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Valdosta Hospice Half Marathon Playlist

Below is my playlist for tomorrow’s half marathon. There are several tried and true songs which I always run to and a few new ones that I pulled from the archives. Since I have a tendency to start every run too fast (who doesn’t do that???), I am attempting to bump all the slower songs to the first 6.55 miles. I am also hoping to still have enough enough energy to run in the 5k Color Dash afterward – Hospice Half & Dewey Color Dash

Hospice Half Marathon

  1. Shiver – Chris Velan
  2. Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys
  3. Sweet Dreams  – Eurythmics Sweet Dreams
  4. Breaking the Girl –  Anna Nalick
  5. Home – Phillip Phillips
  6. Crash – The Primitives
  7. The Zephyr – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  8. Man Smart, Woman Smarter – Seespot
  9. Some Nights – Fun
  10.   I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
  11.   Touching My Body – Danity Kane
  12.   Just A Girl – No Doubt
  13.   Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
  14.   Dance Again (feat. Pitbull) – Jennifer Lopez
  15.   Hips Don’t Lie (feat. Wyclef Jean) –  Shakira
  16.   I’m Running Right Through The World – The Toasters
  17.   Move Your Feet – JUNIOR SENIOR
  18.   The Cause – NoFX
  19.   Keep On Running – Dance Hall Crashers
  20.   Break Me Out – The Rescues
  21.   Little Lion Man -Mumford & Sons
  22.   Drunk Sincerity -Bad Religion
  23.   Trees – Marty Casey & Lovehammers
  24.   Come Join Us – Bad Religion
  25.   If You Don’t, Don’t – Jimmy Eat World
  26.   Hazy Shade Of Winter (Purple Haze Mix) – The Bangles
  27.   The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
  28.   One (Your Name) [feat. Pharrell] – Swedish House Mafia
  29.   Chasing the Sun – The Wanted
  30.   Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine Lungs
  31.   California (Hustle and Flow) – Social Distortion
  32.   Basket Case – Green Day
  33.   Don’t Wanna Behave – Dance Hall Crashers
  34.   Live And Let Dance – The Untouchables
  35.   Take a Walk – Passion Pit
  36.   Lose Yourself – Eminem
  37.   Ring Of Fire – Social Distortion

Hydroxycut: My Go-To Supplement From 2003 – 2005


According to WebMD, “Hydroxycut is a group of dietary supplements sold as both weight loss and fat loss aids. The active ingredients in most Hydroxycut products are:

  • Lady’s mantle extract (alchemilla vulgaris)
  • Wild olive extract (olea europaea)
  • Komijn extract (cuminum cyminum)
  • Wild mint extract (mentha longifolia)

There are no studies on the safety of any Hydroxycut product. But the FDA investigates when it gets reports that a supplement may be harmful. And sometimes the agency orders recalls of unsafe products.” (Full article: Hydroxycut).

One of my Army buddies introduced me to Hydroxycut while I was serving in 2003. There were fewer formulas of Hydroxycut at this time and my best comparison would have to be the Pro Clinical formula that is offered today.  I was instantly hooked! Not only did I lose those unwanted extra pounds, I was able to push harder through afternoon workouts (which were usually the second workout of the day). Hydroxycut gave me energy without feeling jittery and helped suppress my appetite.  I stayed on Hydroxycuton and off for over a year. During a regular workday, I fell 15 feet and broke my wrist (fracturing a small bone in two places), which required months in a cast followed by months of occupational therapy. Due to this injury, I stopped taking Hydroxycut and stopped most of my training.

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39th Annual Tallahassee Half Marathon Recap!

Pam & me pre-race

(Unofficial) FINISH TIME: 2:00:35 OFFICIAL FINISH TIME: 2:00:02

I love this race and will be doing it again next year if my schedule allows for it. Today was not my best run by any means. I started off too fast, as usual, but found my tempo around mile 3. I was having a dandy old-time until mile 5. That’s when my right IT band decided it wasn’t in the mood to run today. I changed my stride and concentrated on running easy and with a shorter pace. I also slowed down on turns to minimize the stress on my tendon. I felt pretty decent until mile 12. That’s when I hit the wall. I simply didn’t have any juice left in my body. Running through pain sucked the energy right out of my body. I thought I would be able to push it home on the last half mile, especially since the race finished on the FSU track, but I did not have it in me. So, I was passed by about 50 runners who were trying to beat the 2:00:00 mark and I scampered across the finish line right around 2:00:35 (official results pending). I train doing negative splits, and this was anything but a negative split.

All in all, I am happy with my time. The goal for this race was to finish and feel good. It is about 3 hours post race and my knee is hurting and my stomach is not happy. I am nauseous and have stomach cramps. That is my own fault since I decided to consume some pepperoni pizza as soon as I finished. I should have cooled off and then stuck to bananas and pb&j sandwiches. I’ve eaten some kids Pepto tablets and am starting to feel better already.

Per my Garmin, my performance by mile:

1 – 8:55

2 – 8:20

3 – 8:33

4 – 8:32

5 – 8:55

6 – 9:18

7 – 9:00

8 – 9:07

9 – 9:19

10 – 9:14

11 – 9:31

12 – 10:03

13 – 10:41

13.1 – 1:02 (10:13 pace)

Tallahassee Half-Marathon Race Playlist

I’ve always relied on a handy mix of songs to get me through a workout or a run. However, when I started running longer distances, I realized my playlists were often too short and started scouring blogs and iTunes to get ideas for new mixes. Here’s my playlist for Sunday’s Half Marathon; some songs are long time favorites, some make me smile and want to dance, and a few make me want to push through the 10 mile-wall I know I will hit. Enjoy!

1. Lose Yourself – Eminem
2. Crash – The Primitives
3. Move Your Feet – JUNIOR SENIOR
4. Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty
5. The Cause – NoFX
6. Some Nights – Fun.
7. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) – C+C Music Factory
8. Drunk Sincerity – Bad Religion
9. Chasing the Sun – The Wanted
10. Keep On Running – Dance Hall Crashers
11. The Zephyr Song – Red Hot Chili Peppers
12. Break Me Out – The Rescues
13. The Distance – Cake Fashion Nugget (Deluxe Version)
14. Little Lion Man –  Mumford & Sons
15. Just A Girl – No Doubt
16. Trees – Lovehammers & Marty Casey
17. Hazy Shade Of Winter (Purple Haze Mix) – The Bangles
18. I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock of Seagulls I
19. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
20. Harder To Breathe – Maroon 5
21. Live And Let Dance – The Untouchables
22. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
23. The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
24. Come Join Us – Bad Religion
25. Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover – Sophie B. Hawkins
26. Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
27. If You Don’t, Don’t – Jimmy Eat World
28. Take a Walk – Passion Pit
29. Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
30. Special – Garbage
31. Dog Days Are Over- Florence + The Machine Lungs
32. Touching My Body – Danity Kane
33. Don’t Push – Sublime
34. Settle Down – No Doubt Settle Down
35. Ring Of Fire – Social Distortion
36. Dance Again (feat. Pitbull) – Jennifer Lopez