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

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 ūüėČ Wink wink !



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


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 ‚Äėneath 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


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?




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!!!


(photo courtesy to Capital Cities)

Check out the video here!

Be Safe and Sound


Tuesday Tune: Hip Hop Throwback

Summer is concert season here in Hampton Roads. We have venues ranging from the Oceanfront stages, Farm Bureau Live, and the Ntelos Pavilion in Portsmouth. With all the summer concerts I am attending, my playlists are constantly evolving. I am always adding and/or deleting tracks to get that perfect mix of fast moving songs, especially when I am putting together a playlist for a long run. There has to be a good 120 minute list that has to keep me going.

This past weekend I had the honor of attending a last minute hip hop concert at the wonderful outside Ntelos Pavilion. The headliner was LL Cool J and get ready fpr this, the opening acts included De La Soul, Public Enemy, and Ice Cube!!!!

I posted about Ice Cube a couple years ago when training for the Shamrock 1/2 marathon. So this week I thought I would take in back to a total Hip Hop throwback playlist.

***Language Disclaimer****

1. You Can Do It – Ice Cube

2. Check Yo Self – Ice Cube

3. Get Your Head Sprung – LL Cool J

4. Phenomenon – Ll Cool J

5. We Be Clubbin’ – Ice Cube

6. Me, Myself, & I – De La Soul

7. Bring The Noise – Public Enemy

8. Shut Em Down – Public Enemy

9. Doin’ It – LL Cool J

10. Headsprung – LL Cool J

11. Control Myself – LL Cool J

Here are a few pics from the concert. We were definitely putting on backs into it!

Get Your Club On…


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Tuesday Tune, Let It Roll

Leave it to Flo Rida to serve up a new song just in time for Summer 2013 and the 1/2 Marathon training playlist !!!!

Let It Roll is Fit Petite approved to get you moving. With great music like this, you are sure to want to move. Killer music is a key essential to a 2+ hour workout (1/2 marathon).

Some of my fav lyrics:

“Love is nice when it’s understood”

“Come on baby let the good times roll”

“More drinks for us, toast the good times”

“Let’s go all out”

Reminds me of summer champs and dance parties on the beach!!!

Let the good times roll…


Tuesday Tune, I Want Crazy

***Note this song was in the running last week, but this past Friday I had the pleasure of hearing it performed live as part of the Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival, which sealed the deal for making the list this week***

This week I am focusing on my latest repeat track and can’t help but relate these song lyrics to running.

Hunter Hayes hit the charts this summer with his catchy and upbeat tune, “I Want Crazy.” As I am fully aware, this song is about LOVE…but the only thing I have been in love with as long as I can remember is running. So see the lyrics of Hunter below, followed by my interpretation ūüôā

I’m booking myself a one way flight
I gotta see the color in your eyes
I’m telling myself I’m going to be alright
Without you baby is a waste of time

(Heading to the boardwalk, gotta see the colors in the sky in the morning over the beach, without running nothing would make sense. I would be fat and cranky)

Our first date girl the seasons changed
Got washed away in the summer rain
Can’t undo a fall like this
Cause love don’t know what distance is

(First time I started running was in the change of seasons of summer to fall starting cross-country, Once I was hooked there was nothing else I could do)

Yeah I know it’s crazy

But I don’t want good
And I don’t want good enough
I want can’t sleep can’t breath without your love
Front porch and one more kiss
It Doesn’t make sense to anybody else
Who cares if your all I think about
I’ve searched the world and I know now
It ain’t bad if you ain’t lost your mind

(I don’t want to just run, I like to give it my best on race day, I sleep better when I’m running, I have searched for other workout routines but my body responds best to running)

Yeah I don’t want easy
I want crazy
Are you with me baby
Lets be crazy

(People think I am crazy because at times, this isn’t easy)


I wanna be scared don’t wanna know why
I wanna feel good, don’t have to be right
The world makes all kind of rules for love
I say you gotta let it do what it does

(Fear is good, it motivates you, I feel great and confident when I’m running and training)
I don’t want just another hug and a kiss goodnight
Catching up calls and a date sometimes
A love that revels and we still believe
We’re the kind of crazy people wish that they could be
I know what crazy

(The best results are when you are running consistently, not sometimes)
But I don’t want good
And I don’t want good enough
I want can’t sleep can’t breath without your love
Front porch and one more kiss
Doesn’t make sense to anybody else
Who cares if your all I think about
I’ve searched the world and I know now
It ain’t bad if you ain’t lost your mind

Yeah I don’t want easy
I want crazy
Are you with me baby
Lets be crazy

But I don’t want good
And I don’t want good enough
I want can’t sleep can’t breath without your love
Front porch and one more kiss
Doesn’t make sense to anybody else
Who cares if your all I think about
I’ve searched the world and I know now
It ain’t bad if you ain’t lost your mind

Yeah I don’t want easy
I want crazy
Yeah look at us baby
Tonight the midnight rules are breaking

There’s no such thing as wild enough
Maybe we just think too much
Who needs to play it safe in love
Lets be crazy

Who cares if we’re crazy

We gotta be crazy
I know that we’re crazy
So lets be crazy


Ok, I know it’s a stretch but indulge me and enjoy this week’s song choice:)

Happy Crazy


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Hunter Hayes Playing at The Patriotic Festival in Virginia Beach May 31, 2013