Welcome, Spring!

Date: March 21, 2011 at 7:57 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 14

Good morning!

It’s officially spring, and although the sun isn’t out and the air isn’t warm, I’m still excited to know that nicer days are on the way.

This weekend we definitely got a glimpse of the changing seasons. If you missed out on anything, here’s how I spent the past few days:

Add in a dose (or two) of 16 Handles frozen yogurt, some quality time with good friends and plenty of sleep — not a bad weekend!

I’m proud to say I was in bed last night around 10 pm and slept amazingly. When my alarm called for me at 5:30 this morning, I answered it feeling refreshed and ready to start the 4-day work week.

That’s right. I have Friday off to head down to D.C. for the race! Yay!

I knew it might be yucky weather today, so I laid out happy-colored running clothes.

Nothing matches. But it's all pretty.

Still, the weather was nasty. All of my runs this week will be short runs — no longer than 4 miles — and today I opted for the streets rather than the river path. My thought was that I could stay under awnings and scaffolding and try to stay somewhat dry.

Good morning, Met

The views this morning were a bit different than normal, but how nice does the Metropolitan Museum of Art look before the sun comes up?

I ran 3 miles and was pretty soaked by the time I got back to my apartment.

Still smiling though

(That’s my undershirt, hence why it’s dry.)

A rainy day calls for an easy outfit, so today I’ve got on a skirt and a cardigan.

Easy and comfy

I know I said I’d try to wear heels less often this week to keep my calves loose and rested, but these ones are pretty low and comfortable.

Rain also calls for an easy hairstyle. Blow drying = crazy frizz. Solution? A simple twist and a ponytail.

Casual. Easy. (Lazy.)

My To-Do list for this week is out of control, so I’m off to start tackling it.

HERE’S WHAT I WANT TO KNOW TODAY: Yesterday I rattled off my list of things I do during race week to prepare. Another thing I do is stop listening to all my favorite songs, that way I’m not sick of them by the time I put together my race day playlist. I’m seeking songs to get excited about — things beyond Top 40, because I have that stuff already. What upbeat, can’t-help-but-run-fast songs do you swear by? Please share!

Shout outs to blogger friends!

  • Congratulations to Theodora and all of the other amazing NYC 1/2 Marathon finishers. Yesterday was a beautiful — albeit chilly — day for a race, and you all rocked it.
  • Happy Birthday to Dori! Dori has opened my eyes to all kinds of new workout programs, such as the Refine Method. Have a fabulous day!

14 Responses to "Welcome, Spring!"

Thank you for the shoutout! You are too sweet.

I am amazed by you for running in this weather. I could never do it.

Good tunes:
Beggin’ by Madcon and Black & Gold by Sam Sparro

I have a page on my blog devoted to my favorite running music (need to update it, but there is some good stuff on there) if you need more!

Not a bad idea to stop listening to your playlist before your race! I’m going to give that a try!

so glad you’re finally feeling better!

Top 4o is my middle name but some other hits I’ve been sweating to lately:

I love DJ Khaled All I do is Win. Because, when you’re racing that’s clearly what you need to hear.

Uprising by The Muse.

Wavin Flag by Knaan (from the World Cup. Just picture hot, sweaty soccer boys winning games while it plays.)

No Love. Eminem. (actually everything by him.)

Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson (don’t judge. sometimes angry music makes me really kill it on the race course.)

Happy Race Week!

Favorite running songs? “Higher Ground” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, “The Adventure” by Angels and Airwaves, “Run” by Benton Paul, and “Till I Collapse” by Eminem. Oh, and there’s usually a Spice Girls song on every cardio playlist I make 🙂 I’ve got eclectic taste!!

Till I Collapse by Eminem is one of my favs!!
Take care of yourself this week…

Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder!

“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. Always provides a little pick-me-up for me 🙂

Good luck!!! [can we see the final playlist?]

Thanks for the shoutout, girl! Can’t wait to travel down with you 😀

I really like “waka waka!”
Love your skirt:)

I’m sending lots of good luck vibes your way for the half this weekend! You’ll do great – you have such a great and positive attitude about it and I can tell that running flows through your veins. So inspiring! I’ve been sick this week too so I feel your pain, I HATE being sick, more than anything else. 🙁

DCRunner says: March 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Do you plan to run less this week b/c of the marathon on Saturday? I’m running it too. I’ve run the distance multiple times, but it’ll be my first official half marathon race. I’m a little unsure of the appropriate balance of runs/rest days this week. I’m thinking I’ll at least take Thursday and Friday off to get extra rest for Saturday.

Yes, I’ll definitely be running less this week in preparation for the race. I’m not going to run more than 4 miles at one time, and will probably take two days off from running altogether.

Snow – Informer

Some of my favorites are: Born For This by Paramore, A-Punk by Vampire Weekend, Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun, Ambling Alp by Yeasayer, and pretty much anything by Band of Horses or Spoon. I’m actually running my first race (a 10k) on Saturday so I love reading all your pre-race tips this week!