Motivational Music Monday #45

By | April 4, 2017

Motivational Music Monday on a Tuesday (or Wednesday)

And, once again it’s time for the weekly wrap and music, coffee, and beer!  It was another busy week as you might have noticed with Motivational Music Monday coming to you on Wednesday in most timezones.  But, it is still Tuesday on the left coast of the US, and Hawaii 🙂  Last week I broke the news of the change in the race calendar to accommodate a better chance at a marathon PR at the North Olympic Discovery Marathon.  I won’t deny the extra rest day has been nice and allowed for a little extra recovery.  Although I’ve felt a bit guilty at times from backing down from the original plan.

This week, I’m going to lead off with more race news!  Those of you that follow me or Paula on social media and/or Paula’s blog most likely have noticed this image by now.


We got the JSYK I’m In notification Thursday morning and we were both super excited.  In October, we will heading to Washington DC to #RunWithTheMarines.  This will be Paula’s first (and quite possibly only) full marathon and I don’t think she could have chosen a more amazing or inspirational event than the Marine Corps Marathon.  She wrote about her excitement of being drawn from the lottery over, along with a couple other comments!  There are lots of details to be planned, not to mention training to be completed.  For this race, I am going to pace her and help her get to the finish.  It is the very least I can do after all the support she has given me in my crazy marathon quests over the years.  It will be quite the journey together!


We’ve got a few races to go though before October, starting this weekend with the Seahawks 12K Run At The Landing.  This one should be fun, finishing at the Seahawks training facility on the east shore of Lake Washington.  And, we finally get our coveted “12” bling, and a PR assuming we finish given we have never raced that distance before 🙂

The non-race news

With the extra rest day last week, the schedule felt a bit strange.  I think for the most part it felt good.  I still managed 38 miles for the week including a hard 8 mile tempo run on Wednesday and a decent 15 miler on Sunday.  My long run pace was just over 9:15 and my tempo was around 8:00.  I certainly could have ran harder or longer if needed on the long run so I’ll take that as a good sign.  The hard work that Hansons put me through is having an effect.  We’ll have a better indication at the half in Reno and then it’s back for the final immersion into the remaining 5 weeks of the marathon plan.

The sun even came out again for Sunday’s run!


I also completed my first product test for BibRave.  I spent about 5-6 weeks testing the BeachBody Performance system and you can read the results in my review.  I’m enjoying getting to know the team of BibRavePros.  They are a fun and supportive group and the BibRave website is very useful for gathering information on a race that you may be interested in running.  You can also add your own review at anytime and there are no fees for membership.  I’m continuing with my product evaluations which currently include the RoadID Elite ID Band and a set of pack-it Sports gear bags from Eagle Creek. More to come on those products over the next couple weeks but I do have discounts to offer on both of them on the Gear Discounts page if you are interested.

Music and Stuff

Time to take a look at the playlist.  I think this list is getting a bit long so I’m likely going to move the historical list to a dedicated page.  But, for this week it’s in the normal place.

You can find the Motivational Music Monday playlist on Spotify by searching 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
  • MMM #42:  Cher – Turn Back Time
  • MMM #43:  Panic! At The Disco – Victorious
  • MMM #44:  Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Runnin’ Down A Dream

Week 44 Reader Picks

Thank you to everyone that commented last week.  Not too many new songs submitted but both Paula and I very much appreciated the good wishes of encouragement.

Keep ’em coming, I’m always looking for more to add to my Spotify Library and share with everyone!

Coffee and Stuff

Each Friday morning at global coffee HQ we have a 15-30 minute standing department meeting.  It’s generally easy going with just high level updates and it always begins with a coffee overview and tasting led by 2 team members.  It is done on a rotation so you come up to bat every couple months depending on schedule and availability.  It makes for a fun way for those of us in technology to stay tuned to the business.  And, it’s not always coffee…sometimes we may have tea or juice but it’s usually coffee.  This week, it was my turn!

We went with the second in the single origin series – Colombia Nariño Supremo Coffee.  Grown in the Andes mountains, it has less acidity than most South American coffees, though it is still noticeable, but blends well with an earthy almost walnut tone.  It also goes really well with high quality dark chocolate.  You can read more right here and it’s available for a limited time in most Starbucks retail stores.


I had a beer too last week…pretty sure I did 🙂

A Good Life Descender IPA in the standard Friday night Happy Hour Rock ‘n Roll Seattle Marathon glass.  Deep and hoppy IPA that was actually quite strong but it didn’t stop me having another.



Time to add something to the list and wrap it up.  Sometimes, I look for a song with some kind of inspiration or something related to the theme for the week or month.  Maybe it’s the lyrics or related to some kind of life event or even social impact.

This week has none of that whatsoever – we’re going back to big hair, eyeliner, and lip-gloss for the fellas.  This came on during a random play during a workout last week and gave me a chuckle so as we haven’t done a signature hair band in a long while, here’s a classic from Crue that has absolutely nothing to do with anything really 🙂

Motley Crue – Same Old Situation

  • Marine Corps Marathon, Ooorah!!  Have you ever ran it…what are you thoughts?  We’ll be looking for some tips and tricks as we get closer.
  • Do you have a favorite Starbucks beverage that I could maybe go try?
  • 80’s Hair Bands, gotta admit I was a fan and had pretty much all the hits spinning at one time or another…bring back any memories?  But, anything goes so if you got a song you want to share, shout it out regardless of genre.

‘Till next time,

Run safe, run strong, run happy!


17 thoughts on “Motivational Music Monday #45

  1. neveradullbling

    Awww, thanks for the support! I shall work hard and try to come up with a finish at MCM, :D. As for ’80s, yeah, I may have a couple of hair band songs in my back pocket. I’ll have to see if I can hit one out of the park. Hugsies!

    1. James Post author

      Hehehe, well I’ve just given you lots of ideas with all the hair band songs in the background tonight, so you have plenty of pretty boys to choose from!! hugsies!

  2. Chris

    Congratulations on getting into the MCM! This is one my most favorite marathons and very inspirational!. Make sure to finish strong as the Marines on the hill near the finish will not let you walk in!

    Last week I had a Full Sail Blood Orange Wheat beer that was good but tasted nothing like orange.

    I will match your hair band with another hair band that is not as well known: Kix – Don’t Close Your Eyes :

    1. James Post author

      That is awesome Chris, we were super excited to get selected in the lottery…thank you for the tip, it’s going to be an incredible experience for us. We’re adding a couple days to the trip to spend a bit more time in DC as well. That beer sounds great…will definitely add that to the list and I thought you might like the change up back to the 80’s hair bands. I have heard of Kix…pretty sure I have but I will have to look up that song. We used to watch all these bands on Metal Mania several years ago…Cheers!!

  3. Robyn

    Congrats on being able to #RunWithTheMarines! Your training plan looks like it is working great – esp since you felt like you could have gone farther on your 15! And you got nice speed on your distance and tempo runs. I definitely agree – the work that you have done with this training plan has taken an effect. Great job, James!

    1. James Post author

      Thank you Robyn…very much appreciate the support and kind words. I think the training plan is definitely working. Even though I’ve scaled back by adding a rest day, I’m still running the midweek speed/tempo run – just not both. But, when we get back from Reno, I will resume exactly where I left off which is why I also want to keep the long runs around 15 miles. Hope you are doing well…I need to make sure I didn’t miss any of your blog updates. Take care!

  4. Nia Iman-Santoso

    Congratulations on getting the spot on MCM. I’ll be running MCM too, for the third time….love it because it’s on my city. I am sure, you and your wife will love it too, especially because we #runwiththemarines

    1. James Post author

      Thank you Nia…we are super excited to come visit DC. We’re going to extend the trip a little so we can spend some extra time and do some sightseeing…in addition to all the sightseeing we’ll be doing running 26 miles!! Can’t wait to #runwiththemarines we’ll see you in October, ooorah!!

  5. sarahdudek80

    Congrats on Marine Corps. I think your wife is going to have an incredible experience. I have heard nothing about great things about that race. I love that area too. I love seeing your coffee and beer posts. Both are my faves. These days I am doing no beer and just decaf, but thank goodness for the deliciousness of Starbucks decaf. It almost feels like I am not missing out.

    1. James Post author

      Thank you Sarah! And, I’m glad you’re still enjoying the beverage selections on the blog each week, even if you are not partaking right now 🙂 I should call out the Starbucks decaf selection sometime, I’ve never personally tried them but I certainly could. Hope you are doing well and thanks for stopping by…take care!

  6. runningtotravel

    As usual, your post is jam-packed with all kinds of cool info! Congrats on getting into MCM. I think it’s awesome that you’re going to run with Paula. I’m curious though; will this mean you’ll be running 50 states plus D.C.? What do other 50 staters do? Your song reminds me of a post a friend of mine put on Facebook last week. It was a video of her young daughter playing “Home Sweet Home” by Poison on the piano. She and I were both big hair-band fans.

    1. James Post author

      Thank you Donna! Really appreciate the kind words and glad you enjoy the content, if it is a bit mixed up at times 🙂 Great question on what State does MCM count for or is it 50 States + DC…based on a comment from another blogger a couple months ago, my understanding is that MCM counts for Virginia as the race starts and ends on the Virginia side of the river. I don’t know the geography of the area but I’m sure the 50 States website would verify. So, best I know we will be checking off VA! Glad you liked the hairband changeup…yes, have to admit I was into the rock stuff in the 80’s…I still am, but I just have much more variety these days! Love Home Sweet Home as well, though I’m pretty sure that was also Motley Crue…now I have to go check, but I’ll add it to the shout out list next week 🙂

  7. Fallon @ Slacker Runner

    Ahh, the 80’s. I still love a good power ballad or anthem sometimes. 🙂 Congratulations again on MCM, it’s great that you both get to run it together. I admit I don’t go to Starbucks often- home town may have 4 but work town only has 1 and it’s inside a grocery store. I stick to McDonalds for my coffee. Sorry!

    1. James Post author

      Thanks Falyn…getting a lot of upvotes for the 80’s hair power ballards and music selection this week 🙂 Yep, we are real excited about MCM, should be an awesome experience…what only 1 Starbucks Licensed Store in your work town, no way!! Then, we must build more…which I’m sure we will soon enough 🙂 Keep an eye on our retail store promotions though, there’s all kinds of good stuff available through the Stars program! Ok, sales pitch over…happy running and Bibraving!

  8. Run Colby Run

    I’m STOKED you’re running MCM!!! I’ve run it twice. Yes. It was that good. However, I ran it last year and it was so effen hot I nearly came undone. Like, stopped sweating and freaked out. However, when I saw a guy wearing an exoskeleton running along side of me, it motivated me beyond words. Really. What was my problem at that point? That’s how MCM is. You will be inspired. And moved to tears. It’s a great course with tons of spectators. It’s also fantastic for spectators- lots of spots to see you. Super fun time. 😊

    1. James Post author

      Thanks Colby!! Yeah, we are super excited but hope we don’t get those temps this year. Going to be an awesome experience for sure!


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