Friday, October 9, 2015

Top Five Friday #29

Happy Friday everyone!  I'm so excited for this weekend and my race!  I know quite a few others are racing, so best of luck to all of you this weekend.  I'm so excited to read all the recaps on Monday (thankfully from home...Happy Columbus Day!)


This week has been all about running and training, so I thought I would round it out for Top Five Friday with my five favorite gadgets/resources for training.  I could probably list 50 more that I use on a regular basis, but these are definitely my necessities.  I would be really interested to hear what your favorite tools are for running, so be sure to share in the comments!  I hope you all have a great weekend!



Garmin Forerunner 10

Like most runners, I couldn't train without a GPS watch.  Right now, Dan and I share a single watch, so I'm definitely in the market for a new one.  If anyone has one that they love, I would love to hear a quick review in the comments!  I really like this Garmin model because it's really simple, but offers all the stats that I care about.  I also love the Garmin website and seeing my route along with mile times and elevation.

 

FitBit

Ever since I got my FitBit in June, I've been so much more active at work.  I never realized how much I sat around until I saw my (lack of) steps each day.  This also helps to keep me motivated to go for runs.  I love the competitive aspect of the app, so even if I feel lazy and want to take the day off, I still go out so that I take the lead!  I currently have the FitBit Charge, and I love how it doubles as a watch.

 


Spotify

I started to use Spotify earlier this year to add new music to my running playlists constantly without breaking the bank.  I recently upgraded to Premium so that I can download music and playlists (and not go over my data limit) and listen to music on-demand.  It's been well worth the monthly price so far, and I love discovering new music! (Follow me!)

 

Daily Mile

I love Daily Mile for so many reasons.  First of all, it's so handy to track your miles and see how you progress each month. I also love the community and being able to cheer your friends on.  I made a few friends through Daily Mile and it's great to support and offer help during training.  If you want to be my friend, you can add me here

 


What To Wear

I'm not sure if I'm the only one who does this, but unless it's 30 or 80 degrees out, I have no idea what to wear on my run!  All I have to do is go on this website and input a few stats (temperature, conditions, intensity, etc) and your work is done!  I can't even tell you how much this helps me, and I always end up being completely comfortable outside!

 

Shows

Quantico

I'm obsessed with this show!  My college at Penn State offered a degree in Security and Risk Analysis, and most graduates end up working for the CIA or other cybersecurity firms, so this show reminded me of the types of projects we had in class (in episode two, we did that exact project of figuring out time and place of an attack after looking at a reconstructed crime scene).  The show is interesting and intriguing.  I love the main character as well!

Dancing With The Stars

"Most Memorable Year" is always the most emotional week of the show, and this year was no different.  There were some amazing dances, and I have to pick Nick Carter as my favorite as far as a fun dance, but Bindi took my breath away.  She is such an incredible person and that dance was perfection.  I do have to say that I hate when the song "Every Breath You Take" is used, since it's meant to be a sinister song about obsession and control, not the beautiful love song that everyone thinks it is!

Mindy Project

I'm so glad that HULU picked up this show, because I love it.  This season has been terrific so far, and I love how Mindy's character is evolving when she had a baby.  Danny has also been hilarious this season, and I especially loved when he started speaking Italian and sounded straight out of a mafia movie.    

 

Songs

Mountain Snow : Greg Maroney

If you like peaceful, beautiful piano songs as much as I do, you will love Greg Maroney.  I'm a huge fan of his music and like to listen to it at work when I have a lot to accomplish.  It's really soothing but keeps me awake and motivated.  I especially love this song and could listen to it on repeat all day!

Runnin' (Lose It All) : Naughty Boy and Beyonce

I mean..it's Beyonce...need I say more?

The Hum : Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike

I'm not always a huge fan of EDM, but as soon as this song came on I immediately added it to my Spotify playlist.  It has a great beat and enough things going on to keep it interesting without being overpowering.  I love this song for running, and know that when it comes on, it's time to pick up the pace!

Confident : Demi Lovato

I heard this song the other day, and I immediately started tapping my toe and dancing in my seat- it's SO catchy!  I love Demi's voice, and this is a great song overall.  I love the message as well- embrace your weirdness and be confident.  What's wrong with being confident?

On My Mind : Ellie Goulding

I always love Ellie Goulding's songs, and love her unique voice.  This is a really great song and a bit different than her usual music.  


Your turn!  Tell me your favorites!
What kind of watch do you wear for running?
Who else is racing this weekend?

Linking up with MarCynthia and Court 
as well as Heather!

37 comments:

  1. I simply LOVE my Fitbit! It recently stopped charging and I really miss having it. I am hoping they might replace it...I've heard that happens from time to time.
    I'm not racing this weekend - I have Marine Corps Marathon in 2 weeks so I'm in my taper phase which I'm loving. Have a great race! -C

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    1. My FitBit stopped working and I contacted them...they sent me one right away for free! I would definitely talk with them..they have great customer service. Good luck tapering!

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  2. I have the same Garmin and I love it, I plan on buying a new one as well but I thing I want to stick to something similar to that model. Good luck this weekend!!!

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    1. I like the model as well...super simple and easy to use. Plus it's pretty cheap (compared to other models!). Thanks Shaun!

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  3. First of all- good luck on your race this weekend! Second, your top two dances on DWTS this week were mine as well. I cried the entirety of Bindi's dance. And Nick's was just so fun...plus I love watching Sharna dance at any time. Also - I'm with you on the Demi Lovato and Ellie Golding songs! Love both of those!

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    1. Thank you Gina!! Sharna is definitely amazing (and HOT!) Glad we agree this week :)

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  4. I love Spotify! I have Spotify premium, and I love that I can switch up my playlists anytime I want. And I don't have to "purchase" a song....no committment...

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    1. Spotify is the best! Definitely worth the $12 or whatever a month.

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  5. I need to switch to Spotify, I hear so many great things about it but I am so reluctant to change, especially with technology lol. I better get with the program on this one!

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    1. Spotify is amazing! You can always try out the free version and see if you like it. It's so great though!

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  6. i love my garmin! i don't know which one i have, the 15 i think. i just like how simple it is. i'd love a fitbit, but i'd be scared to see how much i sit around all day lol. i'll add you on dailymile although lately i haven't been very active on there!

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    1. Simple is better for watches I think! Thanks for the add :)

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  7. Yay, it's Friday! Did you know I ALWAYS look forward to your post on Fridays?! And, did you also know that I have never owned a GPS watch? Nope. Isn't that crazy?!?! Yup. Sometimes I dabble with the idea but then I'm like, why bother? I get so obsessive over most things and running helps me get my OCD out. So I think if I had a GPS watch, running would make it worse. Does that make sense? And GOOD LUCK THIS WEEKEND! Can't wait to see how you do (you'll do awesome)!!!

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    1. Suzy..you are just the best. Your comments always mean so much to me :) Why am I not surprised that you don't have a watch?! You're just that good..maybe if I get rid of mine I'll get some of your speed and endurance :) Thanks so much for the support!

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  8. I have a Garmin but I also have Runkeeper as a backup. I have waited and waited for the Garmin to pick up the satellites and given up. I want to run, not wait.

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    1. It's definitely frustrating to wait for the signal sometimes...I give up a lot and just run with a stopwatch!

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  9. Obsessed with Quantico and the Mindy Project. Although I've totally been loving Blindspot lately too! Highly recommend :)

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    1. Alrighty, adding Blindspot to my watch list as well ;) Thanks for the suggestion!

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  10. I wear a Garmin Forerunner the purple one. I love looking through your lists!!. I am currently watching Ladies of London and I love Don't be Tardy. Have a great race and I look forward to hearing all about it.

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    1. Love the purple one..so cute! I wish I could watch Bravo..they have the best shows! Thanks Heather!

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  11. I love my Garmin 10. I like how it is so simple. Only the basics. I don't need all those bells and whistles that some have.

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    1. I agree- some just have too much going on, and I probably wouldn't use half the features!

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  12. Good luck this weekend! I'll be running with all my friends in the Staten Island half :)

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    1. Thank you Kaitlin! And good luck to you as well :)

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  13. have a great race! i'm also loving quantico :)

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  14. Ellie Goulding's voice is seriously my favorite. It's really unique and just gorgeous. I had a spotify premium subscription for about two years and LOVED it. It was more practical when I was teaching, so I cancelled it for the time being, but I really miss it!

    Have you been watching How to Get Away with Murder?!

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    1. Spotify would really be perfect for teaching! I wonder if my instructors also use it...probably! And yes I am...I wish it wasn't on Thursdays so I could recap it for my Friday posts. This season has been pretty good so far but I haven't watched the newest one yet!

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  15. I have been LOVING the new Demi song! Good power anthem!

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  16. I love my Garmin watch. Sadly I haven't been running in awhile to use it. I'm in need of a new show to watch so the Mindy Project may have to be my next one!

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    1. Mindy Project is great!! I hope you enjoy it :)

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  17. ooh thanks for the song ideas for my next playlist. woo hoo! i've got to check out quantico! i hear such good things.

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  18. I decided to become a spotify premium person a while back, and I'm so glad I did!! Beats paying lots of money each week to change up my yoga playlists for classes...

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  19. We are loving Quanico too! What a fun show!

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  20. We are loving Quanico too! What a fun show!

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