Monday is here!! (I’m totally typing this Sunday night, so when this post goes up I’ll be just about to start teaching my Yoga Sculpt class of the day.)
I’m starting to realize that summer is wrapping up, Saturday night I had to say goodbye to a friend who is leaving for her second year of optometry school (eye doctor) and she won’t be home until Christmas!!!! I huge part of me hopes she changes her mind, and I really need to figure out how/when to go visit her in Oklahoma.
That being said, I’m trying to jam pack my days with outdoor activities to think back on once winter comes. Saturday morning I participated in the Deerwood Summerfest 5k. I’m not entirely sure how many years the race has been going on (maybe 3?) but it was a really great small town event! The race fee couldn’t be beat $25, which included a t-shirt and a beverage at the legion post-race (I had a beer).
While I knew a lot of people participating, what sealed the deal for me was racing on the same course as my racing buddy. She and I aren’t close the same pace (she’s super speedy) but its fun to hang out before and after races.
This is our fifth race together since December, and we’re already discussing adding the Monster Dash (October) and Polar Dash (January 2014).
The race itself was an easy out and back course. It wasn’t closed, so technically vehicles could drive, but there weren’t any issues. The winner of the race finished in 17:40 or something like that, but there were many people walking or running with strollers. If anyone in the Lakes area is thinking about a first 5k race, this is a great option!
I took off much faster than I usually do, and haven’t had a chance to check my garmin for stats, but I believe it was well under 10 minutes for the first mile, which is very rare for me. My finish time was roughly 30:35. My hip was really bothering me at the end, but I was pleased with the speed I had.
Like I promised in the title, I have some new music finds to share. At the end of summer I feel like some songs have become super over-played and I don’t want to listen to them anymore even though I loved them in June and July. Here are 10 songs I recently downloaded and am loving, divided into the 2 genres I usually listen to.
Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey
Wake Me Up – Avicii
Outta Nowhere – Pitbull
Come to Me – The Googoo Dolls
Inner Ninja – Classified
She Will Be Free – Josh Abbott Band
Sunny and 75 – Joe Nichols
Could it Be – Charlie Worsham
Wake Up Lovin’ You – Craig Morgan
Friday Night – Eric Paslay
Love finding new music – thanks for sharing. And sounds like a good day for a 5K!! I have been looking at the Polar Dash too – it’s hard because the weather can be so unpredictible. . .
What sealed the deal for us doing the Polar Dash is….New Years Day is a Wednesday, and we won’t want to get wild on New Years eve (tuesday night).
“Friday Night” is such a great song! Whenever I hear it on the radio I think about downloading it but then always forget to. Thanks for the list!
Of course! I use the shazam app to keep track of music I like, and every couple weeks do a big itunes purchase.
Seriously, can you BELIEVE that summer is almost over? Time has gone by so quickly. I’ve been looking for new music so I’ll check these songs out!
It always feels like summer goes fast, so this year I’m pleasantly surprised with everything I’ve managed to do! I hope you like the tunes!
Congrats on a great race, Katie!
Thank you!! I’m glad you can comment again!!
Are you thinking about the Monster Dash in Chicago or is there one closer to you?
There’s a monster dash in Minneapolis also! They have a 13.1, 10 miler, or 5k available. But I’m not sure what I’m ready for at this point.
The Monster Dash in Chicago was one I looked at for a Fall goal race. I decided on one that is closer and cheaper but I was totally going to switch if someone I “knew” was going to the Chicago race. I’ll stick my cheap, close race instead. 🙂
Great list of songs!! I was just looking for a few new ones to add to my playlist but everything I found on Pinterest was blah. My recent favorite addition to my running playlist is “Here Comes the Hotstepper” 🙂
Ooo. I haven’t heard that yet, I’ll have to look it up!