As we’re not on the road heading back from a marathon racecation weekend, we can resume the normal routine of getting the Motivational Music Monday post ready in time for a bright and early start to the week, except for those of you where it might be Tuesday already 🙂
As I mentioned we don’t have the excitement of a race weekend to discuss, though the full Missoula Marathon report is on the way this week. It was also, for the first time in forever, a completely zero mileage running week. I usually get back out within 5 days or so after a marathon with just a light run and I had originally planned to run a few miles this weekend. But, Missoula completed the sequence that I needed to be a fully vetted member of the Marathon Maniacs and represented a milestone race being the third 26.2 in three months and second in three weeks. It was definitely time for a break and a reset for both me and Wifey as we start thinking ahead to the next couple races and subsequent training cycles.
Despite a long drive back from Missoula and no running, it was a great week. This weekend involved some live music, a great bike ride on the trail, and a few laughs as we got hooked into the Pokemon phenomenon that is apparently sweeping the universe. Hooked is probably over-stating it but we had our son, AJ, explain it to us and off we went looking for furry tailed lizards, weeblies, and peekaboos (I’m totally making those names up which has been driving AJ crazy but we had a few smiles out on the trail as a family).
We didn’t spend all weekend looking for these critters. Last night Wifey and me headed down to Marymoor Park in Redmond for a really cool outdoor concert that featured a couple of classic 80’s defining bands – Howard Jones and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. The headline group was actually Barenaked Ladies but we went for the 80’s bands and had a fabulous evening out in the park! Paula has a great summary over on her site with plenty of fun pics! Food, wine, beer, and 80’s bands!
Which, makes for a convenient segue into the music theme for the week and Motivational Music Monday #22!
A look back so far:
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
MMM #15: Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Burning Love
MMM #16: Fitz and the Tantrums – The Walker
MMM #17: Led Zeppelin – Rock And Roll
MMM #18: A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran
MMM #19: The Commitments – Mustang Sally
MMM #20: Kongos – Come With Me Now
MMM #21: Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Week 21 Reader Picks
Thank you to everyone for joining in and sharing a comment or song. Love hearing from everyone and the diverse choices in music – I’ve discovered some great songs, singers, and bands since I started this series on the site and I hope everyone enjoys reading the various selections, even if not all of them are not quite your cup of tea 🙂
- Bachman Turner Overdrive/You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet from Wifey at Neveradullbling
- DNCE/Cake by the Ocean (our week 7 pick of the week!) from Katrina at Running Bos(s)
- Pharell/Happy from Katie at Happy Healthy Kiwi
I am absolutely loving my new job at Starbucks and while it keeps me crazy busy, they truly know how to treat their staff (or partners as we are called) and I feel very lucky and blessed. We’re keeping the favorite Starbucks (or other) beverage (or food) shout-out section if you would like to join in!
- Java Chip Frappuccino in the summer with the cookie straw, which sounds absolutely fabulous and I must go find!! From Katrina at Running Bos(s)
- Orange and Chocolate loaf which can be found on the UK Starbucks menu from Mum and my sister-in-law Karen in the Motherland!
- Petite Vanilla Bean Scones from me…these tiny morsels of heavenly goodness simply melt in your mouth and can be paired with just about any preferred coffee, though a medium roast works really well. And, they are tiny so you can have 3 or 4, or 8 of them before you even register it on the calorie counter 🙂
This week’s pick!
An easy one this week given that we were at an eighties concert last night! Howard Jones and OMD put on a fabulous show and while back in the day my 80’s preferences were more on the hard rock side (think Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Queen, Metallica, Crue among many others), I enjoy all the different styles from the era.
Here’s one that all y’all know – ok well most y’all and it’s ok to admit you belt this out once in a while…that includes the fellas…admit it now. And, surely you’ve heard of Pretty in Pink? (Which by the way just turned 30!!!!)
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – If You Leave
Here’s a fun short live snippet that Wifey captured last night (same guys!) and they played a fabulous show.
Come on now, you can sing along, it’s ok 🙂
If you leave, don’t leave now
Please don’t take my heart away
Promise me just one more night
Then we’ll go our separate ways
With hours left time on our sides
Now it’s fading fast
Every second every moment
We’ve got to–we’ve gotta make it last
I touch you once I touch you twice
I won’t let go at any price
I need you now like I needed you then
You always said we’d still be friends someday
With that, running resumes on Tuesday, but I hope you enjoyed the diversion.
I wish everyone a great week and don’t be shy sharing your tunes and guilty treats!
- Any 80’s favorites to share?
- Any signature songs to movies that you love to run along to or just blast out in the car?!
- What was your last concert?!
‘Till next time,
Run safe, run strong, run happy!