One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Yesterdays Run and My Latest Mix

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It’s been FOREVER since I shared a running mix, mostly because I’ve been listening to the same stuff for so long. I created this one when I started my training and it’s still my go to. My plan was to create a new mix each month of my training but since I’m sharing January’s in February, expect February’s in March. :)

This is a short one, just over 30 minutes. Perfect for me now but I’m going to have to do longer mixes as I start to increase my distances. As always, be warned some songs are explicit. If you click on any song it will launch iTunes. If you click on the image above it will take you to the entire mix.

Total Running Time: 32.3 minutes

As for my run yesterday. It was fantastic! I’m glad I went easy on my knee the last week. There was a little discomfort there around the second mile but it actually went away. I did get new shoes too! So many of you gave me great recommendations but I went with the same pair I had before (Asics Women’s GT-2140). They served me well and I like the way they feel.

So here’s the run. I’m settling into 3-4 miles nicely but I have to admit, thinking about my training and the upcoming 1/2 and full marathons this year SCARES THE CRAP OUT OF ME! I’ve already had a few "What was I thinking" moments. BUT I’m going to keep trucking along. I know I can do this, I just know I can. It doesn’t matter if I have to WALK across the finish line come October I will check marathon off the goal list. *grinishly smiling* just thinking about the feeling I know i’m going to have, makes me smile. :)

My run chart
Chart taken from the Nike+

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    February 4, 2009

    You and my hubby have the same taste in music. His likes are all over the place also.


    February 4, 2009

    Roni: Thank you for sharing your mix!! I am getting bored with my running mix and needed new ideas. I also am having a slight knee issue, but can’t blame it on shoes as I am using new ones. I am not running daily, so I’m hoping that helps it. Keep up the great work, Roni!!


    February 4, 2009

    Roni I absolutely LOVE “sex on fire” – it’s my current favourite song! Great mix, I’m going to give it a whirl as I have most of the songs. Do you use the ‘genius’ function on iTunes? I’ve recently discovered it and it’s been working out great for me so far!


    February 4, 2009

    “Sex on Fire” fires me up. Oh, and how cool to see the great Suicidal Tendencies classic. Ahhh, to be 16 again.

    I’ve found that rockabilly and the entire Misfits’ American Psycho album are also some great tunes to workout to.

    Love the mix!


    February 4, 2009

    Ditto on Suicidal Tendencies! It’s like being transported back in time :) I got that casette tape (gah!) from my older brother when I was 14!


    February 4, 2009

    Thanks for the mix! I think I’m going to start the Couch to 5K program (again) and I really need something fun to kick my butt into gear. The program has a podcast but honestly, it’s boring and doesn’t make me feel like running.

    You and your marathon goal have inspired me!


    February 4, 2009

    Its so funny, I love that song too, and I was listening to it in the car with my kids in it, and I didn’t realize that’s what they are saying! Even though, I like it anyway!

    As far as the training goes. I’ve told you before, I’ve run/walked 2 marathons and lots of halves. I never would have in a million years thought I could do it, but you know what? When your mileage increases, somehow you are able to do it. I never ran more than 5 miles before I started training for the full marathon, but as it progresses, I was like, I can’t believe I just ran 10 miles, then 12, then 14, then 16 etc… It’s the craziest thing ever, but also very rewarding! I am so confident you can do it!!


    February 4, 2009

    Roni, have you thought about interval training? I too am not a “runner” per say but did just finish my first half. I do a 3:1 interval where I run 3 minutes, then walk 1, run 3, walk 1, etc…. This allows you to run faster during the 3 min. and then have a 1 min. recovery time. It also is great for the metabolism. ; ) Galloway training (intervals) is known for being much better for the body since your joints/muscles have some recovery time. Also… gives me a small window of time as a goal, anyone can run for 3 minutes knowing that a 1 min. rest is coming up. It makes the longer distances, 10 miles and up, VERY doable for anyone. They have all different intervals you can run and many Galloway runners are competitive runners. Just a thought! I am doing my second half marathon in 7 weeks!

    Erin C

    February 4, 2009

    I just completed my first 1/2 marathon, last week as a matter of fact. I chose to travel from very cold upstate NY (training in sub zero temps) to warm and sunny Miami. It was by far one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Before that I had never ran more than 15K (9.3 miles) race. I had many “what was I thinking moments” even up to the minute I arrived at the start line. The music I chose to train to and then make a mix for my race really helped. I timed each song to the miles (which took a while) but I knew that the first mile is the roughest and the songs helped…and then mile 7 was like….again “what was I thinking” and all of a sudden I was at mile 11 jamming to some great tunes and enjoying the moment….yes enjoying the moment of approaching 11 miles….I never thought I would say that 160 pounds ago (yes that is how much I have lost since 2005). I am loving your site Roni…it motivates me to the core! Recipes, stories, and EVERYTHING in between! Thanks!


    February 4, 2009

    cool music ;) Great job on the run!


    February 4, 2009

    Just want to echo Kelly’s comments about the Galloway walk/run method. It is a great way to transition from the 5K to longer runs. Does your training plan call for long endurance runs on the weekend? This is the best place to do the walk/run method and really boost your confidence for your upcoming half and marathon. Go to the Galloway website to find the right walk/run ratio for you based on your current running pace.

    I was where you are at now about a year ago, ran a half marathon last May doing 4 minute run/1 minute walks. I now do my weekly long runs without regular walk breaks, but many people keep them. They don’t affect your overall pace as much as you’d think.


    February 5, 2009

    You inspire me.
    The Artic Monkeys are from Sheffield UK and I’m from there and sound like miss that city.
    Its freezing down here in Florida tonite.


    February 5, 2009

    Wow, eclectic music list, good for you hon! And with the marathon, you CAN do this…all this training and there’s nothing that you can’t accomplish. You will finish that race, and you’ll have all your hard work and support to thank for it.

    Hugs, and you’re a braver soul than I…I want to do a 8K before I even think about doing marathons…lol.


    February 5, 2009

    How does your Nike+ work when you wear your asics? I have a pair of asics that I love to run in, but I bought a second pair when I started using my Nike+ with my ipod (love that pair too though). Just wondering.


    February 5, 2009

    Susan – check out this post… I link to the shoe pouch I use. It’s perfect for any shoe!


    February 5, 2009

    “just thinking about the feeling I know i’m going to have, makes me smile. :)


    What an inspirational thing to say! If I could train myself to concentrate on the feeling I am going to have at the end of excercising I would be so much more motivated to START exercising. I think I need to tape those words somewhere where I will see them often!

    Benjamin Teal

    February 5, 2009


    Great list. I have “Julio” in heavy rotation, though on my relaxation mix… There are several here that I haven’t heard in some time, so I am off to the iTunes store!


    Michelle in CA

    February 12, 2009

    Oh My! Institutionalized from Suicidal Tendencies! Now that’s one blast from the past. I never, ever thought I would read that on ANYONE’s running mix! You go girl!!!!

    Love lots of those songs – will have to check out the ones I haven’t heard. Don’t cha love Arctic Monkeys too? I swear “I Bet That You Look Good on the Dance Floor” has pulled me through the last mile of many a run!