My Fit Mix – 15 for ’15

A new year calls for a new line up of tunes, so I’m sharing 15 of my favorites for 2015! Some of these are recycled from the past few years, and that’s fine. No need to trash perfectly good inspiration!

I’m determined to keep my fitness efforts consistent this winter.

Now, when the weather warms and becomes more bearable, I think it’s safe to say that we’re all easily inspired again to run, squat, bike, cartwheel, walk, and jumping jack outside. But this is January, and next month is February, and I hate to state the obvious, but we’re far from that envious scene of heavily breathing outside in tanks, shorts, and sunshine. It’s crucial to keep the new year, new girl, and “newlie” mentality spinning as I’ve intended (despite the freezing wind outside). Lucky for these tunes – I’ve got new inspiration practically screaming at me with positivity (or in some lyrical cases…more fun beats than positivity, hehe) for every minute of  my workout.

I love love LOVE the way these songs keep me moving, and hope they inspire any of you to throw together your new 15 for ’15 too:

Demons - Imagine Dragons
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Roar - Katy Perry
Team - Lorde
Turn Down For What - DJ Snake & Lil Jon
One Life - James Morrison
On Top of the World - Imagine Dragons
I Lived - OneRepublic
I Bet My Life - Imagine Dragons
Problem - Ariana Grande & Iggy Azalea
Shut Up and Dance - Walk The Moon
Pompeii - Bastille
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Bang Bang - Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj
Life Is Short - Butterfly Boucher

So, what are your songs? Got any recommendations for me? What gets you “newlie” rejuvenated mid-workout when you’re ready to quit (or hurl) but know you need to keep pushing through?  I’d love to hear your favs.

Happy fit mixin!

Run for your Life!

Why is it that my most important posts often take a back seat to those like “bacon mac and cheese” or “homemade apple pie?” They of course are delightful to make, devour, and write about…but this one is especially important to me. I’ve been pretty reflective lately thanks to the simplicity of a change in season. With the exercise-friendly weather in full bloom, I have no excuse but to create a sense of urgency for my health. Same goes for all of us, right? It all seems to happen at once: the last evidence of gross dirty slush along the street finally melts away…the timid flower buds and tree leaves begin to bloom like a light of hope at the end of a terribly long dark tunnel (a.k.a. “winter”)…and all of us stumble out of our homes to be graciously greeted by the sun on our face, triggering a long sigh of relief. Spring…Summer…finally. But what to do?

I’m gonna run for my life!

Seriously. My Facebook and Instagram news-feeds have been blowin’ up recently with posts from friends who did a Color Run, a half-marathon, a MARATHON!, a new Ragnar Relay, etc. You know who you are…and to all of you I whole heartedly thank you for doing just what I should be doing. You’re an inspiration! I’m afraid I’m a few months late to the party of runners who already tackled a ton of great races, but hey – it’s still cool to be fashionably late, right? I was very good about running consistently last year. I proudly accomplished a 5K, 10 miler, my first half-marathon (shout out to my girl Carrianne Downey – such an amazing running buddy!), and I even finished off the year strong with an unforgettable experience running in Tennesee (shout out to my #georgesgirls team! Also see my Dear Tennesee post for a taste of how glorious it was). Lots of inspiration surrounded me all year:

But as the winter came and went, my excuses for not exercising seemed to linger a little too long for no good reason.  Before I could say “that was a great run”…it was…wait…it IS almost June. I’m out of shape.

Get it together, Katherine!

And so I will. I’ve put together a nerdy little running schedule for this week in hopes of getting back in shape. Here it is:

Monday: 1 mile warm up (Sean & Stella came too!), 2 mile run, 2 mile walk

Tuesday: 1 mile walk @ lunchtime, 2 mile run @ 5pm

Wednesday: 1 mile run @ 6am, 1 mile walk @ lunchtime, 3 mile run @ 5pm

Thursday: 1 mile run @ 6am, 2 mile walk @ lunchtime, 1 mile run @ 5pm

Friday: 1 mile run @ 6am

Saturday: 3 mile run/walk

Sunday: REST Running with my girl Stella

Thank goodness for a starter-schedule, inspiration from friends, and of course Miss Stella. She’s our yellow lab. She has always been a quiet little inspiration along each run. She’ll often look back at me as we’re climbing a hill with her wide open smile that says:

“Wooohooo!” *panting* “We got this!!!” *panting* “SQUIRL!”

She has gotten me through long runs, short runs, and even a few simple walks around the neighborhood when I’ve just needed to take it easy. Her endless enthusiasm and appreciation for each little outdoor adventure leaves me forever grateful that we have her in our lives.

I’ll leave you with a few reasons to get out there yourself just in case you’re needing a little inspiration. Here are 5 senses that I adored on my run/walk last night. Further confirmation that exercise is better than watching T.V. Enjoy!

  • the smell of honey suckle while passing through the 1st mile of my run. A sweet reminder of how glorious it is to be outside on a beautiful day.
  • the sight of an older man walking his older lab…both at their own steady pace. A precious vision of patience and loyalty.
  • the sound of a street performer’s violin serenading Bethesda Row as I completed my run. An unexpected symphony of joy celebrating my mini-accomplishment for the day.
  • the taste of ice water with lemon when I arrived home exhausted but proud. A reminder of how delicious yet crucial something so simple can be for our health.
  • the feeling of a BBQ scented breeze passing me by as I finished my last mile. A heart felt reminder of two things surrounding Memorial Day: a backyard grill-style dinner awaiting me that night, and more importantly – our dear selfless men and women who served and continue to serve our great country.

Now go run/walk for your life!