Training

Music for Running: 5K and 10K Running Playlists w/ 150 – 180 bpm songs (7.5 – 8.5 minute pace)

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Here are two new running playlists that have faster bpm and focus on a 5K race or a 10K race. I went thru a lot of new songs from 2010 and 2011 and mixed in a few older favorites. I had to cut out a lot of music to fit into shorter playlists, so there […]

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{book review} Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook: Good training food for you (and your family)

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I somewhat reluctantly picked up Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook My Father’s Daughter  (not your typical cookbook name…not jumping off the shelf for sure) from the library.  I thought it might be plagued with privilege from an actress who has Steven Spielberg as a godfather.  But I have to admit, I love it.  Yes, her kitchen and […]

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Week 2: RW Challenge for Philly Marathon — running my age

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It’s already week two of the Runner’s World Challenge for the Philadelphia Marathon.  My e-mail from Bart Yasso came this morning and I started to sweat a little.  My goal for the Challenge is to adjust my running to my aging body. I am staring down the barrel of the big 50 (49 in Oct…50 in […]

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{recipe alert} Ultimate Irresistible Granola

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[The Ultimate Granola--seen here with blueberries and milk] There is wonderful irony in motherhood when your daughter navigates the kitchen at seventeen with an ease that you never mastered. My daughter effortlessly stirs up new variations on recipes I would never even attempt. It’s an art and I have total respect for her and those […]

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Best Yoga Music: Yoga workout playlist — alternative, indie, & jazz mix

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I’m trying to keep up with Monica as now she’s supplementing her workouts with stretching and yoga. OK, she needs good music for that too, right? She tells me that they have the typical new age, mystical music that you would expect at a yoga studio. I decided to look into yoga music and I […]

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Best Workout Music: Fitness Playlist w/ 140 – 180 bpm songs

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At its inception, the purpose of bold pace music was to provide running playlists to help my wife Monica with her training. I’ve since made several more with different BPM (beats per minute) to match other runner’s cadence/pace. But I’m now finding these playlists also really help me at the gym.  I travel often, so having music at the hotel gym is […]

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{10 Questions} for authors of Run Like a Mother [for a holiday gift]

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There is a running revolution taking hold and it’s wearing a skirt—a running skirt that is.  Women are making their way to the starting lines of marathons and halfs in record numbers.  They account for almost half (or even more than half) of the field these days.  Olympic runners like Paula Radcliffe, Kara Goucher and Deena […]

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Best Indie & Alternative Christmas music for running

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*updated December 2013* Is there a rule that all Christmas and Holiday songs must sound sappy, slow, and performed by someone who is ancient? Or must they be so obviously commercial that they make “Rock Star” by Smash Mouth sound like a lyrical masterpiece? Furthermore, if you want to get into the holiday spirit on […]

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A Change of Pace – Philly RW Challenge Run

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When the alarm went off this morning at 5:45, I was on the fence about getting up for a run with strangers.  I could easily have slept in. If it wasn’t for the fact that I thought they might be waiting for me, or that I had just had a conversation the night before with […]

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Hey Runners, Food Matters: Mark Bittman’s Newest Cook Book

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My 17 year old daughter and I are making a conscious effort to eat better.  It’s not that our diet is poor…challenged is more accurate.  Her life as a high school junior is filled with a challenging academic schedule, tennis team, studying for the SAT, college considerations, and most importantly, fun with friends.  My concerns are more about my […]

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