Some days I wake up and just don’t feel like running. It’s easy to make excuses to stay in bed and not go outside into the cold. I’ve been trying to rationalize getting up and at it instead.

Living .2 miles away from the beach in Long Branch, New Jersey goes a long way in helping shake the sleep and laziness off. Seeing the sunrise has become a little bit like my religion. Not a terribly religious person by nature, watching the day begin from its onset is simply amazing. Not every day is blessed with a splendid sunrise. On days when it’s clear enough out, there’s no reason to miss it. There may not be one tomorrow or for several days.

Accomplishing a run of however many miles, feeling grateful for and happy with my place in the world along with seeing my fellow Long Branchers all before 7:00am can’t be beat. I’ve been wanting to get back to blogging so I’m going to try starting with runspiration posts.

Today’s runspiration began like this:
My foot hurts, I don’t want to run or get up.
The sky is clear.
I can see dawn colors.
Lets walk to the beach.
The fence will be in the way.
Then walk to Pier Village.
Walking will take too long.
Ok let’s just run.

There always seems to be a song that comes on during my time out and it strikes me as timely. Today’s run song of the day: Dave Matthews – Oh

Seeing the surfers out at dawn made me add learning to surf to the summer, or post snowboarding, “to do” list.


New Jersey Half Marathon Song Mix Crowd Source

I have decidedly eclectic taste in music. It spans everything from classical to rap and only rejects country. I’m running the Long Branch Half Marathon part of The New Jersey Marathon this coming Sunday and my current music mix is nothing better than an annoying mess. It needs to be redone but I need and would love your help.

The songs I love to hear aren’t always the “best running songs” but ones that have a funny memory, a good story or even a good beat. Here’s a list of some of my keepers but would love your input in the comments on your favorite songs and why I should add them to the mix. Your choices will help fuel my two (hopefully a teensy bit less) hours pounding the pavement Sunday.

Battleflag – Lofidelity Allstars

Damn It Feels Good To Be a Gangsta – Geto Boys

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall – ColdPlay

Float On -Modest Mouse

Ho Hey – The Lumineers

Kiss Me I’m Shitfaced – Drop Kick Murphys

Marchin On – One Republic

Mind on the Road – Rev Run

Money Grabber – Fitz & The Tantrums

Move Along – All American Rejects

Never Win – Fischerspooner

Paper Planes – from Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack

Paradise – Coldplay

Possum Kingdom – Toadies

Promise – Eve 6

Run – Snow Patrol

The Second Coming – Juelz Santana

Shake It Out – Florence & the Machines

Song 2 – Blur

Son’s Gonna Rise – Citizen Cope

Why I Am – Dave Matthews

Earlier excellent input from the Twitter includes: @StevenDiMartino “Gonna Fly Now” and @AnthonySinagoga Foster The People “Call It What You Want” – Thank You!!

I have my bib number 17295, I’ve trained and raised money to Kick Cancer Overboard.  All that’s left to do is the tunes and finish the race in under 2 hours.