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Earlier this summer I made a resolution that I would run 40 miles in the month of June.  It started out really well, but by the end of the month, the Chicago heat wave made running outside a real struggle, especially since I’m not a morning person and have zero motivation or energy to wake up and run before work.

Since I started out strong, this meant I only needed to run seven miles during the last month to complete my goal–which was extremely helpful considering I planned and threw a 50th birthday surprise party for my mom this past Saturday and I had other priorities than going out and running in 95 degree heat.

I found myself on a treadmill I think three times this month, which always proves to be a source of struggle for me, but my last run of the month, which happened to be on a treadmill, went really well!  I think the air conditioning and lack of humidity really helped my breathing.

This month, I have already thought of my new goal: 50 miles of cardio activity.  Since I will probably be inside a lot more this month, I want to expand my goal to include the elliptical (and possibly/probably the bike).  This way, I won’t make myself crazy running on a treadmill all the time and will be able to switch up workouts.  Since I find the elliptical a lot easier (and I can also bike a lot faster than I can run), I increased the mileage.  Also, since I completed 40, why not add some more?


Do you have a resolution for July?

How do you push yourself to reach your fitness/health goals?


I have a confession: I get bored with workouts EXTREMELY easily.  On Monday I completed treadmill interval workout that I loved.  It pushed me just the right amount and I was really excited to have finally had a good workout again.  Unforuntaley, I just wasn’t into doing it on Tuesday (bored?).  I got through half then quit and went on the elliptical.

Working out is a huge mental game for me and I OFTEN have issues being pleased with my workouts and not allowing myself to stop along the way.  For the record, I physically don’t need to stop during workouts, but mentally, I somehow always need the break.  It’s very frustrating considering I ran a half marathon 2 months ago without stopping and for some reason, I now find myself needing to stop during a 3-4 mile run. 

Anyways, I hope to someday come back to this treadmill interval workout and find it just as effective as I did the first time.

Time (minutes) Pace
2 3.5
1 5.5
1 6
1 6.5
2 7
1 8
2 7
1 8
2 7
1 8
2 7
1 8
2 7
1 8
2 7
1 8
2 7
2 6.5
1 6
2 3.5

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Distance: 3.28ish miles

How do you overcome exercise boredom? 

Is anyone else suffering from the problem of having too many resolutions to keep?  The problem is, I currently have so many, that it’s getting to be unrealistic to keep all of them.  Should I ditch one?  Should I try to meet all of them half way?  Advice on the issue would be fabulous.

My current resolutions are:

Be able to do the splits by the end of summer

No more pop/soda

Run 40 miles a month


I recently started my first 40 hour a week job and it’s taking an energy toll on me more than I thought.  I love cooking, and that’s become less of a priority, which is bumming me out.  Not to mention the fact that I’m trying to keep all these resolutions!  My running one is going alright so far, but then again, I’m only 6 days into the month.  The splits goal has definitely gone by the wayside–I haven’t done the stretches since that first time!  The pop resolution is so-so.  I’ve definitely cut down, but find myself unable to resist at family functions–which this summer is filled with.  I have cutdown though, so I definitely consider that a success.

I guess my big question is: should I ditch a resolution (most likely doing the splits and becoming more flexible) so I don’t set myself up for failure?  or should I just suck it up and put the time in even if I don’t feel like it after a long day.


I recently completed a 10 month training program for a half marathon and ran the St. Jude Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville on April 28th.  I did better than I had hoped for (1:54) and want to contine my running bug.  My goal is to run 40 miles a month.  This wan’t too hard to complete for May since I wasn’t working for most of it.  Actually, I have yet to complete it, but I’m pretty confident I will since I currently have run 39 miles and am planning to work out after work today. 

My goal will probably be difficult and take some real effort to complete for the rest of summer because I have now started working from 8:30-5 Monday through Friday.  I’m not the type of person to wake up extermely early in the morning and get my workout over with, so that means I’ll have to push myself to get it done after a long day of work. 

I have found that setting concrete goals helps me accomplish things.  So here I go–I will run 40 miles a month for at least June.  I plan to readjust or reset my goal for July and on once I see how this goes. I haven’t had a real 40 hour a week job yet, so I’m worried how tired I’ll end be, but wish me luck!

Do you have any summer fitness goals?

How do you fit exercise into your busy schedule?

So, as I said in my last post, I ran the St. Jude Music City Half Marathon in Nashville last week.  Although there were bands playing during it, I listened to my iPod for the most part.  I have to say, it was a pretty great playlist, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite songs from it.  I really like mashups, so those were the majority of my playlist.  If you go on long runs, I would definitely recommend the Eminem and Kelly Clarkson songs I have listed below–they really get you motivated to run through the pain!

Levels – Avicii

Summer Weekend – DJ Trademark

Lose Yourself – Eminem

Wild Ones – Flo Rida & Sia

Brokenhearted – Karmin

What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) – Kelly Clarkson

Love Today – Mika

Starships – Nicki Minaj

What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

Love Don’t Let Me Go – David Guetta vs. The Egg

Don’t Stop the Levels – Avicii vs. Journey Project 46

December 4th vs. Oh What a Night – DJ Topcat mashup

Otherside (Tim Mason Remix) – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Tipsy in the Sun – The White Panda

We Found Somebody That I Used to Know – P.A.F.F. mashup

Top of the Pops 2011 – Mashup Germany

Livin the Dream (I’m on a Float) – Super Mash Bros

Most of the mashup songs can’t be found on iTunes, but I’ve found a great site that converts YouTube videos to MP3s.  You copy+paste the link from YouTube into window, click high quality, then convert.  Once the file is downloaded, you open the folder, then just drag it into your iTunes–so simple!

What are some of your favorite running songs?