Friday, January 30, 2015


" is my life.  I can't imagine a day without music."
~ Steve Scott

Today I'm psyched to introduce you Steve Scott from the band Air Traffic Controller.  Not only is Steve a multi-instrumentalist (lead guitar, keyboards & more) in the band but he's also a high school band director AND an avid runner.  Last summer, Air Traffic Controller released their then new single 'The House', a catchy ditty that I had on repeat for several weeks.  This past November I shot them a note asking if there were any plans for a new album to follow.  Their response:
-----> Recording new stuff in the coming weeks... New album in 2015 for sure.  
YES!!  Then, on a whim, I sent them another note asking if they have any runners in the crew.  Again, I got an quick and enthusiastic response about Steve Scott.  Turns out Steve is a big-time runner, often training while he's on tour, the Boston Marathon being one of his favorite races.  Naturally, I wanted to know more and asked if he might let me feature him in the RWR series.  Steve kindly agreed and somehow managed to find the time to answer all my questions despite his insanely busy schedule.  If you haven't yet heard of this band, I highly recommend you take some time to check them out.  Big things are ahead for them, I'm sure.  In the meantime, meet Steve, a runner who rocks.


Name: Steve Scott
Where you're from: originally from Long Island, NY
Where you reside now: Allston, MA
Occupation: band director at Wellesley High School and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, keyboards, string arranging, backing vocals) for Air Traffic Controller

What do you love most about running? 
I think it's a combination of things I love about running.  I love running in scenic places like the Charles River, the Arnold Arboretum or the Fells Reservation and letting my mind slow down after a busy day.

What do you love most about music? 
It's hard for me to say what I love most about music -- music is my life. I can't imagine a day without music. It really is a sustenance for me.

Steve, far right, w/ the rest of the band

Band (current, all time or both): How to decide? Lately it has been Wilco, The National, First Aid Kit, DCFC, War on Drugs, PPL MVR…
Album (current, all time or both): Charles Mingus, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington…
Race venue: Boston Marathon
Music venue: The Sinclair in Harvard Sq.
Race distance: The race I've done most is a marathon. My current preferred is 10K or half-marathon.
Show you've seen live? Wilco on the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Tour
Ice cream flavor: Ben & Jerry's Late Night Snack

Sweet or salty: Salty
Live or recorded: Listening to recorded … playing live
Coffee or tea: Coffee
Summer or winter: Summer

The National

Which band or artist would you go see tonight if you could? 
The National
Which band or artist (wait...but no longer alive or playing together) would you go see tonight if you could? XTC
Which band or artist would you like to have dinner with tonight if you could? Chris Walla
Which band or artist would you like to be playing alongside you during your next race (or long run)? Spoon

Today, I feel like….(ie. a rock star, I need more coffee, a million bucks):
Creative! My band Air Traffic Controller is in the studio today (now!) recording a new album… I just got off of the piano.

Top 5 Songs for running, dancing or both?*
We Come Running - Youngblood Hawke
Time Is Running Out - Muse
Keep the Car Running - Arcade Fire
Running - Delta Spirit
Trouble Comes Running - Spoon
* Note the 'running' theme here.  Very clever.

Last 5 Songs you listened to today?
Since I'm in the recording studio today, they are all new Air Traffic Controller songs.

Listen to these:
from NORDO - Air Traffic Controller  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


"Never let your fear decide your fate."
~ AWOLNATION, 'Kill Your Heroes'

June, 2011
Kenny Carkeet
(aka Assassin)
It's 9pm and I'm walking into a very dark and very loud Irish pub in downtown Boston.  It's a Tuesday night and I'm here to see the band AWOLNATION.  Oh, and I'm by myself.  I look around that bar and notice that it's full of sports fans (the Stanley Cup is on), college kids, and maybe even some high school kids who aren't supposed to be here.  I am definitely the only 37 year old mom in the crew.  I grab a drink and walk to the back of the bar, pretending like I'm totally comfortable and acting as though I do this all the time.  I pull out my phone and try to look busy but I'm really playing free cell to kill time until the band comes on.  Earlier in the day, I'd heard the song 'SAIL' on the radio and it had struck a nerve.  I'd been driving into the city and I was sitting in traffic on Storrow Drive.  When the song ended, the deejay came on and announced that AWOLNATION would be playing a live show, one of their first, later that night in Boston.  I picked up my phone to call the station and ask if tickets were still available.  The deejay let me know that the show was actually free and asked if I'd like him to add me to the guest list.  I heard myself saying 'yes', even though I knew I would likely be going solo, something I had never done before.  Ever.  There was no chance in hell my husband was going out on a week night to see live music when he had to work the next day.  But, something in me was telling me I needed to see this band.  So I go.  The band is supposed to come on at 9:30.  It is now 10:00 and they are nowhere to be seen.  One can only play so many games of free cell.  I head over to the promo table and ask them what the deal is. They let me know that they're waiting for the hockey game to end (it's currently in overtime) because they want AWOL to have the crowd all to themselves.  I panic.  I have to get up at 6:00am the next day, make lunches, walk the dogs and get my kids to school on time.  I'm 100% sure that I'm the only person in the bar who cares what time the show starts and I'm starting to wonder if I've made a mistake in coming.  But, at 10:30, the lights go out and AWOL takes the stage, which is one small step up, maybe two and about the size of my living room.
Aaron Bruno
I can literally shake hands with Aaron Bruno, we're that close.  I look around again and realize how strange it must be to see an 'older' woman in the crowd by herself.  And then the band starts playing.  And nothing else matters.  I am totally mesmerized.  The crowd is freaking out; jumping, moshing, drinking, sweating and I am just a small part of the scene.  I'm taking it all in; listening, feeling the music, really.  We're three, maybe four songs in and I know this is easily the best show I've ever seen in my entire life.  Maybe it's because I'm by myself and I'm just here for the music. Maybe it's because I'm older and I'm hearing each song with a totally new perspective and appreciation for what it is.  Maybe it's because I haven't done anything like this in a really long time.  Maybe it's all of these things.  But, whatever it is, I am moved beyond words.  Every song sends chills down my spine and I feel like I'm having an out of body experience.  When the show is over, the band members walk past us to get back stage.  I thank them and tell them they were incredible.
My 1st shirt (I have 4) signed
by Assassin
Kenny Carkeet, who also goes by Assassin, makes a point to say you're welcome and tells me I should come see them in NY the next night.  I laugh as I tell him I wish I could.  What I don't tell him is that I'm a mom and I have to get back to reality tomorrow.  Because that would be weird.  I do, however, buy a shirt and ask him to sign it because that's awesome and I know my kids will think it's awesome, too.  Maybe not now, but some day.  I hop back in my car and head home around midnight.  I am buzzing with energy and I know I will be forever changed by this experience.  I realize that music can move me in the same way that running does and in that moment the seed is planted for this blog.  It's not just because of AWOLNATION that I created RUNNINGWITHMUSIC.  But, they definitely had a lot to do with it.  On Monday, nearly 4 years later, they released the first new single, Hollow Moon, off of their soon to be released sophomore album, RUN.  No joke.....RUN.  How cool is that?  I am beyond thrilled for these guys.  And I will be forever grateful.

Listen to this:
Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf) - AWOLNATION   

* Pre-order AWOL's new album 'RUN' on iTunes here.

Friday, January 23, 2015


Inhale, exhale, level with the angels
Rolling with my head high, further from the pavement
On another level, on another level
~ Far East Movement, 'Level'


This morning I got up at 6:30am, threw on multiple layers and made myself a very large cup of coffee.  I wrote a note to my kids letting them know that I was out walking the dogs and asking them to please get ready for school.  No, this never really works.  But, I like to try anyway.  My husband is away, so I knew there would be many balls in the air and a lot of rushing around.  At least it's Friday, I thought to myself as I headed out in the dark.  When I got back in, the girls were changed and had started their morning routine.  High fives all around.  It was 7:15 and we had 45 minutes until we had to leave.  Is it possible, I thought, that we could get it all done and get to school on time today?  Maybe?  Here's how the rest of the morning rolled out:

Rosie: Mom, can I watch a show?
Me: No, Rose.  We're not watching tv before school.
Rosie: But we have 45 minutes. (we never have this much time, hence the request)
Me: Then read a book.  Wait, have you brushed your teeth yet?  Are you packed and ready to go?
Rosie: Ugh. No. (eye roll)
Grace: Mom, today's Edie's birthday and I need to give her a present.
Me: Okay, Grace.  I'll go grab something.  You get ready.
Grace: And I need a card for it.
Me: Yes, I know.  Wait, have YOU brushed your teeth yet? And you need socks.
Grace: No.  But, I haven't eaten breakfast.
Me:  Breakfast first. Then teeth.  Then socks.  Then backpack.  Then we'll get the card.
Grace: Okay, fine. (another an eye roll)
Me: Girls, I'm going up to put my contacts in and then we've got to get moving. 
Classic blunder.  When I got back downstairs, Grace was wrapping her present and Rosie was stuffing a canvas bag full of dress up clothes, including 2 superhero capes and a pair of disco-style bell bottoms.
Me: Girls?  What is going on?!?!  I asked you to pack up and get ready to go.
Rosie: It's Freaky Friday.  Kate and I dress up every Friday.
Me: What???  You can't bring that to school, Rosie.
Rosie: It's fine, mom.  We do it every week.
Grace: Mom, where are the scissors?
Me: I don't know, Grace.  But, you have to let me finish that.  We have got to get out of here.
Grace: But, I haven't finished the card.
Deep breaths.  In and out.  In and out.
Me: Rosie, please go put your shoes on and head out to the car.  Grace, pack up your bag and then I'll help you with the card.
Rosie headed outside.  Grace disappeared.  I started shoving folders and lunches into backpacks and tried to gulp down a second cup of coffee.  2-3 minutes go by.
Me: GRACE!!!!! Where are you????
She shuffled back into the kitchen with her LeapPad, several other miscellaneous toys and her blanket.  I threw my hands up in total exasperation.
Grace: They're for NH, mom.  I want to take them up with us this week-end.
O.M.G.  Don't lose it, Rebecca.  We're so close.
Me: Okay, fine.  Let's go.  Grab your stuff.
I headed out the door and got in the car with Rosie.  2 minutes go by.  I looked up and saw Grace at the front door waving her hands at me.
Grace: MOM.  I can't find my jacket.
Dear Lord.  I got out of the car and ran back inside.
Me: Grace, you are KILLING me.  We had 45 minutes.  What happened?
Grace: I was wrapping a present!!!
This was true.  But the task was totally unnecessary.
Me: Okay, but we are now really late.  Let's move.
Grace (crying now): All you do is rush me.
Now I felt bad.  But, I was also incredibly annoyed.  The worst possible combo for a parent.
Me: Grace, I don't like to rush you but we didn't have time for all the other things we tried to get done this morning on top of getting ready for school.  You have to let me help you next time.
No response from Grace.  Just a stormy walk off to the car.
We were finally all in the car at 8:10 and we had to be at school at 8:15.  It takes at least 10 minutes to get to school.  Epic fail.  We all sat in silence for a couple minutes and I was wondering what to say or not say to get my point across, yet again.
Rosie: Mom, what's it like when you go the eye doctor?
Aaaaand we're done.

Turns out, there is no calm.  Not on a weekday morning with kids, anyway.  It's all chaos, all the time with varying degrees of madness mixed in.  It's life.  Screw calm.  I'm going running.

Listen to this:
Colors - Genevieve   

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.”
~ Lucille Ball

On Monday, around 2:00pm, my girls and I were heading home from NH after having skied at Cannon Mountain for the long weekend.  When we left Franconia Notch, the weather was nasty.  But, by the time we were crossing the MA border, the sun had come out and the temp was a balmy 37 degrees.  Hmmm, I heard myself wondering out loud, I wonder if I can squeeze a run in when we get home.  Rosie, my 10 year old, chimed in from the back seat, Mom, she said, you just skied all morning.  Why would you want to go running, too?  I smiled.  Then I handed her my phone.  Rosie, I said, you know how you like to do this...

and this...

and this....

and especially this?! 

Most of the photos on my phone are of her and her sister doing the various things they love to do.  I figured I might as well share a few of Rosie's action shots with you for a reference and...well...because I'm her mom, I like to brag about her and she kind of blows me away.  Anyway, back to the story.  Here's how our conversation played out from there:
You know how you love to do all those things?  I asked.  
Yea, she responded.  
And you know that feeling of excitement, the butterflies you get in your stomach right before you're about to race or make your jump?  
Uh huh, she said.  
And you know that feeling of total awesomeness you get when you're in the middle of a game or your routine and you're having so much fun that you can't even believe it?
Um, yeah, she said.  
And you know that feeling of sadness or frustration that you get when things don't go the way you'd hoped and then how fired up you are to get back out there and try it again when that happens?  
Oh, totally, she exclaimed.  She got excited about this one.  Bless her heart.  
Well, I get all of that, ALL of it, from running.  
She was quiet for a minute; digesting, zoning out, who knows.  But then I hear, 
Wow.  That's really cool, mom.  
Yea, I said.  Yea it is.

Listen to this:
White Light - Waterstrider  

Sunday, January 18, 2015

THE 35 of '14

Today I'm psyched to hand the reigns over to my friend and fellow runner/mother/music lover, Nicole Mare Devine.  Not only has Nicole made several contributions to RWM, but she always keeps me in her music loop which is consistently rich in color, texture and flavor.  She recently reached out and asked me if I'd posted a BEST OF 2014 music list, as she was curious what my favorites had been for the year.  I pointed her toward my Soundtrack of 2014 post, which highlights my monthly picks for both songs and albums.  Naturally, I wanted to know what her selections were for the year and asked her if she'd be willing to share.  Unsurprisingly, she had a long list of 'go-to's, Lana Del Ray and BANKS being her clear favorites.  Knowing full well that she is the playlist master and makes one for just about any occasion, I requested that she put one together so we could have more to chew on as we start off the new year.  Thankfully, she was happy to oblige.  If you read this blog or follow the music selections on a regular basis, you'll notice that there is quite a bit of crossover (ie. Sir Sly, Dan Croll, & ).  This is because a) we have very similar taste in music and b) I often use her suggestions for my daily songs.  But, that said, she definitely has a style all her own and I happen to really dig it.  I think you will, too.  In her own words:

As a huge fan of music and consistent playlist creator, I'll listen to almost anything at least once, always trying to keep my lists as enjoyable and fresh for myself as time will allow. I also try my best to build a list of my favorite songs that were released as either singles or on albums during each particular year. My friend Rebecca has given me the privelege of sharing some of my 2014 favorites here with you on her site today. The list is a bit wide ranging in genres, but it definitely sums up my year in review of music. I hope you'll find something unexpectedly "new for you" on here that catches your ear, and maybe will end up on a list of yours as well!

by Nicole Devine

Broken Bells – After the Disco
St. Vincent – Digital Witness
Painted Palms – Spinning Signs
Ernest Ellis – Shine Like Me
Mr Little Jeans – Good Mistake
MØ – The Sea
Snowmine – Rome
Lana Del Rey – West Coast - Rob Orton Mix
SOHN – Artifice
Ed Sheeran Sing
Last of the Light Brigade Stimulator
Martin Solveig – Blow - Radio Edit
Mac Demarco – Salad Days
Caribou – Can't Do Without You
Banks – Beggin For Thread
Jack White – Lazaretto
Interpol – All The Rage Back Home
The War On Drugs – Red Eyes
Spoon – Outlier
Foo Fighters – Something From Nothing
TV On The Radio – Happy Idiot
Sir Sly – Gold
Iggy Azalea – Fancy
Saint Motel – My Type
Benjamin Booker – Always Waiting
Bear In Heaven – Autumn
Oliver $ – Pushing On
Shakey Graves – The Perfect Parts
Kiesza – Hideaway
Clean Bandit – Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)
Ariana Grande – Problem
Dan Croll – From Nowhere
Jungle – Time
Route 94 – My Love
Vance Joy – Riptide
Listen to this: (Nicole's Favorite)
West Coast - Lana Del Ray - Rob Orton Mix

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


"Running is a four weather sport."
~ Author Unknown

A long way down, indeed.
Well folks, here we are again.  Deep in the belly of the beast.  The beast being winter, of course.  Temps dropped below zero in Boston last week; something that hasn't happened in eons.  It seems as though every time winter rolls around I find myself asking, how the HELL did I make it through the last one without completely losing it?  And after the 2013/14 winter specifically, which I found particularly rough from a running standpoint,  I vaguely remember claiming that I would never train for a spring marathon again.  You can go ahead and laugh.  I did.  Yes, winter running can be brutal.  But, it can be a bitch in the summer, too.  And it can really suck in a torrential downpour.  And it's never fun in 100% humidity.  Need I go on?  Turns out, it can be kind of awesome in all of these ridiculous conditions, too.  Maybe for different reasons (think badass status), but still.  Bottom line, if you're a runner, you're gonna run.  Last week, I knew Thursday was going to be the killer day in terms of temps and windchill, so I made a point to run outside Monday through Wednesday to avoid too much time on the dreadmill.  Wednesday morning it was a balmy 11℉ and I found myself, yet again, going through all the reasons it might be too cold to be running outside.  'Might' being the key word here.  That's the thing, though.  It wasn't too cold.  If it was, I wouldn't have gone.  I was literally laughing out loud at how stupidly cold I was, but I was still out there and I was fine.  And, next winter, I'll be out there again.  It will still be cold and I will still be laughing.  What I'm realizing is that, at least for me, there's some fun to be had in ranting and/or raving about the ridiculousness of  it all.  If we can't find the humor in it, what's the point?  This year, I have pledged to myself, and now to you, that I will embrace the winter; the good, the bad and the ugly.  It's only already January (glass half full).  We have a mere 2 months to go, give or take.  We got this.

(but, not too cold)

~ You can't feel your fingers for the first 15 minutes of the run and this doesn't phase you in the least.
~ You're convinced you're running 8 min miles.  You're watch says 10.  You assume it's broken.
~ When the sun finally comes out you find yourself crying tears of joy.
~ There are no other signs of life outside.  No birds.  No squirrels.  Nada.
~ You see mirages of coffee on the street and you try to touch them.
~ You see a driver mouth the words OMG as she passes you.  (I smiled and waved)
~ You have brief moment, mid run, when you don't know where you are or what you're doing.
~ The wind blows and you hear yourself screaming obscenities that you didn't know you knew in a volume that you didn't know you were capable of.
~ You can't feel any of your nagging injuries because your legs are numb.  Bonus.
~ When you get home your biceps are sore because you've been squeezing your core for the past 45 minutes.
and finally...
~ Later in the day, when you go back outside for your non-running activities, your first thought is, how the hell did I run in this?  And then you smile, because you did.

Listen to this:
FUNN - Cash + David  

Friday, January 9, 2015


"In 2015 I’m going to take chances. When challenges happen, I’m going to dig in faster. I’m not going to wait for time."
~ Lauren Fleshman

Today, I am extremely fired up to feature the fabulous Lauren Fleshman for my RUNNERSWHOROCK series.  It has been a while since my last interview and I guarantee this one will be worth the wait.  Lauren is most well known for her role as a professional track and field athlete and more specifically for her killer 5000M performances ie. 2006 and 2010 US Champion and 7th in the world in 2011, to name a few (click for more, there's lots).  But she's also known for her role as the creator and owner of Picky Bars, a company that makes insanely tasty performance and real food bars, her partnership with Oiselle, the women's apparel company that she currently runs for, and for being a wife and mom who can play the guitar and carry a tune.  How she finds the time to fit it all in, I have no idea.  Yet, somehow she pulls it off with grace and style.  I had the good fortune of meeting Lauren a couple times last year.  Her energy is incessant and always positive and her smile is infectious.  You just want to be around this cat.  She has big plans for 2015 and I, personally, can not wait to see her take chances as she prepares to fly.  I could keep going, but you've heard enough from me.  Meet Lauren, a runner who rocks.


Name: Lauren Fleshman
Where you're from: Southern California, Canyon Country
Where you reside now: Bend, Oregon
Age (if you're ok sharing): 33
Occupation: Sportshuman, Writer, Picky Bars CMO,
Blog/website:, column in Runner's World is "The Fast Life"

What do you love most about running? 
I love that running gives me a storyline within the greater storyline of my life. It's a relationship, an adventure novel, and it's been going for 20 years through adolescence, college, the lost early 20's, marriage, motherhood, etc.  Even though there are injuries and breaks, the storyline picks back up over and over again.

What do you love most about music?
The undeniable connection to something deep inside us as human beings, the way it can literally effect your physiology.

Out on the trail with Sally Bergesen of Oiselle

Lauren's Favorites:
Band (current, all time or both): Currently Alt J, All time Joni Mitchell
Album (current, all time or both): Joni Mitchell, 'Blue'
Race venue: USA: Stanford Track, International: London Crystal Palace Track
Music venue: WOW hall in Eugene
Race distance: 5k
Show you've seen live? Swell Season after the movie Once came out
Ice cream flavor: banana brownie which is almost never available, in which case mocha almond crunch.

Sweet or salty? Sweet
Live or recorded? Recorded
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Summer or winter? Summer

Resemblance? I think so.
Which band or artist would you go see tonight if you could? 
Joni Mitchell

Which band or artist (wait...but no longer alive or playing together) would you go see tonight if you could? 
Rolling Stones

Which band or artist would you like to have dinner with tonight if you could? 
Joni Mitchell

Which band or artist would you like to be playing alongside you during your next race (or long run)? 
Vampire Weekend

Cutting it w/ husband, Jessie Thomas

Top 5 Songs for running, dancing or both?
Breathing Under Water - Metric
Five Seconds - Twin Shadow
Holocene - Bon Iver
Good Feeling - Avicii remix
Fade Into You (Jesse and my song) - Mazzy Star

Last 5 Songs you listened to today?
Breathing Under Water - Metric
Every Other Freckle - Alt J
Rise - Eddy Vedder 
Your Hand in Mine - Explosions in the Sky
Wait for the Moment - Vulfpack

"Here’s to a 2015 full of taking chances, working with time, and adapting to our reality in style." 
~ Fleshman Flyer

Go get 'em, Lauren!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


2015 (just in case)

I've never been one to make new year's resolutions.  Not because I think it's a bad idea.  I just tend to resolve to do something or not do something on a weekly basis, so I don't see making resolutions on January 1st as much different.  But, yesterday, as I was plodding along on my first longish run of the year, I gave the whole concept a little more thought.  A new year is, indeed, a big deal. Perhaps I should make some specific resolutions for 2015.  I ran for about an hour and a half, so I thought about it a lot.  Maybe a little too much.  When I got home, there was something about the the idea of it that wasn't working for me.  I looked up the meaning of "resolve" in the dictionary.  The first meaning is to settle or find a solution for something.  Okay, sure.  That makes sense.  But, it makes me think that I'm making resolutions so I can fix something.  I'm not wild about the way that sounds.  The next meaning is to decide firmly on a course of action.  Definitely better.  But it still doesn't capture the essence of the process to me.  A few hours later I was on Twitter and stumbled on Oiselle's 'Fast Friday' question from last week:

 "This is the year I ______."  (fill in the blank)

YES.  What an upbeat, positive way to spin it, don't you think?  It's not so much about the resolution, but about me and the year I want to have.  The possibilities are endless.  There is nothing to fix and no course of action to dictate.  I can add and change and add again.  It's my year and here's what I will do.  Giddy up.

2015 #theyeari

~ Push my body a little further than it's gone before.  I work hard.  Always have.  Over the past few years, I've seen my hard work come to fruition in ways I didn't think were possible.  So, I've decided, with my coach's guidance, to give a little bit more this year; to see if my body will let me take it there.  And to see what I have left to give.  I'm really freakin' fired up.
~ Ask for help.  From my husband, from my coach, from my family, from my friends.  I often hesitate to do this and more often than not they are all ready and willing.
~ Be more patient with my kids.  No need to explain this one.
~ Stop sweating the small stuff.  In the long run, it's not worth it and it doesn't do anyone any good.
~ Eat less food from a box and/or bag.  I have a major weakness for crackers and/or chip items.  Basically, anything that's a vehicle for salt.
~ Do more planks.  The core could use a little more attention this year.
~ Be more present.  Spend less time on my phone, computer, etc.  I can hear my friend KH laughing from afar.  I do tend to text and compute often.  But, for the record, this blog post has taken me forever to write because I've been putting my family and all of their needs and goings on before it.  And that's a good thing.  Baby steps.
~ Work to be a better and more confident coach.  Every year I take a step in this direction.  But, there is still so much to learn and so many people to learn from, including the athletes themselves.  I want this for me, sure, but more for my runners so I can take them where I know they want to go.
~ Go see more live music.  Music makes me feel happy and alive.  Enough said.
~ Try to pay someone a compliment every single day.  Cheesy, I know.  But, I recently saw the impact that a quick compliment had on a kid up at Cannon Mountain.  He is training to be an instructor for the Adaptive Sports program and his teacher came over to tell him that he'd done an awesome job so far.  A huge ear to ear grin spread across his face.  I'm sure his day was made after that.  I didn't even know him and I was psyched for him.  So, I congratulated him, too, and then headed off in a really good mood.  Just imagine that ripple effect.
~ Embrace my age and defy it.  I'm turning 40 on February 12.  But, age is just a number.  Bring it on.
~ Slow the hell down.  I find myself rushing often.  My girls and I rush to get ready for school.  I rush around the grocery store, I rush home so I can get a run in, I rush around town to get my errands done.  You get the picture.  Sometimes, it's necessary.  Often, it's not and once and a while, a few minor changes can be made so the process takes less time.  This one might take a while.

New year.  My year.  I will.  Let's ride.

Listen to this:
Until You Find Me - TeamMate