Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year's Spinning Playlist

Tomorrow morning brings the last day of the year. Our 5:45 AM will be spinning it up with some tunes that are designed to remind us to focus on the opportunities ahead.4)

(1) "Brand New Day" Sting- extended warm up with a few pick ups at end to shake out legs

(2) "Love Generation" Bob Sinclair- think positive and a few jumps to get heart up to working heart rate

(3) "One More Time" Daft Punk- one more time we are going to celebrate all that 2009 gave us; sprints on the hill

(4) "Let the River Run" Carly Simon

and

(5) "Seven Wonders" Fleetwood Mac- two positive songs as we climb the hill for 7 mins

(6) "I Gotta Feeling" Black Eyed Peas- sprints! And, tonight's gonna be a good night!

(7) "New Year's Day" U2- steady hill, pick one hill, one pace and maintain.

(8) "Let's Get Loud" J Lo (remix)- jumps! sprints! Let's exude energy

(9) "Auld Lang Syne" BB King- one hill, one minute fast to the end

(10) "Standing Outside the Fire" Garth Brooks (because how could I not include some country in the final playlist of the year)
"Life is not tried it's just merely survived if you're standing outside the fire"

and

(11) "If Today was Your Last Day" Nickelback- extended cooldown

Happy New Year!

12/31- Update- I received a shout out on the great blog by Cynthia, Spinning Music. Visit her blog here to see some more great rides!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New York Times Article

I clearly have way too much time today.... or am simply procrastinating cleaning my house....



Carpe Diem!

Runner's World Quote of the Day

Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running.

Sarah Condor


What a great reflection as we enter into the New Year! Although we may not be motivated to get moving, the euphoria we experience once we do far outweighs our previous dread.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Family Fitness

After dropping my husband Bill off at the train today, Cisco and I drove up to Quincy to walk with my father. My parents live right at the end of Wollaston Beach. For walking Cisco, it is quite convenient as the whole length of the beach is paved.




My father was never much of a workout guy when we were growing up. Sure, we always played outdoors, and as a Boston firefighter, my father had a pretty active job. But now, in his retirement, my father has a new approach to his health. He is quite focused on fitness, and every day, motorists traveling down Wollaston Beach will see my father out there around 7AM.

My father is a great example that it is never too late to start a fitness routine. We always have the opportunity to make health a priority.

Cisco loves to go for a walk, and he love Jerry Fowkes even more. So, today was a real treat for my little golden.







Cisco and I just got back from our 3.5 mile walk with my father. The walk did the trick with my little friend, as he is now completely content to rest on the couch.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Post Christmas Musings

Christmas in the Ramsey household was excellent. I received lots of nice gifts from my husband, pretty much all of them related to fitness. I am sure that plenty of people think we are crazy with the gifts we get each other, as they are pretty much always centered around exercise. I think that is why we are married- we are just both a bit passionate at time about our fitness.

I received some nutrition.... I love that the little gingerbread man is wearing a race number!



A book that I have been hoping to read.... I would love to run an ultra, but I don't know if I have it in me.... However, I never thought a marathon was in me either!



A gift certificate to yoga at Open Doors....

Some triathlon shorts that are awesome that I am not sure if I will keep.... I have a pair already. These ones are way cooler and way more comfortable, but I need to decide soon if I need two pairs.




An unpictured pair of goggles that I am going to return, and my favorite gift of all.... I am such a dork!



I am super psyched for this pump because I can never ride my bike as my tires are constantly flat. My friend James told me to get a stand up pump as my little one leaves me too impatient!

Clearly my husband has triathlon on his brain. Too bad that I stink at swimming and don't really love it. I have all the gear necessary to rock this sport now.

I also received lots of gifts from my parents. They are very generous.

Some were funny. My mother is not into fitness at all, so I am not really sure if she gets me sometimes. But, she always does her best to get gifts that suit my interests. In my stocking, (yes I am 31 and getting one), Santa gave me this magazine....



I think Santa wants me to quit running and get into body building. Is it a hint?

But, the greatest gift I received was a digital camera. Yes, I blog, tweet and have facebook, but I have no digital camera. Now, I can move into the 21st century. Thanks Mom and Dad!

A great day, and Bill and I both managed to get in some quality treadmill miles before the feasting commenced. I am going to be running a lot more this winter than I anticipated, so there will be more to come on my training for the next few months.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Girl's Weekend in St. Thomas Dec 11th-13th

Here I was in a tropical paradise not even two weeks ago, and now I am sitting in a winter wonderland....










Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Not My Usual Post But....

As you know, I feel blessed to have been educated in an all female environment for high school. When I saw this youtube video on a blog, I felt compelled to share it. It is not my usual leanings, but a great message!