My #FindYourStrong Song

 

Have you heard about Saucony’s #FindYourStrong project?

It’s a pretty neat concept – each week there is a different theme or challenge – complete the challenge by sharing a video, a photo, a word, and be entered to win some pretty cool prizes! The current theme is “What is your #FindYourStrong song?”.  And since I rarely (if EVER) run without music, I had to figure out my strong song!

But really, how do you narrow down a collection of thousands of songs down to just one? Well I started with my race playlist (my most recently collection of running music):

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(Yes I realize it’s fairly random)

They’re all fairly “peppy” songs – upbeat and catchy and really motivate me to keep going.  But I gotta say that of that list, there is really only one song that I need to hear at the finish line, that pushes me to go faster, to #findmystrong – and it’s definitely “Till I Collapse” by Eminem. 

The lyrics make me move, push me harder, make me dig deep so I can finish strong. It’s on every running and CrossFit playlist I make, and while this isn’t normally the kind of music I listen to, it’s definitely the song that gets me going.

“’Cause sometimes you just feel tired,
Feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up.
But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength
And just pull that s*** out of you and get that motivation to not give up
And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face and collapse.”

I imagine that, when I cross the finish line at the Scotiabank Waterfront half marathon in October, that I’ll be listening to this song. I can’t wait!

Interested in the #FindYourStrong project? Check out http://community.saucony.com/findyourstrongproject/ !

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So tell me, what song helps you #FindYourStrong?

It’s Been A While & Workout Update

Yeah, so clearly I did it again.

Disappeared, that is.

But it’s the end of January, the holidays are over, and I am determined to make this little blog here thing work this time around. So I apologize to anyone who may have been missing me (ha!) and I promise to stick around this time.  I have some exciting ideas for the blog and I’m looking forward to rolling them out over the next few weeks.

Workout Recap – January 23-29

Monday – 16km 10km on the treadmill
I’d had a rough weekend at work, it was raining out (ok it was pouring), and I find the treadmill to be super boring. I fully intended to do my full long run on the ‘mill but after 6miles I just couldn’t do it any more.  I was mentally and phsyically exhausted so I called it a day. 

Tuesday & Wednesday – rest due to work

Thursday – Olympic lifting class
So I am completely smitten with Oly lifting & power lifting and lifting in general.  I have gone to 2 classes at my Crossfit box and I will continue to go, as often as I can.  If you follow me on twitter you may have seen a photo from that class, me with a 60lb jerk. Love it.

Friday – Crossfit and 8km on Treadmill
I did a 15 minute crossfit workout – every minute on the minute for 15 minutes – 2 strict presses (55lbs) and 5 box jumps (20 inches).  It was a lot more tiring than it looked.
I hooked up with the treadmill again as it was (again) raining and getting dark (and lately I’ve been afraid to run on my own, especially in the dark).  I started with some easy mile repeats, then ended up doing 4 x 400m repeats with 200m rest in between.  I apparently can run faster than I thought! This was also the first run with my new shoes (more about them later).

Saturday – Crossfit (again)
19:30 workout – 5 rounds for time, 100′ farmers walk (40lbs each side), 10 burpees (I subbed 10 situps and 5 push ups), 100′ bear crawl, and 10 pull ups.  My pull ups are getting a lot better and I think I will have to go down a band soon.

Sunday – 16km
This was my first long run with my new orthotics and I think they helped tremendously.  My knees are achy today but I believe that is due to my crappy old shoes (which shall never be run in again!). Between my new shoes, my foam roller, and my orthotics I hope to have this pain thing figured out in time for the Chilly Half in 5 weeks!!

This week I plan on stepping up my running and getting back to proper running workouts, and potentially taking a step back from Crossfit.  My plan is to concentrate mostly on running until after the Goodlife Half Marathon in early May, and then turn my focus to muscle and strength building for most of the summer.  I refuse to give up my Crossfit completely though, but as evidence by my slow and painful run yesterday, I need to give my legs a break every now and then in order to be able to run, well, better.

I am really looking forward to yoga tonight – need to stretch out all my sore muscles.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and that you all have fantastic workouts planned for this week! :)

Carly