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Fired Up Friday Sept 6

6 Sep
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Swiped from Pinterest

I have a new reason to love Fridays. The day sort of lost relevance to me when I started working from home and the fact that I have to work most weekends anyway. Friday began to blend in with every other day of the week (except rush hour started sooner). Continue reading

Fired Up Friday July 26

26 Jul
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Found on Tumblr

Have you ever tried a Barre class? Holy crap can a small, simple movement make your muscles burn! I guess it’s supposed to be basic ballet movements dumbed down, which would explain why ballerinas have such amazing bodies. That’s a lot of muscle tucked into a compact figure. You do lots of squats and leg lefts and twists, but your arms also get a good workout too, since they’re either moving or held out, away from your body. If you like Pilates, you’d like Barre. If you like the the part of group exercise classes where you have to get on all fours and do leg lifts and fire hydrants, then you’d like Barre. If you like the sensation of muscles you burning in agony and the pain of knowing you have to keep going for 30 more seconds, you’d like Barre.

And so continues my journey of finding exercise other than running.

Although… I’m crossing my fingers I’ll make it to six miles this weekend…even if I have to walk some of it.

Let’s stick with the UK girl band music shall we? This is an oldie, but a goodie, and made me dance when the iPod picked it at random this week. So how obvious should a girl be anyway?

Fired Up Friday July 19

19 Jul
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Found on Pinterest

Greetings from Canada, where I thought it was too hot to run outside, so I opted for the hotel fitness room, only to discover it wasn’t air conditioned. Nor did it have an elliptical, to which my knee looked at me and winced “do I really have to run on the treadmill?” Yes.

I should spend lots of time in that crappy little fitness room on account of all the Tim Hortons (best donuts ever!) I will be consuming this weekend, but the question remains if I will actually be at the hotel between the hours of 6AM and 9PM anyway. Probably doesn’t matter in the long run, as I will be logging plenty of miles walking around this race track; down the hill, over the bridge, down the hill, across the paddock, back across, up the hill, across the bridge, up the hill.

No wait, the REAL question remains: is it donut or doughnut?

Tomorrow is Saturday. Listen to The Saturdays to get amped about that.

Fired Up Friday July 12

12 Jul
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Found on Pinterest

What’s my excuse? Tendinitis. Ran a total of 0 miles this week. So it looks like the Madison Mini Marathon on August 17 isn’t going to happen. Unless I’m like that kid in Rookie of The Year, and when this tendon heals, I’ll have super strength and speed! I guess it’s probably a good thing to take a break from running for a bit, especially in the Atlanta heat. Right now I’ve got eliptical, rollerblading, stationary bike and upper body strength training to keep me busy. I also have both my arms, both my legs, good doctors and mediocre insurance, so I’ll try not to whine too much about my bum knee too much.

This song has been stuck in my head. So I shall put it on my iPod. Although until recently I thought the chorus was “Good girls die young, bad girls do it well.” It is in fact “Live fast, die young. Bad girls do it well.” I myself, am a good girl, which would explain why I’m slow and old?

Fired Up Friday May 31

31 May
Voice Inside Your Head

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So I had this great idea that I could run half marathons through the summer if I ran them in the Midwest, where the weather would be perfect. What I didn’t think through was that I’d still have to train, in Atlanta, through the summer. Thankfully, it hasn’t been to ridiculously hot yet, but still, if you’re going to get a long run in, it’s best to do it right when the sun rises, which is not my prime time to function. In fact, I’ve had trouble completing any runs recently without stopping to walk for a bit. It sucks. It’s frustrating. But, it does make it feel slightly sweeter when I finish – like I struggled and pushed for it.

Half marathon #2 in a week…

I recently saw the Great Gatsby. I think I over-hyped it in my head because I left it underwhelmed. The soundtrack, however, was as awesome as any Baz Luhrman film. Currently, this little Fergie number from the film is rocking my iPod.

Fired Up Friday May 24

24 May

Skinny Girls Fit Girls
This Fired Up Friday is a SHAM! You can’t run to this song. You can’t lift to this song. You can’t bike to this song. All you can do is dance. Naked.

Seriously, if this song came on my iPod while I was running, I would trip and fall on my face because I would try to dance and run at the same time. When I’m in my car, when I’m at my desk, when I’m baking cookies and this song comes on I start dancing like a fool. God help us all if this song were to come on over the speakers at the grocery store or the gym.

You know what this song is good for? Taking a shower and getting ready in the morning. How can you not feel like a sexy badass when you’re putting your summer dress and sandals on and curling your lashes with Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. playing?

Hmmm, so maybe it’s not really a sham because it still gets you fired up and ready to take on the day?

I’m glad this forced me to look up the video for this song because it is hilarious. The concept appeared to be: take half-naked models, place in room with R&B artists, add random props, let hilarity ensue. If you think it’s sexist or gross you need to settle down and realize they’re making fun of themselves. It’s called parody. I learned about it in sophomore English class.

Fired Up Friday May 3

3 May

Country Music Half Marathon
I finished the Country Music Half Marathon in under two hours! Official time was 1:55.55. In the rain at that! It was a steady rain from Friday night all the way through Sunday. I wore a trash bag until about mile 8. Thankfully the temperatures were decent—60s—and it wasn’t very windy, but I was damn cold walking through the finish line festival.

I’ve been taking it easy this week, but can’t slack for too long; next half marathon is in little over a month, the Allstate 13.1 Chicago on June 8.

My playlist for the Country Music Half Marathon included very little country music, but it did include B.o.B.’s “Still in this Bitch.” I found it particularly appropriate for the middle of a half marathon in the rain. Sometimes you just have to keep your head down and knock it out.

Fired Up Friday April 26

26 Apr

Nashville Half
It’s here. The start of my race season. Tomorrow is my first half marathon of 2013: The Country Music Half Marathon, a.k.a. Rock n Roll Nashville. On the one hand I’m excited because I know I trained well, this is one of the largest half marathons in the U.S., and I might be a tad obsessed with Nashville lately thanks to the TV show on ABC. On the other hand, this is not going to be pretty; I’m just getting over a cold and can barely breathe through my nose let alone move 10 paces without blowing my nose, and, oh yeah, it’s going to be raining the whole time. Argh! I guess half marathon number five, it was bound to rain on me sooner or later. Any tips for wet weather running?

So that makes this Fired Up Friday extra important because I will need extra motivational music to get me through. Thankfully, I have the new Fall Out Boy album locked and loaded on my iPod. I was knew as soon as I hear it that “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” would be my theme song for this first half marathon of 2013. Even when I’m not running and I hear this song, I can feel my feet pounding on the pavement. It lets me block out everything around me. Let’s hope that includes rain and mucus on Saturday.

Goal time : anything < 2 hours

Fired Up Friday April 5

5 Apr
Don't Think

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Tomorrow is T-Minus three weeks to my first half marathon of 2013: the Country Music Half Marathon a.k.a. Rock n’ Roll Nashville. It’s the day after my birthday. Felt like a good way to celebrate. Plus, it means I can eat an entire Publix cake if I want to. That’s redhead math for you: one half marathon = one marble Publix cake.

I’ve been running double digits the last two weekends and this Sunday is scheduled to be 11.5, so you better believe I’ve been loading up my iPod with new music. No, not country music, which I generally don’t like, but I am addicted to Nashville on ABC and own the soundtrack. It would rock my world if the cast of Nashville was at the marathon. They should be handing out the medals. I’d want a sweaty, exhausted, no makeup picture with Gunnar and Scarlett, and Rayna and her girls. But not Teddy Conrad or Peggy Kenter. Boooo!

But anyway, speaking of jilted lovers, right now this song gets me jacked!

Biscoff Oatmeal Cookies

29 Jan

Biscoff Oatmeal Cookies | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
OK runners, let’s be honest; we enter half marathons, marathons, 15Ks, 5Ks, for the swag. The t-shirts, the medals, the water bottles… the free samples at the expo. I rely on those expos to stock me up on my Luna Bar, Lara Bar and Cascadian Farms granola bar samples. They’re the perfect size for traveling. Not to mention the coupons and discount apparel. Ok fine, we all want to set a new PR too.

At the Hot Chocolate 15K in Atlanta, I encountered a new vendor of samples: Biscoff. And this wasn’t just a sample, it was a full size jar of Biscoff spread! Of course, as a Delta frequent flyer, I’ve had more than my fair share of Biscoff cookies and as a food blogger, I’ve been well aware that Biscoff makes a “cookie spread” similar to peanut butter. So it’s odd that I never bought a jar of Biscoff spread at the store before. Maybe this was destiny? Continue reading

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