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In A Relay State Of Mind

This morning I had enough time for a super-quick circuit so I decided to try to do part of the Peanut Butter Fingers 10 to 6 circuit. I made it through 10 and 9 completely and halfway through 8 before I had to wrap it up to get ready for work. Awesome workout that definitely challenged me. I haven’t done any nearly enough circuit since CrossFit closed so I was slower moving through it than if I was better conditioned. I have no more excuses to put it off though so I’m glad I tried it out and will be doing another workout again this week. Tomorrow is a run day so I’m going to do my best to roll out of bed and out the door for a run in the morning.

Several of the bloggers I’ve started following ran Hood To Coast over the weekend. Reading their posts before, and now after, have me thinking two things –

1) I am ridiculously excited for Ragnar in a little over a month
2) I totally want to do Hood To Coast sometime!

This will be my second Ragnar, which is with a handful of people I ran it with last year. We are doing Ragnar Pennsylvania because of how much easier it is to coordinate for everyone than one further away. I am stoked to be co-captain and be in charge of van 1. I am so type A that I think it will be better for me to have some authority. I’m not good at not being in charge… :/

My friend Niki moved to Tacoma, Washington a couple weeks ago, so Hood To Coast next year is not as out of reach as it would seem. I am already looking at when next year it would make sense to make a trip out there to see her, planning it around doing some run either in Washington or maybe even B.C. so a trip through Oregon would be right in line too. It’s definitely something I’ll be bringing up to her to think about!

Any relays in the future for anyone else? Any advice from relays you’ve done that’s worth sharing?

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The Playlist’s the Thing

When I’m running I definitely feel more comfortable and focused if I have music.  For a typical run, I’ll set my iPod on shuffle and if a slower tune comes on I skip it.  For the half marathons I’ve done I have a special play list that I’ve tweaked for each one.  Ironically, for my first half marathon I forgot my iPod.  I had my headphones and armband for it, just somehow forgot the actual iPod.  It definitely was interesting to realize that I was ok without it, but ultimately I like the extra kick I get when a certain song comes on, or how a beat or melody can set a pace.  I feel an instant surge if a certain Dave Matthews Band song comes on – for a while it was Ants Marching but lately it’s Lie in our Graves.  I notice my breathing mimics the beat of the chorus of Gloria from Flashdance.  On runs where I don’t have music I feel like I’m humming along to Gloria.

Shamrock is just a few days away so of course my iPod is coming along.  My playlist is in need of tweaking so I ask for feedback on what I should add.  In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day The Dropkick Murphy’s and U2 are inevitably included.  What else would make this the perfect Shamrock playlist?