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It’s My (Peachtree) Jam!

April 4, 2012 2 comments
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It's Peachtree time again!

If you know me, you know that music is a huge part of my life. Like one of my fellow bloggers, John Saddington, I listen to music while I blog. One of my favorite times to listen to music is when I run. Music helps me get in the zone and clear my mind while I exercise.

Once again this year, I will be running in the Peachtree Road Race on July 4. This will be my fourth year running the race (I ran it in 2008, 2010, and 2011) and I am really excited. Last year, I started creating a playlist for my iPod for the race. With the race right at three months away, I decided to do the same thing this year. Unfortunately I have an infected toenail right now, so I cannot test out the playlist until it is better (it’s almost there – probably just a couple more weeks).

Here are the songs on my 2012 Peachtree Road Race playlist:

  • Hello Good Morning (radio edit) – Diddy – Dirty Money
  • It’s Tricky – Run DMC
  • Here Comes The Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze
  • Who Stole The D.J. – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
  • Showstopper (Capital Kings Remix) – TobyMac
  • Radiate – Andy Hunter
  • Party On The Floor (Capital FM Summertime Ball Mashup) – DJ Earworm
  • Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)(7th Heaven Club Mix) – Kelly Clarkson
  • Jump Jump (Dubstep Remix) – Kriss Kross
  • Rolling In The Deep (Dubstep Remix) – Adele
  • You Make Me Feel – Cobra Starship ft. Sabi
  • Like A G6 – Far East Movement
  • Enth E Nd (Album Remix Version) – Linkin Park
  • 4 Minutes – Madonna ft. Justin Timberlake and Timbaland
  • Mary, Mary – Run DMC
  • Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith
  • Wind It Up – Gwen Stefani
  • We Found Love – Rihanna
  • Above All This – DJ Hans Solo (a.k.a. Hans Daniels)
  • One Time – Earthsuit
  • Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People
  • Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
  • Some Like It Hot – The Power Station
  • Umbrella – Rihanna
  • Decode – Paramore
  • Feed The Machine – Red
  • Monster – Skillet
  • Dark Horses – Switchfoot
  • Discotheque – U2
  • Save Me – Remy Zero

What songs are on the playlist for your next race?

Photo Credit: By Chris Fannin

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2011

December 28, 2011 Leave a comment

2011It’s hard to believe we are in the final days of 2011. As we look back on the last 365 days, several different lists have either come out or will be coming out within the next few days. What were the best movies of the year? What were the best songs of the year?

Here are my top 10 read blog posts for 2011:

10) Strength

9) Leadership Elements

8) The Church of Facebook – Community or Connection?

7) What Have I Gotten Myself Into – The Peachtree Edition

6) Big Brother – A Dissection of (Not So) Good Community

5) Baby Movin’ On Up…

4) Why I Do What I Do

3) “Every Single Man’s Battle” Has The Best of Intentions

2) You Make Beautiful Things

1) Remembering Paul Fife

May 2012 bring you blessings beyond your wildest imagination.

It’s Update Time…

December 20, 2011 2 comments

Jingle Jog - Posing with Santa & Mrs Claus

Since Christmas is only 5 days away, I thought I’d give an update on the health goals I’ve set recently.

1) December 1, I started drinking nothing but water. My goal is to go an entire year only drinking water. It was a challenge the first few days but it has become much easier. The best part is I’ve already lost about five pounds so far. On my second day, I went to Chick-fil-A to use a coupon I had received in the mail for a free combo meal. The lady at the register asked me what I wanted to drink and I told her water. She tried several times to explain that I could choose any soft drink, tea, or lemonade I wanted and I told her several times that I understood, but I still wanted water to drink. I think she finally gave up and said “Okay, if that’s what you really want.”

2) I did the Jingle Jog 5K on Saturday, December 10. It turned out to be more of a fun run instead of an actual competitive race. My goal was not a specific time, but to just complete the race. I think my final time was around 48 minutes. It was very cold but it was a lot of fun.

3) I’ve been reading the book “Body for Life” by Bill Phillips and Michael D’Orso with two other guys in my small group at church. One of the other guys in our group (the one who suggested the book to us) asked me last night how I was doing with it. Unfortunately, the answer was “not so good.” For some reason I have developed this mental block about it – I don’t know if it’s because of the holidays or if it’s something else. I haven’t given up completely but I’m just really struggling with it right now for some reason. I hope that it’s just because of the holidays and that it will eventually get better.

Do you have any advice to help me out with achieving better results while I’m attempting to read “Body for Life?”

Jingle Jog – Playlist Time

November 30, 2011 6 comments
Christmas Sesame Street

What is your Christmas running motivation?

The Atlanta weather has been so dreary lately, so I decided to be a little more proactive on my goals that I recently set. On Saturday, December 10, I will be running the Jingle Jog and to help motivate myself, I created a Christmas playlist for the race. I am the type of person who is encouraged by music. You must have the right kind of music for whatever it is you are trying to accomplish. If you are trying to run a race, you don’t listen to Celine Dion, Kenny G., or Michael Bolton unless you want to fall asleep at the starting line.

Here is what will be motivating me to cross the Jingle Jog finish line:

  • “Mad Russian’s Christmas (Instrumental)” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • “We Three Kings” by Pentatonix
  • “Christmas In Hollis” by Run-DMC
  • “The Nutcracker Suite (Baz Kuts Breaks Mix)” by Berlin Symphony Orchestra
  • “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Viva Voce
  • “Toy Jackpot” by Blackalicious
  • “Electronic Santa” by Blazer Force
  • “The First Noel” by Scott Blackwell
  • “Wonderful Christmas Time” by Family Force 5
  • “O Holy Night” by Code Of Ethics
  • “Winter Wonderland” by Joy Electric
  • “Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Mulato Beat Remix)” by Louis Armstrong
  • “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” by Viva Voce
  • “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” by All Star United
  • “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid
  • “Jingle Bells” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • “The Little Drummer Boy” by Candi Pearson Shelton
  • “O Come Emmanuel” by Chasing Furies
  • “(It Must Have Been Ol’) Santa Claus” by Harry Connick, Jr.
  • “I Pray On Christmas” by Harry Connick, Jr.
  • “Happy Christmas” by John Lennon & Yoko Ono
  • “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” by Weezer
  • “Christmas At Ground Zero” by Weird Al Yankovic

What motivates you to get out and run during the holidays?

Photo Credit: By Alba Palacios

A Change Will Do Me Good…

November 19, 2011 4 comments
Exciting Changes Happening Soon

My life is "under construction"

With all that has been going on in my life over the past few months, I have decided to make some changes. I have specifically decided to do three things and they all have the common theme of dealing with my health. It’s going to be a challenge but I’m ready for a change.

1) Beginning December 1, 2011 I will only be drinking water. On December 1, 2010 I decided to stop drinking sodas and as a result sweet tea became my vice. This decision was also based on my last visit to the dentist when I was informed that I would need a good bit of dental work done as a result of my “8-9 Diet Dr Peppers a day” habit. Since I have accomplished my goal of not drinking sodas for almost a year now, I wanted to take it to the next level and decided to just try drinking water starting this December 1. Most people ask me why I don’t wait until January 1 and make it a New Year’s Resolution. I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions because by January 15 (or in some cases sooner) they have already been broken. If I start this on a day that is not January 1 then there is no “New Year’s Resolution” pressure and I am more prone to stick to my goal.

2) Saturday, December 10 I will be participating in Jingle Jog. I have not participated in a race since The Peachtree Road Race on July 4 of this year. The Peachtree was a 10K, so I thought I would give myself a little bit of a break and do a 5K this time around. What is so cool is one of the guys in my new small group has been looking for a 5K to run, so he and I are planning to do the race together.

3) I have been wanting to find a way to improve my over all health – encompassing eating right and exercising (two things at which I am horrible at maintaining). At the encouragement of another one of the guys in my new small group, I have decided to go through a book that he recommend that changed his life. The week after Thanksgiving (for obvious reasons – don’t want to set myself up for immediate failure with all of that tasty food) I will be starting the book Body for Life by Bill Phillips and Michael D’Orso. The guy in my small group who is running the Jingle Jog has decided to do it as well so we are going to hold one another accountable in this endeavor. Don’t worry, I won’t be forcing you to look at any before or after pictures of me (the thought of that kind of creeps me out any way). I weigh more now than I have ever weighed (my waist size is also the biggest its ever been as well) and that was one of the major determining factors for me to make these changes.

Do you have any words of wisdom or encouragement that could help me through these changes?

Photo Credit: By Kevin Dooley

What Have I Gotten Myself Into – The Peachtree Edition

"Run Scott run!"

Have you ever had one of those moments where you said you would do something and in hindsight you look back and say to yourself, “What was I thinking?!” I am experiencing one of those moments right now. Back in March I signed up for the Peachtree Road Race thinking I would do plenty of training and be ready for it this year. (Insert major laugh and “YEAH RIGHT!” right about here.) I did the race last year and in 2008 – last year I did it in about 90 minutes and in 2008 I was just happy I finished it still on my feet. You could easily say that I’m a glutton for punishment, but I paid the money and I’m a man of my word, so I’m going to stick to it and earn that t-shirt (the one I’ve already paid for by entering the race). This year I’ll probably end up walking at least 75% of the race, if not all of it.

The thought of running/walking 6.2 miles in the morning heat on July 4 just isn’t too exciting right now, so I’ve created a playlist on my iPod to help me make it through. Any of my friends out there reading this, if you’re in the area…feel free to come and cheer me on if you’d like – I could easily use the encouragement! Here are the songs I’ve used to create my Peachtree Road Race 2011 playlist (and no laughing or judging on my choice of music…I like a mixture of styles, but mainly went with upbeat Top 40 songs to keep me moving – I also have two nieces and two nephews that listen to my iPod when I see them so some of these songs reflect that as well).

  • Let’s Get It Started – The Black Eyed Peas
  • Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson
  • Written in The Stars – Tinie Tempah (featuring Eric Turner)
  • Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae
  • Blow (Cirkut Remix) – Ke$ha
  • On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez (featuring Pit Bull)
  • Love Addict – Family Force 5
  • Hella Good – No Doubt
  • Earthquake – Family Force 5
  • Crazy in Love – Beyonce (featuring Jay Z)
  • Bulletproof – La Roux
  • That Was Her, This Is Me – Dream (featuring Diddy)
  • Lose My Breath – Destiny’s Child
  • Bring Me to Life – Evanescence
  • If I Can’t Have You – Kelly Clarkson
  • In The End (remix) – Linkin Park
  • This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
  • Supermassive Black Hole – Muse
  • Energy – Skillet
  • Sweet Sacrifice – Evanescence
  • Round & Round (remix) – Selena Gomez and the Scene
  • It Takes Two – Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
  • Boom – POD
  • Best Kept Secret – Skillet
  • Connected – Stereo MCs
  • New Sensation – INXS
  • In My Pocket – Mandy Moore
  • Hey Baby – No Doubt
  • We Will Rock You -Queen
  • We Are The Champions – Queen

What songs are on your race or workout playlist?

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