February 2014 Workout Playlist

The polar vortex is back here in Wisconsin. The winds are howlin’ outside and snow is pelting the windows. I’m already starting to think about my 8-mile long run tomorrow morning at 7am. Outside.

Is it possible to both look forward to & dread something at the same time? Brr.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for February to come (and go) so we can move on to warmer weather. Luckily, I have some good tunes to keep me going, even when my eyelashes turn to icicles and I think about how all other sane people are snug in their beds on these winter mornings.

February 2014 Running Workout Music Playlist

I haven’t posted a new workout playlist in a while. But, if you want some fun, upbeat music to run to and heat things up in February, here are my top picks for the chilly month ahead!

  • The Wire – HAIM
  • Chocolate – The 1975 {my fave!}
  • Compass – Lady Antebellum
  • Sleeping With a Friend – Neon Trees
  • Hey Brother – Avicii
  • Don’t Matter – Kings of Leon
  • Love Me Again – John Newman
  • Timber (ft. Ke$ha) – Pitbull {I hate that I like this song, damn that Pitbull}
  • Pompeii – Bastille
  • I Hold On – Dierks Bentley
  • Best Day of My Life – American Authors
  • Everlong – Foo Fighters
  • Anagram – Young the Giant
  • The Walker – Fitz & The Tantrums
  • Work on Me – Kings of Leon
  • It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

This workout playlist is a good mix of pop, rock, alternative, dance and country songs that will pump you up for a full hour. Enjoy!

Any favorite songs on your playlist right now? Share ‘em with us in the comments below!

Past workout playlists:
Fall 2013 Workout Music
Work It Out – August 2013 Playlist

Saturday Morning Tidbits

My usual Saturday morning long run was thwarted by all-night-long freezing rain = icy roads this morning. Sunday morning long run, anyone?

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Water, water everywhere. And yes, our Christmas lights are still up. heh

So, instead of running talk this morning, I thought I’d share some random loveliness with you… Enjoy the musings and pandora’s box that is my brain!

» I usually read every night before bed. I’m a bookworm and I’ll read anything. I’ve been eating up pieces of Bart Yasso’s “My Life on the Run” and it’s a fun, adventurous read.

Bart is my fave!

I love Bart {I’ve gotten to meet him twice now}, he’s the best! But, I haven’t found a really good book to get lost in. Any suggestions?

» I heart Van Morrison Pandora lately. I am an old soul at heart. This reminds me, I’m due to make a new workout playlist…suggestions there, too?

» I said in my goals post that I want to lose weight before my wedding day {August 30th}. I haven’t buckled down too tight yet, but by simply getting back to working out a few times this week & making better food choices {and drinking less vino}, I’m down a pound as of this morning. Woohoo! Sometimes, small changes = big difference.

» My friend, June, signed up for the Green Bay Marathon. So excited for her first marathon, and to have a buddy to run it with. My friend, Liz, (who also ran Chicago) will be joining us, too!

» I love this post Runner’s World tweeted yesterday: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Runners and Eaters. Every one of these habits is something I’ve worked on developing over the last year or two, and it really does make all the difference in the world:

1. Have a support network. My running club. My family. This blog! You guys are the best.

2. Set goals. See: Chicago Marathon in 2013, Green Bay Marathon to come in 2014.

Three sisters = Three marathon runners.

2013 Goal: Run the Chicago Marathon!

3. Keep track of workouts/food. I heart my Garmin & its online tracking; I can see all my workouts on a calendar and exactly what I did. I also like to use Livestrong’s DailyPlate for meal tracking if I’m trying to lose weight.

4. Plan ahead. I love to make race training plans {like…in a strangely obsessive way} and break that down into weekly workout plans. I also try to think ahead so I can bring healthy snacks and meals to work each day.

5. Have reasonable expectations. Instead of thinking, “I have to work out every day,” I know I am busy and will be happy with 4-5 workouts a week. And even though I want to lose weight, I know I won’t drop it quick—planning to lose just 1 pound a week will keep me sane and won’t make me feel deprived.

6. Stay consistent. I try to follow my workout plans & stick to healthy eating most of the time. It’s easier to stay consistent than constantly try to “get back” to consistent.

7. See the value. That’s easy. I’ve never been happier or felt better!

Would I add any habits to that list? You bet: Get enough sleep. Stay positive. Work hard, but keep it fun. I try to follow these rules in my every day life, and so far, so good. 😉

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What are your “highly effective” habits that make you a better or happier person? 

Book suggestions?

Song suggestions? 

Fall 2013 Workout Music

My extensive August playlist has blasted me through six weeks’ of workouts, but I thought it was time to update it for fall.

Nothing gets me more excited and motivated to run than new music!

(Well, maybe new running clothes. Especially from Lululemon. But alas… Made of money, I am not.)

This workout playlist has a fun mix of genres and styles. All of these songs will pump you up for fall running, and keep you movin’ even when the leaves start falling and the daylight wanes.

(Notice I didn’t mention cold temperatures yet—I’m not ready to face the truth.)

Fall 2013 workout playlist | ThatLovelyLife.com

Fall 2013 Workout Music: 
Pumpin’ Blood – NONONO  <— free on iTunes right now!
All Night – Icona Pop
Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
Come & Get It – Selena Gomez
Sunny and 75 – Joe Nichols
Fallen – Imagine Dragons
Counting Stars – OneRepublic
Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood
Slow Down – Selena Gomez
Wait For Me – Kings of Leon
Catch My Breath – Kelly Clarkson
Blurred Lines (ft. T.I. & Pharrell) – Robin Thicke
We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus

What’s on your playlist? Please share! 

Work It Out – August 2013 Playlist

I have my longest run EVER tomorrow for marathon training: 14 miles. It will probably take me around 2.5 hours to complete that.

I don’t know about you, but a run that long calls for one kick-ass playlist.

Sometimes I need to keep my mind occupied when boredom and fatigue set in. A good song can take your mind from blah to BOOMMM, and shake out the sleepiness from tired legs.

With that said, I have extremely random taste in music—it spans all over the spectrum, from alternative to classic rock to folk, from country to pop. Open your ears to some of my favorite (and random) songs to run and work out to in August 2013.

In alphabetical order…
American Girl – Tom Petty
Beautiful – G. Love & Special Sauce
Big Parade – Lumineers
Blowin’ Smoke – Kacey Musgraves
Break on Through (To the Other Side) – The Doors
Breezeblocks – Alt-J
Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
Cups – Anna Kendrick
Don’t Ya – Brett Eldredge
Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia
Downtown – Lady Antebellum
Dreams – The Cranberries
Drinks After Work – Toby Keith
Entertainment – Phoenix
Fans – Kings of Leon
Faster – Third Eye Blind
Feel Again – OneRepublic
Feel the Moment – Pitbull
Feeling Alright – Joe Cocker
Flowers in Your Hair – The Lumineers
Free – G. Love & Special Sauce
Gone, Gone, Gone – Phillip Phillips
Hurts Like Heaven – Coldplay
I Love It – Icona Pop
Knocked Up – Kings of Leon
Life in Technicolor ii – Coldplay
Love Is Alive – Phil Vassar
Next to Me – Emeli Sande
On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons
Out of My Leauge – Fitz & the Tantrums
Over the Hills and Far Away – Led Zeppelin
Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root
Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
Southern Comfort Zone – Brad Paisley
Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones
Supersoaker – Kings of Leon
Take a Walk – Passion Pit
Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend
Up Around the Bend – Creedance Clearwater Revival
Viva la Vida – Coldplay
Wake Me Up – Avicii
What I Got – Sublime

Do you have any favorite songs to work out to, or that just get you amped up? Let me know!

I love new music so please DO share. Plus, I’m bummed that I can’t go to Lollapalooza this year (WTF tickets selling out in 45 minutes), so my musical horizons need expanded in some other way…