I take marathon playlists very seriously. I start thinking about them basically when I start training for my race. I try not to listen to those songs too much, but I’m also someone who loves to listen to a song on repeat until I get sick of it (and I then proceed to hate it for a few years). There are always a few songs that always make my race day playlist and then some new / new-to-me old ones.

Definitely didn’t need any music when the landscape is this beautiful!

Definitely didn’t need any music when the landscape is this beautiful!

I generally try to not listen to music during the first half of a race and will then put my pump-up jams in the second half (or I’ll listen to a podcast for the first half to keep my pace easy). I don’t listen to music too much during my training runs, except when I want to ‘pick it up’ and then find that music really helps!

TBT to my last 26.2! I didn’t even pop music in until mile 22!

TBT to my last 26.2! I didn’t even pop music in until mile 22!

SO, here’s a sneak-peak at my marathon day playlist.

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I saw this recently. 100% taper mode right now. Ha.


My birthday was also SO great. Thank you for all the birthday wishes. One of the best parts was having dinner cooked for me by Alex. Steak & Sweet Potato & Broccoli. YUM.


Also THIS as my birthday cake. Incredible. Peanut Butter fluffyness and chocolate top layer.


Zero regrets with dessert —> training vs non-training nutrition doesn’t look all that different for me. I do focus more heavily on nutrient-rich foods to have immediately after a hard workout, but otherwise I don’t cut things out or ‘restrict’ things. I’m not some kinda elite or something here ; )


-Favorite race day songs?

-Do you use the same playlist each time you race or make a new one? —> I ALWAYS make a new one and get really excited to listen to it!

Stressed About Everything And My Top FIVE Favorite Pump-Up Songs!

Happy Friday-eve! How’s the week going for you? I’ve honestly had better, but know that on Sunday it will all (mostly) subside. I’ve honestly just been on the struggle stress bus for a while now. I’ve tried to keep my stress at bay (meditating, sleeping, good nutrition, yoga, reading a good book - which these all definitely HELP for sure), but it is still so present and weighing on me. By now I would normally pull-back from something to ease it, but I’m almost done teaching skiing and my skating calendar is lighter for the month of March so I’m staying optimistic that these things will decrease my stress. Work is extremely stressful right now and honestly I just wish there was something I could do about it. You know that something needs to change when you physically dread going somewhere every morning and unfortunately that is where I’m at at the moment. Looking at this face helps.


Journaling has also really been helping me lately just write down all my thoughts and purge everything on my mind at the moment. My right eye has been twitching for what only seems like a million years and when I get too stressed out, I tend to isolate myself (which I KNOW isn’t good for me, but I do it anyways). I get real crabby and hate to be even around myself. I’m a work in progress and I think it’s a big step for me to just acknowledge how I’m feeling (even if I’m not at the point of acting on it yet).

It’s so funny to me to hear so many reports these days on how ‘millennials are the most stressed generation’, ‘most anxious generation’, ‘we spend 20 percent of our year stressed’ and yet, these reports are making me even MORE stressed out! I would be lying if I said that all of my stress stems from my work, but that’s really the only one that I’m able to talk openly about at the moment (life stress & financial stress are two others). Until I figure things out, I guess I’ll continue to find those moments of peace while journaling, meditating, and doing yoga (oh, and running helps too!). I’m really loving my goal marathon paced runs and long runs because they give me either 1. more time to work through my stressors or 2. run faster and leave it all in the dust (or well…I feel like I am!).

PLUS running to music is my ‘guilty pleasure’ and these are my favorite songs right now to just really run it all out.

1. Glorious By Macklemore ft. Skylar Grey

2. Wild Horses By Bishop Briggs

3. Wings By Mac Miller

4. Litost by X Ambassadors (it’s a slow song, but I just love it for my cool down!)

5. 7 Rings By Ariana Grande


Favorite way to de-stress?

We need a new movie to watch this weekend- any recommendations?! We LOVED Bohemian Rhapsody!

How many cups of coffee is considered ‘too much’? Asking for a friend….

Top Songs That Got Me PUMPED UP For My Relay

Happiest Friday friends! We made it through the week (yay)! What are you most looking forward to doing this weekend? The weather looks a bit unsteady, so probably no camping or backpacking for us, but hopefully we'll get out to enjoy the lake or trails a bit. I'm still enjoying mainly unscheduled runs for the month and just going out for however long and whenever I feel like it!


I wanted to share with you 10 of the top songs that I listened to during my relay that really got me going. These were the songs that up'd my mental game and got me ready to tackle however many more miles I had left to go. They helped me when the sun was beating down on me and when the wind was unbearable. Some of the songs were really motivational and others had some sort of sentimental connection to it (Wide Open Spaces made me think of when I first moved to Colorado & Night Moves reminded me of my friend from High School whom I lost at the same time that my grandfather passed away). Heigh-Ho and Under The Sea both immediately lifted my mood and I sang them out loud along the run SEVERAL times ; )

1. Don't Stop Me Now- Queen

2. Ghost (Oliver Nelson Remix)- Ella Henderson

3. Love Runs Out- OneRepublic

4. 'Till I Collapse - Eminem

5. Heigh-Ho from "Snow White"

6. Under The Sea- "The Little Mermaid"

7. Night Moves - Bob Seger

8. Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac

9. Wide Open Spaces - Dixie Chicks

10. Sugar- Maroon 5

Have a great weekend! Anyone racing this weekend?!? What are you most looking forward to this weekend?

Top song that never gets old while you're running or working out? --> probably something by Eminem ;) 

5 Podcasts That I'm LOVING Right Now

Happy Tuesday! I hope you're having a great day! I've got a bunch of things on my schedule today, including an easy 8 mile run (that hopefully I can do outside). It's been a bit and I wanted to share with you 5 podcasts that I'm absolutely loving right now. Sometimes, I look forward to listening to a new podcast so much that I play them when I'm driving (rather than running) or cooking or cleaning because I can't wait until my next run to catch up! How do you feel about podcasts? I'm dying to add a few new ones into my repertoire- any recommendations?!

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How do you like to listen to your podcasts? <- itunes!

If you could only survive off of one food what would it be? <- totally random question, but I'm writing this around lunchtime and am pretty hungry. I love macaroni and cheese, but not sure that's super sustainable for every day/meal. Maybe tacos?