Monday, April 13, 2015

Music Motivation

I did not run all winter. As in, not at all. I think there was one day it went above 35 and I attempted a run and wanted to cry after running an 11 minute mile. I was more into the hot yoga this winter... or the Netflix and wine in yoga pants since this winter was fucking awful and so cold for ridiculously long amounts of time on end. 

I'm not good with easing into things - I promised myself that once it started hitting 40 degrees and above on a regular basis, I'd start running again. It's been an ugly start to the running season, with slower times than I'd like, but I'm also learning that I need to get more comfortable with distance versus worrying about timing the entire time.

I'm currently working on more interval runs to build speed, and will then go back into some tempo paced (when you're pushing harder than your average pace, not sprinting though) runs.

The biggest necessity to me getting back into running is an awesome playlist, so being inspired by the 72 degrees and sunny weather we're currently experiencing, these are some of my go-tos to get me up and moving! 

Outside - Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding
So good - allows you to ease into the run and go for alternating a jog with a tempo run (I wait for the beat to kick up and increase my pace to match the flow of the song, dropping back down to a jog when it slows down).

Hot N**** - Bobby Shmurda

I love the beat of this song. It helps me to maintain a really steady pace while running.

Love is Gone - David Guetta (ft. Chris Willis)

Guetta can do no wrong in my book. This is another one that's great for maintaining a solid pace and keep you motivated to keep going. So, so good. The version with Fergie is also pretty awesome and just shows the diversity of one of my favorite French DJs. 

Runaway (U and I) (Kaskade Remix) - Galantis

Ugh, this song. It's perfect. Perfect for driving, perfect for one of the hot yoga/pilates sessions I went to where we had to do core workouts to the full duration of this song (it literally hurt to laugh after), and perfect for interval running because Kaskade is perfect and knows how to play with the tempo. One of my favorites of 2014 that is continuing to be a 2015 go-to.

Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix) - DeadMau5

Mau5 on his own is fantastic and brings incredible beats, so when Madeon remixes it makes for a perfect tempo run song.

Scream and Shout - and Brit Brit

This randomly came on today during my two-miler, and I almost said out loud, "I forgot how catchy this song is."

Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix) - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

THIS SONG is basically everything. I love it. It never fails to make me happy whenever I hear it on any type of mix or embedded in a DJ's podcast. It makes me happy, and therefore, makes me run faster, so it's a win on all levels.

S + M - Rihanna

Another one that I hear it and remember how much I love it. Plus, no matter what you're into, it will inspire you to look better naked.

Party it Up - DMX

I do not even believe you can listen to the first 4 seconds without getting amped.
Sorry for the lame YouTube video, but the real one was edited and I need my hip hop dirty when I'm working out.
They played this at a wedding the other night, and shit got REAL. I have never seen so many white people (myself included, who knows all the words to this) going HAM for DMX. Bring that same motivation to your workout, and it's a wrap.

Timber - Pitbull ft. Ke$ha

Another one that I hear and remember that I love. Say what you want about Pitbull, he can make a sick beat.

Straight Outta Compton - NWA

I don't know where my love of NWA came from and I don't want to know (can I also tell you how many bad remixes I had to listen to in order to find this real version?). This is a great one to practice sprints - I always pick a point in the distance and sprint there, then jog to recover, pick another point and go from there for a full song. This one does it for me, others need a heavier BPM.

What do you listen to when you work out? I get so tired of music so welcome suggestions and favorites! : )

Hope all is well - hoping to get back in the blogging groove now that winter depression is hopefully at its endpoint! xox

Going Natural with Influenster - #wipeforwater

A month or so ago, I went for an organic facial at a salon in town (after my Aveda facialist of a few years unexpectedly quit the business and completely destroyed my little heart. As I went in, I explained to the facialist that I suffer from adult acne, particularly around the jawline, and also expressed my frustration with the fact that cutting caffeine, alcohol, sugar, dairy for any extended period of time didn't seem to make a difference. I'm already meat-free and soy-free, was trying elimination diets, tried almost every mask on the market, but to no clear results. 

I was absolutely horrified (and wanting to kick myself) when she explained to me that I wasn't suffering from acne - I was suffering from extremely clogged pores, due to not properly cleansing. This was definitely news to me - I was always careful to wash my face before bed (even when drinking!), steamed my face before putting on masks, and thought all the scrubbing was doing the trick. Turns out, I wasn't properly removing all the makeup and was then just really laying product on top of makeup. She recommended different products and also suggested that with the amount of working out that I do, I find myself a really good cleansing wipe to use immediately following a workout. 

Luckily, Influenster must have seen my invisible bat signal for good cleansing wipes, because I was selected for a complimentary package of the Neutrogena Naturals cleansing wipes. 

The whole premise and hashtag of the #WipeforWater movement is pretty cool, especially in honor of Earth Month. Neutrogena parterned with The Nature Conservancy to save water - Influensters are encouraged to make a pledge to not wash their face, and only use the cleansing wipes for three days to save water. For every pledge, Neutrogena Naturals contributes $1 to The Nature Conservancy to support water conservation, up to $50,000. Especially with all of my work travels to California with their horrific drought, this is a cause so vital and one I've been happy to partake in. 

Not only that, but I started noticing a difference in my skin after 7 days of using the cleansing wipes. 

Hotel traveling essentials - these worked perfectly to refresh while I was on my three plane rides within a four day span! 

I took the "makeup free" to a whole new level. This is four days using the
NeutrogenaNaturals wipes - which came in handy while traveling to Texas for work! 
Semi makeup free (wearing mascara, eyebrows slightly filled, concealer around nose and under eyes).

All in all, I was super impressed with the mission of water conservation as well as the effectiveness of the product. While the product was received gratis, my reviews are honest and open. 

Do you search for natural products when buying skincare? What are your favorites?