It’s Sunday night again (no boooooo’s this week as it’s a holiday weekend, yayyyyy, at least it is in the US and UK), and while it is a holiday weekend, it is also time for the fifteenth edition of Motivational Music Monday! The blog has been a bit slow over the past couple weeks due to a lot of other life stuff that has taken precedence. Hopefully, we’ll be back on track soon and resuming at least a couple posts each week.
Here’s a quick look back at the last week…
I’ve actually been on vacation since Thursday and will be out until next Friday when I go back to the office for my final day before starting the next steps in my career. Mum has joined us from the Motherland for a couple of weeks for her annual visit and we are enjoying spending some time in-person and getting out and about – so far it’s consisted of a lot of shopping and some great lunches!
We had a lot of fun on a Saturday afternoon trip to La Connor, WA…a pretty little waterfront town with arts and crafts stores to explore and great restaurants and bakeries to sample.
Mum posed for a wiggle in front of an art piece called the The Big Red Wiggle.
A fun day out all around.
The run streak endeth…after 147 days I made the decision to abandon the year long 2 mile minimum daily run goal for 2016. I had started to experience quite a bit of pain in both knees even during the easy recovery pace runs. It was a bit of a sharp pain that just felt like at any given moment it could develop into something severe. The easy runs were becoming far harder and it became apparent that the risk of a more serious injury was too great to ignore.
When I started the goal, I maintained that if health or injury was in jeopardy, I would stop. While I was a bit disappointed, Wifey pointed out that trying to combine this kind of streak with 5 marathons (and an endurance ultra) in the same year was always going to be challenging and the races are far more important. With that in mind, I took 48+ hours off and came back today nicely refreshed and pain-free ready to finish up my taper period for RnR Seattle. Longevity and completing the race schedule won over, and I am fine with the decision. And, 147 days in a row is not all that bad!
New gear…love my Brooks and adding new Glycerin’s and Ghost’s to the rotation. Wifey approving with the photo bomb – something AJ has been doing all weekend 🙂
And, today we got to meet a wonderful fellow blogger and runner, Judy from Chocolate Runs Judy who was visiting the Seattle area for the weekend. We had a fabulous lunch in Bellevue and a great visit for the afternoon. Hopefully, we will get to meet again on our travels or at a start line somewhere along the 50 states!
That’s the highlights for this week so time to crank up the tunes with a look back at the hit list in weeks 1-14.
MMM #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
MMM #14: Michael Buble – Sway
Week 14 Reader Picks
Here are the selections from the readers last week along with the links to their awesome blogs.
- Michael Buble/Everything from Wifey at Neveradullbling
- Taylor Swift/Mean from Katrina at Running Boss(s)
- Volbeat/A Warrior’s Call from Chris at Random thoughts from 5,347 feet
Week 15 Selection
This week, as I mentioned, we are enjoying a great visit with Mum and offered up a selection as I was drafting this week’s article. This is a fabulous rendition from the album, If I Can Dream – a 2015 Elvis Presley album featuring archival vocal recordings of Elvis accompanied by new orchestral arrangements by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Elvis Presley and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Burning Love
Definitely an upbeat arrangement worthy of a running/workout/training playlist…enjoy!!
- Any Elvis favorites or orchestral arrangements in your workout list?
- Anything goes so if Elvis or orchestra’s are not quite your cup of tea, shout out this week’s favorite below!
‘Till next time,
Run safe, run strong, run happy!