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Only one more race to go!! I’m so excited to be done with this challenge. I’ll definitely do a recap when it’s all over, and next year will MOST definitely be a resting year in terms of races. And I would like to get in to practicing yoga because my legs are really tight.

If you’re running through the winter season, I hope these songs help push you along when the temperature drops. Unless you live somewhere tropical in which case, I hate you. ;-)

The Top 10 Workout Songs for December 2014

What’s striking about this month’s top 10 list the quantity of pop songs it contains by folks who aren’t archetypal pop stars. In the place of Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, or Beyonce, you’ll find contemporary doo wop from Meghan Trainor, a sunny single from Dutch rapper Mr. Probz, and a confessional club cut from Mary Lambert. Even when Top 40 favorites do appear, they seem slightly transformed—as in the case of Taylor Swift’s electropop experiment or OneRepublic’s dancefloor makeover.

In terms of working out, nothing in the list below tops 140 beats per minute (BPM). However, what the songs lack in speed, they make up in dynamism. If you find yourself hitting a wall mid-routine, check out the huge chorus on Imagine Dragon’s latest, the army of horns surrounding Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, or the blistering remix from Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj.

On the whole, this month’s picks mix breakthrough acts who know how to write a hook, pop chart regulars who are trying something new, and a string of hits that have been amped up and re-imagined. Taken together, this combination makes for the best kind of playlist to keep you moving—one that sounds both fresh and familiar at the same time.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.
Taylor Swift – Blank Space – 96 BPM
Mr. Probz – Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) – 120 BPM
OneRepublic – I Lived (Arty Remix) – 128 BPM
David Guetta & Sam Martin – Dangerous – 92 BPM
Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang (Kat Krazy Remix) – 128 BPM
Mary Lambert – Secrets (Jump Smokers Remix) – 125 BPM
Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding – Outside – 128 BPM
Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk – 116 BPM
Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin – 138 BPM
Imagine Dragons – I Bet My Life – 108 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Happy Holidays!!

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Race #29: Reindeer Run

by Alaina on December 7, 2014 · 2 comments

Woo, only 1 more race to go! Yesterday I ran the Reindeer Run in Beverly. The weather was pretty miserable but the rain held off, for the most part, during the race. It was a bit drizzly but it really started to come down after I finished.

Start of 29th Race

In the gym, getting ready to go! My parents had both signed up for the race but I ended up running alone as my mom had other arrangements and my dad’s hip still wasn’t feeling well. I ran this race last year and I’m a big fan of the course. It has enough turns and hills to keep things interesting. I took it easy and made it across the finish line just after 30 minutes.

29th Race

Stats
Time: 30:30
Pace: 9:44
Division: 30/53
Overall: 248/411

Race #30: aka The Last One(!) is this coming Sunday in Providence, the Jingle Run.

Any races this holiday season??

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Race #28: Whitin Five Miler

by Alaina on December 2, 2014 · 1 comment

28 races down; only 2 to go! At this point, I’m really thinking that next year will be a year of rest in regards to running races. A big part of me has lost motivation to run. It’s not something I’m proud of and I’m hoping that it won’t last that long. I love what running has done for me, both physically and mentally, but I’m wondering if the 30 races this year has actually burned me out. I’ll reflect more on that, though, when I’ve completed the challenge.

And now, on to the race! Nothing incredibly special happened with this one, to be honest. It had snowed the day before but luckily the roads were clear. It was chilly, in the high 20s, but not very windy. I started the race with my mom but ended up falling behind around the halfway point, when I stopped for water. I ended up trudging along for the last mile and walked a couple of times, but I did run over the finish line!

My dad started the race with us but had to stop around the one mile mark because his hip was bothering him. Sad smile He was hoping to walk the race but there weren’t too many people doing that so he stopped and walked back to where the finish was (the course is a loop). I’m hoping that his hip is OK! It’s always been a fun time being able to run with my parents.

28th Race

Stats
Time: 53:16
Pace: 10:39
Division: 64/85
Overall: 513/617

Definitely not my best showing; only two more left! My next race is this Saturday in Beverly, MA: the Reindeer Run 5K!

How have you gotten over a running rut or burnout? Any advice/thoughts? Smile

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