Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 - A Year In Review...and a Look Forward to 2011

I am a goal setter/planner by nature so the New Year appeals to me. Even so, last year was one of the first years that I took a hard look at what I wanted and set up some goals. So before I give my 2011 resolutions, I thought I’d follow up on 2010.

  • Do three triathlons Well, I REGISTERED for three...didn't do any and am completely OK with that. Money got in the way of one, I ended up working another as volunteer coordinator and the third was the same weekend as Joe's first endurance foray...the MS Ride. I wouldn't have missed Joe crossing the finish line for anything.
  • Do the Space Coast Half Marathon in Florida YEP. And it was easy!
  • Lose 20 pounds The bad thing about long runs is that I justify overeating. I just ran 8 miles; bring on the ice cream! So nope, didn't lose 20 pounds.
  • Improve my running time. First time I ran I managed a 16 minute mile. I am now down to a comfortable 11 minute mile.
  • Pay off some debt. If by pay off I meant get tons more, then I succeeded. Pretty sure that's not what I meant, so I suck.
  • Be a good friend to my friends and let them be good to me. I'm going to say yes on this one.
  • Try to not drink so much soda. With the help of Twitter and, as of August 1, I am soda free. All I drink now is water with the occasional diet lemonade.
  • Go back to low carb living. I am still trying to figure out the nutrition aspect of being an endurance athlete. Bodies need carbs to perform, I just need to get better about choosing wise carbs.
  • Continue working for the three non profits in my life right now: Tri It For Life, St. Jude and For Your Cure. I am now on the board of Tri It For Life and have continued to fund raise for St. Jude. For Your Cure has taken a break due to some personal issues with founder Stephen Fogg (Despite chemo and the doc saying it wasn't possible, Foggy and Julie are expecting their first child! Take that you stupid cancer!)

So now for 2011. I really can’t explain it, but athletic goals lead the way. I have a full slate planned so far:

  • 6 mile run in Charleston (
  • Half marathon in April (
  • I am doing the swim portion of a relay at the Jetton Tri in May
  • 24 Hours of Booty with a goal of 100 miles this year (
  • The Nations Tri, International Distance Tri in DC (
  • MS Ride to Sunset Beach with Joe
  • Lose 30 pounds
  • Train for a marathon next May of 2012 (
  • Continue to push myself to do the uncomfortable things at work and persevere no matter the changes or challenges
  • Stop incurring debt and maybe pay some debt down
  • See my parents at least twice a month
  • Read at least 1 book a month

Monday, December 20, 2010

End of Year Music

Seems like I haven't been paying much attention to music these days, or else I have been so busy building my running playlist that I seems to only hear songs by beats per minute. Whatever the reason, my 4th Quarter Music listing is a bit slim. I promise to be better next year.

Heart Vacancy by The Wanted
VCR by The XX
Love You More by The Pierces
Waiting for the End by Linkin Park (I KNOW....horrible. I doubt you will ever see their name again on my listing, but I really do like this song.)

Girls with Accents by Fences
My Body by Young The Giant
Terrible Love by The National
Solitude is Bliss by Tame Impala

Rolling In Deep by Adele
Post Break Up Sex by The Vaccines
Bonus Christmas Song you should listen to: The Christmas Can Can by Straight No Chaser

Monday, December 13, 2010

Marathon Music

I really don't think I need music to run, but it sure helps when you are doing a long run alone. Music helps me pace and keeps me going, even when I don't want to. So after a few days of honing and crafting, here is the playlist that I listened to during my half marathon. These songs all hover around the 160 BPM mark which translates roughly to a 10:30 mile pace. If you are a runner, feel free to steal and enjoy.

Stretching, ready to begin but not running time:
Beautiful Day - U2
Ready to Start- Arcade Fire

Dakota- Sterophonics
This Modern Love - Bloc Party (this song is perfect for my pace. If I thought I could have listened to this song straight for 3 hours, I would have. I did sprinkle this in throughout the run...any transition in styles of music or just after a while to put me back on pace. I love it.)
A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
Blue Light - Block Party
Halfway Home - TV on the Radio
Gamma Ray - Beck
Black and White Town - Doves
I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked- Ida Marie
Keep Your Head - The Ting Tings
Lasso - Phoenix
Australia- The Shins
No Sunlight - Death Cab for Cutie
Molly's Chambers - Kings of Leon
Ooh La - The Kooks
This Modern Love (Dave P and Adam Sparkles Making Time remix) - Bloc Party
Sex on Fire- Kings of Leon
Walkie Talkie Man- Steriogram
Such Great Heights- The Postal Service
Na Na Na Na Naa - Kaiser Chiefs
She Moves in Her Own Way - The Kooks
Jigsaw Falling Into Place - Radiohead
I Melt With You- Modern English
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
Age of Consent- New Order
Take on Me - a ha
Just Like Heaven- The Cure
Runnin Down a Dream - Tom Petty
End of the Line - The Traveling Wilburys
Young Turks - Rod Stewart
Steppin Out - Joe Jackson
One Way or Another - Blondie
What I Like About You - The Romantics
A Forest - The Cure
This Modern Love - Bloc Party
If Looks Could Kill - Camera Obscura
Hey Man (Now You're Really Living) - Eels
Pump It - Black Eyed Peas
Sweet Disposition- The Temper Trap
Feel the Pain - Dinosaur Jr.
Young Folks - Peter Bjorn and John
What Difference Does It Make - The Smiths
Marathon Not a Sprint - Camera Obscura
A Well Respected Man - The Kinks
Glass of Water - Cold Play
hopelist - What Made Milwaukee Famous
Ask- The Smiths
Alex Chilton- The Replacements
The Seed 2.0-The Roots and Cody Chestnutt
Get On Your Boots - U2
We used to Wait - Arcade Fire
Fire It Up - Modest Mouse
Ali in the Jungle- The Hours