Wednesday night. I showed up to boot camp. No one else could make it to class.
Which meant…. it was just me and HER. Usually when there is a big group of us I can get away with taking some breaks or doing push-ups on my knees etc but with just the two of us… her eyes were on me the whole time. Let’s just say that was the hardest strength training session of my life. I could barely pick up Brooke afterwards.
Jillian Michaels 2.0.
We made a very important stop at Trader Joe’s yesterday with my mom. She loves to get her neighbors treats from TJ’s and I love to get treats for us from TJ’s so we combined forces…
These are ridiculous.
BUT THESE ARE A MUST BUY. I can’t even get over their perfection. I had never seen these before at TJ’s until yesterday and I had a strong feeling that I would fall fast for them. Now I am kicking myself for not getting 20 bags of them.
Report back to me after you try them please.
We just get really excited about Trader Joe’s. So excited that we just break out into a dance when we go:
We had another one of our annual traditions last night (I know, it is kind of ridiculous how many traditions we have but believe me… a lot of these traditions got me through the holidays right after my divorce and we still love to do them now).
Our yearly group. This will be a forever tradition with these guys (and if anyone moves away then they have to fly back for the occasion).
We got home, I put Brooke to bed and I finally had my dinner at 9 pm while watching my show. Chicken and pasta… carb loading for my 3 miles tomorrow.
I take my running music very seriously (especially for my treadmill runs because they save me from boredom) and these are my top 10 running songs right now:
Runin’ (Lose It All)— Naughty Boy and Beyonce (MY FAVORITE RIGHT NOW!!!)
Higher by Classified and B.o.B
Roses by The Chainsmokers feat. ROZES
Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay
Hollow by Tori Kelley and Big Sean
Stand By You by Rachel Platten
What percentage of the time do you listen to music while running?
-88% of the time when running outside by myself. 100% of the time on the treadmill. 0% of the time when running with friends (unless we are doing speed work.
Favorite holiday treats from TJ’s? Has anyone tried the Peppermint Pretzel Slims?
What show would you consider YOUR show?
-Gilmore Girls. A favorite since my college days!
Michele @ paleorunningmomma
I’m strange in that music while running tends to annoy me, probably because I’m a song skipper! Podcasts I like though :)
Margaret @ youngandrungry
Hahaha is she dancing to Turning Japanese in Trader Joe’s? That made my entire morning!
I never listen to music while I run for lots of reasons, but mainly because I love music and I never want to burn out on songs. But your play list looks so fun!
MY show right now is Parenthood and hopefully I said it first so I can claim it!!
It’s REM’s It’s the end of the world as we know it. :)
Gretchen | Gretchruns
I think my percentage of listening to music is similar to yours. I do listen to a lot of podcasts though, especially on long runs. Not sure if that counts as music or not!
I haven’t been to TJ’s in so long, so I don’t know what their holiday treats are right now! I always like their seasonal tea and coffee. This year they have a mixed box of coffee and I need it….
MY show is How I Met Your Mother! I watch it every night when I go to bed. I think I can quote every episode by now!
Sarah @ SarahRuns26
I listen to music when I’m running outside or doing a race. Never on the treadmill. That’s my TV time. And never when running with friends.
Gilmore Girls is one of my all time favorites. So good. I also currently am loving the Mindy Project. I need to start the new season!
Love the video of Brooke dancing!
I’m not a big fan of peppermint but last night my guy bought the Peppermint Waffles at TJs and I think he ate almost the whole container in one sitting ;)
I listen to music 99.9% of the time that I’m running. When I first started running I never, ever listened to it, but now I can’t do without it! Current favorite running song: Cake by the Ocean!
Your song stuck out to me! I LOVE running to that song, too! The first time I heard it, I was running and I thought, my goodness this song is so dumb! But then when it was over, I found myself wishing it would come back on. It made it’s way to my official Run playlist!
I love listening to music when I run. I have been listening to top 40 music a lot lately. It seems like there hasn’t been a lot of good new music out lately (for running anyways). I’m a Taylor Swift fan myself.
I actually haven’t been to Trader Joes in a while. I think I might go now.
Favorite TJ’s treat are their chocolate covered pretzel variety box! They have peanutbutter and dark chocolate covered with sea salt! When I went back to get more they were gone :(
Sally @ sweat out the small stuff
I haven’t been listening to music much these days. But then again my runs have been short the last 6 weeks since running the NYC marathon.
I loved watching the voice. But it just ended. Oh well.
molly @ there goes molly rose
Gilmore Girls takes me back to my high school/college days… my mom and I watched it all the time! I’d love to have a netflix and chill date by myself and watch all the seasons.
I would eat that entire bag of pretzels in one sitting.
I’m digging WTF by Missy Elliot and Hide Away by Daya while running lately. And love that Roses song– that one’s on repeat in my headphones too!
Love Hideaway!!!!! :)
Those chocolate covered Jo-Jo’s are amazing! Alas I don’t drive by Trader Joe’s on my way home anymore, it’s about a half an hour away.
I always listen to music while running. Unless it’s one of those chatty runs with friends. Which reminds me, I need to make some running friends in my new city!
Gilmore Girls is definitely my show. My sister and I had date night once a week back in high school to sit in front of our TV and watch it together. I LOVE it.
And I honestly rarely listen to music while I run–only if I am forced to run on the treadmill will I have it. Otherwise, I just run, no music.
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
Joe Joes! <3
Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
I usually only listen to music about 2 days a week. I run outside in the early morning so for safety reasons I don’t bring my music. However, when I do get to bring it on the weekends it makes it even better!
Robyn @ Robyn's Livin' Life
I love Trader Joe’s, so I understand Brook’s excitement:)
My favorite show of all time is The X Files (I am SO EXCITED it is coming back in January for a few episodes!!), but love so many others, too, including Gilmore Girls, LOST, Sex and the City…
I actually do not need music as much when I run now- if it is a short run I won’t listen to any, but I have to for longer distances.
Firstly, shout out to Nova Scotia (Classified)! Music or Audible.com (Lena and Mindy right now) outside and podcasts on the treadmill (Serial, TAL, Women of the Hour). We don’t have a Trader Joe’s or a Whole Foods but they’re my favourite stores to visit in the States. Friday Night Lights – Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t loose.
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
I never listen to music when I run outside, but I do listen to it on the treadmill.
My show is Dr Who. I can rewatch the new seasons over and over again!
I never used to listen to music while running, but now I feel like I can’t run without it! The only time I don’t listen is while running with a friend.
Favorite TJ’s holiday treat has to be Peppermint Joe-Joe’s!
My husband and I have been marathoning Friends since we got married 5 months ago- we’re currently switching off between Friends and some ESPN 30 for 30’s. During our dating days, we loved watching The Office and Parks and Rec!
I LOVE Gilmore Girls. Hands down my favorite show of all time. I was going to comment on seeing it in the background of your picture then you asked this question. I probably need to start the series again, for the trillionth time.
Karien @ Running the Race
I very rarely run with music. Group runs, shorter runs, game farm runs: Nope. Long runs: Absolutely!
I actually never listen to music while I run. It doesn’t matter if I’m doing intervals or long runs. When I’m exercising, I like it to be just me and my environment. :)
Favorite Trader Joe’s treats, by far, are their potsticker! Super delicious and fancy tasting, ready in 5 minutes! Their tamales are similarly unreal.
Favorite running jam right now is a bit of a throwback – Florence and the Machine’s Shake it Off. I almost always listen to music, as I track my runs with an app that allows me to stream music directly.
I run with music on the treadmill, it’s boring otherwise . I rarely run with it when I am outside. I used to have it on all the time but I just got out of the habit.
I like the candy cane green tea. I can’t figure out why it’s better than other mint teas. The macarons are another fave.
Love Gilmore girls, even have my daughter hook. Love that it is in Netflix now.
The closest trader Joe’s is almost 2 hours from our house, but my son asked to take a trip there for his birthday(Dec. 24) because he loves it so much and loves to eat from there.
I listen to music 99% of the time when I’m running anywhere. It gives me something to focus on brides wanting to stop.
I love Trader Joes! I don’t always listen to music as I tend to get tired of it– podcasts are also great! I listen to many different kinds (running/fitness/marathon training ones, murder mystery ones, comedy, history, etc). Loving Serial as well. Happy running!
I’m ten episodes into Serial and thinking of saving the final one for my marathon in 17 days! Maybe the suspense will make me run faster?
Great idea! Are you on the first season? Be sure to check out the second- it was released last week and we are now on the second episode. It’s a different story but still interesting! What marathon are you running?
Yeah, I’m on the first season, but I did see that they’re starting a second. I’m planning to run the Jacksonville Marathon on January 3!
Good luck in your marathon!! That is very exciting! I know at least one elite runner who is running that race– should be exciting!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
Definitely listen and to music when I workout. It gives me the kick in the butt I need to push harder and faster. The only problem is I tend to skip a lot of songs which means time for a new play list.
Chelsea @ Chelsea Be Healthy
That video cracked me up! She is too cute!!
Gilmore Girls is totally my show! My roommate and I didn’t have cable in our dorm room our freshman year and watched as many episodes we could daily to survive our first year! It was awesome! I cannot wait for the new Netflix episodes!!!
I listen to music every run, just not headphones every run. I only use my headphones when I’m on the treadmill at the gym. Otherwise if I’m running outside I just play my music out loud so I can pay attention to what’s going on around me! :)
I’ve had that happen to me a few times (when you’re the only one who shows up for class). There is no way not to be sore after that.
tell Brooke to enjoy rando dancing in public when she is young and sooo cute. You should see how people react to me when I do it. LOL, doesn’t stop me!
Music would probably be 50/50. Sometimes I find it distracting and I just want silence or to focus on what I’m doing. Sometimes I’ll watch TV if I’m on the gym treadmill but it’s also on mute.
Also, great post yesterday, I just wanted to say that usually the weight gain is a return to a more ‘normal’ weight. It just feels different. But it’s hard to stay at ‘racing’ weight all year long. I’d rather not fluctuate so much though, it’s hard mentally and physically, so I think adopting a healthy year-round diet and attitude is the best bet.
All music, all the time. :)
I am obsessed with pretzels so I guess its lucky i don’t have time to get to Trader Joe’s very often, lol.
Tedi @ Running With Infertility
It’s been 50-50 for running with music. I usually listen to podcasts, or watch netflix on the treadmill.
I seriously love Gilmore Girls, and watched it from beginning to end. My show is definitely Dr. Who. Love it!
Lauren @ How to Eat RD
Omg that video of Brooke…YES
Also, you will have to try this magical thing that I did for Thanksgiving: chop up some candy cane joe joes and add those along with some semi sweet and white chocolate chips to regular boxed brownie mix. Magic.
Love those peppermint pretzel slims from TJ’s!! My sister-in-law loves those and the dark chocolate covered joe-joe’s and says they always run out of stock at the store near her in NYC. As part of her holiday present this year, I sent her a big box of her fav TJ snacks!
Always run with music when I’m running solo. Never when I’m running with friends!
Just want to share. Last night I did a group run with a local running group and we just ran around town (about 3 miles) looking at christmas lights and singing christmas songs. Was a complete blast!
Angie @ Pace With Grace
I listen to music when I run outside about 80% of the time but never if its dark out and 100% on the treadmill!
I recently tried TJ Butterscotch sea salt caramels ands they are SO good!!! You must try them! I haven’t tried the Joe Joe’s before so I need to get on that.
My show? Parenthood and SOA I’d have to say
Love that video or Brooke!
for long runs, I prefer to listen to books on tape or podcasts, but I have to listen to SOMETHING no matter what; I can’t run without an audio distraction!
My shows are Will & 30 Rock; I was OBSESSED with Gilmore Girls while it was on and may restart the series while I’m hibernating this winter!
I run on the treadmill often because I have time to train at 3:30am and it is dark! I love my music. I do have a special race playlist that I try to avoid listening to during training so that I don’t get sick of it!
The TJ’s Joe Joes are SCARY good. I can’t even have them in my house haha.
3:30?! Do you sleep or just run, haha?
I added all the songs that you listed, to my playlist on spotify that I called, “hungryrunnergirl songs”. I still think you should get a spotify account and make playlists on there for us to follow. ;)
Lisa @ TechChick Adventures
Ironically our neighbor delivered a bag of those peppermint pretzel thins to our house this week!! They are the bomb! Had to hide them so my husband didn’t eat them all. That’s a great holiday tradition to deliver treats to neighbors. I know we really appreciate it!
you are giving that daughter of yours the best life!!!
I have never been to a TJ’s……….not even sure if they are in Tennessee……….
I always listen to music when I run………unless it is pouring down rain and I want to save my IPOD from drowning, or if I forget my IPOD and/or armband.
Full House is my show. And also NCIS and Friends are pretty close, too!
There’s one in Nashville, near Green Hills mall!
I went to TJ the other weekend and it was a freaking JOKE! It was so cram packed and crazy busy. That video makes it look like you are the only one there. I am jealous. I am also jealous of the treats you got. Those are so yummy. I think when you meant ‘us’ I was also included: Janae, Brooke, and Megan. It makes sense if you think about it.
Also, watch out. I called Megan Jillian once. She did not like it. I hope she can forgive you after this post. Call her Heidi Powell next time ;)
Roswell. I am sure anyone that new me in high school, and probably even since, would think of me when they hear ‘Roswell’. But really, I don’t re watch it. Where as I can watch Seinfield and Friends over and over and never tire of them.
Leah (Goodnight, Cheese)
I missed the Gilmore Girls train in high school, but I’ve been watching it on Netflix for the past month or so. Great show! I can’t believe how long some of the takes are, that takes some serious skill.
Ooof I love pretty much every show: One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, Friday Night Lights, Parks and Rec!!! Ahhh. If anybody gets the chance it would be great if you could check out my blog : https://sweetpotatoesrunner.wordpress.com
Jessie @ The Acquired Sass
Umm since you’re the THIRD person to mention those TJs pretzel slims today I guess I best get my butt to TJs and pick some up before they sell out. Also, that JoJos variety pack looks like I could eat it all in one sitting, I mean, delicious, it looks delicious.
Oh I just love Gilmore girls!!!! I am also obsessed with Friends! I could watch it all day! Trader Joes is so fun during the holidays!
nicole @ pink elephant on parade
I enjoyed a lot of the trader joe’s holiday candies/foods but unfortunately they sell out so fast they’re usually gone in a couple days. Also: putting their chocolate covered minty mallow marshmallows in my s’mores cookies turned to be unexpectedly delightful (they totally melted and became crunchy/chewy delightful.
MMmmmm Trader Joe’s! I wish I had one closer. I love their holiday teas, but haven’t been able to get down there to get some yet. Hopefully soon :-)
LOVE Gilmore Girls. Definitely “my” favorite show! Also I listen to music about 50/50. If I am on trails I try not to, if I am running at night in the dark I try not to.. but daytime runs in the city – music all the way.
Katherine @ Sweet. Southern. Run.
I love your new tunes! I’m always looking for new songs to add to my playlist, thanks for sharing! LOVE Gilmore Girls too! And I’m with you on the carb-loading. I’ve got a 22 miler this weekend…only 3 weeks until my marathon!
Traditions are what make holidays so memorable and thank you for sharing some of yours with us! Hmm, I am a huge pretzel fan and I will have to get some. You cannot beat Peppermint.
Margaret @ Simple Fit Foodie
I listen to music 100% of the time unless I am running/working out with someone. Running tunes are VERY important to me too!
Trader joes has such amazing stuff I wish there was one closer to me!!! Everything yo get from there makes me start drooling.
I am on a greys anatomy kick currently. Been watching all the old episodes starting at season one. Now I am on season 6. Thanks Netflix.
I bet those pretzels would be amazing. I’ve made a version of those with regular pretzel twists, but the thin pretzel would bring it to a new level.
MY show is Friday Night Lights…it’s the only show that I’ve watched all the episodes twice. I’m usually the kind of person who never rewatches anything.
i always listen to music while running, and my show would be Scandal. ahhhhh obsessed!
The cocoa-drizzled kettlecorn is amazing right now at Trader Joe’s.. also the Jingle Jangle is in a tin and full of amazingness. You really can’t go wrong with the peanut butter cups–especially when you bake them into brownies. You might like the chocolate passport too.
My only show is Mr. Robot.. but it’s done for the season, so I’ve just been watching old seasons of Survivor which is uber distracting while on the treadmill because they are often doing intense physical challenges.
LOVE the video of Brooke dancing.
Amanda B @ Cupcakes & Miles
“My” show would have to be Friends or Full House; although, I do enjoy watching Gilmore Girls!
Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me
I love videos of Brooke! Her dancing totally brightened my morning- love it! Also, I am making my way through Gilmore Girls for the first time, and I am LOVING it.
My show: I Love Lucy. :)
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona
I like Gilmore Girls as much in reruns as I did when it was first one TV.
100%. Might as well stop running if there’s no music :-).
You might block me from this site for saying this, but I’m not a TJ girl. I have tried really hard to like it, but I just don’t understand the fascination. And Covert Affairs is my current binge watch show.
I almost always listen to music while I run, unless I am running with someone.
Castle is MY show.
I recently have been watching Gilmore Girls though as my oldest daughter starting watching it on Netflix :)
I only run with music on long runs and for speed work. I enjoy the quiet!
Love the video ~ girl’s got moves!!
Thank you so much for sharing your music. That is awesome! I normally don’t run with music, but when I am on the treadmill, I need it for sure.
Currently, my show is SUITS!
I love music for running! I use it about 50% of the time, I try to save it for hard runs or speed workouts when I need a little boost. Parenthood is still my favorite show and I get choked up through most of the episodes even though I know how it all ends. I love it! Happy running!
I actually listen to music only about 10% of the time I run, if that. Podcasts would make up another 40% or so, but lately I’ve been running more and more with my headphones in but listening to nothing.
I’ve started digging into Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter again… Thank goodness the jar is almost gone or this could get out of control.
I watched Gilmore girls lastnight on Netflix! I have been re-watching it forever and am finally on the last two episodes, Logan just asked Lorelei if he could marry Rory, I always hated that she broke his heart and said no! I hope they bring them back together for the new episodes!
I hate running on the treadmill but just ran listening to billboards top 100 hits from the year 2000, I actually enjoyed my run! First time ever that I didn’t constantly stare at the time!
Rachel @ Simply Rachel Nicole
I LOVE listening to music when I am running on the treadmill, and if I am not watching a show on my iPad, then I am most definitely listening to it. I will have to try out some of these songs. I need new ones bad@ :)
I listen to music 100 % of the time and I want to dance like Brooke! :)
There’s a new season of Serial out… Currently saving me from treadmill death.
The Hungry Runner Girl
THANK YOU for reminding me… you are saving me now from treadmill death:)
I just started watching Gilmore Girls about a month ago on Netflix. I’m almost done with season 2. I love it!
I wish we had a Trader Joes nearby! Everyone says it’s so awesome! I almost always listen to music, I feel like my runs go so much slower if I don’t!
Caitlyn @ Candid Cerebrations
Oh man I will definitely have to get some of those TJ cookies. I’m hosting a Friendsmas and those look like an amazing dessert. I’ve never tried any of their cookies =/
My show is either Gilmore Girls or Grey’s Anatomy, I can’t pick.
We have similar music taste. I bet you would love ‘bird set free’ by Sia
The Hungry Runner Girl
THANK YOU for the recommendation! Just downloaded it because of you and I love it!
I really need to go to TJs again. I need to plan this for my Christmas Break!
My show is Big Bang Theory. Its so funny!
Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine
I also wrote about those pretzel slim’s from TJs in my post today too! My husband and I are obsessed! Once we open a bag we go through it in like an hour. I think we need to stock up before they are gone for the season.
I LOVE gilmore girls!!! i quote them often, “oy with the poodles already!” I also love buffy, thats been my show since high school. and charmed and i am slowly collecting the veronica mars series.
I listen to music even when running with someone. I don’t wear headphones so any running partners benefit, too. I had a guy compliment me on play list during a recent race. I said thanks and proceeded to beat his a**. I was quite pleased with myself because he was taller and younger.
Love Gilmore Girls!!!
I’d love to be one of those Zen people who run in silence, just listening to nature etc etc but I need me some tunes to keep motivated! I save my ultimate playlist for my long runs and just play whatever’s trending on Spotify the rest of the time :)
Jennifer in NS
Yeah for Classified!!!!Nova Scotia pride!!! My inner ninja & that ain’t classy are also great running tunes from him! Invincible by Cassadee Pope is pretty awesome too! Music is a must! Unless running with a friend. I want TJ’s in Canada! Can we trade a couple of dozen donuts for some of those Peppermint pretzels and that pancake mix you always have? :) SUITS!!!! And Gilmore girls of course!
Fall and Winter at Trader Joe’s is so fun- so many delicious items!