Motivational Music Monday #48

By | August 20, 2017

Where were we?  Right, for most of last year and a good part of this year, I tried to post a weekly recap based (very loosely) on a song choice from the playlist and encouraged everyone to join the party.  If I recall, we usually add some beer, coffee, and an anything else goes selection to the conversation as well.  So, let’s do that again!  I had to look back in the archives a bit for the last Motivational Music Monday.  We left off with MMM #47 posted on May 10 – my birthday!  Crikey, I guess my blog has been a little sporadic.

The past 2-3 weeks have been very frustrating from a running perspective.  After finally shaking the effects of the lingering back issue, I had planned to return to full marathon training in August.  I worked on gradually building the distance with several easy pace runs.  Everything was great, then 2 miles into a long Sunday run at Green Lake, I felt the popping in my left calf.  After 4-5 miles, I was reduced to a run, walk, hobble and gutted it out to 10 miles before stopping.  I took most of the next week off from running and tried again the following Sunday with pretty much the same result.  The new running shoes also wreaked blistering havoc on my heels to wrap up a not so great day!



Green Lake is a new running location for us.  Paula is in the midst of her marathon build and we searched for some new locations to mix things up a bit.  Green Lake is located in North Seattle.  On an early Sunday morning, traffic is light enough that we can drive to the park in under 40 minutes.  The trail is fully paved around the perimeter providing a nice 2.8 mile scenic circuit around the lake.  There are lots of nearby facilities, restaurants, and, of course, a great Starbucks 🙂  We are enjoying the location and will visit a couple more times for our Sunday long runs over the next month.



Back on Ice

Back to the ice and rest routine for me.  Though after (yet) another week the leg is finally feeling better.  Last Thursday we headed north to Canada to explore the beautiful area around Whistler, British Columbia.  As PK headed out on her 16 mile long run I was so tempted to join but had to hold off.  I did manage a 5 mile walk.  It was very nice, but honestly by mile 4 I was getting kinda bored.  Just not the same.


Saturday, we had planned to ride the amazing mountain Gondolas to the top of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.  To cut a long and tedious story short, there was absolutely nowhere to park and the queue at the ticket line was insane.  After a decent lunch in the Village we decided to rent bikes and spend the afternoon exploring some the lower trails.  It was a great family outing and something that we will most certainly do again on a future trip.


Sunday Runday!!  I couldn’t hold off any longer and planned a trail run to Lost Lake, just outside of Whistler.  I figured if the calf was going to flare it would do it early and I would just make the deflated walk back – getting kinda familiar with that feeling this year!  But, after a couple miles, other than feeling a bit out of shape, everything was going great.  I ran through the Village and picked up the trail to Lost Lake. This was far hillier than I anticipated.  I expected sort of undulating – errrr, not quite.

But, I got it done and made it back to the condo 11.265408 kilometers later – being in Canada and all, Google helped with the conversion from 7 miles 🙂  So, the good news is the leg held up on a pretty tough run over a decent distance.  I’m not going to get too optimistic but I desperately need to get back to training.  I’m way over my target weight…if you’ve seen my recent craft beer twitter/ig updates you’ll understand!  I’m nowhere near any of the paces that I ran earlier in the year.  But, if I can make it back to 3-4 runs per week for a month, I’ll be happy.  I’m still not ruling out an attempt at a marathon PR in San Antonio in December.  I’ll admit it’s not likely but not giving up just yet.

Hmmmm, what’s next?  Oh yeah, the music and stuff bit….

Music and Stuff

Time to take a look at the playlist.

You can find the Motivational Music Monday playlist on Spotify by searching my user name jamhar2016.  I have a few to add.  Going to try to set it up on YouTube as well sometime, probably 🙂

  • 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
  • MMM #45:  Motley Crue – Same Old Situation
  • MMM #46:  Twenty One Pilots – Ride
  • MMM #47:  U2 – Beautiful Day

Week 47 Reader Picks

It’s only been 3 1/2 months but there were some contributions back in May – y’all didn’t think I would forget did ya 🙂

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

Coffee and Stuff

You might know by now that I work for Starbucks at Global Coffee HQ in Seattle…and feel very fortunate to be where I’m at in my career.  It’s been a crazy busy summer and we’ve rolled out all kinds of fabulous beverage options.  Infused teas, to new coffees, nitro cold brew (well that came out last year but still) and fabulous flavors of frappuccinos.  There is also a new food menu being launched called Mercato – amazing sandwiches and salads.  We got to sample all of it a few weeks ago and it is currently available in some test markets.  If you see it next time you are in Starbucks, I highly recommend taking a look.

As it’s still summer, I’m going with a Nitro Cold Brew with a shot of sweet cream.  After a couple less than stellar runs at Green Lake, it was my go to beverage until happy hour!


Beer – haven’t been sidelined in this area.  So many, I could put together an entire album.  But, here’s a recent one from a summer trip that was fabulous.  A HellDiver Pale Ale from Sockeye Brewing in Boise was probably the single best beer of the summer.  Incredible flavor.  Pretty limited to the Western States but if you are ever in Boise, be sure to pay them a visit if you like beer!


We’ve been to a couple great concerts since the last Motivational Music Monday.  And, like the coffee and beer, I have some catching up to do.  But, unless you live in a bunker that has been unplugged from the universe for the last year (in which case you’re probably not reading), we are about to experience a full solar eclipse.  We’ll likely be on the road somewhere near Vancouver when it all goes dark.  And, my apologies in advance, but can’t resist (and yes this sappy 80’s power ballad is on my playlist) – yell it out y’all!

Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart

  • Your turn – how’s your summer training going?
  • Beverage of choice over the past month or three…beer, wine, Starbucks or otherwise.
  • Song for an eclipse?  Or anything that’s rockin’ your world right now is fine too 🙂

‘Till next time,

Run safe, run strong, run happy!


20 thoughts on “Motivational Music Monday #48

  1. Jess Guth

    I enjoy reading your blog! Keep the posts coming. I also really like your motivational monday playlist. I don’t run with music but I do dance (sort of) round the house to all sorts of stuff and always love a good tune to cross a race finish line to. My favourites are the Star Wars theme tune at the Walt Disney World 10k or half marathon in 2016- can’t remember and Elton John’s “Im still standing” – both fab running songs particularly at the end of a marathon. Hope all the little niggles are settling down.

    1. James Post author

      Hi Jess…and thank you!! I’m hoping to get a bit more consistent with the posts. Even though I have some catching up to do, I need to keep them a bit shorter! Those are some cool tunes and song choices…I’m Still Standing is a great running song – will add to the next shoutout list and my playlist 🙂 Very occasionally I run without music…I tried podcasts for a while but never really stuck with them. Have a great week!!

  2. Alittlebitoutoffocus

    Good to read that you’re back on the road, training again, Jamesie. I’m sure a few months off will have done you good (physically if not mentally) and I hope your calf (& back) hold out for the remainder of the year, so that you can target some interesting races. As for the beer, I wish I could try that brew! Cheers buddy!

    1. James Post author

      Hey Mikey…nice hearing from you mate. Yeah, in some ways being off for most of the summer has been a nice mental break but it is amazing how quickly the bad habits creep back in – mainly beer, wine, and overall diet. And, then subsequently how quickly that all translates into extra weight. My pace is probably 2 minutes slower than my peak earlier in the year but if my calf holds up and let’s me get back, I’ll be be happy…for now 🙂 Cheers mate!!

    1. James Post author

      And, I’m sure it will be playing around the world today!! And, noone will ever admit to singing it out loud because we all know all the words!!!

  3. Chris

    Good to hear you are back on the mend!

    That song is more than twice as long as the actual solar eclipse will take but I still like it!

    1. James Post author

      hehehehe…and we heard that song at least 2-3 times on our drive home from Canada this afternoon!! Not that I would know any of the words or anything 😉 Cheers!!

  4. Paula

    I’m so happy you are finally on the mend! Let’s pray and cross our fingers your injuries are over and done with! “Don’t go out too fast!!” You did great this weekend… even if your warm-up walk got boring, lol.

    Cool music choice for this lovely eclipse day, you’re quite creative, hehe!

    1. James Post author

      It was a wonderful weekend and plenty active!! And, no way am I going out too fast anytime soon! Got a feeling that song will be playing all day whenever the eclipse is in the timezone!

  5. wanderwolf

    Great song! I totally listened to it twice. The eclipse itself wasn’t much to see here in south Florida, though.
    I’m sorry about your training, James. You could use a break! (But not literally) 😉
    The seven mile run looks promising and a PR is never worth ruling out! You’ve got time.
    Speaking of time, “too much time on my hands” from Styx is a good choice.

    1. James Post author

      Hi Dorothea!! Glad you liked the song selection…we heard it at least 2-3 times on our drive home today! We were a bit too far north to see much of the actual eclipse…it sort of turned twilight for a couple minutes but we were on the road so didn’t notice much. Too much time on my hands is a superb choice and I will look forward to shouting that out on the next MMM, hopefully next week sometime!! The run was promising yesterday…I am hopeful! Cheers!!

  6. runningtotravel

    Glad to hear you had a good 7 mile run and had fun in Whistler. I just watched the eclipse earlier today and someone next to us was playing Dark Side of the Moon. I thought that was pretty appropriate for the eclipse.

    1. James Post author

      Yes…Dark Side of the Moon was my next choice!! We loved Whistler and absolutely plan to return. Not sure if you have made it there on your travels yet but we loved Whistler. It is well known as a winter sports resort, but the summer activities are amazing as well. No end of hiking, biking, and running trails…also the host city for IronMan Canada.

      1. runningtotravel

        I haven’t been to that part of Canada. The closest I’ve been is Banff. I would love to go there sometime, but in the summer. Hiking, biking, and running trails sounds perfect to me!

        1. James Post author

          Banff looks incredible too but I can highly recommend Whistler…everything from easy recreational riding trails – over 40km to explore, mountain biking, hiking…and of course tons of running options! Hope you make it there one day…it’s also the host site of IronMan Canada!!

  7. Robyn

    Oh, I feel your pain! I had to slow down my running and miles. Found I was just – burnt out. And my body was telling me in so many ways. I also feel the itch and started following Hal’s half marathon training schedule for the Philly Rock N Roll I registered for a year ago. Same here – my runs are okay, they just feel like I am out of shape. Which I will take any day over injury! Hope your calf continues to heal and you feel 100% soon!

    1. James Post author

      Hi Robyn…thank you for stopping by and the support. Good to hear from you but sorry that you have been on the sidelines a bit as well. I know you were really cranking out the miles earlier in the year. It is frustrating…I swear not too long ago, I could routinely run intervals and long runs at or above target pace. Now I can barely manage my easy run/recovery pace but I’ll take healthy as long as I can keep preparing for the Fall and Winter races…maybe finish the year on a high! Best of luck in your return as well.

  8. Fallon @ Slacker Runner

    Glad you were able to enjoy Whistler! I am sorry to hear about the calf issue though, that’s rough. I’ve been having super tight calves lately and can’t figure out what’s causing it. Aren’t we the pair? 🙂 No eclipse songs but right now I am listening to Skillet.

    1. James Post author

      Yep indeed!! Hopefully the niggling injuries heal up sometime soon!! I’ve now completed 2 runs without issue but still too soon to get overly hopeful. I’ll add your Skillet to the next MMM shoutout list…hope you are having a bit of a better week at least!


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