Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fun Workout Playlists!

"Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win."
-Tom Fleming

Since most of my time that I am not running, working out, or finding new workouts to try are spent looking for the songs that I listen to while I do those things, I thought I would share some of my favorite workout songs with you. It is hard to keep up with all the new songs, but my favorite X-Bike Instructor is always up to date with her awesome music, so I take a lot of her songs for my playlists too.

Here is my Half Marathon Playlist for the upcoming Disneyland Half Marathon:

Try sleeping with a broken heart, Alicia Keys
Just A Dream, Nelly
Sexy Chick, David Gueeta
Starry Eyed Suprprise, Paul Oakenfold
RudeBoy, Rihanna
Push It, Salt n Pepa
Teenage Dream, Katy Perry
Dynamite, Taio Cruz
The Rockafeller Skank, FatBy Slim
Gold Digger, Glee Cast!
Love the Way You Lie, Eminem featuring Rihanna
Waking Up in Vegas Remix, Katy Perry
Bulletproof, LaRoux
TiK ToK, Ke$ha
According to You, Orianthi
Hard, Rihanna
Jessie's Girl, Glee Cast!
Dj Got us fallin' in Love, Usher
Not Afraid, Eminem
Mockingbird, Rob Thomas
Forever, Chris Brown
Jump Around, House of Pain
Bigger than My Body, John Mayer
Lose Yourself, Eminem
Run This Town, Rihanna
Just the Way you Are, Bruno Mars
Take It Off, Ke$ha
Magic, B.O.B.
Not Ready to Make Nice, Dixie Chicks

These are my favorite songs. I have a few others, but these are my "get up and go" songs!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tired.. and scared of a burnout

"Success isn't how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started."

The past couple of days have been hard. I had a great 16 miles run on Saturday and then it went downhill on Sunday. I have had some workouts that aren't that awesome, but I do feel a little bit of a burnout from running. I am hoping today will be my turning point and I will be back on track! I know it has only been a day, but I know when I feel different.

I have 10 days before my next Half Marathon and then less than 2 months until my first Marathon. I am very excited for this, I think whatever my time, I will be happy. I would like to finish and still be able to walk!

Also, Jesse and I had visitors this weekend, his brother and girlfriend. They are a cute couple. I am excited because I do see myself getting along with his girlfriend and she has become interested in running! This is exciting because I love running so much that we will have fun things to do together! Her plan is to do a Half Marathon next year and a Marathon! This is such exciting news that I love to be a part of!

Hopefully this run today will get me back on track...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

16 days to go before Disney Half Marathon!

"If you can dream it, you can do it."
-Walt Disney
I thought it would be appropriate to include a great Walt Disney quote since my topic today is about my participation in the 5th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. The most awesome thing about this is that it is a fast, flat course... so that means I am hoping to crush my previous Half Marathon time!
The course takes you through Disneyland, California Adventure, and throughout the Downtown Anaheim, including Anaheim Stadium. Although not a major Angels Fan, I am a huge baseball fan, so this will be a fun part of the run. It also seems to be about the halfway mark for the course, which can help me with my pace and timing.
In addition to all my running, I have been focusing on strength training (mostly weight lifting and foam rollin') and x-bike classes. These are awesome and a great cardio workout! I love going to the class and pushing myself to the limit. I have used some of the same mental tactics that I use to get through each class when I am running and I feel like I can't go any further. Just Monday, I challenged myself to run at a 9:00 pace/mile for 5 miles and I was about to do it for 7.22 miles!! WHAT!? I still surprise myself each day that I run to what I can accomplish next.
About 2 weeks and counting for my next 13.1 miles. In the mean time, I will still be running longer runs throughout the week since my first FULL Marathon is coming up on October 17th in San Francisco.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Finally, an update!

"In a country where only men are encouraged, one must be one's own inspiration."
-Tegla Loroupe, 1994 NYC Marathon Champion

For the past couple months, the training has been going very well. I will use this as an excuse for not blogging. But I am back and ready to share all my fun happenings over the past couple of months.
First, on June 11, Jesse and I ran the SF Giant Race in San Francisco, Ca.

Here are our times:

Jesse: 2 hrs 3 minutes
Megan: 2 hrs 23 minutes

This was our first Half Marathon and the beginning of what I think will be a fun and exciting running career! I love the feeling of the race, but I do get a little bit anxious and I tend to start out running faster than I would like to when I first start the race.

My goals for my next Half Marathon.. which will be in exactly 21 days...
--Be more aware of my pace
--Be ready to kick it in to HIGH gear the last 3 miles
--Beat my time from last Half Marathon by 10 minutes

I know these goals are attainable because I have been training like crazy. Even though it is crazy to me, I know most other runners train a lot more. But I am in the competition with myself. And I have always told myself that I will do this running for myself. To prove to myself that I am worth it and that I am doing this to be who I am. Running makes me happy and when I accomplish a great workout or run, the endorphins are so addicting.

Heads up for what is to come... My FIRST Marathon. This will be a monumental occassion for me because this will be my ultimate goal that I have had since I have started my weight loss. My first Marathon will be the Nike Womens Marathon in San Francisco, Ca on October 17.