Mid-Week Training update

This week so far, unfortunately has been all about knee pain. I had extreme left knee pain after a four mile run on Wednesday. I purposely took Monday and Tuesday off to give my knee a break but it still hurt to run 4 miles. Then, post-run my knee hurt when walking on even ground and gradual downhills. Climbing stairs and going uphill doesn’t cause any pain. I went to my doctor and she referred me to an ortho doc. Who knows when that appointment will happen. However, today, Thursday after 30 minutes on the elliptical, 750 stairs and weight training the knee seems better; not so much pain. The big test will be Friday, tomorrow.

Jaybird – X4 Wireless Headphones

Jaybird headphone review – I love the headphones and the wireless technology. I particularly liked them while on the stair master and walking around the weight room while listening to music.

Garmin Connect app – yesterday’s stats

Forerunner 35 – I have hooked it up with my phone and all my stats appear in the app. I know steps, heart rate all day long, how long I slept, average resting heart rate and the best thing – the watch vibrates with a message – MOVE – and forces me to get up and walk around when I’m still for an hour. I know it’s trendy to track steps and I’ve never been into it, but now see how addictive getting a lot of steps each day and reaching goals can be. I have a 50,000 step goal each day.

I’m hoping the next few days will be good training days. The weather has been cold and windy but at least no snow. Just hoping ice on the trails melts soon – I need vertical!

Born Free – Long Run Playlist

For my Saturday long run I always create a new playlist. This Saturday I added some new songs I haven’t heard in a long time from the Dixie Chicks to Trisha Yearwood.

The one song I added but didn’t really know was Born Free from Kid Rock. I have some of his songs on other playlists like Cowboy and Wasting Time but I added Born Free not really remembering what the song was about but curiously remembered when the new CD came out – oh so many years ago.

As I’m running up the big Carter Hill Born Free plays and now, a few days later, I remember every word as my heart is pounding and the wind is whipping in my face.

Calm facing danger
Lost, like an unknown stranger
Grateful for my time with no regrets.

Close to my destination
Tired, frail and aching
Waitin’ patiently for the sun to set

And when its done believe that
I will yell it from that mountain high

Kid Rock, Born Free

I think a lot about my life while I’m running for hours in my home state of New Hampshire. So many songs remind me of my time out west, chasing dreams and living the life west of the Continental Divide in the high peaks of Colorado and the deserts of Arizona. I lived out west for almost 15 years and it was my dream. Now, as I get older and I’m back east, I’m trying to find out new dreams and figuring out how to make my life extraordinary. Songs like this remind me to not give up, and make me feel so lucky that I can still go find my dreams because we are born free. We are free – don’t take it for granted. Seriously, there is still so much to do, achieve, dream and be. Songs like this remind me of that.

Ultra Running Play List Part 2

Heartbeat Song by Kelly Clarkson
Where the hell did you come from? You’re a different, different kind of fun.

So What by P!nk
So, so what? I’m still a rock star. I got my rock moves and I don’t need you. 

Pacific Coast Highway by Hole
I’m on the Pacific Coast Highway, My God how did you fall so far?

Bella Donna by Stevie Nicks
No speed limit this is the fast lane. It’s just the way that it is here and you say I never thought it could. 

Fix You by Coldplay
Lights will guide you home and ignite your bones. 

Bring the Rain by MercyMe
I am Yours regardless of the dark clouds that may loom above because You are much greater than my pain. You who made a way for me.

The Scientist by Coldplay
Nobody said it was easy. No one ever said it would be this hard. Oh take me back to the start

4 Minutes by Madonna with Justin Timberlake
If you want it – You already got it. If you thought it – It better be what you want.

Fight Song by Rachel Platten
My power’s turned on. Starting right now I’ll be strong. I’ll play my fight song and I don’t really care if nobody else believes because I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.

Bobby Jean by Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band
We liked the same music, we liked the same bands. We liked the same clothes. We told each other that we were the wildest – the wildest things we’d ever seen.

Girl on Fire by Jessica Mears
Looks like a girl, but she’s a flame. So bright, she can burn your eyes, better look the other way.

8 Mile by Eminem
I’m a man, I’m gonna make a new plan. Time for me to just stand up, and travel new land. Time for me to just take matters into my own hands. 

Ultra running playlist Part 1

My ultra running playlist is about 3 hours but the plan is to listen to it twice for my long, long run. I could listen to them twice because these are all great songs with motivating lyrics.  Here is the list with my favorite lines from each song. 

Roll Me Away by Bob Segar
Stood alone on a mountain top, starin’ out at the Great Divide. I could go east, I could go west, it was all up to me to decide. 

Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in I’ll never meet the ground. Crash through the surface where they can’t hurt us. We’re far from the shallow now.

A Song for You by The Carpenters
I’ve been so many places in my life and time I’ve sung a lot of songs I’ve made some bad rhyme.

Tougher Than the Rest by Bruce Springstein
Honey I’m tougher than the rest. 

The Climb by Miley Cyrus
There’s always gonna be another mountain, I’m always gonna wanna make it move.

He Knows My Name by Francesca Battistelli
I’m not living for applause, I’m already so adored. It’s all His stage. He knows my name.

Maybe It’s Time by Bradley Cooper
It takes a lot to change a man, Hell, it takes a lot to try. Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die.

Across the Great Divide by Nanci Griffith
Now I find myself on the mountainside, where the rivers change direction Across the Great Divide.

The Fire Inside by Bob Segar
Faking the smile, hiding the pain, never satisfied. The fire inside.

City Of Stars by Ryan Gosling
City of stars, Are you shining just for me? City of stars There’s so much that I can’t see. 

Always Remember Us This Way by Lady Gaga
That Arizona sky burning in your eyes. You look at me and, babe, I wanna catch on fire.

Mr. Brightside by The Killers
Coming out of my cage And I’ve been doing just fine. Gotta gotta be down because I want it all.

Shake it Off by Taylor Swift
‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.

Try by Pink 


Where there is desire there is gonna be a flame. Where there is a flame someone’s bound to get burned.

Black by Pearl Jam
I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life, I know you’ll be a star. 

Today Is Your Day by Shania Twain
You got what it takes you can win. Today is your day to begin. So don’t give up here, don’t you quit. The moment is now, this is it.

A Star is Born

I can’t wait to see A Star is Born.

Talent comes everywhere but having something to say and a way to say it so people listen to it, that is a whole other bag.
Unless you get out there and try to do it you’ll never know – that is just the truth.
There’s one reason we are suppose to be here and it’s to say something that people want to hear and you have to grab it.
And you don’t apologize and you don’t worry about why they are listening or how long there are going to be listening.
You just tell them what you want to say.