Headphones + Armband or Belt

This post is dedicated to all you music buffs out there. I love running with my music, especially when I need that extra motivation. I remember how excited I was when I discovered the company AURIA at the Shamrock Expo 2 years ago. I wrote about these headphones once before. I want to tell you again why I love them so much. I was reminded Wednesday night as I completed a tempo run with some of my favorite music. I love the AURIA headphone capabilities. AURIA headphones are unique. They can do anything from pause, repeat, skip, and even volume control. All of these functionalities can be done from the convenient toggle switch on the cord. What this means for the runner is not stopping and starting on workouts. No reaching around the iPod or iPhone. You can start your workout with a preset playlist. If a song comes on that you don’t want to hear, you can bypass it. Or if it is an awesome power song, you can replay it again with a tap, tap, tap of the switch. In addition to the headphones, I want to know what you chose to carry your iPhone in. Do you prefer an arm band or belt? For running shorter distances, I have been rocking the AURIA armband. On my longer double digit runs I have been using the recently launched AURIA music belt. There is enough storage in the belt for all of my necessities. The belt isn’t bulky and it doesn’t ride up like other belts I have used before. There is a pouch for my phone and for my gels or jelly beans. I have a water bottle I bought from my local running store and it conveniently can hook onto the belt. There is also a place on the belt to hold your race number. I will be wearing the AURIA belt during the upcoming Rock n Roll 1/2 in Virginia Beach. Be sure to stop by and visit Dave with AURIA at the Rock n Roll Expo to stock up on your headphones and gear. Rock on with your music and the tell me do you prefer band or belt? Jess

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Tuesday Track: Luke Bryan

Every Tuesday I select a track that I can’t seem to get out of my head or my stereo. This week it is not different. It just so happens that today is the release date for Luke Bryan’s new album, Crash My Party, and I just had to mark this occasion on this week’s Tuesday Track! I couldn’t pick just one song to feature this week, so I am plugging the entire album. In case you missed the Luke Bryan CMT Takeover weekend, here are some of the new songs on the album.

My favs:

1. Crash My Party

2. That’s My Kind Of Night (this song will definitely be making it’s way to my Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon playlist)

3. I See You

4. Out Like That

If you like country music, you already know who Luke Bryan is and are sure to love his new album. If you aren’t a country fan yet, I suggest checking out this album soon. These songs are sure to be filling the airwaves and speakers for the next few weeks and you will want to know what everyone is listening to.

These songs make me want to climb into a big truck and head down a dirt road somewhere not to be found 😉 Wink wink !

Jess

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Tuesday Track: One Republic

If I could write a theme song for my vision, this would be the song. Prayers, hope, faith, dreams…it is all here. Our dreams after all is what we are all here for.

One Republic gets it right with their latest single Counting Stars. I wish I could have it playing in the background every time someone logs into the site. My interpretation of this song is about dreams and the possibilities. It isn’t about money, but the dreams you have instead and how you must press forward to make them come true. Obstacles and roadblocks will fall in your path, but you must push on.

Here is a snippet of the song:

Lately I been, I been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby I been, I been prayin’ hard
Said no more counting dollars
We’ll be counting stars
Yeah, we’ll be counting stars

I see this life
Like a swinging vine
Swing my heart across the line
In my face is flashing signs
Seek it out and ye shall find

Old, but I’m not that old
Young, but I’m not that bold
And I don’t think the world is sold
I’m just doing what we’re told

I feel something so right
Doing the wrong thing
I feel something so wrong
Doing the right thing
I could lie, could lie, could lie
Everything that kills me makes me feel alive

Similar to training a 1/2 marathon, a lot of people think it crazy and will never understand it. Those doubts and naysayers should be left behind. Surround yourself with people that will help you foster your dream.

Keep praying, hoping, and dreaming

Jess

Tuesday Track: I’m Still Into You

The Fit Petite, Love

This week we are plugging our headphones into the latest track from Paramore with their new single Still Into You. This song came through on my new 10 mile playlist this past weekend while running in the park. I had to chuckle at some of the lyrics. It made so much sense to me that this song was relatable to my relationship with running.

Here is the first verse, see what you think of the lyrics.

Can’t count the years on one hand
that we’ve been together—-(true for me as I have been running for 20 years)
I need the other one to hold you
Make you feel, make you feel better

It’s not a walk in the park—–(lately it has been a lot of time in the park)
to love each other
But when our fingers interlock,
Can’t deny, can’t deny you’re worth it—–(you are worth it, I have seen some of the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises because of running…not to mention the calorie burn)
‘Cause after all this time, I’m still into you

I should be over all the butterflies—-(sometimes I still get butterflies on race day morning)
But I’m into you (I’m into you)
And baby even on our worst nights—–(even after a bad run, I stick with it)
I’m into you (I’m into you)

Watch Paramore as they performed on MTV earlier this year. (VIDEO)

***What are you still into?

Tuesday Track: How Big Is Your Brave?

I heard a song several weeks ago that stuck with me and I have been listening to it a lot lately. Sara Bareilles has a new single out, Brave (watch it HERE). The lyrics in this song seem to have come straight out of my head and heart. I am including some of the lyrics to the song because I think it is important for you to have the context around my words.

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
And they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

I have always been an intense person. I am very vocal with my voice and thoughts. I am intense with goals as well. I put a lot on my plate, and sometimes people don’t seem to get it.  Through the years this quality of mine has offended people and even pushed some away. I have always thought of the quality as a strength of mine, however I never thought of it as brave. But this song is making it more acceptable for me to think that in some strange way, it just may be.

What are you afraid of? Is it your work? Is it an upcoming race? Is it a personal goal? Over this past weekend I could have pushed a little harder in all of these. Can you push a little harder at work? In a workout? With a relationship? Think about this for a moment and determine how big your brave is. Does your brave carry you to a 5k, a 1/2 marathon, a full, a tri? I always have a little bit of fear at the start of training for any new goal. As I am currently in training for the Rock n Roll 1/2, I am afraid. I am afraid of the scorching Virginia Beach temperatures, I am afraid of my mental toughness not holding up. i am afraid of Camp Pendleton.  I am afraid of giving a poor showing to Girls on the Run. I do believe that our dreams/goals should make us somewhat afraid or uneasy. If they don’t intimidate us, I don’t think they are big enough. For me being afraid keeps me accountable and motivated!

Be brave and believe

Jess

Tuesday Track: Beat This Summer

This Tuesday we are singing and running along with Brad Paisley. The track is about summertime which makes it a must on my list! From his album Wheelhouse, Beat This Summer brings back of childhood love and future summertime fun. This year my summer is consumed by my true loves…running and the beach! I will be jogging and jamming to this tune during my Rock n Roll race on September 1. Get out enjoy your own summer before it is gone!

Check out Beat This Summer here. How are you beating this summer?

Jess

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BRAD PAISLEY CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK 2011 / Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series – Rumsey Field, Central Park NYC – 07/15/11 (Photo credit: asterix611)

Tuesday Track: Capital Cities

This week I am featuring Capital Cities with their track Safe and Sound.  I love the security the song offers of being safe and sound. The song is a message of hope and positivity. There is an offering of love, safety, and security. The lyrics would suggest a slower beat, but the speed is perfect for a running mix.

I love the trumpets!!!

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(photo courtesy to Capital Cities)

Check out the video here!

Be Safe and Sound

Jess