Holiday Running Playlist

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Holiday Running Playlist

I love the holidays, especially the music. Come Thanksgiving I’ve got my car radio tuned in for 24/7 Christmas music. And it doesn’t stop in the car or at home. I’ve got my  iPod loaded.  There’s something fun about rockin’ out to “Run, Run Rudolph” while out on a run! Now not all holiday music is run worthy, but there are a few good tunes out there. This season my list is a little heavy with Pentatonix. I love their fresh take on the classics and their beat is a little quicker; great for a running mix. Here are some of my picks for this year:

*Carol of the Bells- Pentatonix

* All I Want For Christmas is You- Mariah Carey

* Run, Run Rudolph- Jimmy Buffett

* Linus and Lucy- Vince Guaraldi Trio

* Sleigh Ride- Relient K

* Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree- Mary J. Blidge & Sheryl Crow

* Christmas Baby, Please Come Home- Bon Jovi

* Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town- Bruce Springsteen

Hark the Herald Angels Sing- Pentatonix

* Christmas Canon Rock- Trans-Siberian Orchestra

* Do You Hear What I Hear- Destiny’s Child

* Joy To the World- Train

* Carol of the Bells- Pentatonix

* What Christmas Means to Me- Cee Lo Green

 

So here’s the scoop on the giveaway:  One lucky winner will receive a $15 iTunes card to help them load up their favorite holiday tunes.  There are multiple ways to enter via Rafflecopter below:  follow this blog, follow me on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway daily; tell me your favorite holiday tune to take on your run! You must log in to Rafflecopter to enter to win. Good luck!

Contest runs 12/9-17.

 

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Where it all began…

Growing up I was not very athletically inclined.  In high school I was a marching band nerd.  Team sports were not my thing.  I was always the last one chosen  for volleyball.   In college I played golf but only because I had a crush on one of the guys on the golf team.  After grad school at Duke I moved to the mountains of North Carolina where I made friends with some people who were very “outdoorsy.”  (Every other person in Asheville is very “outdoorsy.”)  They introduced me to the woods and to hiking, backpacking and mountain biking.  I even spent a few years white water kayaking and actually was pretty good!  In my 30s I tried running but it just didn’t click with me. It wasn’t the right time in my life. I had too many distractions that kept me from committing to it fully.

In 2008, I suffered a crippling back injury. It’s a long story of a massage gone bad.  For 6 months I was out of work and facing the possibility of disability.  That word freaked. me. out.  I would not accept that sentencing.  With the help of an amazing physical therapist who believed in me and stuck with me, I was able to crawl out of a very deep, dark hole.  I remember feeling so proud of myself at being able to walk a 5k!

In the winter of 2011 I got the inspiration to start running.  My dad, 82 at the time, was racing 5ks and I wanted to be able to run one with him.  I started training but it was hard. Really hard. My body hurt. I was so short of breath.  I would stop and start several times before I truly committed to training in the spring of 2012.  My dad and I had set our goal of running together at the Biltmore Kiwanis 5k in May.

Race day came and it was a blast! We both did well with podium finishes! I loved the feeling of winning. I loved the feeling of accomplishment. I was hooked!

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Running still wasn’t easy but races were fun and that kept me coming back for more.  I learned a hard lesson though that year. I was very, very competitive.  I raced to crush the competition.  After a while it started not feeling so good.  I wasn’t making many friends!  It was after reading the book, “Running Within: A guide to Mastering the Body-Mind-Spirit” by Jerry Lynch and Warren Scott, that I learned racing is not about crushing the person next to you. Racing is between you, the clock and the distance. Once I changed my perspective racing became fun again! And I started making friends!

So here I am starting into my third year of this love affair with running.  I have several 5ks and 10ks behind me, a couple of half marathons and my first full marathon this fall in Erie, PA (full report to come!)  Running has brought into my life so many wonderful experiences and people.  Most of all I enjoy the connection I feel with the world around me when I’m out running by myself.

What do you love most about running?  What lessons have you learned on your journey?

 

Telling the story of my life one mile at a time…

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