Category Archives: music, playlists

Marathon All-Stars Playlist

I’m on the fence about listening to music while running a marathon, but sometimes you just need it.  I’ve ran only 1 marathon with zero music.  The other three I put on music at some point after mile 13.  My rule is to get through at least the first half without. That way you feed off the crowd, enjoy the experience and have something left in your bag of tricks if you need it.

This was my NYC Marathon Playlist:

  • Lean On –Major Lazor <–obsessed with this song
  • Wildest Dreams–Taylor Swift <–I’m becoming such a T-Swizzle fan in my old age
  • Sugar – Maroon 5
  • Chandelier – Sia
  • Started from the Bottom – Drake <–great end of race song
  • Clarity- Zedd
  • Rip Tide – Vance Joy
  • Jump Around – House of Pain
  • Shut Up and Dance- Walk the Moon
  • SummerThing – Afrojack
  • Worth It- Fifth Harmony
  • Fight Song-Rachel Platten
  • Style- Taylor Swift
  • Can’t Feel My Face- Weeknd
  • The Hills – Weeknd
  • Honey, I’m Good- Andy Grammer
  • Thinking Out Loud-Ed Sheeran
  • Turn Down for What-Lil Jon & DJ Snake
  • Original Don – Major Lazor
  • All About that Bass-Meghan Trainor
  • Shake It Off-Taylor Swift <–great shake out song
  • The ENTIRE ALL DAY Album – Girl Talk
  • Applause – Lady Gaga
  • Get Me Bodied – Beyonce
  • Blurred Lines- Robin Thicke
  • Best of Me – Morningwood
  • The Edge of Glory-Lady Gaga <–another good one for the end of the race
  • Let it Rock-Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne
  • Problem- Ariana Grande
  • This is How We Do – Katy Perry
  • Good Life- One Republic
  • Welcome to New York – Taylor Swift

Happy Sweating :)


Summer Workout Playlist

Ahh…summertime.  Could there even be a better summer song than Summertime by The Fresh Prince? I was originally going to post the songs that I am currently listening to on repeat; however, I think some summer-themed hits may be in order before the last precious weeks of summer slip away.

But if you are  curious, I’m listening to a lot of Worth It, Fight Song, Style, and I Can’t Feel My Face

Songs of Summer Workout Playlist 

Summertime – The Fresh Prince

Summertime Sadness ( Remix Version) – Lana Rey

Summer – Calvin Harris 

California Gurls – Katy Perry

I’m in Miami Bitch – LMFAO

Summertime – New Kids on the Block

Summer Love – Justin Timberlake

Hot in Herre – Nelly

Summerthing – Afrojack

Summertime Clothes – Animal Collective 

This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Mother – Maroon 5 



I love summer. So much.   I never want it to end.  Likewise, I’ve got a summer playlist on rotation that I can listen to over and over!  Check it out if you need to power through your next longish run!

  1. Original Don — Major Lazor (I’m loving this type of sound lately!)
  2. Applause — Lady Gaga (pumps me right up!)
  3. Dark Horse — Katy Perry
  4. Talk Dirty — Jason Derulo (silly lyrics, but contagious chorus!)
  5. Turn Down For What? — Lil Jon (Turn down for nothing!)
  6. Fancy — Iggy Azalea
  7. Summer — Calvin Harris (Song of Summer?)
  8. Magic — B.o.B (reminds of an 80’s McDonalds commercial, but I still love it!)
  9. Problem—Ariana Grande (Had no idea who this was until recently)
  10. Pompeii — Bastille (Like this one for the end of a run)

Running Playlist Winter 2013

What a sunny, snowy Saturday we have in NYC!  It’s always so bright when in snows, it makes me forget how short the winter days are!

This morning we had a date with Barry!  We got there about 15 minutes early, but true devotees apparently arrive much earlier.  I told Frank that it was probably best to do the treadmills first to get the running over with, apparently that is a popular strategy because the treadmills were gone instantly.  Hello, strength.

I grabbed 8 pound weights, in hindsight 10s would have been better.  Frank took 25s, which is just insane. This was only my second time (first time recap here), so I was expecting 15 minutes strength, 15 minutes running, 15 minutes strength, 15 minutes running.

However, after several sets of lunges with the booty bands, lots of arm work and some ab work, I started thinking, those people have been on the treadmill a LONG time.  Is this a 90 minute class?  A few minutes later, Joey announced it was a 30 on 30 off day!

Initially I wasn’t thrilled about this news, I think it’s easier mentally to get through 15 minutes on the treadmill, even if you know you have to do it twice.  However, it really wasn’t too bad.  Don’t get me wrong, there were several occasions where the last 15 seconds took everything I had and maybe a little more, but we didn’t have to go up to crazy insane speeds, topping out at 9MPH for no longer than 90 seconds. The structure was something like this…

DIY Treadmill Bootcamp (similar not identical BB):

  • 2 minute warm up at  6MPH
  • 5 minute climb (start at 7MPH and increase by .5 every minute until 9.0)
  • 1 minute recover
  • 5 minute ladder (start at 7MPH and increase by 1 MPH to 9.0 and then back down)
  • 1 minute recover
  • 5 minute climb (start at 7MPH and increase by .5 every minute until 9.0)
  • 3 minute sprint with incline (run at your top speed and increase incline to 3.0 at minute 2 and 6.0 for minute 3) x2
  • 1 minute recover
  • 90 second spring at incline of 8.0
  • 30 second recover
  • 30 second sprint

I’m definitely getting why people love Barry’s, you feel so accomplished at the end!

So back to the playlist, here is my latest. I’m definitely in love with it.

Warm Up:

Take a Walk-Passion Pit (who I saw at the Garden last night!)


Sweet Nothing–Calvin Harris

Locked out of Heaven--Bruno Mars

Don’t Stop the Party–Pitbull (really love this for a good push)


Thrift Shop–Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Scream & Shout– (can I just say, thank god for Britney Bitch?)

Don’t You Worry Child–Swedish House Mafia

I Knew You Were Trouble–Taylor Swift <–Favorite T Swizzle song of all time

Beauty and a Beat–Justin Bieber feat Nicki Minaj

Ho Hey–Lumineer

Cool Down:

Suit and Tie–JT


September Playlist!

I’ve got to admit, lately my playlists have been pretty mainstream.  I just haven’t been finding the fun indie music as much as I used to. That said, top 40s tunes have never left me wanting more in the gym.  These are my favorite jams for the start of fall…

  1. Some Nights-Fun.  I’m loving Fun lately.
  2. Titanium-David Guetta. I can’t get enough of this one.
  3. One More Night–Maroon 5.  Adam Levine has been on fire lately and this is one of my current fans.
  4. Everybody Talks-Neon Trees. Fun, fast, catchy.
  5. Blow Me–Pink. Not a huge Pink fan, but this is good for a sweat sesh.
  6. Brokenhearted–Karmin. Another light, easy to get into song.
  7. Good Time--Owl City and Carly Rae Jenson.  This song is pretty cheesy, but download it maybe?
  8. Where Have You Been–Rihanna. Good for the club, good for cardio.
  9. Let’s Go–Calvin Harris and Neyo–ditto above.
  10. Next YearTwo Door Cinema Club. A nice alternative treat for a change.
  11. Clique–Jay-Z and Kanye.  Good for my rap lovers.
  12. Good Girl–Carrie Underwood. Good for my country lovers.

Happy listening!

Swagger and Swing Playlist

One of my favorite things about watching sporting events live is the music that’s played.  In (college) basketball, it’s the music the play during timeout and half time.  In baseball, it’s the music the players walk out to bat to.  Or the pitchers walk to the mound to.

Being as I have been to my fair share of Yankees games–1.5 last weekend alone–I often get inspired by their high energy music choices and want to add them to my workout playlists.

While I was hoping that there would be a more accessible database of Yankees at bat songs, I was able to pull together a playlist of songs endorsed by the NYYs–past and present players. This mix is all about confidence and determination.  Apparently for the yankees, confidence involves a lot of Jay-Z.

As a final piece of Yankees news, I recently found out the Curtis Granderson actually has a fundraising team for the NYC marathon.  Curtis is very involved in helping you and all the members of his marathon team raise money for the Grand Kids Foundation.  You can find out more about his NYC Marathon team here. The major perk: meeting Granderson!

Fitness Faves and How He Do Playlist

I have had the pleasure of doing a guest post for Jenny of Have Your Cake!  Hop over to her blog and checkout my top five fitness must have of the moment.

I just realized that it has been a really long time since I have done a playlist.  Playlists used to be one of the few signatures of the blog.  I haven’t been listening to anything life changing, although super mash bros is almost in that category—thanks Dori!

So I asked the boy what he listens to at the gym, here’s what he’s got…


For a throwback (and running), try

He also mentioned, “obvi, anyone who has ever seen Bill seek the Queen’s help knows that the best song ever is New World In My View by King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan.”  Ominous, yes.  Workout song? questionable.

I should mention I almost stopped dating Frank when very early on he told me one of his favorite songs was The Sweater Song by Weezer.  Classic yes, but not a song that should be in the top five favorites.  Fortunately, since then he has proven that he does, in fact, have decent-excellent taste in music.and here we are today.

We are headed to a wedding in Rochester tomorrow, so blogging may be sparse over the weekend.  Wish us luck on our first “on the road” long run!

Rockin’ Reader Playlist

You all know I LOVE my workout music.  Lately, I’ve been listening to some slower (but awesome) songs by The Upwelling (American Girls is amazing) and Urban Sun—both great NY-based indie bands. And, of course, Little Boots, but not enough variety to create a full-blown, heart-pumping playlist.

Just when I was really in the need of new music and struggling to create a playlist for the blog, Jessica, a reader from NJ, sent me the most phenomenal playlist.  In the words of Rachel, I kind of have a boner for this playlist! It has a few of my favorite workout songs, and quite a few songs  I didn’t know, but instantly fell in love with.  Moreover, it combines indie and mainstream jams to create a list with great pop/rock tunes and fantastic top 40 tracks (which always have a loveable splash of cheesiness).

Thank you so much Jessica for this serendipitous playlist! I need to buy stock in iTunes asap!

1. Best of Me- Morningwood
2. Broken Strings– James Morrison
3. Cat & Mouse– Nikki & Rich
4. Certain Tragedy– Saves the Day
5. Dollhouse– Priscilla Renea
6. Giving up the Gun– Vampire Weekend
7. Horchata– Vampire Weekend
8. Hotel Song– Regina Spektor
9. How Far We’ve Come– Boyce Avenue
10. Infinitely Red– Matthew Loiacano
11. Jai Ho– A.R. Rahman, Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah & Mahalaxmi Iyer
12. Just Fine– Mary J. Blige
13. Love Like This (feat. Sean Kingston)- Natasha Bedingfield
14. New in Town- Little Boots
15. Next Best Thing– Nikki & Rich
16. Nothin’ On You (feat. Bruno Mars)- B.o.B.
17. Obsessed– Mariah Carey
18. Radio– Beyonce
19. Remedy- Little Boots
20. Say Hey (I Love You) [feat. Cherine Anderson]- Michael Franti & Spearhead (This song will always make me think of Dori)
21. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)- Beyonce
22. Up Up & Away– Kid Cudi
23. Wait a Minute (Feat. Timbaland)- The Pussycat Dolls
24. What’s Your Name- Usher Feat.
25. What I’m Trying to Say– Stars

Shed It and Get It Playlist!

Hi Ya’ll,

We have an exciting guest post from one of my favorite bloggers, Rachel of Shedding It.   I don’t know if there is anything  that make me laugh as hard as Rachel’s Shed Theater videos.  And there are few things more useful than her great playlists!  On that note, I’ll let her take over…

Hey everyone! I’m Rachel from Shedding It & Getting It, and I’m a big fan of Melissa’s blog.

One of the main things that made me love Fitness NYC so much is her dedication to good music! I hate working out without a baller playlist to motivate me. It’s not just there as background music — I used it to set my tempo and incline and to stay engaged when I’m working out. (And entertained — to be honest, sometimes I LOL in the gym at the awesomely bad lyrics these rappers pull out.)

I usually go for themed playlists to help me set the mood, and so for my role as guest DJ, I decided to go with a Sexy Techie playlist. I’m a workout geek — I rely on my Shuffle, my fitness apps, my performance sports bras, my heart rate monitor, and a whole lot of other expensive gear to keep me motivated! And, of course, I rely on 50 Cent and JT offering, “I’m tired of using technology/Why don’t you sit down on top of me?” Um, as soon as I finish this set, I will!

  • Radio (Beyonce)
  • Electric Feel Justice Remix (MGMT)
  • Tape Song (The Kills)
  • Telephone Ghislain Poirier Remix (TTC)
  • Ayo Technology (50 Cent)
  • Phonography (Britney Spears)
  • Electric City (Black Eyed Peas)
  • Call Me (Blondie)
  • LOL :-) (Trey Songz)
  • Video Phone (Beyonce)
  • RoboCop (Kanye West)
  • Got Your Number (Nadia Oh)
  • Timebomb (Beck)
  • E-Mail My Heart (Britney Spears)
You can judge that last song, but after a hard workout, cooling down while the 15-year-old Britney croons, “It’s been hours, seems like days, since you went away…” is totally cathartic.

Gridiron Run and Blogger Brunch

Wow, another weekend gone too soon.  The busier they are, the faster they fly by.

Sunday was the highly anticipated Blogger Run and Brunch!  I stayed overnight at a friend Derek’s apartment near the park, so I wouldn’t have to get up too early for the 9AM race.  Turns out my friend Derek’s girlfriend is a runner, so she actually joined the race with me, borrowing Katherine’s bib and dtag. We somehow way overestimated the amount of time it would take us to jog three blocks to the park, so we arrived to empty corrals at 8:15 with 45 minutes left to freeze our butts off.  So we decided to stay warm by jogging around. After running down a very quiet and chilly Madison Ave for a while, we headed back over to the start.  Unfortunately, I didn’t see any of the lovely blogger bunch anywhere :(.

A few minutes before the race started, I lost Meg to a last minute restroom run. So I set off on my own.  Meg hadn’t mentioned how much of a runner she was, but I found out that she has run many marathons and was even a pace coach in California.  I am happy she didn’t have me to slow her down!  My race, though solitary, went smoothly.  I took it really easy the first mile.  I had to ditch my gloves and tuck the little hand fabric in the sleeves of my running jacket around my cuffed fingers to ease the intense burning going on.  Once the icy pain eased, I happily sailed along until around mile two, when a six year old passed me, and I decided I better start picking it up a bit.  When I reached mile 3, I realized I had taken it way too easy.  I had never felt so fresh at that point in a race before.  Since the last mile of the race was all downhill, I really tried to go for it.  Fortunately, my playlist had some great sprint songs at the end.  I finished pretty strong, but knew I could have ran much much harder overall.

Here was my totally randomly thrown together Gridiron Playlist.  It ended up being great, I skipped You’re So Damn Hot and finished the race just as Kill the Director was starting.  It was a good mix of new and old favs.


My time was actually my second fasted 4 miler with NYRR, but much slower than my 8:50 Turkey Trot Pace.

My official time was 38:21.

I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find Meg at the end, but she was right there as I crossed the finish.  She finished in a speedy 32:08!

After the race, the real fun began.  I dashed back to D’s to pick up my stuff, take off my bottom layer and throw on some jeans and then went to meet up with several of my favorite ladies!  This of course included my blog crush, and NYC guest of honor, Meghann!  Graduate Meghann is one of two blogs I don’t have on my google reader because I never go a day without checking it at least once—pure runspiration! Meghann is now fully aware that I am a creepy stalker.  Happy Birthday BTW!  And the other lovely lady is my friend, neighbor and fellow blogger Ashley. How are you so glowing and fresh after the race, Ash?

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Brunch at Arte was great.  It gave me a chance to catch up with Dori, Heather, Katie, Jesse and several other great bloggers and runners! I hope to run and brunch with you all soon.  I am thinking of signing up for the Shamrock and the NYRR8000, anyone else?

Group Shot Gridiron 4 Mile

After brunch ended, I headed to work for a few hours, and then to help a friend get ready for a superbowl party. While I like football okay, I love the superbowl,  and I fully embraced the opportunity to do some baking!

Images graciously used from Google Images to represent likeness.

I made Southern Style Cornbread adapted from the amazing Angelica Kitchen recipe pg 158:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup ww flour
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • few dashed garlic powder
  • 1 cup skim milk or butter milk
  • 1/4 EVO
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.  delicious

I made one of my favorite desserts of all time:


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  • 1 ¾ cups unsifted flour
  • 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup cold margarine or butter
  • 2 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (or chocolate morsels)

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar and cocoa. Cut in margarine until crumbly (mixture will be dry). Reserving 2 cups crumb mixture, press remainder on bottom of 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes. In large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in Eagle Brand until smooth. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Pour over prepared crust. Combine nuts (or morsels) with reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle evenly over cheese mixture. Bake 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Cool. Chill. Cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator.

Finally for a super simple, yet very impressive appetizer, I made

Caprese Skewers

  • bocconcini (mozzarella balls)–find very very fresh!
  • sweet cherry tomatoes (or grape in a pinch)
  • fresh basil leaves
  • s+p
  • evoo and balsamic
  • dried oregano

Simple skewer the mozzarella on a toothpick/skewer, follow with a basil leave and one tomato.  Around completed skewers on a platter and drizzle with EVOO, BV, Salt, Pepper and dried oregano. Viola.  As long as your ingredients are super fresh and high quality, this will be molto bene! I stole the idea from Miss RR

Also on the extensive party menu was: a whole roasted turkey, chili, two types of ziti with homemade sauce, white sweet potato fries, fresh guac, bean dip, chocolate chip cookies, banana pudding, baby carrots (all me), chips, pretzels, fried cheese sticks, tacitos, mini pizza, nuts, candy corn, and beer.  I think there were more food options than interceptions and completions combined. lol.

I hope you all enjoyed the superbowl/and or the commercials.  If anyone is interested here are some of the songs played in the commercials.  It includes Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear, which Gena recently put on a mix for me and I LOVE. Also, here’s what happened if you called Barney!

Hope you all had a great Monday!  I hope to finally put together my next NYC post soon!