Motivational Music Monday #42

By | March 15, 2017

As if the weekend doesn’t go fast enough it was DST spring forward in the US.  Nothing like getting to Monday a little earlier, eh?!!  The time shift appeared to throw off the blog this week a bit so welcome to Motivational Music Monday on Wednesday 🙂 To lighten everything up and for those that still have the change coming, here’s a couple topical meme’s.

I really would like to advocate this one:




But, if you are still struggling, we got coffee 🙂


We did have some fun over the weekend as we decided to head out and run a different trail.  We are very fortunate in the Seattle region to have hundreds of miles of very well maintained trails to run and bike.  We live within a quarter mile of one that we can run or bike uninterrupted for over 30 miles.  Many of the pictures on this site are from our local Centennial trail.

On Sunday we decided to venture out to Bothell, about a 30 minute drive south, to explore the Sammamish River trail.  This is another amazing area where urban meets rural with the trail following the Sammamish River.  To the west it connects to another trail, the Burke-Gilman that takes the runner, walker, cyclist right into Seattle.  For this run we stayed on the east side following the trail through the Woodinville wineries and breweries.  We plan on going back in a couple weeks so I’ll get better pictures.

My long run distance this week was scheduled for 16 miles.  After a tough run a couple weeks ago, I was hoping for a better afternoon in the rain on Sunday.  It was a lot of fun heading somewhere new – we likened it to a race day without the race day stress or having to try to run fast 🙂  Our “race” started sometime around 1:30’ish, there were plenty of bathroom options, and we parked next to Starbucks for “post-race” recovery options.

It was a great run – my target long run pace is 9:29 and I averaged 9:25 for the 16 miles.  Running an 8 mile out and back, my turning point was in Redmond, close to where I started the Lake Sammamish Half last weekend.  Splits were mostly consistent, varying by only 18 seconds after mile 4, and only 6 seconds during miles 9-14.  Fatigue from the long training week kicked in around mile 14 or so but I felt strong enough to close it out and make it to our “finish line.”


I mentioned the fatigue from the training week.  Total mileage for last week was 53.5 which is the most for me in a long time.  The speed workout transitioned to a “strength” run session; 6×1 mile splits at 8:30 with 1/4 mile recovery.  This was followed up with a tough 8 mile tempo run before a merciful rest day Friday.  I continue to progress with the Hansons plan with about 5 weeks remaining of hard training.


Music and Stuff

Time to get to the main point of this post!

You can find the Motivational Music Monday playlist on Spotify via my user name jamhar2016.

  • 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:  Alien 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’
  • MMM #22: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – If You Leave
  • MMM #23: Adele – Set Fire To The Rain
  • MMM #24: Green Day – Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  • MMM #25:  The Chainsmokers featuring Daya – Don’t Let Me Down
  • MMM #26:  Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
  • MMM #27:  AC/DC – It’s A Long Way to The Top (If You Wanna Rock And Roll)
  • MMM #28: Sia featuring Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills
  • MMM #29: Styx – Too Much Time On My Hands
  • MMM #30: The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
  • MMM #31: The Beastie Boys – No Sleep Till Brooklyn
  • MMM #32: Maroon 5 – Harder To Breathe
  • MMM #33: Simply Three – Counting Stars
  • MMM #34: Usher – Yeah!
  • MMM #35:  Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop
  • MMM #36:  Paul McCartney, The Beatles – Birthday Song
  • MMM #37:  Michael Buble – Blue Christmas
  • MMM #38: Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody and Queen w/Adam Lambert – Dont Stop Me Now
  • MMM #39:  Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats – S.O.B.
  • MMM #40:  Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • MMM #41:  Nirvana and 2 Cellos – Smells Like Teen Spirit

Week 41 Reader Picks

This is the bit where I shout out the selections that everyone else contributed.  Thank you to everyone that commented – it’s always fun to share stories from the week and a song once in a while.

  • A Little Respect/Erasure from Paula Kaye at Neveradullbling
  • By The Way/Red Hot Chili Peppers from Dorothea at Wanderwolf Running
  • The World in Union/Kiri Te Kanawa from Mum in the Motherland

Coffee and Treats

One of the many benefits (that I probably go on about too much) of working at Starbucks HQ is getting to see all the new incredible promotions as they roll out.  The Macchiato line of beverages has been very popular and a couple weeks ago some new mixes were launched.  I had to jump in on the Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato just so I could share on the blog! It looked fabulous and tasted incredible 🙂


Here’s the link to the full story and a couple of other flavor variations.

Oh, there was beer this week too…Friday evening happy hour courtesy of Black Raven Brewery (from Redmond, WA).  A vanilla blueberry infused IPA with organic mountain grown catnip and appropriately named the Kitty Kat Blues.  I tied back into the running theme by serving in a 2016 Rock N Roll Seattle Marathon pint glass, cheers!



It’s time for the pick of the week.  And, we’re going back in time to stay with the theme this week with an iconic song from an iconic Eighties diva.  And, I’ll freely admit this 80’s rockin’ beat is on a playlist somewhere.

Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time


  • Do you ever explore new areas or trails to run?  Any inspiring ones recently?
  • Eighties song that rocks your list?  Actually anything goes that you want to add is just fine 🙂
  • Do you like coffee?

‘Till next time,

Run safe, run strong, run happy!


12 thoughts on “Motivational Music Monday #42

    1. James Post author

      It was a great afternoon outing for a run though…looking forward to the next one in 2 weeks but we’re getting burgers and beer afterwards 🙂

  1. runningtotravel

    Nice job on your long run last weekend! I always like exploring new places when I’m running and trying new trails. It’s good to mix things up sometimes.

    1. James Post author

      thanks Donna…we are fortunate in having so many trails to explore in this area, hopefully we’ll get out a bit further with our training runs this year!

  2. Chocolaterunsjudy

    LOVE Cher!

    Yes, you are so lucky out there (if you don’t mind the hills, of course).

    I like to try to explore new areas, but I’m a little time crunched usually. Not to mention at the moment everything is covered by a foot of snow (we got about 2 feet this week), so right now I’m just not even quite sure where I’ll run 8 tomorrow!

    1. James Post author

      Yep, I don’t mind admitting I have several 80’s, 90’s, 00’s pop and rock divas in my playlists! It was great to explore a new trail and yes while we do have hills around Seattle, we have long beautiful flat trails to run too…like this one! I get the time crunch though trust me…I typically have a 4+ hour daily commute on top of the work day and marathon training so it’s a squeeze to say the least! At least this was only a 1/2 hour drive though so not too bad and we had the luxury of going when we felt like it…don’t envy that snow at all, good luck!!

      1. Chocolaterunsjudy

        4 HOURS? ARE YOU NUTS? Good thing you seem to like your job. That would kill me.

        Seriously, just the 3 hour commute to my folks every week is killing me! And that’s just one day!

        And the traffic around there is no joke, also.

        I’ll have some lovely snow photos to share tomorrow. 🙂

        1. James Post author

          hehehe, yes I do indeed love my job but in the winter, yeah my total commute time is 4-5 hours per day combination of drive/train/shuttle or walk…throw in a project launch on a Friday night or weekend and it gets pretty crazy trying to fit everything in some weeks!!

  3. wanderwolf

    What a crazy week! Congrats on making it through. I think Hamsons is really good for building mental toughness.
    “If I could turn back time” and “Life after love” were two of my go-to karaoke songs in college. The album Heart of Stone was on my old MP3 player… should probably get some of her music on my new player, too.
    By the way, your commute is crazy! The worst I’ve had was 1.25 one way, and I complained enough about that one…

    1. James Post author

      Yes, it is crazy busy sometimes it seems!! I agree that Hansons really helps with the mental toughness…honestly, it is pushing me to my limits at times but I am getting much stronger and pushing through, which is what I need in a serious marathon attempt. I haven’t blogged about it yet but I do hope to take a shot at my PR next month in Reno even though the course is far from ideal…1,000+ ft of evelation gain at altitude but even if I don’t PR it will be interesting to see how I hold up. I will definitely try Hansons again but it is not a program that I could possibly maintain year round and I’m looking forward to the post-marathon break! Glad you liked the Cher pick!! And, I still got catching up on blogs to do…cheers!!

      1. wanderwolf

        I think it’s worth a shot at Reno… but I would definitely not be disappointed if I didn’t PR with that kind of elevation. At the same time, given your half and shorter distance PRs, you can definitely run a faster marathon than you have so far, probably even with the elevation, and I am rooting for you to do it in Reno! I’m also jealous of the awesome break you’re going to have after that race. Not having to get out there 6 days a week and do workouts every other day is a reward in itself.

        1. James Post author

          yep, it is worth a shot and you are spot on, given the course I won’t be disappointed if I don’t PR but I know what I need to do when I try again! And, yes I am very much looking forward to the post-marathon break…I plan on dropping to 3 runs per week and enjoying not following a strenuous plan with prescribed workouts. Also looking forward to some cycling and maybe even swimming…until it’s time start marathon training again 🙂


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