Running Playlist: All I Need Is the Road and My Music

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Jan 25

all I need

For many of the miles I have run through the years I have been fortunate enough to have friends to join me.  I often even have friends that are kind enough to text me and tell me to get my butt out of bed because it is time for us to meet!  (After 5 alarms and 2 texts I am up and ready!) For the days and the miles that I do it alone, I have my music.  Refreshing my playlist is something that gives me extra motivation to get out of bed and it gives me more desire to stay out there when I am doing a 20 miler alone.  I am so picky about my music.  I am also moody about my music, some days I am just in the mood for something different.  Many times I have watched my pace closely on my Nike App and I can literally see my pace either slow down or speed up depending on how the song is making me feel.  I have repeated the same song many times in a row if I am feeling it and I am making good time!

I love asking my friends if they have downloaded any good, new songs.  Sometimes two or three new songs can make a world of difference.  So I thought I would share some of my favorite songs from the past year and ask anyone to comment and share some of theirs!  Here are 30 of my favs!

  1. Uptown Funk, Bruno Marsmusic makes me stronger
  2. Black Widow, Iggy Azalea
  3. Fancy, Iggy Azalea
  4. Ten Feet Tall, Afrojack
  5. Sugar, Maroon 5
  6. Blank Space, Taylor Swift
  7. Style, Taylor Swift
  8. Lips Are Movin’, Meghan Trainor
  9. Shake It Off, Taylor Swift
  10. Ghost, Ella Henderson
  11. Something In the Water, Carrie Underwood
  12. All About that Bass, Meghan Trainor
  13. Animals, Maroon 5
  14. Love Runs Out, One Republic
  15. She Looks So Perfect, 5 Seconds of Summer
  16. Me and My Broken Heart, Rixton
  17. Roller Coaster, Luke Bryan
  18. Burnin’ It Down, Jason Aldean
  19. Stuck On a Feeling, Prince Royce featuring Snoop Dogg
  20. Treasure, Bruno Mars
  21. Boom Clap, Charli XCX
  22. Break Free, Ariana Grande
  23. Jealous, Nick Jonas
  24. Problem, Ariana Grande
  25. Chandalier, Sia
  26. Heartbeat Song, Kelly Clarkson
  27. Leave the Night On, Sam Hunt
  28. Trophies, Drake
  29. Ready to Run,  One Direction
  30. Happy, Pharrell Williams

 

Some people say that running with music can increase your performance by 15%.  Then you can read other articles that argue against it.  I think it is just dependent on the person, and for me I KNOW I need it!!  (No I won’t tell you the story again about my ipod freezing up at mile 5 of the St. Louis marathon!) Of course we are all different and have different tastes, so my playlist may do nothing for any of you!  I do encourage changing up your music and making new playlists. I ALWAYS create a new playlist and add new music the week of a race so I have new songs on race day.

So comment and share your songs and playlists if you will!!

 

 

New Saucony Triumph and Brooks Glycerin Review: Battle of the Best Cushioned Running Shoes

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Jan 20
Brooks Glycerin

Brooks Glycerin

Saucony Triumphs

Saucony Triumph

Saucony and Brooks have always been by far my two favorite brands of running shoes. For over a decade I wore nothing but Saucony. However, I just recently bought my 4th pair of Brooks Glycerins in less than a year. So let me start there. The Glycerin 12 is a great update from the previous version. It’s a little lighter, yet has more cushion and it is a bit sleeker. It has what Brooks refers to as Super DNA, the best cushion they have yet to provide. It provides their most plush feel yet, without adding a lot of weight. There are also pressure zones on the outside that help distribute the impact when you run from your heel to your forefoot.

So what does all that mean in the simplest way I can state it? It is less bulky than before yet there really is more cushion. The new sole provides a much smoother transition from heel to forefoot when you run and it has just the right amount of room in the toe box. I also have to add that the colors it is available in are amazing. It’s the best looking Glycerin there has ever been. For a few days a couple of months ago, my husband thought he might be into running. So that weekend we went to Sport Seasons where he tried on every running shoe we could think of. Once he tried the Glycerin he was sold. He would wear them around the house and go on and on about how amazing they were. So has he been running? No, but he still loves his Glycerins! He was blown away by the cushion and comfort. I cannot imagine this shoe disappointing anyone.

Saucony ISOFIT

However, over the summer I was in the store at the same time as the Saucony rep and I briefly slipped my foot in the Triumphs that were coming out a few months later and I instantly fell in love. I have been eagerly awaiting their release. Let me say, they did not disappoint. Saucony introduced their new ISO line of running shoes with a newer, lighter, yet more cushiony feel. The new Triumphs have 20% more cushioning and have a generous amount of reflective detail on them which is good for running in the dark. The mesh, light, breathable top of the new Triumph is the most comfortable feel they have had yet. I did like the previous version; my only complaint was that the bottom was not flexible. The new Saucony Triumph definitely fixed that problem. It is soft and flexible, yet cushioned and durable. The feel of the top of the shoe reminds me of the breathable Nike Free. It is distinctly different than their previous shoes, in a good way.

The new ISO fit of the Triumph also has a memory type fit to the cushion. The cushion is supposed to mold to your foot as you run in them. This is something I actually read about after my first few runs in the shoe. The first time I ran in the Triumph, I loved it. It was flexible, cushioned, breathable, and the colors were great! Then the second time I wore them I noticed almost immediately that something was different. I felt a little more arch support and the shoe was a little more snug to my foot, but in a good way. So when I went back and read about the shoe, it made sense. I could definitely tell that the cushion really had changed from the first run and seemed to be shaping to the mold of my foot. I have worn them several times since and they are great! They were worth the wait and I think it is a huge improvement over previous versions.

So which is better, the Glycerin or the Triumph? That is like asking me if I would rather have a chocolate cake donut or some cookies and cream ice cream!!! How do you choose? The shoes are similar in feel and they both feel amazing. The Saucony is more of a change from it’s previous version, but there was more that needed to be changed. If you are looking for a cushion running shoe I can tell you that they are both worth every single penny.

The Glycerin and the Triumph should be at the top of your list.

 

Introducing Sport Seasons’ Nashville Running Group – Come Run With Us!

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Jan 15
Richland Creek Greenway Nashville

Richland Creek Greenway – click for map

Surround Yourself With People That Inspire You!

Have you been thinking about starting a running program?  Did you used to run and are ready to get back into it?  Then read on because we may have just the platform to get you started!

Beginning on Saturday, January  24th at 8 am, Sport Seasons will be hosting a new Nashville running group.  We are encouraging runners and walkers of all speeds!  Whether you are an experienced runner looking for a new group and a change of scenery or you have never run a mile, come join us to make friends, find support and have a great time.  We will be providing water and will start our runs on the Richland Creek Greenway near our White Bridge Road location in Nashville.  We will also be offering member discounts on shoes and apparel to those who participate, plus some other benefits. (aka: free stuff!)

Having others there with you that are working towards the same goals is a great way to increase your chances of creating new habits.  We will be choosing races around Nashville to sign up for, starting with some 5K races and building up from there.  Tell your friends and have them tell their friends.

In 2002 my friend and I joined a running group and trained for a full marathon.  Not only did it create a new lifestyle for me, but I made some of the best friends a girl could ask for.  Twelve years later I still have those amazing friends and I have yet to stop running.  Any age… teenagers, young professionals, moms , dads, grandparents, and more….we want to see all of you on January  24th in our parking lot at our White Bridge Road location (Lions Head Village) at 8 a.m. to get started.

Check out our Meetup Group to RSVP.

Please feel  free to email Emily at evandemark@sport-seasons.com with any questions.

Come start the New Year off right….Hope to see you there!!

 

Eight Percent – Fun Facts About New Year’s Resolutions

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Jan 09

2015 goals

So it’s that time of year again…New Year’s Resolution Time. I know because the gym was so packed yesterday it was ridiculous! I mean great that so many people have joined a gym, are eating healthy, or have started a training program for running or walking, but how many of these people will still be going strong when March rolls around? Well, most studies show that only about 8 percent of people stick to their resolutions. Even if we were generous and doubled that… 16 percent is not so great either. Those who stick with their resolutions are those who are ready to make lifestyle changes, they form new habits and re-prioritize. Truthfully, it is not so easy to do. Some of the best tips I have found that work for myself and friends of mine as well are listed below!

1. Be realistic in your goal setting
2. Find friends that are working towards the same goals
3. Learn from your mistakes, when you fall…don’t give up, just start again
4. Celebrate and reward yourself with small achievements
5. Find ways to have fun and enjoy yourself while you work towards the goal

Not everyone’s New Year’s Resolution is a fitness or health goal. Ever wondered what most people decide to work towards? Here are some of the most popular:

- Lose weight by exercising and eating healthyGoal Rocks
- Get organized both personally and professionally
- Spend Less Money and put More in Savings
- Quit Smoking
- Spend More Time With Family
- Learn something new and exciting, find a new hobby

Did you also know that less than half of Americans even make a New Year’s Resolution? The New Year isn’t the only time people can attempt to make changes, but it is a great time to try. If fitness is on your resolution radar, stay tuned for my next blog entry about the new Saturday morning runs we will be starting at Sport Seasons! There is no better way to achieve your goals than with the support of others!

So don’t give up!!! This is your year!!

 

Don’t Make Any Resolutions This Year: Create New Habits

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Jan 02

running

That’s right. 2015 is the year for no resolutions.

Nada. Zippo. Zero.

Instead, if you want to make a lasting change in your life, focus on creating a new habit based on the type of person you want to be.

For example, instead of making a general resolution or goal to lose weight, create a new habit based on the type of person you want to be – someone that exercises regularly. Start small, and build on the habit. If you set a goal that is too far out of your comfort zone, like running three miles each morning, you’ll find all kinds of excuses not to follow through. “I don’t have time”, “It’s too cold outside”, “I’ll start tomorrow”. Let’s face it, we all do this. Instead, create one simple habit. Set your running shoes out the night before, and in the morning, just do one thing.

Put your shoes on.

You can do this. Tell yourself, “all I have to do is put my shoes on”. That’s it; you have completed your set goal for the day. Congratulations!

Chances are, once you have your shoes on, you’ll feel like heading outside for a quick walk. After several days or weeks of quick walks, some days you’ll make time for a longer walk or a quick run. You are developing the habit of exercise, and becoming the person you want to be. The key is creating positive habits.

Want to read more on habit creation? Check out Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits blog – the inspiration for this post is here, and then check out The Smart Ways to Stick to Habits. Thanks Leo!

Now, go put your shoes on!