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For the past few days (almost a week now) I’ve been battling a head cold. When I get home from work all I want to do is rest on the couch. In a week and a half I’ll be back to training, this time for the Tufts 10K in October. I’m going with Hal Higdon’s Intermediate training plan so I’m hoping it will make me faster. Smile 

I have to admit, too, that I have not been listening to the radio at all. I am so not familiar with these new songs. But I hope they help you get your workout going!

The Top 10 Workout Songs for August 2014

This month’s top 10 list plays host to a variety of dance cuts, club remixes, and curious collaborations. On the cardio front, you’ll find a pair of songs from Cash Cash—an original song and a remix of Katy Perry’s latest single. If you’re looking for something up-tempo to score your next run, either will fit the bill.

For lower rep workouts—crunches, push-ups, and the like—there’s an updated version of the summertime smash “Turn Down for What” that keeps the same 100 BPM as the original, while dialing up the intensity and adding new verses from Juicy J, 2 Chainz, and French Montana.

From out of left field, you’ll find a country-meets-pop hit featuring Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo. Equally surprising, the single, biggest vote-getter of the month is an ode to going hard from Swedish DJ duo Dada Life and heavy metal icon Sebastian Bach.

On the whole, this playlist compiles a healthy mix of new tunes, fresh takes on recent favorites, and a few curve balls. So, there should be plenty of songs here to keep you moving and a few to keep you guessing.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

DJ Snake, Lil Jon, Juicy J, 2 Chainz & French Montana – Turn Down for What (Remix) – 100 BPM
The Black Keys – Fever – 128 BPM
Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan & Jason Derulo – This is How We Roll (Remix) – 132 BPM
Billy Currington – We Are Tonight – 128 BPM
Royksopp & Robyn – Do It Again – 125 BPM
Katy Perry – Birthday (Cash Cash Remix) – 128 BPM
Lady GaGa – G.U.Y. (KDrew Remix) – 125 BPM
Cash Cash & Bebe Rexha – Take Me Home – 127 BPM
Dada Life & Sebastian Bach – Born to Rage – 128 BPM
Tiesto & Matthew Koma – Wasted – 112 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.

What new songs are you loving lately?

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Dinner Date at Besito Mexican Restaurant

by Alaina on August 4, 2014 · 3 comments

With my new work schedule and David being busy with his job, we rarely get a time where we can go out for dinner and really enjoy ourselves (aka: not have to worry about work commitments). Last week I received an e-mail inviting us out to try the new Besito Mexican Restaurant at the Burlington Mall, and after a few reservations fell through, we were finally able to find time yesterday evening to enjoy our night out.

The ambiance was warm, yet a bit upscale which I felt fit perfectly with the Burlington Mall vibe. It almost felt like stepping in to a well-to-do Mexican villa. I loved the wall of flickering candles. Having been to Mexico, albeit almost 10 years ago, I was interested in seeing how authentic the meals would be. I will preface by saying that everything was fantastic.

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We started off with a basket of thick cut tortilla chips that had just the right amount of salt. I’m surprised we didn’t demolish the entire basket! Alongside the chips I ordered, on the suggestion of our lovely server, the Besito Patron Margarita: Patron reposado tequila, Cointreau, pomegranate-tangerine juice, fresh squeezed lime. It was the perfect balance of tequila and sweetness. Had I not been feeling it after the first one, I probably would have ordered a second. Winking smile

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As a before-dinner treat, the manager brought us both Tauquitos de Camarones: Crispy shrimp, shredded organic romaine lettuce, pico de gallo, chipotle cream salsa, cilantro, queso fresco. The flavors were amazing together. It was abundant with shrimp and the spiciness balanced well with the cream salsa. David mentioned he could easily make a meal out of them.

To go along with the delicious tortilla chips, I ordered the Queso Fundido: Baked queso chihuahua, rajas, chorizo, cilantro, white onion. Although the dish was delightfully cheesy and salty, it would have been even better with larger chunks of chorizo. It was almost like chorizo bits (like bacon bits). However we had no problem finishing the whole dish. They even added small corn tortillas alongside it, to enjoy it with. A couple were thoroughly enjoyed by me; many more enjoyed by David.

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There were so many dishes that I wanted to order and my eyes even kept wandering to the Enchiladas Suizas. I typically order that when I dine at a Mexican restaurant, but I wanted to branch out and try something different. My choice ended up being the Pastor: Pineapple and guajillo marinated pork, grilled pineapple salsa, avocado salsa verde. I love pineapple and was interested to see how it would be incorporated in a Mexican dish. It was served fajita style with corn tortillas, rice and beans. I made a couple of wraps but ended up eating most of it straight from skillet. The pork was perfectly crispy and juicy, and the pineapples acidity was the perfect complement to the slight charred flavor.

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David ordered the Enchiladas Mixtas: Skirt steak, grilled chicken, chorizo, guajillo cream salsa, queso fresco. He devoured his dish and deemed it tasty. He even had a bite of my dish and was very impressed.

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We were too full to order dessert but the server gave us two churros to enjoy, as well as a little doll to put under our pillows that are supposed to help take away the bad dreams.

Overall, David and I had an amazing time. The service was attentive and quick; the food and drinks were perfectly executed, and we have already decided to go back and make a meal out of their appetizers.

Dinner was complimentary but all opinions are 100% my own.

Besito Mexican Restaurant is located at 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA.

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Race #19: Yankee Homecoming 5K

by Alaina on July 30, 2014 · 1 comment

I think last night was the first time that I ran a race in the evening. And given the fact that it was late July, it was unseasonably cool and awesomely overcast.

I arrived to Newburyport around 5:15, given that there was more traffic than expected on 495. I was also not aware at how big this race was! I ended up parking on a side street right by the high school. The lawn and streets were filled with people, both runners and spectators. I loved the energy around me. I knew I was in for a great race!

It started promptly at 6 and the race wound through downtown Newburyport and along the shore. I absolutely LOVED this course and I loved the crowd support. The race was hilly but I felt strong the entire way, and I didn’t feel defeated when we reached the short, steep hill before the finish line.

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Although I ended up parking near the finish line, I was also right in the midst of the race. I had to wait about 20 minutes or so while the 10 miler runners were running by the end of the street. When that cleared up, it was smooth sailing home. Smile

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And after the race, I enjoyed a Bud Light and delicious burger that David made!

Stats
Time: 29:05
Pace: 9:22
Division (Female): 384/1123
Division (F30-34): 48/109
Overall: 928/1990

Have you ever completed in a late day race? I definitely think the weather really played in my favor this year. Apparently my aunt and uncle have ran it before and it was always hot and humid.

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