Motivational Music Monday #14

By | May 22, 2016

Squatters Pub Salt Lake City 2016 JamesIt’s Sunday night and another weekend in the books, which can mean but one thing left to do, other than enjoy the incredible Asian Sesame Toasted marinated shrimp that we just took off the grill (shoulda taken a picture but didn’t but I can assure you, they were good!!).  Food aside, the other Sunday night task at hand is to write the Motivational Music Monday blog post!!  These really are a lot of fun and I appreciate all the views and comments.  A few more song picks would be great but of course there just only so much time to fit in reading, writing, running, working, and doing life stuff…still, if you got a tune rockin’ your world you know what to do in the boxes below!

This has been another busy but fun week though unfortunately there just hasn’t been enough time to write a new post…that happens once in a while and like most everyone else, sometimes the blog just has to wait a few days.  Here’s a few highlights from the past week, some of which I’ll elaborate on in some articles over the next few weeks!

I quit my job…not something you do too often – at least I don’t.  In the last 20 years this is only the third time I’ve handed in my resignation.  Despite working for a one of the leading medical providers in the entire Pacific Northwest, I’ve been a bit unsettled and received a fabulous offer to take a new position with a reasonably well known coffee company based in Seattle.  I’m very grateful for the year or so that I have spent with the amazing staff at UW Medicine but I’m super excited about my next opportunity.

According to the rave green countdown ticker on the sidebar, Rock ‘N Roll Seattle is now just 25 days away!!  It begins a crazy sequence of 2 marathons in 3 weeks followed by my first ultra a month later.  Today, was my longest planned training run at 20 miles, and I won’t deny it hurt, but hurt so good to get it done.


Mum is heading over from the Motherland (UK) on Wednesday for her annual visit and we are super excited to see her and spend some quality time visiting and exploring this wonderful area.  Last year, we all ran the Inspiring Hope 5K/10K together…AJ’s (and Grommy’s) first ever race!


Me and Wifey celebrated our 16 year anniversary this weekend!!  We are just as happy and even closer than we were on that warm wedding day in Tucson, AZ on May 20, 2000.  PK has a great post over on her site with a few pictures from the album.


Love you honeys!!

Salt Lake City Marathon Finish Kisses

A great week and many exciting things on the horizon…and with that, we best get to some tunes!

The list so far in case you missed a week 😉

motivational music monday musicnoteMMM #1:  OneRepublic – Love Runs Out

MMM #2:  Eminem – ‘Till I Collapse

MMM #3:  Pink Floyd – Run Like Hell

MMM #4:  Drowning Pool – Bodies

MMM #5:  Flo Rida – In the Ayer

MMM #6:  Lady Gaga – Poker Face

MMM #7:  DNCE – Cake by the Ocean

MMM #8:  Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

MMM #9:  Alient Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal

MMM #10: Prince – Little Red Corvette

MMM #11: Train – 50 Ways to Say Goodbye

MMM #12: X Ambassadors – Jungle

MMM #13: Garbage – Only Happy When it Rains

Week 13 Reader Picks

Here are the selections from the readers last week along with the links to their awesome blogs.

Noone else joined in the conversation last week…come on y’all!!

Week 14 Selection

This week’s selection, I can think of nothing more appropriate than to make a pick just for my wonderful wife, Paula (better known on this site as Wifey or PK).  I don’t mind admitting, I like several of Michael’s renditions, and have really enjoyed his concerts that we have seen in Seattle.  This selection gives you an idea of the total variation in my playlist and, as I always say, anything goes on Motivational Music Monday 🙂  I know Wifey will be singing along to this week’s selection…enjoy!

Michael Buble – Sway

Michael Buble to Metallica to Flo ‘Rida to Lady GaGa…all on my playlist so let us know what is on yours!

  • What’s your favorite guilty pleasure song or genre?  Don’t have one, no worries just shout out what is rocking your workout world so I can shout out your site next week 🙂
  • Any special songs for a special person?

‘Till next time,

Run safe, run strong, run happy!


14 thoughts on “Motivational Music Monday #14

  1. neveradullbling

    I couldn’t think of a better song for anniversary weekend! Thank you hunny bunny!! That one definitely gets me motivated!!! xoxo

    1. James Post author

      just for you, i know that’s one of your faves, and i agree, perfect way to finish the weekend…now go sing 🙂 hugsies!

    2. James Post author

      I know it does and it was a great way to finish our nice long anniversary celebratory weekend…I think we should just keep these celebration weekends going, just because…besides we have so much to be thankful for so we can always find a reason…hugs!!

  2. J Wilson

    See you Wed. Goodies all packed. Get the wine chilled!! Luv Mum

    1. James Post author

      Can hardly wait, and rest assured the wine will be chilled and ready as soon as we get in…see you at SeaTac on Wednesday!

  3. Katrina

    Congratulations on all around! A new job and a 16th wedding anniversary – sounds like you have a lot to celebrate! My guilty pleasure is that I just downloaded Taylor Swift’s Mean (the live version) 🙂 My girls and I blast this song and dance to it every time it comes on the radio and I had to add it to my playlist!

    1. James Post author

      Hi Katrina…thanks for stopping by, so nice to hear from you and hope everything is going well as you get ready for race week! Yes, we have had a lot to celebrate and be thankful for over the past couple weeks. Great pick with Taylor Swift and will make sure it gets added to the list next week…I’ve got all kinds of mixes in my list from crunching metal to country and everything in between, which is what makes the weekly music post so much fun!

  4. Christopher Bielinski

    Congratulations on your anniversary!

    My musical tastes are more metal and harder rock than yours but I really like Volbeat – A Warrior’s Call

    1. James Post author

      Hey Chris…thanks for stopping by and making a pick…don’t be deceived, I like the hard stuff too growing up to the melodies of Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Def Leppard, Scorpians, Priest, Dio and a few other crunchers! I just mix it up a bit more these days! Enjoying tracking your run streak and adventures on twitter, look forward to your blog updates too…Cheers!

    1. James Post author

      Thank you Nathasha, it’s been a fun couple weeks, hope you are doing well!!

  5. roberthansen1317

    for some reason you aren’t showing up on my reader anymore. I thought you quit posting. Going to have to find the problem

    1. James Post author

      that’s interesting Robert and thanks for letting me know…i’m wondering if the issue is with my site. It seems like my normal reader comments and hits have been way down the past couple weeks. Mine is a self-hosted site with a WordPress platform and I think that limits how my site shows in the WordPress reader. I will look into it some more for sure!


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