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Race #30: Providence Jingle Bell 5K

by Alaina on December 16, 2014 · 4 comments

Woo! I am done! I have successfully completed my 30 races in 2014 challenge! My final run was this past Sunday in Providence: The Jingle Bell 5K. I’ve ran this race 2 times before and always enjoyed the energy and playfulness around this particular one. People were all dressed up and you could hear the sound of jingle bells and cowbells as you ran through downtown Providence and along the river.

The course is nice and flat, with just a few inclines going over the bridges. I kept it steady and ended up finishing just under 31 minutes.

After I finished, David grabbed my phone and pretty much held down the button so that he could take pictures. He and my dad were there to cheer me on as I was the only one running this one.

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I am spent! Oh no, wait, I’m OK. I’m happy that I finished this challenge. Smile with tongue out

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Time: 30:53
Pace: 9:56
Division: 160/476
Overall: 540/1322

Not too shabby I would say! Next up is…NOTHING! I haven’t signed up for any races next year, although I am tempted to do the BAA Medley as my only races for the year. We’ll see how I feel come January 26th when they open the registration. Smile

What (if any) challenges have you overcome this past year??


I Did It!!!

by Alaina on December 15, 2014 · 4 comments

I finished my 30 races in 2014 challenge!! My last race was yesterday: the Providence Jingle Bell 5K. I’ll have a recap up by tomorrow (hoped to have it up by today but I was called in to work). And I’ll have a more comprehensive overview of my thoughts on the challenge up by the end of the week.

Until then, I’m resting and hopefully introducing myself to some yoga. My legs are tight! :-)



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!!