Playlist Thursday: Local Artists

I am linking up with Pavement Runner today. I LOVE his music posts, mostly because I am always looking for new running songs to add to my playlist, but because of the format of his posts.

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Something Old: Songs that are at least 5 years old.

Something Current: Songs that have been released within the past year.

Something to Consider: Songs that are not typically heard on the radio and may be by artists you’ve never heard of or considered running to.

Today’s theme is: Local artists. I am going to stick to the Boston sector for this one, but you can pick artists from your state if that’s easier. I already included NKOTB, Mark Wahlberg and LFO in previous posts (all Boston natives) so I will spare you this time!

SOMETHING OLD
Artist: Aerosmith

Title: Love In An Elevator

Side Note: Who doesn’t love Aerosmith. Also I definitely suggest reading Steven Tyler’s autobiography, crazy stuff, it is a miracle the man is still alive. I also got to meet him once, but I was 8 and had no idea who he was. This song was also my sister & I’s favorite!

Quotable: Gotta get my timin’ right. It’s a test that I got to pass. I’ll chase you all the way to the stairway, honey. Kiss your sassafras

SOMETHING CURRENT
Artist: Matt Nathanson

Title: Mercy

Side Note:I have loved Matt Nathanson since the late 90’s and actually got to meet him when he & Howie Day opened for Guster back in 2004. I am glad he is starting to get popular, his music is amazing. Oh and that concert, we were definitely only there to see Matt & Howie.

Quotable: “its in the click click click. Of the camera flash. Its in the definite kick up in the fame ball blast. But they don’t call and they don’t last. And you’re gone. Outshine”

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER
Artist: Dispatch

Title: Here We Go

Side Note: Dispatch was an amazing band from the 90s, we saw their last show at Madison Square Garden in 2007! Amazing. We just found out that they recorded and released that show.

Quotable: Bottoms up boys this is the last call. Happy hour doesn’t last too long. You know it never does

Healthy Living Summit 2012: What I am looking forward too!

Healthy Living Summit starts in less than 72 hours! Oh my goodness it seems like it was a few days ago when I bought my ticket!

Since this is my first conference I thought I would share with you all the top five things I am looking forward too. I have to say there are more then five things that I am looking forward too, but I don’t think you want to read a 4 page post!

In no particular order here are the TOP FIVE:

1. Wild Harvest Breakfast Showdown

To say that I was shocked that I made the Top 5 for the breakfast showdown would be an understatement. Regardless of the outcome I am very happy of my success thus far and I want to say good luck to Kristin, Alicia, Heather and Amy. I am very proud of my recipe, and I know whatever they choose, the breakfast spread at HLS will be AMAZING.

2. Meeting other bloggers

While this is probably the scariest thing for me, I am very shy around new people, this is also very exciting. Very few of my real life friends are as into blogging as I am and have made it a part of their life. I am very excited to meet such like minded people. If you see me being quiet, I am just shy not rude

TNT Update, PDR & DNS

It’s been awhile since I did a Team In Training update, 2 months actually, so I thought I would let you all know how the running is going. I also want to thank everyone who purchased a headband through my SparklySoul Fundraiser, I will be posting a video of the winner by the end of the week, if you already told me you purchased one that’s fine, if you haven’t then let me know.

In the past two months I have made a conscious effort to go into every run with a good attitude and mentality. The run may not end well, but I am far more unlikely to be grumpy at the end, regardless of the outcome.

My long run is now up to 9 miles! A new PDR (personal distance record) for me. Before training, the longest I had ever run was 5 miles and it was hard, and now I have run 9 miles. It was definitely hard, but I know that all the time and training I have been putting in is definitely paying off.

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Before my run with some of my favorite workout gear. Lululemon tank & socks, Reebok capris, Asics sneakers and of course a SparklySoul headband. I also didn’t realize how much pink I was wearing.

I have made our informal team track workouts a necessity for me. We do a different workout every week and I can see the improvement in my speed on my long runs. My breathing is more even and less labored, and the hills, while still tough, those are getting a tiny bit easier. My first 8 mile run only took 5 more minutes then my last 7 mile run, if that’s not improvement I don’t know what is.

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How I relax after a long run…compression socks, the pink strikes again.

With a PDR their has also been some bad runs and a DNS (did not start) and a shortened training run. Lets talk about the DNS first, I was signed up to run The Color Run, I decided not too. I am definitely bummed I didn’t run the race, but it was also important to me to run my first 8 miler and to do it with my team. I am sort of glad I didn’t run because there were A LOT of race issues, mostly because an accident shutdown major roadways and the point to point race relied heavily on shuttling.

I also recently had to cut an 8 mile run to a 5 miler, and a 5 mile run isn’t something to shake your head at, it is still a wonderful accomplishment, but I was a little frustrated, I had some stomach issues going on, and the humidity was insane, I drank 20 oz of water during my run and I still felt completely dehydrated.

Then of course the 9 miler, I went into the run feeling super confident and I was doing great, until mile 7.5. My lower back started aching and it was painful to run. My awesome coach walked with me, and every time we tried to run, it would be okay at first and then slowly the back pain would creep in again. I am going to try to add a banana to my morning routine, she said that might help. Have you ever had any lower back pain? What did you do? While these things certainly stink, I am also glad I am dealing with them now and I hope that I can get over them before the half!

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The rest of my Saturday was spent relaxing and hanging out with my two favorite guys. The little one was caught trying to steal daddy’s bagel.

I have to add, while I was reluctant at first to dedicate myself to Team In Training because of my own fears of finishing a half marathon or even the ability to run one, I am so happy that I have decided to run Nike with TNT. I have found a wonderful support system of runners, and strangers who have become friends, totally cliche but true. If you are on the fence I would highly recommend you at least try running with your local chapter!

Fitness Friday: In a rut

I will be the first to admit when something with my lifestyle needs a change.

I am doing awesome with keeping up with my half-marathon training and my calorie counting, but I am getting sick of some of my go-to foods.

I have a pretty standard breakfast and Nick and I rotated through a dozen or so healthy dinners, and I am satisfied with that. Where I am in a rut is my lunches and snacks. I have been eating salads for lunch and my snacks are your average apples & carrots.

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typical lunch

I need new ideas, but I have been reading a lot of healthy living blogs and recipes and they are all complicated. The easiest part of the salad, is that I can prepare a huge one on Sunday and eat it all week. I need items that are either easy to make in large batches and will last or quick! What are your favorites?

I find myself craving my bad “comfort” foods or dreading lunch because I am so bored. Give me your favorite recipes and hopefully you will see them here soon.

How do you get out of a food rut?

Playlist Thursday: POP

I am linking up with Pavement Runner today. I LOVE his music posts, mostly because I am always looking for new running songs to add to my playlist, but because of the format of his posts.

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Here is the format via Pavement Runner:

Something Old: These will be songs that are at least 5 years old. I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.

Something Current: These will be songs that have been released within the past year. I know, but you have to give me some leeway here.

Something to Consider: These will be songs that are not typically heard on the radio and may be by artists you’ve never heard of or considered running to. This is the wild card category, can be old or current.

Today’s theme is: Pop. I am not one to shy away from a good pop song, get ready for an awesome playlist.

SOMETHING OLD

Artist: LFO
Title: Summer Girls
Side Note: Gotta represent the Boston Boy Bands
Quotable: There was a good man named Paul Revere. I feel much better baby when you’re near. You love fun dip and cherry Coke. I like the way you laugh when I tell a joke

SOMETHING CURRENT

Artist: Pink
Title: Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
Side Note: Not exactly the happiest song, but Pink songs have the anger I need to get a fire lit under my feet.
Quotable: I think that life’s too short for this, I want back my ignorance and bliss. I think I’ve had enough of this, blow me one last kiss.

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER

Artist: Backstreet Boys
Title: Larger Than Life
Side Note: I won’t tell you how many times I have seen them in concert, all you need to know is that they have some energetic songs for your run!
Quotable: Looking at the crowd. And I see your body sway, c’mon. Wishin’ I could thank you in a different way, c’mon . ‘Cause all of your time spent keeps us alive

Happenings in the city

We’ve been pretty lucky lately that a lot of our friends have come to visit! I wanted to share one of our more recent outings!

Our friend Tom, came for a weekend, and one of his requests was to dine at Legal Harborside. We decided to get a little fancy and dined on the second floor.

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view from our table

We started with a delicious bread basket
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The chef sent a carrot ginger cold shot to each table, it was a bit strong for my taste though.

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For dinner I had the prosciutto wrapped tuna with butter beans, heirloom tomato and smoked spring onion.

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It was perfect

Both Nick & Tom had the filet mignon with alaskan king crab, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and béarnaise sauce.

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how perfect does that look?

After dinner we made our way to the third floor for a cocktail

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Sangria for me

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Manhattan & Gin&Tonic for the boys

We headed out for a beer and then made our way home. It was an early one for me since I had to get up and run 7 miles.

The next day we walked around Back Bay, had lunch at Cafeteria

For dinner we headed to the North End, I have my preferred standbys but lines were long, I couldn’t find parking and we were getting hungry. We decided to try Vinoteca di Monica.

Best random find ever. All the pasta is made fresh in house. While the restaurant is pricy, I would definitely suggest as a splurge night!
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Drinks: Black & Yellow, Boston Tea Party and G&T

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warm sourdough bread with herbed butter

For dinner I had the special: Lobster Risotto with Shrimp & Prawns.
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Everything was cooked perfectly, Monica’s is getting added to one of my go-to North End restaurants.

We all shared dessert
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Flourless Chocolate Cake with raspberry sauce

We headed to Harvard for a night cap and then made our way home.

It has been years since Nick and I just went downtown and hung out, it was nice to play tourist for a weekend and to have a few amazing meals out.

Sparkle Update!

Just for a reminder, you all know I am running a half-marathon for Team in Training. In order to help with my fundraising, my favorite headband company, Sparkly Soul Headbands, has offered my friends, family and blog readers!

Sparkly Soul™ Headbands are really non-slip …and sparkly! The patent pending design makes certain your headbands stay in place — no matter how intense your sports and fitness activity. It is the comfortable solution for all you athletic fashionistas! Functional and chic, they can be worn from the gym to the office to a night out. Sparkle It Up!

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Visit www.sparklysoul.com and enter in coupon code “KELLY” at checkout to receive a 10% discount and 15% of your entire order will be donated to My Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraising – the discount code will only be valid from July 30-August 6, 2012.

http://www.sparklysoul.com

If you place an order, leave me a comment and you will be entered to win one free headband!

If you left me a comment before you are already entered!

Playlist Thursday: I’m bringing sexy back

Don’t forget you have until MONDAY to purchase a Sparklysoul headband for 10% off and 15% of your purchase will go to my Team In Training fundraising for LLS! If you purchase a headband let me know and you could win an additional headband. Leave a comment on my initial post!

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I am linking up with Pavement Runner today. I LOVE his music posts, mostly because I am always looking for new running songs to add to my playlist, but because of the format of his posts.

Playlist thursday logo

Here is the format via Pavement Runner:

Something Old: These will be songs that are at least 5 years old. I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.

Something Current: These will be songs that have been released within the past year. I know, but you have to give me some leeway here.

Something to Consider: These will be songs that are not typically heard on the radio and may be by artists you’ve never heard of or considered running to. This is the wild card category, can be old or current.

Today’s theme is: Bringing Sexy Back. My dear friend Pavement Runner suggested that we try to not go for the obvious option and use Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back”. I guess I will stick to artists that I think are sexy