Welcome back to the Great 8 List, all!

Why 8 you ask? Well, in addition to rhyming so well with the word “great” (thus providing a catchy title for my countdown) the number 8 is also my lucky number. (The number 2 is my other lucky number, but two items does not a countdown make).

Also, studies prove that absolutely everybody is a little more ADD today than they were yesterday, and a little less ADD than they will be tomorrow. So a Great 8 List has all the benefits of a Top 10, without those last two things that nobody has time for anyways.

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Now, truth talk- I would just like to state for the record that the only thing the Boston Marathon Bombing has taught me about humanity over the last few days is how innately good it is as a whole.

In the days before the explosions, there was the most amazing vibe of happiness and love rippling through the streets of Boston as it does every year leading up to the marathon. The excitement is palpable. People literally walk around shaking hands, saying “congratulations” and “good luck” to strangers wearing their marathon jackets as they stand in line at Starbucks or window shop along Newbury St. And when the bombs exploded, that spirit saved countless lives.

Hoards of people instantly ran toward the smoke to help the victims without any consideration for their own safety. People who live near the race quickly opened their homes to runners who had nowhere else to go.  Exhausted marathoners kept running to hospitals to give blood. Bloggers have written the most heartfelt posts and runners across the US are wearing blue and yellow to show their solidarity. And Yankees fans have put aside the most awesome rivalry in sports (for the time being) to stand with Boston:

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It’s an incredible outpouring of love that is louder than any bomb and felt more widely than any shock wave could reach.

Today’s Great 8 List features some of my favorite quotes that speak to the goodness of humanity as well as to the inner athlete in all of us who has the strength to overcome, well, anything.

8 Quotes to Remind You How Strong You Are

8. You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops in the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. – Mahatma Gandhi

7. Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. – Anne Frank

6. Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. – Bernard Williams

5. Pain is only weakness leaving the body. – Unknown

4. We gain strength, courage and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot. -Eleanor Roosevelt

3. Only the weak are cruel, gentleness can only be expected from the strong. – Leo Buscaglia

2. Distance runners are experts in pain, discomfort and fear… Any serious runner bounces back. That’s the nature of their game. – Mark Wetmore

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Questions-

When do you feel your strongest?

Do you have a mantra or something you always tell yourself when you’re feeling down to pick yourself back up?

 

I’m resuming the regularly scheduled blog posting today because although my thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the bombings, life must continue. Otherwise the bombers win. And that is not an option.

So, even though it has technically been spring for nearly a month, now that it is actually starting to feel like spring, I feel compelled to wish everyone a happy spring (again).

I have to be honest, it’s been a little hard to stay motivated morning after morning heading to Bar Method in 29 degree weather in April. However, I was just on the phone with my mother…

me and my mom!

me and my mom!

and she was talking about how she just bought herself some new vibrantly colored workout clothes for spring…

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and suggested I do the same to help with my outlook.

I instantly realized she was RIGHT. As simple as it may sound, it’s a brilliant thing to do and I’ll tell you why in numerical format complete with comparison images after each point, all before tying it together with a big vibrant springy bow. Here we go:

First of all, wearing a pop of color can brighten your mood. It is especially helpful during inclimate weather/chilly springs as you’re trying to give your workout that extra oomph while it’s cold and rainy outside.

Example 1:

Bright colors:

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Blah colors:

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Second of all, EVERYBODY looks good in color. Put on a pretty coral colored tank or a light blue T and it will instantly bring color to your face. Feeling good about how you look is a huge motivator. I’m not talking about vanity or primping or putting on make up before a workout. No. I’m talking about how feeling great in your workout clothes will make you want to get out there and exercise like the athletic force of nature you are.

Example 2:

Bright colors:

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Blah colors:

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Thirdly and lastly, workout clothes wear out. They just do. The underarms get gross, the butt wears thin, the elastic- wherever it may be- loses its elasticity. Get some new workout clothes and get some bright ones, perhaps in a color that you don’t already have. You’ll feel like a brand new you! Maybe it will even inspire you to try a new type of exercise you’ve been curious about.

Example 3:

Bright colors:

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Blah colors:

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It’s not exactly science, but the basic principles are correct. Also I have to admit, most of my exercise clothes are black, white or green (I’m not sure why green, but yes green) so as I was writing this post I was simultaneously talking to myself as well as to you.

It’s just a great way to increase motivation and pull yourself out of that late winter/early spring funk. And you can all thank my mom for that kick in the behind. The newly inspired you will be conquering the gym/track/neighborhood in no time!

 

Ok well, it’s not a big vibrant springy bow, it’s Bill Murray. Which is better :)

Question for you- do you have a favorite workout outfit?

 

I had a different post planned for today, but in light of the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line yesterday, I feel it’s appropriate to change directions. This post is dedicated to the 144 people who were injured and the 3 people who lost their lives at an event which symbolizes life and celebrates the resilience of man.

On a personal note, I live a few blocks from the site of the blast and was home at the time. I heard the twin explosions and brushed them off as just run of the mill city noise. I’m sickened, shocked and saddened but I know that Boston will come back stronger. My heart goes out to the victims, their families and the thousands of runners who poured their hearts into training only to be told to turn around as they approached the finish line. I thank the first responders, Boston police, Boston fire department, paramedics and all the people who ran toward the blast to help those who couldn’t run away from it.

i heart boston

 

 

mixtape

Welcome back to Mixtape Monday, all!

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. As I’m sure many of you already know, today is Marathon Monday!

Today is the day thousands of admirably fit people with great legs gather in Boston to run 26.2 miles while hoards of spectators hold posters and cheer and basically have a grand old time. Today is also Patriot’s Day, a Massachusetts holiday, so a lot of people have the day off from work/school and choose to spend their time supporting the runners. All in all, it’s an awesome day. bostonmarathonfinishline

In honor of all the people running today’s race, all the people supporting those runners,  and all the people who work to make the Boston Marathon such an epic event year after year, today’s Mixtape Theme is: BOSTON!

(You thought I was going to say run, didn’t you? I’d hate to become too predictable)

SpotifyBoston Mixtape

1. shipping up to boston – dropkick murphys

2. dirty water- the standells

3. charlie on the MTA- kingston trio

4. more than a feeling – boston

5. riot on broad street- mighty mighty bosstones

6. roadrunner- jonathan richman

7. tessie- dropkick murphys

8. ladies of cambridge – vampire weekend

9. so good (the boston song) – dis vincent

10. boston-augustana

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Question- have any of you guys ever ran a marathon? how was it? What’s the longest race you’ve completed?