Motivational Monday #16




Wednesday 7/15: 2.32 miles – 19:15 (8:17/mi pace)
This run was interesting. I recently got over a stomach bug and it was extremely hot out, even at 8pm. But I wanted to go run. I planned for 3 miles but a swarm of bugs hit me on my run and started to sting me. One especially stopped me because he got in my eye. I had to call it quits because I was in a lot of pain.

I wanted to get in a few more runs this week but I am currently devoting all my spare time to studying for my exit exam for my internship. AKA mock RD exam. AKA determining my future.




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Motivational Monday #12



Unfortunately I messed up my ankle and therefore haven’t been up to much running. But I just went on a short 2.6 mile run on Sunday to test it out. I am 25 days out from my half marathon here in town.


8/31: 2.61 miles
8:55 – 7:30 – 7:24 (pace for .61)

Something exciting that I did do however, is I bought the Basis activity tracker. I have been searching for a good activity tracker for a few years now. My family all had fitbit’s but they all seem to stop working at some point and I didn’t want to invest money in a product that was going to stop charging.

So my choices were:

Jawbone Up24
Polar v800

If you follow my on social media you will know that I really wanted the Polar v800. I really liked the training load component and for it to tell me how much rest was needed before my next run. It also used GPS for running. However, the $500 price tag wasn’t too appealing and I couldn’t fork over that amount on a watch that I wasn’t even sure would be accurate. I’m super picky with mileage and always rely on Garmin or the Nike running app. I’m actually going to try out Runkeeper soon, as well.

The Jawbone Up24, I like the look of it because you can wear it with dressier items and it not look awkward. I liked the vibration mode to keep you moving and wake
you up at appropriate times. It also has a lot of compatible with various apps such as MyFitnessPal and Runkeeper. The price tag of $149 was a lot better than $500.
But then I forgot about the Basis B1, which now is Basis Carbon Steel Edition. They dropped the price down to match the $149 and there are more sciency cgoing beyond simply motion basedomponents that I like. The Basis has a light sensor that can read heart rate and also skin temperature. I like the ability to see what  cycle of sleep I am in during the night and the algorithms to not count biking or typing as steps. From the reviews, I was seeing that it provides the most accurate data, even though it doesn’t provide heart rate during vigorous activity. What I also liked is it knowing when you are walking, biking or running and being able to determine that and when you are sleeping, without even pressing a button. These are all awesome qualities and will be great if they actually work. I made sure I bought from the manufacturer, just in case it isn’t all that it’s cracked out to be and then I can return it.

I wish I could review all three of these products, but unfortunately that would require money that I don’t have. So I thought I would provide my opinions from the reviews I read on each of the products. I will let you know how I like the Basis.


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Motivational Monday #11

On Mondays I used to recap my prior week of running, post motivational pictures and provide a few songs I was listening to during the week for my workouts. I would like to continue on the tradition, especially because I have hurt my ankle and am sidelined from running for a little bit, so of course I myself need motivation to workout in other ways.

I’ll catch you all up with my latest running adventures since I took most of the week off.




8/15: 4 miles
splits: 8:13 – 8:11 – 8:18 – 7:41
Total time: 32:35 – Average Pace: 8:06/mile

8/17: 3 miles in the AM
7:41 – 7:40 – 8:09
Total Time: 23:36 – Average Pace: 7:51/mile

4 mile in the PM
8:04 – 7:40 – 7:46 – 8:25
Total Time: 32:06 – Average Pace: 8:00/mile

8/19: 3 miles
8:57 – 8:45 – 8:09
Total Time: 25:58 – Average Pace: 8:38/mile
Ankle started having issues 

8/23: 1 mile
Ankle hurt at the start, but wanted to run at least a mile to see if it would work itself out. Didn’t, so I walked 1.5 miles to get some form of exercise and try and get my head right mentally.

I don’t know how you all are, but when I can’t run, or something sidelines me from running, then I get pretty depressed and frustrated. Especially because I was finally getting my fitness back and running sub 8 minute pace and am training for two half marathons. But I’ll just keep positive thoughts and bike instead until I can run again.





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Q: How was your training last week?

Q: What songs are you loving recently?

Q: What do you do when you get injured?


10 Reasons Today Was a Good Day

Reason 1: 7 miler was finished before 9 AM


Stats: 7 miles in 57:41 @ 8:14 pace = Recovery Day

Mile splits: 8:17, 8:01, 8:05, 8:23, 8:20, 8:22, 8:15

Pros to the run

  1. Stopped at 3 water fountains along the run AND on the way back.
  2. The shady woods were nice.
  3. Ran with my bff and teammate Jessica!

Cons to the run

  1. The fact that it said it was 72-80 degrees during our run but the humidity made it feel like 90.
  2. Legs felt like bricks and the air was hard to breathe.
  3. Just felt out of shape which will be the feeling for the next few weeks I’m sure.

Reason 2: Listened to Cartel on the drive back to the apartment.

Song I enjoyed most: This is Who We Are – Cartel (I forgot how much I enjoyed this song and the guitar in it haha)

Reason 3: Cartel has new stuff.

I thought “Man it’s been awhile, I bet Cartel has put out new music.” And of course yes, they have.

Reason 4: Cavendish won today!



He’s so good looking. *swoon*

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Reason 5: I had a good lunch and a good popsicle


Have you tried these popsicles? They are AMAZING!! Congrats Motts, you did good! The Motts Fruitsations Ice Bars are amazing!


Reason 6: I went grocery shopping for the apartment on my own. I’d say it was successful for the most part.

Reason 7: Our pool is awesome

Reason 8: I finally saw Lights’ cameo appearance in “Deer in the Headlights” by Owl City

Reason 9: I had a good dinner


Reason 10: Jessica is coming over to watch a movie tonight

We have no idea which movie yet, but we will sure find one online!

Q: What made your day good today?

Q: Have you been watching the Tour de France?


Does My Head Look Big to You or is it Just Me?


Why yes, I do have a ginormous head. SmileMy feet look big too but I actually only wear a size 7 in Nike’s and size 6-6 1/2 in regular shoes. hah

I ran in the afternoon today and it was a bit toasty out.

4 Miles in 31:52 [7:58 per mile]


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Thoughts on the run

  1. Man when will this soreness go away?
  2. This hill seems worse today than usual
  3. Oh gosh, school is letting out.
  4. Yes, thanks for honking. I enjoyed being scared out of my shoes.
  5. Stop and stretch at this intersection, don’t mind if I do.
  6. Awww cute dogs! Yes you can run with me!!
  7. I think I’ll actually run the neighborhood on the way back.
  8. Oh my gosh, why did I choose to run the neighborhood?
  9. This hill will be the death of me.
  10. So much soreness. Quadsareburning
  11. MADE IT!! Time for a drink!

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I also made a new playlist.

  1. Right Thur – Chingy
  2. Get Buck in Here – DJ Felli Fel
  3. In the Ayer – Flo Rida
  4. Tipsy – J Kwon
  5. Snap yo Fingers – Lil Jon
  6. Get Low – Lil Jon
  7. Lollipop – Lil Wayne
  8. Lose Control – Missy Elliot
  9. Shake Ya Tail Feather – Nelly
  10. Party Like a Rockstar – Shop Boyz
  11. Let’s Go – Trick Daddy
  12. Black & Yellow – Wiz Khalifa
  13. It’s Going Down – Yung Joc

Just some good oldies to pump me up!!

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Q: How’s your weather been? Some bloggers are still running in cold weather! I couldn’t do it!  Perfect running weather for me is what I’ve ran in the last few days 48-53ish was wonderful!!

Q: What was your workout for the day?


Playlist Monday










* Selection and Preparation of Food Class
* Aqua Jogging with the Team
* Weight Lifting
* Dinner
* Chemistry Tutoring
* Write Formal Lab Report
* Do More of Nutrition Study Guide
* Get 10/10 on Chem Homework


Readers Song Choice

MarathonMaiden says: “i’ve been listening too the new sean kingston as well as the new bruno mars, although the later isn’t really a good workout song hah :)”

Andrea says: “Lately my fave song is We Speak No Americano! Orrr I heard a really nice slow song by Christina Aguilera on the Entourage finale last night called You Lost Me.”

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Reader’s Comments:

Kelsey said “i havent been listening to any new music lately!! i did hear katy perry’s teenage dreams which i didnt like but its catchy, not gonna lie lol.”

Katie said “My son and I have been loving Chris Brown’s new song SOLO!”


Kara Goucher’s Track Trial Playlist


My Song Choice of The Week

Lights cover of “Circle Game” by Joni Mitchell.


What are you listening to?

Playlist Monday


Songs you guys like

Taio Cruz – Dynamite

Asher Roth – She Don’t Wanna Man

Jason Derulo – Ridin’ Solo


Shalane Flanagan’s Playlist



Some songs I like

Usher / PitbullDj Got Us Fallin’ In Love


Taylor Swift’s new song – Mine


Now’s your turn, what have you been listening to?