A Playlist For My Runway Runaway to Reach The Beach

Yes, the post title is taken from the Duran Duran song “Runway Runaway”.  I’m running away (well flying and then running) to Boston today and since the guys played “Fashion Rocks” last night, I thought the title was appropriate.

Fashion Rocks. Duran Duran

For all of my Duran Duran friends going to see “Unstaged” tonight, have a blast and scream super loud for me.  I’m still sad to be missing this event with all my Duranie brethren.

Duran Duran Unstaged

Image: Duran Duran


It’s been a whirlwind getting ready for Reach The Beach and I hope you’ll follow along on the journey via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  I’ll take any and all words of support where I can get them.


My playlist since SoCal Ragnar needed an update so I’m adding the following dozen songs for my Reach The Beach playlist:

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1.  “Runway Runaway” by Duran Duran

2.  “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People

3.  “Pompeii” by Bastille (it’s my 2014 theme song)

4.  “All About That Bass” by Megan Trainor (can’t stop singing this one)

5.  “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (the theme for SoCal Ragnar)

6.  “She” by Green Day

7.  “Highway To Hell” by AC/DC

8.  “Unbelievers” by Vampire Weekend

9.  “You Take Me Up” by Thompson Twins

10.  “Human” by The Killers

11.  “Roam” by B-52’s

12.  “Who Needs Sleep” by Barenaked Ladies



Is there a song I NEED to add to my playlist?  Tell me quickly! 



There Is Something You Should Know

Yes, it’s a lyric from a Duran Duran song.  

If you’re a Duran Duran fan living in the US, you’ve been waiting for September 2014.

The new album isn’t out yet but Duran Duran are out in full force preparing the masses for their presence with 3 different events:



Tonight at 6pm PST, Duran Duran are going to be live in Monterey, CA promoting the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata (click here for link to reveal video).

  • The fact that the band are here in my new state and I won’t be driving the 5 hours to the private show is sad. What’s worse is that 6pm is in the middle of Wild Boy wrangling so I won’t be watching the performance live….but my father-in-law (who owns a Miata and is a huge fan of the car – not the band) will be.  Here’s hoping he’ll fill me in.


On September 9th, Duran Duran will be performing at Fashion Rocks on CBS at 9:00PM EST/11:00PM PST at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

  • To say that the Barclay’s Center is mere blocks away from the Brooklyn apartment that we just sold in May adds unnecessary insult to an unhealed injury (I’m still mourning the apartment).  A part of me still hasn’t gotten over the fact that I wasn’t at the Nov 2013 MoMA event where it seemed like every Duranie I knew got a chance to be up close and personal with the band.  I know there are plenty of Duranies who feel my pain though.  I won’t be at the show but I will be watching.


On September 10th there will be a one night only screening (in 300 theaters nationwide) of the David Lynch directed concert film, Duran Duran: Unstaged.

Duran Duran Unstaged

Image: Duran Duran

  • First the MoMA even in New York and now even though a screening is being held right near my house, I’m not going to this event either and I’m truly gutted.  Even my new California friends recognize my Duran devotion because a relatively new friend of mine gave me info about this special screening even before Duran Duran announced the one night only show.   There’s an excellent reason why I won’t be attending the screening but only some readers will understand (reason will be revealed next week but this photo has a hint).
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7 And The Ragged Tiger 1984 Tour shirt


I know that Duran Duran are playing in Austin in November (have you seen those ticket prices?!  Ouch!) but I’ll need to wait until the album is released and the next tour is scheduled (unless the concert fairy exists and decides to bestow a gift of lottery winnings upon me).

It was a #14in2014 goal to meet the band this year but that’s not looking likely.  This image will have to do until then.


Simon Le Bon, Duran Duran

Simon Le Bon at Terminal 5 June 20, 2012 (the closest I’ve ever been).


Here’s hoping my 3 things of bad Duran luck will end here


cheers to a 2015 Duran Duran album and tour, fellow Duranies!

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Duran Duran (except as a fan) and was under no obligation to write about or promote any of these events.

Duran Duran Appreciation Day 10K

As you might know, yesterday was Duran Duran Appreciation Day.  For the 2nd year in a row, I completed a 10K in honor of my favorite band.  Last year, my NYC Summer Streets Run took me here and this was my post about it:

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Simply perfect


and this year, I was in LA and my run started like this and to see how it ended, you’ll have to read a little further.


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Ready to run in my tank by RainbowAlternative.com


Lately running has been really hard for me but nothing could be better than a Duran Duran playlist to get me through the rough spots.  I decided to take a path I’d never run before along the LA River (yup, that’s a river).  Note to self: One is not supposed to be running that close to the river  –  it took me ages including an attempt to climb a fence before circling back and finding a gate to get out of the enclosure.


LA River, running, Duran Duran 10K


Once I finally got away from the river, I made my way to the Colorado Bridge.  It’s not the Brooklyn Bridge, but it’s still pretty beautiful.


Duran Duran, Duran Duran Appreciation Day


As soon as I hit the 6.2 mark with my favorite Duran Duran song, “Hold Back The Rain” playing, I twisted my left ankle.  It didn’t hurt on the way home (or during brunch) but when I got home, the pain was pretty severe.  Here’s hoping that ice and ibuprofen will do their thing and that I won’t be laid up for long.


ankle, running, injury, Duran Duran 10K


Ankle twist aside, it was a great morning with some great tunes.  Here’s the playlist and thank you all for your requests (all link to the respective YouTube videos)!  Hope you enjoyed your Duran Duran Appreciation Day (or as you may have called it, Sunday)!





Careless MemoriesMark, Angela


Finest Hour - Andrew


The Man Who Stole A LeopardLori


Is There Something I Should KnowDebbi


New ReligionSally


Girl Panic!Anju


New Moon on Monday (such a great video) – Saida


Hungry Like The WolfWild Boy


plus some of my favorites (I walked about 2 – 3 miles once I hit my 6.2):



Meet El Presidente  


Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)


Runway Runaway


Last Chance on The Stairway


(I’m Looking For) Cracks in The Pavement




(Reach Up For The) Sunrise


Hold Back The Rain


Friends, please send some healing vibes, I do not want to be hobbling around for IDEAWorld SweatPink BlogFest this week!  Thanks!   What did you do this weekend that was special?

Happy Duran Duran Appreciation Day!

No, I normally don’t post on Sundays but today is one special Sunday.  

It’s Duran Duran Appreciation Day!

Duran Duran

Yes, this is my pillow from the 80’s.

I’ve met many people who chuckle when they read that my blog tagline is, “Dietitian born to love food, fitness, family and Duran Duran” – some because they think it’s kitschy, some because they find it odd and uncomfortable laughter is all they can muster and some because it’s not every day that you meet someone who is ok with telling the world that they are a big time Duranie! [Read more…]

8 Things About the 80’s New Wave Music book “Mad World”

As a long-time devoted fan of Duran Duran, I’ve often been dismissed as being stuck in the 80’s.  I understand that not everyone was raised on New Wave radio in both Los Angeles (KROQ) and New York (WLIR/WDRE) and chose to spend a large percentage of their high school days either waiting on line (that’s outside on a line for you youngsters, not on a computer) for concert tickets or to get into a venue to see a show.  Lori Majewski (formerly of Us Weekly, Entertainment Weekly and Teen People), might understand though because she and her co-author Jonathan Bernstein (contributor to Spin, Rolling Stone, the Face) are about to release the book, Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980’s  (released April 15, 2014).

Given my very loud social media passion for all things 80’s and Duran Duran, I became connected with Lori and was thrilled to be sent an advance copy of this book to review.  This fun and informative book gives amazing insight into the New Wave artists from the 1980’s straight from the artists themselves.  I was absolutely floored by the amount of knowledge I learned –   I used to pride myself on having a decent 80’s New Wave music trivia base but this book put me to shame.

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Mad World: Adam Ant, Morrissey and Duran Duran on the cover? Sold!

I don’t want to give it all away but here are 8 Things About the 80’s New Wave Music Book “Mad World” here: [Read more…]