Pumped up kicks?

Hi everyone! πŸ™‚

Hope you all had a great weekend! I know I did but it was just WAY too short!

So I had another post planned for today but it ended up being a lot longer of a post than I had planned / have time for today so I think I’ll save it for tomorrow!

I thought I’d share with you my favorite running pump up songs! Lately, I’ve been listening to these almost every workout and theyΒ totally keep me going!

Move, Shake, Drop (Workout Mix) – Dynamix Music

Bangarang – Skrillex

Glad You Came – The Wanted

Sunrise (feat. Dev) – The Cataracs

Levels – Avicii (my favorite for sprints/pickups!)

Turn All The Lights On – T-Pain

Starships – Nicki Minaj

Little Bad Girl (feat. Taio Cruz) – David Guetta

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

Turn Up The Music – Chris Brown

Turn Me On – David Guetta & Nicki Minaj

Paris – David Guetta

Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Also!Β I had such a great find this weekend!…

Crunch Dried Fruit by Sensible Goods…SO yummy! I’m a huge fan of dried fruit but hate how there’s always SO much sugar in it. Luckily, these bad boys have less that 11g of sugar! (way better than the 20+ in other brands) and not to mention they’re super delish! πŸ™‚ I found them yesterday, tried a bag, then went back out today to buy some more. Highly recommend these if you’re a dried fruit fan like me!

What are your favorite pump up songs? Any good finds recently?Β 

And with that, I’m out!

Have a great week! πŸ™‚

XOXO,

Caroline

Dear Treadmill, I (surprisingly) miss you terribly.

Hi guys!

ONLY ONE MORE DAY UNTIL THE WEEKEND! Unfortunately, I’m not really looking forward to tomorrow cause I have 2 pretty big tests & REALLY need to crack down on some studying.. :/

FIRST OFF! I got a little surprise from Love Grown yesterday!

YAY Apple Walnut Delight! Let me tell ya…this stuff is DELICIOUS! ..and may or may not be half gone already… πŸ™‚ For sure ordering more! As well as all the other flavors!

Anywho! It’s still super snowy out in my parts of MA and the roads have been BAD so that means no running or gym time for me 😦 and I’m hating this! I honestly don’t know what to do with myself from 3:30-5 without the gym…I even found myself whipping out this bad boy…

Yep… that’s my mom’s Thigh Master… circa 1990… I really need to get back to my training!

This unwanted break from working out made me realize how much I take some of my everyday things for granted…for example, my good old friend the treadmill.

I’m missing this guy like crazy!! My body is DYING to move (more specifically, run) and this two day distance is much too much for me! I’m even starting to miss the occasional shocks I get while running and the really sweaty guy that always seems to pop up on the treadmill next to me. Watching Ellen at home is not quite the same and my food intake has jumped from “normal human being” to “out of control monster”. All this after 2 days?? Clearly I have a problem.. Wahh.

Well, I best be off to my studying…and mourning of the treadmill <;/3

How’s your weather? Any workouts restricted by this storm? Any plans for this weekend?

XOXO,

Caroline

GOALS!

HAPPY TUESDAY! Just one more day until WIAW! πŸ™‚

So I lugged myself to the gym today and was completely exhausted. I just knew that my workout would reflect how I felt and was so unmotivated. But, the second I hopped on the treadmill, everything turned around! I felt great. I even cut my pace of my 6 miler by 30sec/mile and did tons of weight training! Whoda thought?!

Anywho, back to my original intent for this post… GOALS!

What started off as a way for me to unwind and stay in shape turned into a way for me to compete with myself and push myself on a daily basis. Ever since I started to take it more seriously, I have began setting more and more goals for myself as a runner. I LOVE the rush I feel every time I get a faster time or tack on more miles and my excitement to pass my previous records keeps me going! With running, I’m turning what used to be impossible into tons of possibilities- yet another reason why I love the sport!

My main goal right now is to run my first half marathon by the end of the summer. A year ago today, this probably would have counted as “impossible” for me but my training and dedication has made this a potential reality. I love long distance running (my weekly long runs are my all time faves!) and I feel like now that my racing career for school is over (to my knowledge at least…) it’s time to move on to my next challenge! I haven’t started any concrete training plans yet but I’m kinda in the process of getting my body ready for that next step. Right now, my weekly workout (roughly) looks like this…

Sunday: Long run (8-10 miles)

Monday: 4-5 miles

Tuesday: 35-45min HIIT workout

Wednesday: OFF

Thursday: 5-6 miles

Friday: 34-45min HIIT workout#2 or track workout

Saturday: 4-5 miles easyish

WITH PLENTY OF WEIGHT TRAINING IN BETWEEN πŸ™‚

Another of my goals is to get my mile time down to 5:50. I’m just a little ways away, hopefully I can get it down!

That would be my mirror...that would be my motivation

Seeing this sucker everyday keeps me on track! (Like the “Things I otter remember” paper? Saw it in a little shop in Maine and had to have it…for obvious reasons). But, back to the point! This sort of thing is how I manage to motivate myself to achieve my goals! Even the smallest things like glancing at a piece of otter paper hanging on my mirror every morning gives me the drive to push myself a little harder or run a little faster everyday. Seeing my goal right in front of me makes all the difference. It is things like this (along with my training, of course) that will get me to my half marathon and get me to my 5:50 mile!

What are your current goals? & What’s your motivation to achieve these goals?

XOXO,

Caroline