Ferry Commuting + New Running Stroller!

I met up with a friend the other night who was in town from San Francisco and it was so great to catch up (even though we missed those that couldn’t join)!! She brought her boyfriend and he cracked us up the whole time. He had met her entire extended family this week on this east coast trip and had some funny stories about it. That step is never easy, so I was impressed he was so lighthearted about it. Definitely a keeper!

A song played at the outdoor bar— Flames by David Guetta and Sia— and I just immediately though “I should be running”.

Other songs that immediately make me think I should be running include:

Blame”, Calvin Harris & John Newman
Uprising”, Muse
Cool for the summer”, Demi Lovato
Midnight City”, M83
Dangerous”, David Guetta
Dancing on my own”, Robyn

The list goes on, but these songs are very triggering for me and bring back some fun race or training run memories. What song does this for you?!

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Mark and I took the ferry home together after the meetup. Getting the hang of this water commute! It’s been fun for the summer, except for the fact that you have to get there super early for those morning boats given the number of fellow commuters. We’ve been shut out of a couple of boats now!

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I am so excited to announce that I finally got a running stroller! I went with the Thule Urban Glide 2.0. Thanks fellow runners and mamas for your input! I had held off last summer since Grant was so young, and then all fall and winter Mark was so good about watching him while I snuck out on my runs. But since moving from the city I think it would be so fun to take Grant along on some of those runs since time is a little more critical and hopefully the three of us can head out together!

It arrived today but I couldn’t use it because it’s been very stormy all evening! Some pictures to come :)

Different from recent evenings like this…

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Now that it’s getting super hot and humid, I still think I’m going to stick to the gym more often than not. Perhaps I’ll try to get up before humidity sinks in some days. I really need to get back into the morning running — or just a more productive morning routine in general! It’s always a hard adjustment. I’m neither a morning nor night person! But I have always found that once you make it a morning habit, it gets much easier. More thoughts on this later, but I think I will start small by tackling one week at a time, starting next week. After some snuggles with this guy…

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What are you favorite running songs?

Anyone routinely work out in the morning? What are your tips?

 

 

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The Best Podcasts to Get You Through a Run (or life) 2.0

Hope you’re having a great week! I’m happy to be a little more active on the blog. Last year, I published a list of podcasts as an alternative to music on the run. Since there have been so many good podcasts in my queue lately, I have been meaning to generate a new list. No matter what mood you’re in, there is a podcast for you!

Here are some podcasts – going beyond running & fitness this time — that I am currently obsessed with:

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Benefits of Being Outside

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend.

Mondays can be tough, and beyond this fact there are many life situations which cause stress to enter into our lives. Studies have suggested that proximity to greenspace and exposure to natural environments can be associated with many mental health benefits including mood and self-esteem boosts, lower levels of stress, and reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety. It’s even been shown that spending time being immersed in the outdoors has resulted in feelings of awe and inspiration. Personally, I often feel more relaxed, recharged, optimistic, and often inspired when I surround myself in nature while running, hiking, or walking.

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Back to Blogging on a Tuesday

Hope you enjoyed celebrating America’s birthday and the associated food and drink, time spent with family and friends, fireworks, and all things red, white, and blue. My long weekend was the basic New England “fit in as much as possible during these summer days off” situation.

Before I talk about my weekend, I wanted to share that I am excited to be back in the blog world! A couple of months ago, I decided to take a break from blogging about my life. In reality, what I needed was a mental shift away from running (and subsequently writing about my little obsession with the sport) after my last big race. It has been a restful recess, but I have now started to train for my fall marathon (Wineglass in NY), and am eager to return to my writing routine! My next chapter of posts will focus on everything from marathon training to the adventures and “micro-adventures” (as Alastair Humphreys would say) ahead in Boston, New England, and beyond. I encourage you to: 1) follow along 2) stay in touch and 3) after you read my posts, get outside and enjoy the short-lived summer weather. Looking forward to catching up and hearing how YOU are doing!

Back to the long weekend. Here’s a recap:

Saturday: Started off with a long training run in my home town, followed by a family party with lots of hydrating and non-hydrating beverages. This was followed by more food, drink, and games with friends later that night. No photos to capture these moments unfortunately!

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Farewell, for now!

After a lot of thought, I have decided to take a break from blogging.

I started JaneRunsWild to narrate my marathon training, fitness goals, travels, and log my race reviews. These races have defined much of my post-college life, even if they were run “for fun” and without much training, and I have loved recalling each transformative experience. It has been so interesting dipping my toes into the blogging community- you guys are full of creativity, motivation and inspiration, and gave me the momentum to keep writing.



When I initially did not make the 2016 Boston Marathon cutoff, even after qualifying, this blog was my outlet. JaneRunsWild was a platform for me to defend my passion for the sport, and ultimately helped me reach my goal of running Boston after I had received a bib from Clif Bar. I am more optimistic that I will make the cutoff for Boston 2017 after qualifying at Phoenix in February, but I may have to re-live this journey again if not. JaneRunsWild my partner, once more!

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