50 Running Songs for Kara's Ragnar Relay Race

My baby is running the Ragnar Relay (Wasatch Back here in Utah) this weekend. Their team is called The Ragnarchy. This fall she will run the Ragnar in Las Vegas. She'll get medals for each as well as the "Saints and Sinners" for running both races in the same year.  I ran with her last year, and we had a blast with our team as everything about the experience was fun (except the running!). I hurt my feet with plantar fasciitis and am not running anymore. However, I'm volunteering for her team to show my support that way. Further, I put together the following running songs playlist for her and her team (GREAT Relationship Principle: Support your partner in their interests). These songs are (loosely) related to running, the shoes you run in, the road you run on, and the race itself. I thought I'd put this up for you any of my readers who are alos runners and are looking for some great songs to motivate you on your runs. Enjoy. What songs would YOU add? List them in the comments below! Thanks!

  1. The Long Run, The Eagles
  2. Runnin With The Devil, Van Halen
  3. Runnin' Shoes, The Fabulous Thunderbirds
  4. Running To Stand Still, U2
  5. Runnin' Down a Dream, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  6. Where Are We Runnin'?, Lenny Kravitz
  7. It Keeps You Running, The Doobie Brothers
  8. Take the Money and Run, Steve Miller Band
  9. Trouble Comes Running, Spoon
  10. Run, Baby, Run, Sheryl Crow
  11. These Boots Are Made for Walking, Loretta Lynn
  12. Run Like Hell, Pink Floyd
  13. Easier To Run, Linkin Park
  14. I Ran (So Far Away), A Flock of Seagulls
  15. Homestar Runner Theme, Homestar Runner
  16. Run Devil Run, Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
  17. Sinnerman, Nina Simone
  18. Blue Suede Shoes, Elvis Presley
  19. New Shoes, Paolo Nutini
  20. Run Don't Walk, Hey Monday
  21. Run Daddy Run, Miranda Lambert Feat. The Pistol Annies
  22. Life In The Fast Lane, The Eagles
  23. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
  24. Runnin', Heartless Bastards
  25. Goody Two Shoes, Adam Ant
  26. Run Back to Your Side, Eric Clapton
  27. Run Around Sue, Dion and the Belmonts
  28. Break My Stride, Matthew Wilder
  29. Boogie Shoes, KC And The Sunshine Band
  30. Dog Days Are Over, Florence And The Machine
  31. Ready, Set, Go!, Tokio Hotel
  32. Run Riot, Def Leppard
  33. Runaway Boys, Stray Cats
  34. Runaway, Avril Lavigne
  35. Speed Racer, Devo
  36. Rat Race, Bob Marley & The Wailers
  37. 500 Miles, The Proclaimers
  38. Check Yes Juliet, We The Kings
  39. Six Days On The Road, George Thorogood & The Destroyers
  40. He's Goin The Distance, Cake
  41. Fool in the Rain, Led Zeppelin
  42. Country Roads, John Denver
  43. Fast As You, Dwight Yoakam
  44. King of the Road, Roger Miller
  45. Road Trippin', Red Hot Chili Peppers
  46. Footloose, Kenny Loggins
  47. Walking In Your Footsteps, The Police
  48. Get on the Good Foot, James Brown
  49. Hit the Road Jack, Buster Poindexter
  50. The Long And Winding Road, The Beatles

What songs would YOU add? List them in the comments below! Thanks!

Frugality in the Age of Excess

20111226-125531.jpg Last night in bed Kara looks at my pathetically hammered headphones (thanks kids!) that I had temporarily fixed with Gorilla Tape (think duct tape on steroids) and commented that she should've gotten me some new ones for Christmas. I told her, with a boyish twinkle in my eye she's familiar with, "Oh, no! Thanks, but I'm glad you didn't because I have plans for these." She knows me well enough to know that if anyone can fix something and make something last that I can.

There's an old pioneer saying I've always admired that goes as follows:

Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without."

The modern-day version being:

Reuse. Repurpose. Recycle."

Thus, this morning in 10 minutes with a few rivets and a saved bracket from a prior project I not only have very sturdy and highly functional headphones (saved from the landfill, and money saved in my pocket) I also have a simple and enjoyable, "Cool! Look what I did!" sense of pride.

Then there's Kara. No one can find a deal like Kara. She is one of the most well-dressed (read: smokin' hot!) people I know. She stays fashionable and current. Always lovely. She wears nice clothes of fine quality. She can walk out of pricey Banana Republic with a an excited gleam in her own eye for some ridiculously awesome deal she found: She wears $300 outfits for which she's paid $30. How does she do this? She has a careful eye for great fashion, high quality and awesome deals combined with the patience and contentment to wait for just the right moment to pounce. "Instant gratification" is not in her vocabulary. "Wisdom," "ingenuity" and "cleverness" are though.

Speaking of which, she is one of the most contented people I know. She's said many times, "I can have it all, just not all at once." This is good, because for most of our marriage it was tiiiight financially.

To further illustrate her resourcefulness, one of our grad school friends, who were also as dirt poor as we were, had near-to-nothing left in their cupboard. She asked Kara to come over to help her figure out dinner because, "Kara can make something out of nothing!" It's true. No matter how poor we've been we've always eaten extremely well.

As a team, we've taken pride in our ability to figure things out. In our house, you frequently hear the above quotes above along with the following:

Make the best with what you've got."

The fine art of 'making do'."

and

Necessity is the mother of invention."

For us, individually and as a couple, frugality, contentment and creativity have done a lot to strengthen not only our characters but also our marriage.

In the age of excess we live in there is still (fortunately) plenty of room for, and plenty need of, frugality.

Q: What correlates do you see in this frugal/resourceful principle in regards to your relationships with partner and children? Give your answer below...