynamite: Taio Cruz
  • Caught Up: Usher
  • DJ Got us Fallin’ in Love: Usher
  • More: Usher
  • Switch: Will Smith

There you go. 73 songs that will make you run faster, jump higher, and play harder. I’d love for others to chime in as well. What are your top workout songs?

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Running on Empty: I did it!

Earlier this year I set out to run 400 miles in one year. This week I finished it up, and ended up running

401.9 miles

in 2010! I realize I barely slid in my last run on December 30th, but honestly? I could care less.

Let’s recap this little adventure by the numbers.

  • 1: Number of half marathons I tackled.
  • 6: States that I ran in this year (Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin)
  • 11: minutes spent on the phone with my best friend while I was on mile 10 of the half marathon. Yes; that’s right; I called my best friend during a race. God bless iPhone headphones with a microphone; and god bless you Nikkee!
  • 79: songs on my “Workin Out” playlist that I always run to.
  • 1: time that I fell off the treadmill. Thankfully it was in the privacy in my own home.
  • 7: times I dropped the F bomb after falling off the treadmill.
  • 12: minutes between my first half marathon time (in 2007) and my time in this year’s race.
  • 3: days spent running in 2010 (over 73 hours total)
  • 66.7: miles I ran in the month of September; the most of any month in 2010.
  • 365: days that I complained about this GD goal I’d set for myself.
  • 0: minutes spent regretting that I attempted accomplished such a kick-ass goal!

It wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever tried to do. Is it lame to try and do it again this next year? I think I’ll stay realistic and shoot for a repeate this next year. That’ll keep me focused in 2011. I’m open for anyone to join me in the challenge!

The coolest thing? This energy is contagious. I get to go for runs with my mom and dad, and also my husband. Mom and Dad? You are doing AWESOME! Here’s some motivation to keep killing it like you’ve been doing 🙂

My mother in law even biked along-side me for one of my AWFUL 8 mile training runs. It is SO COOL to share this hobby with those you love. Thanks momma in law!
Lastly, can’t forget about the guy in my life. My husband has ran over 1500 miles this year!!! Mind you that’s without any races to motivate him, he just makes a point to get after it every week and push himself. He shed 33 pounds in the meantime, and is in the best shape of his life! He comes to all my runs and is waiting at the finish line, and also surprises me once in awhile with cute running gear to keep me motivated.
Thanks for everything honey 🙂
Now onto 2011. Gotta keep this momentum going!

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MS Mud Run: We did it!

Last Saturday I finished the hardest event of my life! Myself and 9 friends (including my husband!) tackeld what is supposedly the toughest “MS Mud Run” created yet to date. Over 6 miles of running (pretty much up-hill) with over 70 obstacles sprinkled in between. Our team killed the run, and we had an amazing time.

Here’s a shot of us all before the race, nice and clean! (The Mr. and I are on the far right)

And here are the nasty after pictures: (we’re on the far left in this one)

I stuck with these girls for most of the run; we kept each other motivated and finished strong! (taken by someone on the course; kind of blurry! I’m in the middle.) Apparantley we finished in the top 3rd of the whole group (over 1500 people participated, raising nearly $250,000 total) which was a very pleasant surprise!
Together as a team we raised over $1,000 for MS Research. Our 2 hours of pain was well worth it! I spent all Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening snuggled on the couch with a heating pad permanently attached!
Thank you to everyone who helped support me!
(Grandma, Lisa, Chris, Mom/Dad, Momma-in-law)

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MS Mud Run 2010

I’m part of a proud allegiance of women that I’ll call “Formerly Sporty Chicks”. You know the type. We got all psyched up for badminton in high school gym class, liked to wear obnoxious knee-high socks during athletic endeavors, and generally speaking we are wired to be pretty competitive.

You’d think I would grow out of this in high school. Instead, I surround myself with even more “FSCs” as I like to call them, and I continue to sign up for 5K runs, competitive volleyball leagues, or random other athletic events. I may have just topped them all. My girlfriend Melanie has convinced me to do the MS Mud Run; “a 10K (about 6 miles) race with boot camp style obstacles that have been surrounded by or consiste entirely of mud. People cheer as contestants slip, slide, and slosh their way to victory.” (From the MS Mud Run Website)

Hopefully we’ll look like these girls; 6 packs and everything.

The cool thing is, this is a massive fundrasiser for Multiple Scelerosis, a disease that affects over 400,000 Americans. I’ve been very fortunate to have good health, and love the opprotunity to contribute to this worthy cause!

What in the world have I gotten myself into? I’m busy training for another half marathon in October, and thought this would be a fun (although insane) way to break up my training routine. Melanie has already accompanied me on a 5 mile training run (barely breaking a sweat in her cute tank top might I add), but it’s been awesome to surround myself with other supportive women.

Interested in helping? You can donate to our team! Help myself and my fellow sporty chicks tackle this awesome challenge! They’d like each participant to raise $200 and I would greatly appreciate any donations that may come from this little site!

Get this; they have fire-hoses at the end to wash people off. If this isn’t a hot mess I don’t know what is! I better get the tide ready; this is going to be a sloppy endeavor!

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So back in January I set out to accomplish a lofty goal for 2010. I wanted to run 400 miles in one year. I thought now would be a good point to evaluate my progress. Today we’ve already passed 53 days of the year; which means 14.5% of the year is already over (insane way to look at it right?)

I’ve currently ran 48.8 miles already this year, which unfortunately puts me past 12.2% of my goal. Just short unfortunately :o( The month of January was horribly cold here in Minnesota, and I’m proud to say I braved the weather a few times to run outside. I’m praying for it to warm up because there have been a few near fatal accidents regarding me, icy sidewalks, and my overall lack of coordination. That being said; as the snow is melting and the love handles are growing…..it’s time to hit the pavement.

Since my “favorite things” posts seem to be rather popular, I thought I’d devote a little update to some of my must-have running gear. I’ve become a bit of a creature of habit, and swear that certain outfits and routines make me run faster. Take a look; these are some of my must-haves for hoofing it in Minnesota.

1. Killer Music
good music = good run. There are so may times where I feel like dying, and Lady Gaga kicks in telling me to “Just Dance” or put on my “Poker Face”. Girlfriend can sing, and if she weren’t too busy wearing unitards and hanging from the ceiling at awards shows I’m sure she would be a runner too. I use my iPhone, and have earbuds that go around the backs of my ears. The little white iPod headphones always fall out for some reason, but these work much better. Someday when I want to start acting like a real blogger I’ll link up my “workin out” mix. Prepare to be mesmerized by my running possee: (otherwise known as Fergie, Gwen, Britney, Christina, Pink, and Beyonce)

2. Dry-Fit Apparel
“Dry-Fit” is what I’ve commonly heard this material referred to. It’s that stretchy material that Under Armor is made out of. There’s a reason all the NFL players wear it when they’re playing in freezing temps. Even though they’re sweating their guts out, their bodies retain heat to keep them warm, yet they don’t overheat from their exercise. Some of my favorites are the C9 brand from Target. It’s more affordable than Nike and I find it to be even more comfortable. Plus a few times a year they reset the merchandise and it’s always in awesome colors. I’ve picked up so many great workout tops, sports bras and running shorts/pants here that it could warrant it’s own post. Note to readers? I haven’t rocked a running skirt yet. Supposedly their great but here’s my thought: if I wanted to wear a skort I’d go take a look at my second grade school photo and reminisce. But for now? The skort will stay back with my snap bracelets and slouch socks.

3. Digital Watch
Target yet again comes to the rescue here. When I first started running, I would run 8 minutes and walk for two. I ran two half marathons that way. While I wasn’t worried about my time (obviously since the rescue bus was right behind me in both races!), it allowed me to fall into a routine that was manageable for me. I picked up a small digital watch (around $10 at you guessed it; Target!) that has held up for the last three years. They have great colors, and the best part is that the watch band is velcro and stretchy. I don’t even feel it when it’s on, and I can also keep pace with myself really easily throughout the race. (Just another motivational plug here. If it takes you 6 minutes or 16 minutes to run a mile: YOU CAN DO IT! Running is you vs. yourself. Every bone in your body will tell you to rest but by breaking races up into smaller time chunks, you can run through one song, then walk through the next. You will eventually work through 2 songs, and then an entire CD. Ok, off my soap-box now but honestly, anyone can do it!)

4. Elastic Headbands
My hair is 70,000 lbs of a mess. It always falls out of ponytails, and a bad hair day can very easily annoy me enough to not go for a run. If I’m brushing hair out of my face every two minutes, I’m so annoyed that I might as well stop. Solution? Always keep it back with these hair bands. They are the best thing ever, and stay on my head through entire long runs. The elastic has little grippers on it that seem to work great with my hair. Obviously you know where I but these :o)

Those are really the core pieces I can’t live without. You’ve got tennis shoes in there too, but I just buy whatever’s on sale when I’m out. I’m not running full marathons and get a new pair about every year and half, but it works for me and they hold out. No major recommendations there.

There you have it; anyone else sticking to their New Years Resolution still? I find that it helps to acknowledge I’m a little behind. Just means I have to get at it again!

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Running on Empty

Running sucks. There’s no easy way to say it; it’s tough to get started, it’s tough while your doing it, and your sore afterwards. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “I hate running” come out of people’s mouths. There’s a reason that not many people get into running and are able to stick with it.

You know what? I hate running too. But I’ve been able to do a handful of 5-10Ks, 2 half marathons, and a 10 mile race in the last two years. Yeah it sucks, but if it was easy everyone would do it. When I first started running I could barely get through a mile without wanting to die. I blamed it on my asthma, the weather, my sports bra, whatever excuse I could think of. Then my crazy dad convinced me to run a half marathon with him. I was getting married that year and needed a carrot dangled in front of me to stay on the healthy band-wagon. In January of that year we participated in a “Frozen 5K” in St.Paul, Minnesota. It was awful. I was cold, I was whining, and I thought I might die. But you know what? My dad stuck by me pace for pace, and we finished that run together. We got in 35 minutes of quality time, and were able to get one another through the peaks and valleys of the race. After the race I’d never felt better. I was so proud of myself. There was no ribbon at the end, and I can’t even tell you what my time was. But none of that mattered. I had told myself I was going to finish it, and I did.

As I dive into 2010, I was inspired by another awesome blogger. Dusty is a fellow midwestern girl who has one of the most interesting blogs I’ve stumbled across. In 2009 I followed as she accomplished her goal of running 400 miles in one year. (Never-mind that she is due to deliver her first child any second now, that girl was hoofing it with a bun in the oven. Feel like whining now? Don’t even start) I realized that this would be an awesome goal for me in the new year. I plan on doing another half marathon in June, but along the way I hope to find some 5K “fun runs” where I can support some local organizations and get out and enjoy my city.

Now for the call to action; anyone with me? If you’ve never run a block it doesn’t matter. Want to start running? let’s go! I’m going to track my progress somehow on here, and am assuming that you will hold me accountable since now it’s in print.

Bring it on 2010!

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