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Posted: February 7th, 2014

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Going off topic for this week’s question. In honor of the 50th anniversary of their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, I asked: What is your favorite Beatles song (& why, if you care to comment)?

Yesterday” It’s one of my favorites and first songs I learn to play on the piano. — Linda Young

She Loves You,” because it’s the first time I pretended a girl really liked me. — Tom Twohig

Hey Jude……for sure,” — Amy Bement

In My Life.” It has been fitting throughout my entire life, especially with moving a lot and meeting/befriending a variety of people. —Carolyn Michael

Blackbird.” My mom used to sing it to me to me…loudly…to wake me up in the morning when I was little. — Leslie Cooksey

I’m Looking Through You,” — Karen Beebee

Would have to be “Michelle” since that is how I got my name,” — Michelle Griffith-Aresco

If I can only pick one, it would have to be “Let It Be,— Karen Manganaro

When I’m Sixty-Four,”  I just think of Jonathan when I hear it. — Kristen Currier

Hey Jude,” — Jan Vieyra

Not the Beatles…but John Lennon…”Beautiful Boy.” I heard it first in Mr. Holland’s Opus. It’s my ringtone for my boys. — Jen Kelly

She’s Leaving Home.” I remember hearing it as a child through the walls from my brother’s bedroom. — Erin Dever

 

Posted in: music, Uncategorized
Posted: November 16th, 2012

This week’s question: What’s the last song stuck in your head during a run (or the one you pressed replay on again & again?):

 “Sunglasses at night” by Corey Hart— Monica Lewis

“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire — Ann Linkimer

“Footloose” by Kenny Loggins! — Sarah Rose

“Call me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepson — Dennis Albrewczynski

“Black Betty” by Ram Jam — Kristen Gehrlein

“Hey sexy lady!!” by Psy  —Karen Groshek

“Are you gonna be my girl?” by Jet — Theresa Konzel

“Anything on my Donna Summer Pandora station. Yeah, ’70!” — Ange Eberlein

I came up with this question after a morning weight training workout in which I continually pressed “back” to repeatedly listen to Staind’s “Please,” which was pretty much my theme song a couple years ago.  It’s heavy, hard and full of foul language — perfect for tossing heavy weights around.

When I’m not trying to run hard or lift heavy, this is the song that I can’t get out of my head. You’ll notice it’s a much more mellow theme song than my previous one. Reflects some life changes:

Posted in: music, Q&A, Questions
Posted: March 8th, 2012

Put your old kicks to good use

Your old running shoes can be turned into material used to build tracks, basketball courts and tennis courts through the Nike Reuse A Shoe program.  It looks like the closest place you can donate is the Nike Outlet store in Grove City, Pa.

 

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Beats you can sweat to

I hesitate to post this because musical tastes are so subjective (that’s why I stopped posting “Download it” selections), but these songs to beat boredom from Shape.com seem to have a broad appeal. Load up the old iPod, hit the ‘mill and enjoy!

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Saltines are good for you(r form)

Find out how you can improve your running form with a couple of saltine crackers (no, really).

 

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14 Injuries to watch for

Here are the 14 most common fitness injuries, according to Outside magazine. These aren’t all specifically running-related, but most of us do more than run.

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Image by Adam Voorhes for Runners World

Don’t go down this dead end

I could’ve written this myself. If you missed this article “Running on Empty” in the March issue of Runners World magazine, be sure to give it a read now and watch for it in runners you know. It’s a dark and winding road, but there are frequent exits.

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T-shirt of the week

For the pessimistic, race-weary veteran runner:

“Some sucky race, some sucky place. They can’t all be PRs and Sunshine”

Available here in various styles.

 

Posted: September 8th, 2011

Tuesday’s blog post “10 racing tips” made me wonder whether it’s better to listen to music while racing or not.

Up until a couple weeks ago, I’d have written this whole blog post on how advantageous it is to race with an iPod. In fact, I did write something like that before.

What changed my mind?

The rainy UPMC Hamot race on Aug. 21.

I waffled long & hard about whether to take my iPod. I’m used to getting through races with the help of Papa Roach or Seether or Staind and I didn’t know if I could stand to run a 10K without them. I went back to my car and got it twice and went back to my car and tossed it back in twice.

I was headed back to get it for the third time when I ran out of time. The race was starting and I was going to have to go without.

I thought: Oh, whatever. Fine. I’ll survive, dammit.

I ended up with the best 10K time I’ve had in ages, and I think it had a lot to do with my actually being present at the race.  I was focused on the race and nothing else. I was able to hear my breathing and approaching runners, too.

I’m not ready to give up my iPod altogether. I enjoy rocking out while I’m doing my solo training runs and long runs, but I think I might be a better racer without Van Halen and Kid Rock (sorry guys).

What do you think? Do you run with headphones? Do you RACE with headphones?  Have you seen improved times when using music, or eliminating it, when you race?

Posted in: Gear, music, Racing
Posted: September 2nd, 2011

Take a run over to Lessons From the Lamp Post today for a fun running story (& photo slideshow) by my friend, “Eloise.” I admire her spunk in heading out for a run in nasty weather and I can sympathize with her cell phone drama (remember when I once wrecked my Blackberry by carrying it in the back of my cycling jersey and then SOAKING it with sweat? I thought that kind of stuff only happened to me).

Have a great long weekend, my friends. Run well. Run smart. And, take at least one day off to kick back, recover & relax.

 

 

Posted: May 3rd, 2011

Today’s “Download It” was chosen to honor Flea, the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s bassist who recently ran his first marathon — the L.A. Marathon on March 20 — to raise funds for music education for children.

He finished in 3:53.

I know, right?

According to www.songfacts.com, “In a VH1 Behind the Music special the band explained that this song, which sounds like it has no meaning, is about the theory that ‘The more you give, the more you receive, so why not give it all away?’”

 
What I’ve got you’ve got to give it to your mamma
What I’ve got you’ve got to give it to your pappa
What I’ve got you’ve got to give it to your daughter
You do a little dance and then you drink a little water

What I’ve got you’ve got to get it put it in you
What I’ve got you’ve got to get it put it in you
What I’ve got you’ve got to get it put it in you
Reeling with the feeling don’t stop continue

Realize I don’t want to be a miser
Confide w/sly you’ll be the wiser
Young blood is the lovin’ upriser
How come everybody wanna keep it like the kaiser

Give it away give it away give it away give it away now
Give it away give it away give it away give it away now
Give it away give it away give it away give it away now
I can’t tell if I’m a kingpin or a pauper

Greedy little people in a sea of distress
Keep your more to receive your less
Unimpressed by material excess
Love is free love me say hell yes

I’m a low brow but I rock a little know how
No time for the piggies or the hoosegow
Get smart get down with the pow wow
Never been a better time than right now

Bob Marley poet and a prophet
Bob Marley taught me how to off it
Bob Marley walkin’ like he talk it
Goodness me can’t you see I’m gonna cough it

Lucky me swimmin’ in my ability
Dancin’ down on life with agility
Come and drink it up from my fertility
Blessed with a bucket of lucky mobility

My mom I love her ’cause she love me
Long gone are the times when she scrub me
Feelin’ good my brother gonna hug me
Drink my juice young love chug-a-lug me

There’s a river born to be a giver
Keep you warm won’t let you shiver
His heart is never gonna wither
Come on everybody time to deliver

Posted in: Download it, music
Posted: March 31st, 2011

Don’t forget that tonight is the one-and-only showing of “My Run” at Tinseltown at 7 p.m. Info about that here.

OK…now, with that little PSA out of the way, let’s get to today’s “Download it.”

I’m going with “Pain” by Three Days Grace because, well, folks, pain has become a close personal friend of mine. The worst damn running partner I ever had, but…I’m convinced once I get rid of it, I’ll be tougher, stronger and faster.

“I’m always here for you / I know / That you’ll thank me later…”

Lyrics:
“Pain”

Pain, without love
Pain, I can’t get enough
Pain, I like it rough
‘Cause I’d rather feel pain than nothing at all

You’re sick of feeling numb
You’re not the only one
I’ll take you by the hand
And I’ll show you a world that you can understand
This life is filled with hurt
When happiness doesn’t work
Trust me and take my hand
When the lights go out you will understand

Pain, without love
Pain, I can’t get enough
Pain, I like it rough
‘Cause I’d rather feel pain than nothing at all
Pain, without love
Pain, I can’t get enough
Pain, I like it rough
‘Cause I’d rather feel pain than nothing at all

Anger and agony
Are better than misery
Trust me I’ve got a plan
When the lights go off you will understand

Pain, without love
Pain, I can’t get enough
Pain, I like it rough
‘Cause I’d rather feel pain than nothing at all
Pain, without love
Pain, I can’t get enough
Pain, I like it rough
‘Cause I’d rather feel pain than nothing
Rather feel pain

I know (I know I know I know I know)
That you’re wounded
You know (You know you know you know you know)
That I’m here to save you
You know (You know you know you know you know)
I’m always here for you
I know (I know I know I know I know)
That you’ll thank me later

Pain, without love
Pain, can’t get enough
Pain, I like it rough
‘Cause I’d rather feel pain than nothing at all
Pain, without love
Pain, I can’t get enough
Pain, I like it rough
‘Cause I’d rather feel pain than nothing at all
Pain, without love
Pain, I can’t get enough
Pain, I like it rough
‘Cause I’d rather feel pain than nothing at all
Rather feel pain than nothing at all
Rather feel pain

Posted in: Download it, music
Posted: December 27th, 2010

This is a late-in-the-race go-to song for me — it’s my “kick it in” song. I love the fast beat/pace of the song and this line in the chorus speaks to me at the end of the race when it becomes all mental: “Because a mind is a weapon, you see; But you’re not gonna use it on me.”

Shinedown, in general, offers some seriously bad-ass running music that’s perfect for race day or fast tempo runs.

I also love Shinedown’s “Devour,” “What a Shame,” and “Second Chance” (and pretty much all the songs on the “Sounds of Madness” CD):

Posted in: Download it, music

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