Tunes For Tuesday – A Dirrty Dozen Two-Fer

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Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy

This past Friday and Saturday I was a little busy running the So Cal Ragnar Relay (which I will recap soon) but in honor of my Dirrty Dozen team, I’m featuring 2 songs today – one for each “r” in our team name.  These two songs were the most often heard songs on the radio while we were in our van.  It’s not that I love (or even like these songs) but I know that they will now remind me of a most fabulous time with the ladies of Van 2 of the Dirrty Dozen team.  Thanks Jamie, Kat, Carrie, Jill and Debbie!

Hope  you enjoy:

Song 1: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Personally, I can’t stand this song and I think we must have heard it about 8,000 times.  Being new to LA this video is fun because I recognize some of the areas.




Song 2: “Talk Dirty To Me” by Jason Derulo

First, I have no idea who Jason Derulo even is (except for the fact that he’s dating former American Idol contestant Jordin Sparks) so that makes me feel old.  Second, am I the only one who recognizes the sample of “No Diggity” by Blackstreet in this song (that we also heard 3 million times over a 36 hour period)?




What song is really irritating you right now?

Fridays Featured FemaleS – The Dirrty Dozen Ragnar Team

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Welcome to Friday’s Featured FemaleS!

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF

This week’s feature doesn’t just highlight one woman but it highlights a #DirrtyDozen of them.  Today I want to give a huge shout out the members of my So Cal Ragnar Team (technically, I’m not highlighting myself but 11 sounded ridiculous).

Ragnar Relay Series, runchat

Get to know these 11 amazing women that will be covering 200 miles with me (from Huntington Beach to San Diego).  Not all of these ladies are bloggers (and many aren’t even active in social media) but they are all amazing women and athletes.  The list below is in runner order with their leg mileages and terrain difficulty noted:


Van 1:


Elizabeth B. –  Elizabeth isn’t a blogger but she is most definitely a runner!  She kicks off our relay.

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 5.90 (hard),  11.90 (hard) and 8.10 (very hard) = 25.9 miles Kia is a yoga instructor, a parent and she flew in from Colorado to be a part of this team.

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 7.0 (hard), 3.0 (easy) and 2.9 (easy) = 13.1 miles
Kia, Bodhi Bear, runner, yoga instructor

Kia crossing a finish line with her son –


Jenica:  I don’t know Jenica personally but anyone who wants signs up for this madness is ok in my book!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 6.7 (hard), 3.7 (easy) and 3.5 (easy) = 13.9 miles


Amy@It’sAllAboutTheJourney:  The lady that put it all together deserves a great round of applause!  You rock!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 2.7 (easy), 4.0 (easy) and 6.2 (very hard) = 13.0 miles
Amy, dancer, runner, It's All About The Journey

With a medal, it’s Amy: It’s All About The Journey


Jillienne@ChasingRaspberries:  Fresh off the LA Marathon and in training for a tri, I’m sad not to be in a van with this inspirational lady!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 6.4 (hard), 6.3 (moderate) and 3.7 (easy) = 16.4 miles
Chasing Raspberries, marathoner, triathlete

How cute is Jillienne of Chasing


Gillian@That’sG: Like her sound-alike name predecessor above, Gillian is also fresh off the LA Marathon.  This law student and spin teacher is sweet, strong and damn fast!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 8.7 (very hard), 2.7 (easy) and 4.2 (moderate) = 15.6 miles
Gillian, law student, spin instructor, runner

Getting Ready for LA –



Van 2:

Jamie@FitApproach: She’s the CEO of an online fitness community, a yoga instructor and oh yeah, she runs ultra marathons.  There’s a reason she’s running this particular leg.  (Jamie, please don’t be creeped out that I used a photo from your personal FB page)

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 9.8 (very hard), 5.9 (hard) and 7.0 (very hard) = 22.7 miles
Jamie Walker, sweat pink, fit approach, ultra marathoner

Jamie winning 2nd place in a 50K


Me: Yup, I’ve got the least total distance to cover. See, people are nice to the elderly.

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 4.1 (hard), 3.5 (hard) and 2.8 (easy) = 10.4 miles

Awesome 80's run, running, 5K, music


Kathleen:  Another person I don’t know but her Facebook page says, “If you have to ask if it’s too early to drink wine, you’re an amateur and we can’t be friends.”  I like her already.

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 5.3 (hard), 3.2 (easy) and 3.5 (easy) = 12 miles  I can’t say enough good things about this woman.  We clicked at first run and I’m thrilled to be seeing her twice in two weeks for two different runs.  She is going to rock this relay!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 6.7 (moderate), 2.0 (easy) and 7.1 (hard) = 16.3 miles
Carrie - Family Fitness Food

Carrie from


Jill@TreeFitness:  My fitness roommate for two conferences and counting!  There are few people on this earth that are as gorgeous, smart, sensitive and athletic as this lady is.  She’s flying in from Utah to do her 4th Ragnar!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 2.9 (easy), 4.2 (hard) and 7.4 (hard) = 14.5 miles

Jill Griffiths,, CPT


Debbie@LiveFromLaQuinta:  Another lady I haven’t met but if she’s a friend of Melissa@MelissaRunningIt (who is one fabulous chick), then I know I’ll like her.  Look at the distance she’s covering too!

  • Distance/Terrain per leg: 6.7 (very hard), 4.8 (moderate) and 5.4 (moderate) = 16.9 miles
Debbie, runner

Debbie from


I’m thrilled to be given the chance to do this unique race with all of these ladies.  I’m looking forward to telling you all about the experience after I recover!


Do you have a dream race (not that this was mine)?  If so, which one?

A Ragnar Relay Playlist

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It’s almost time for the So Cal Ragnar Relay race!


Ragnar Relay Series, runchat

12 Friends, 2 Vans, 2 Days, 1 Night 200 miles (from Huntington Beach to San Diego)!  


This is my first relay.  Even though I’m covering the least amount of mileage (10 miles in total), it’s longer than I’ve run in a very long time and I’m excited and nervous about it.  I definitely haven’t trained like I planned and I have friends in town for the entire week leading up to race day (I’m actually cutting out on them early to meet my van) but with a motto like this one, how could you NOT be excited?

Ragnar Relay, shirt, So Cal, Run, Eat, Sleep? Do It Again

Image: Ragnar


I need music to run and to get through 3 runs (a late morning/early afternoon, a middle of the night and a next day early morning) so I’m sharing the dozen (for my team name, the #DirrtyDozen) not-so-typical songs that I’m adding to my Ragnar playlist:

***Leg 1***


#1 – Nelly

The first leg needs to start off with a powerful attitude – and hey, there’s Joe Perry from Aerosmith on guitar (that one’s for you CB) 

Nelly, #1, Joe Perry, running

Weather With You – Crowded House

I seem to have lousy weather luck when it comes to San Diego but this song is so great – “and there’s a slowboat made of china…”

Crowded House, Neil Finn, Weather With You, Running

Coming Of Age – Foster The People

This is my JAM right now, “Pumped Up Kicks” is also on my regular playlist.  Love FTP!

Foster The People, Coming Of Age, Ragnar Playlist


One Small Day – Ultravox

It’s epic, it’s Midge Ure and has great motivational lyrics.  This will not be a small day though.

Ultravox, Midge Ure, One Small Day, Ragnar Playlist

***Leg 2***


Roll With The Changes – REO Speedwagon

I hear “keep on running” even though it’s “keep on rolling”.  I’ll need to hear this in the middle of the night.

REO Speedwagon, running song


New Shoes – Paolo Nutini

I will not be running in new shoes (big no-no on race day) but I’ll pretend I have fresh, happy feet.

Paolo Nutini, New Shoes, Ragnar Playlist


Blue Highway – Billy Idol

Because in the middle of the night, the highway will be blue and Billy (plus that guitar riff) will get me moving.

 Billy Idol, Blue Highway, Ragnar Playlist

My Ever Changing Moods – The Style Council

I function well on little sleep but I’ve never done it with 3 legs of running.  This is a reminder to be nice to my van-mates.

Style Council, Ever Changing Moods, Ragnar Playlist

***Leg 3***

Don’t Tell Me – Madonna

 People always think of the cowboy video with this song but it always paces me well and insists “Don’t tell me to stop…”

 Madonna, Don't Tell Me, Cowboy song, Ragnar Playlist


Just Another Day – Oingo Boingo

Although it won’t be “just another day”, a little Danny Elfman will delude me into a regular run on an ordinary day.

 Oingo Boingo, Just Another Day, Danny Elfman, Ragnar Playlist

Can’t Hardly Wait – The Replacements

As much fun as this experience will be, I know I’ll be waiting for the finish line.  I know I’ll appreciate Paul Westerberg’s musical empathy.

 The Replacements, Can't Hardly Wait, Ragnar Playlist

(Reach Up For The) Sunrise – Duran Duran

You knew there had to be a Duran song, right?  I thought about “Faster Than Light” but since that would absolutely be a lie, I went with this anthem.  I won’t be running at sunrise but I almost wish I could with this song as my background.

Duran Duran, Reach Up For The Sunrise

What unconventional song(s) motivate you when working out?

All images from Spotify screen captures.

Tunes For Tuesday – The Housemartins

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Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy


Today’s pick is “Happy Hour” by The Housemartins to celebrate a bunch of great things – Jay’s birthday (which was yesterday) , the arrival of great friends (who are in town for the week) and my upcoming So Cal Ragnar Relay this coming weekend.

The Housemartins had a #1 single with their fantastic acapella version of the song, “Caravan of Love” and wound up later spawning two major careers  - Norman Cook (aka FatBoy Slim) and Sean Welch (of The Beautiful South – a band we like in our house a lot).

I hope this upbeat fun song (starts at 00:51) inspires you to go to Happy Hour tonight.  I know I’ll be doing a lot of Happy Hours this week!  Yay!



Do you have a favorite cover song?

This Marks The End….

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…of my blog.


No, just kidding.  


It’s the end of March which marks the end of the first quarter of 2014.  Can you believe it?


Forgive the premature April Fool’s Joke.


In all seriousness though, today is the end date for you to link-up to the #14in2014 Goals/Resolutions/Intentions 1st Quarter Check In

2014, fusebeads

My logo is from a fusebead project so I had to use this image from ArtisRams

and it’s my wonderful husband’s birthday.


Today’s post is going to be a short one as I go to enjoy some family time with Jay, Wild Boy and our good friends who are in town from Chicago!

Stay tuned though,  this week it’s all about Ragnar but in the coming weeks I have some juicy posts coming which include:  A Two-Fer For Women Runners, Fabletics Review Round 2 and a sneak peek inside the 80′s New Wave Oral History Book, Mad World.


Do you write down people’s birthday’s or do you rely on Facebook to remind you?

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