Monday, May 31, 2010

"On Memorial Day, Remember the Mothers, Children, Wives and Lovers Too"

I'm not entirely sure how Memorial Day started as a day dedicated to remembering our soldiers and is today a day for beers and barbecues.

For me, I don't know anyone directly fighting overseas. But I do know there are thousands scattered throughout, fighting for my freedom.

So before me and my family bring out the grill and hot dogs, I made sure to take a moment to read some news articles covering the holiday.

The picture in this post is taken from an article by Donna Trussell, "On Memorial Day, Remember the Mothers, Children, Wives and Lovers Too." It's a powerful photo taken by John Moore in 2007 and reminds me that we aren't just giving thanks to the soldiers fighting for us, but we are also giving thanks to their families.

It takes a brave, strong type of person to sign up and fight for your country but it takes an even stronger type of parent to let your child go into harm's way.

Fortunately, my experience with The Salem News gave me the opportunity to talk with two parents whose children are and were in the military.



One is a mother and Beverly resident, Elaine Woolaver whose son, Matthew, is a sergeant in the U.S. Army's 170th Infantry Division. His division fought in Iraq for 14 months, where he was a specialist with the Bradley tankers.

Read about his latest experience marching in Russia's Red Square Parade: "The Best Mother's Day Gift"

The other parent I got to speak with is Frank Schaeffer, a Salisbury author and father of a Marine, who speaks for the Operation Troop Support program. He has written numerous books about how he dealt with the stress of having a child in the Marines.

"At first it was just my ignorance of the military. It was gut-wrenching fear. It was a weird emotion of pride and fear mixed together. It was a new experience to be very proud of something and then be afraid of the consequences." -Frank

Read more of what Frank had to say in our Q&A here: "Marine Father, Author to Discuss Feelings of Pride and Fear"

So this Memorial Day, I'm giving thanks to the soldiers fighting for my freedom, and an even bigger thanks for the parents, who let their children do it.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Music, Shows and More to Look Forward to this Summer

Summer 2010 is filled with movie releases, award shows and sporting events that will have your heart racing this summer. Here are a few that I know I'm really looking forward to:


Books: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner- Stephanie Myers, June 5
Read about this character before you see the next Twilght movie.

Awards: MTV Movie Awards- June 6

Avatar or Eclipse? Rob or Taylor? Kristen or Sandra? You know you want to know who goes home with the Golden Popcorn.


Music: Thank Me Later- Drake, June 15

Most anticipated album of the year. Will Drake deliver?


Movies: The Twilight Saga Eclipse- June 30
Twilight was good. New Moon was better (cough Jacob cough)... how will females contain themselves in Eclipse?


Holidays: July 4th
Memorial Day kicks off summer but July 4 kicks of the summer fun


Sports: 2010 Conoco Phillips National Championships in Irvine, CA- August 3 to August 7
I can't wait for London 2012 but until then, I'll watch whatever I can of my favorite swimmers: Natalie Coughlin, Ryan Lochte and of course- Michael Phelps.

TV Shows:
The Hills Season Finale- TBA
It started as a "reality show" and is now the new "Dr. 90210 meets Maury."



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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Building The Destruction



I wrote this poem after watching the news in Fall 2009. I realized then that our world is slowly deteriorating and we have only ourselves to thank. With all news coverage on the oil spill, I realized this poem really isn't that insane..........


Building the Destruction

The world
is building its own
Destruction:

Housewives crowd shops,
Doctors become the disease,
Girls competing to be America’s Next Top Model.

The world is visibly torn:
Shores drown the world as a stage gets curtained.

Once,
Housewives stayed at home
and took care of their kids.

Once,
Doctors raced to homes
to save a life.

But now,
the world is gasping for life.

Now,
Housewives make for an entertaining TV show.
Now,
Doctors can create the perfect body.

The world is on the verge of vertigo—
f
a
ll
ing
to the
depths of destruction.




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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Real World is causing a Real Problem

I feel so fortunate to have a job this summer. I am currently a web content writer for Buyer Zone in Waltham, Mass.

I am working with three other interns under a really great team of young, business professionals who are helping people every day.

However, the one problem I have found is: finding the time to exercise.

I am very athletic and have always incorporated sports and exercise into my schedule. Even this past semester-- when I got a taste of the real world at my internship with The Salem News-- I was able to work out for 2 hours every day.

But now, my internship has unfortunately introduced me to the infamous 95south/128South AM traffic that everyone in Massachusetts complains about.

You see, I have to wake up at 6 A.M and be out the door by 7 A.M. I spend 20 minutes driving on side streets, only to find myself spending the next 50 minutes crawling on the highway. I eventually pick up speed and drive another 10 minutes to my exit.

Basically, the drive is supposed to take 30 minutes but clearly doesn't. With this commute, how will I ever find the time to exercise?

Now, if you are thinking to yourself, "well that's dumb, finding time to exercise isn't such a big deal," let me just say (politely) WRONG! It's a very BIG deal!

Here's why:





And guess what...... four years later, scientist, doctors and medical researchers are still saying the same thing: you need to find time to exercise.

So yea, it's a big deal for me that I am struggling to find the time to visit my gym. I am a morning person and love starting my day at the gym......but now I start it sitting in a car for two hours.

HOWEVER, I refuse to let work get in the way of my health; and as a result, I have made a vow to myself to: eat even healthier, drive straight to the gym after work, and squeeze in any exercise I can during the day.

Want to know how I plan to do that? Here's how:




If you have any exercise tips or advice, please add them in the comments.....


P.S.
Exercise doesn't always need to be a chore. Check out this fun/fitness article about how these business women handled their health: Instant Recess


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Sunday, May 23, 2010

My Summer Reading List

I love to read; I always have a book in my purse or resting on my nightstand. After a long day at work, there is nothing that relaxes me more than reading on my couch, bed or hammock.

Last summer I read all of Philippa Gregory's historic fiction novels with favorites being: The Boelyn Inheritance, The Constant Princess, The Other Queen and The Queen's Fool.

The summer before that was dedicated to Nicholas Sparks with favorites: The Guardian, At First Sight, Dear John and A Bend in the Road.

This summer, I plan on becoming familiar with author, Stieg Larsson. My mother swears by his two novels The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire, so naturally I became interested.

I am now even more excited to read his work because they are going to make The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo into a Hollywood movie, starring Brad Pitt and an unknown/celebrity actress.

As a writer, a book is an incredible tool. Reading other authors' pieces of work teaches me how to "set up" a story: Nicholas Sparks is the master of creating suspense and throwing in numerous plots while still keeping it organized. Philippa Gregory is an expert in turning history into entertainment by connecting the reader to the character.

So when I find an author that I like, I try to stick with them. I learn everything I can about their personal style and try and apply it into my own writing -- creative non fiction and news stories.

As a result, this summer I will be reading:

-Stieg Larsson: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

-C.W. Gortner: Confessions of Catherine DeMedecci (release date: May 25)
I just finished his book, The Last Queen about Catherine of Aragon's older sister, Juana. It was an incredible story about Spain's last queen's struggle to keep her throne. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Philippa Gregory's writing.

-Stephanie Myers: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (release date: June 5)
I loved the Twilight Series and loved The Host even more. Stephanie Myers has an incredible talent in creating characters who you can relate to. By the end of the book, you feel as if you know them; this is so important in keeping a reader intrigued in every page.

-Philippa Gregory: The Red Queen (release date: August 19)

As said before, Gregory is one of my favorites. I read her book The White Queen which is part 1 of a trilogy Gregory is working on about Henry VIII's grandmother. I can't wait to start reading this book. If you liked The Other Boelyn Girl, you'll love this series.




-Nicholas Sparks: Save Haven (release date: September 14)
Sparks is finally taking his characters out of North Carolina and putting them in Italy. I'm interested to see how the different geographic will play a role on him setting up the plot. I have no doubts that Sparks will do a fantastic job.


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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rain



Today's rainy day reminded me of a narrative essay I wrote: It was imitating one of Annie Dillard's essays in her book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. With all the rain happening this year, I wanted to share my take on it.....



RAIN ● Ten years ago, I grew interested in rain. Why does it rain? Where does it come from? I thought rain was God crying at the evil that inhabited the world: school shootings infuriating God’s heart and then shattering His faith in His creations down below, and then rain. This, I learned, is not the truth.

Clouds make rain; their shape grows large and the water droplets form from warm air and start banging together forming even bigger drops. When the drops get heavy, they fall to street signs, leaves, cars, roofs and statues—the water droplets to drenched lands.

Rain falls over everything. If you stay still, rain buries you, ready or not. The drops on the top of your heels or sandals fill puddles around you, and pretty soon your feet are drenched. The water rises over your ankles and up your calves. If you stand in line at the frat long enough, you and your friends will stand upright and drown like the Titanic’s passengers.

Regions of northern Japan slipped into the landslides as heavy rains fell upon them; thirty-five people swam into endless amounts of waters and drowned. “Emergency officials in Niigata province warned that even light rain could set off new landslides because the soil has been loosened by tremors and rain.”

Bolivia has been bombarded, according to the news reporter, who wrote “floods and torrential rain have devastated large parts of Bolivia causing a sharp rise in malaria and dengue.” South Korea’s center of the country was once hit with “the heaviest rainfall in thirty-seven years,” killing thirty-six people and leaving fourteen missing.

In 2000, there were 3,482 unintentional drowning in the United States, an average of nine people per day, according to U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. There are three ways to drown.

Drowning is death caused by suffocation when a liquid creeps into the body’s tube that absorbs oxygen and leads to the asphyxia.

Near drowning is saying that you inhaled water and are still undergoing serious secondary complications and can still die, even after the event.

Secondary drowning is death due to chemical or biological changes in the lungs after a near drowning incident.

According to Jewish religion, the Prayer for Rain is recited on Shemini Atzeret, as soon as the Lulav is laid down, when Jews are no longer commanded to dwell in the Succah: WHO CAUSES THE WIND TO BLOW AND THE RAIN TO FALL. Catholic farmers and gardeners alike all have to pray for rain periodically: O GOD, IN WHOM WE LIVE AND MOVE, AND HAVE OUR BEING, GRANT US RAIN IN DUE ABUNDANCE. THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD, AMEN. Be careful what you pray for.

Rain drowns. Water droplets soak. They fall as if thrown and whipped from the clouds. At heavenly heights earth’s weight pushes raindrops to all naked surfaces: dorms, drains, cracks between rocks and steps. Raindrops range from .0254cm to .635cm in diameter and fall between 7 and 18 miles per hour. In the fullness of each drop, your nose registers a musty smell; rain kicks up tiny particles and spores are released. So it’s not the rain you smell, but the bacteria.

Forty-two inches soaked Boston, Massachusetts six years ago. Eleven inches drenched Los Angeles, California in a year. Natanya, Israel was cooled off with twenty-one inches of “musty smell” in a year. Tegucigalpa, Honduras dried off thirty-six inches last year. Rain forests get nine feet of rain each year.

It’s a joke to think that we, humans, are invincible. I mean c’mon, look at Noah’s generation. Rain flooded the land and it took him days for a dove to fly through it all to tell him he and a bunch of animals are the only one’s left in the world. God was pissed then. Will he ever get pissed again?

The closer we grow to death, the more closely we follow the weather channel restating God’s steps to our inevitable demise. Day after day, without ever estimating when that final shower will be, I watch the weather channel. I read the city and region section of the news paper, click on the AOL.com weather tab and watch old guys telling me that more rain is to be expected in the month of April. I observe the animals’ tempers, but do not do anything but buy an umbrella.

Quick: Why aren’t you building a boathouse? On every continent, we raise houses, build trenches and pump pumps not only to keep dry, but to forestall drowning.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

My Semester at The Salem News

I just finished one of the best semesters of my college experience-- with The Salem News.

The writers, editors and photographers taught me more about the business than any 50-minute class could. I learned so much.

The most important thing that I learned was how important it is to have a good relationship with your editor. Essentially, having a good relationship can only improve your work. Journalism is a team effort. A story won’t make it to print if it isn’t for the writers and editors working together. At The Salem News, I saw first hand how important that is.

The internship also motivated me to pursue my dreams of becoming a journalist. I have always loved writing but this internship fueled my passion for reporting. I loved how every assignment gave me the chance to meet someone new or travel somewhere different. I loved how every day there was something new to learn. I honestly can’t remember a day when I was ever bored.

The internship also gave me the confidence to join social networks like Twitter and Blog Spot. At first I joined so my friends at UNH could keep up with what I was writing but soon I realized other people—strangers—were interested in what I was writing or blogging about.

This boosted my confidence as a journalist and showed me that I really did have something to offer to the world. That’s why I wanted to become a journalist in the first place: I wanted to teach people about different places, people and events.

Now I know I have the skills to do just that.

Check out my top 5 favorite articles I wrote during my semester at The Salem News:

1) Family History Sparks Dissertation on Nazis in Vienna
This story meant the most to me as a Jew.

2) The Best Mother's Day Gift
This story meant the most to me as a patriot.

3) Brooksby Helps Out Haitian Employees' Families Back Home
This was a chance to bring an international tragedy home.

4) Boxford Mom Wins Makeover
This was a fun, feel good story to write.

5) Coyote Gives Lowdown on Coyotes Q&A
This was the most fascinating to me.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Writer and Editor Etiquette: Part 2

The following is Part Two of a two-part series on (what I think) are the three most important characteristics you should have in a relationship with your editor.

In my 4 months at The Salem News, these three "etiquette tips" are what got me to the end of my internship with nothing but great respect and admiration for my editor.

After how many jobs can you say that you still liked your boss by the end?

An editor must be clear on what he/she wants in a story:


In another instance, two months later, I was reminded of how important it was to understand what the editor wants in a story. This happened with the North Shore 100 Magazine. I was responsible for profiling 16 people who were being featured.

By that point in my internship, I was so used to writing news stories that I almost forgot how to write feature stories. As a result, my start to profiling the 16 people was rough. I thought the point of the magazine was to profile the “good” the person did in the community. Fortunately, my editor caught this mistake on my first profile and explained that the magazine is supposed to depict the person behind the good work.

He coached me through the first two, reminding me to “humanize” the profile; taking a piece of their story and elaborating on that. My progress was clearly evident:

DawnMarie Corneau, 43, is the owner of the Corneau Wealth Management, where she has worked as a financial manager for the past 21 years. Since 2006, Corneau has been helping local business women through an organization she co-founded called Women in Networking Giving Support.

WINGS is a nonprofit organization of female business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals. Its mission is to educate and provide resources for businesswomen, and it also raises money for local charities, including Beverly Bootstraps and Windrush Farm in Boxford. “We are a part of this community, our clients are in this community, and we want to give back,” Corneau said.


It is obvious that I wasn’t witty and wasn’t creative. I finally got it right by the third person, Lisa Spence:

It could be humid, and it could be buggy, but Lisa Spence would still be outside harvesting fresh produce at Salem Community Gardens.

The 45-year-old wife and mother of two said it’s the “big smiles and appreciative people” that keep her watering and weeding at Palmer Cove and Mack Park.

Spence is the founder and co-president of Salem Community Gardens. The nonprofit allows gardeners to grow fresh produce and to plant a few plots specifically for food donations.
In this example, the reader gets the same amount of information but in a more appealing way. I would have never been able to write the way my editor wanted if it wasn’t for him clearly explaining what he wanted to see in each profile.

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If you find that this isn't a characteristic you and your editor have, work on opening up the lines of communication:

Journalism is a social business. If you can't talk to your editor, how do you interview complete strangers?

If intimidation is a factor, try looking at your editor as a coach and not a scary boss; His job is to help you write great stories. So as a part of his education, he was trained in how to communicate with a writer. If he's not doing that, it's because he doesn't know he's not.

You must communicate with him that you don't understand what he wants or what he is critiquing.

Read Writer and Editor Etiquette: Part 1

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Writer and Editor Etiquette: Part 1

The following is Part One of a two-part series on (what I think) are the three most important characteristics you should have in a relationship with your editor.

In my 4 months at The Salem News, these three "etiquette tips" are what got me to the end of my internship with nothing but great respect and admiration for my editor.

After how many jobs can you say that you still liked your boss by the end?

An editor must be clear and articulate when critiquing the reporter's work:

The first day at my internship was more eventful then I was expecting. Immediately, my editor sent me to cover a story at Brooksby Village, a retirement community in Peabody. I was to meet with two Haitian employees who were affected by the earthquake in Haiti. The reporting went great; they were open to answer all my questions and were able to communicate their pain.

On returning to the newsroom, I was excited to start writing their story. The first draft—to me—came out well. When I sent it to my editor, however, he gave me different feedback.

He reminded me about what makes news newsworthy. He explained that the reason he could send me to cover the story—two weeks after the earthquake—was because Brooksby had just recently raised over $10,000. The news wasn’t Rodner Chery or Paul Louisant’s story. The news was about how much money Brooksby raised.

Upon him telling me this, I ran back to my desk and started reorganizing the whole story. I moved everything about Brooksby first and pushed back Rodner and Paul’s touching stories. I felt confident and re-filed my story. Once again, I would be wrong.

My editor came over to my desk and wanted to look over the story together. He said I had written a completely different story which was not what he meant. All he meant to say was to move the news part of the story earlier in the article, but keep the Haitian employees anecdotes as the foundation because that is essentially the most intriguing part to the reader. Basically, a simple sentence change was all he wanted.

This was my first taste at how important it was for an editor to be clear on what he wants in a story. My editor didn’t know how to communicate with me because it was only my first day but when he tried again, I understood exactly what he meant.

Check out the final product: Brooksby Helps Out Haitian Employees' Families

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If you find that this isn't a characteristic you and your editor have, work on opening up the lines of communication:

Journalism is a social business. If you can't talk to your editor, how do you interview complete strangers?

If intimidation is a factor, try looking at your editor as a coach and not a scary boss; His job is to help you write great stories. So as a part of his education, he was trained in how to communicate with a writer. If he's not doing that, it's because he doesn't know he's not.

You must communicate with him that you don't understand what he wants or what he is critiquing.

Read Writer and Editor Etiquette: Part 2

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Animals in the News, The Big Picture:






(apparently they have a 'dog wash' machine in Tokyo).

My favorites from The Big Picture. There were plenty more so definitely check it out!



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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day



Before there was Sandra and Louis or Angelina and Maddox, there was Rebecca and Sylvia. On January 21, 1989, my mother joined a long list of adoptive mothers.

It's a blessing to be able to carry and care for a child for 9 months. It's even more of a blessing to have a heart strong enough to rescue someone else precious cargo.

This Mother's Day, I'm giving thanks to a woman who saved me and my sister from a fate worse than death. I'm giving thanks to the only woman in my life who wanted me to call her 'mom.' I'm giving thanks to the only woman who deserves the title.

Like Sandra said in her Oscar speech, give thanks to the "moms that take care of the babies and the children no matter where they come from."

Below is a narrative of what adoptive parents need to go through to become parents. It will give you a taste of what their will power is capable of doing for a child....



Adopted

I was disinherited, cast aside and disposed of, only to be chosen by another. Someone I barely knew gave me away to someone I grew to love. I was misplaced, only to be relocated. I was lost, but now I am found; I am adopted.

I am a part of the 1.7 million who have been chosen: Dave Thomas, Edgar Allen Poe, William Clinton, Faithhill and Tim McGraw included. One hundred and eighteen thousand adoptions, out of five million births take place in the United States every year. Thirteen percent of adoptees are foreign born, coming from exotic countries; five thousand kids are adopted each year from China, four thousand from Russia. Guatemala, South Korea and Ukraine give one thousand bouncing baby boys and girls each year.

In Tegucigalpa, Honduras, I was abandoned, and eleven months later, embraced. I was not given up on, because I am still here. Not neglected, but accepted. I did not get a kiss goodbye, but a hug hello.

Adoptive parents are the saviors who parent the rejected: Diane Keaton, George Lucas, Jamie Lee Curtis and Angelina Jolie. They liberate helpless children from a destiny filled with loneliness and no love. They support, not refuse. Acknowledge, not forget. Approve of, not ostracize.


Adoptive parents begin the long journey by searching agencies like the National Adoption Directory. Only after being screened, tested and inspected are they eligible to apply for a child. I am legally bound by my adoptive parents, and dismissed by my biological ones. My adoptive parents loved me, and taught me to love.

To humanity, adoptees are living the American dream and twisting the hands of fate, and given a second chance. However, society thinks the birth parents are the criminals because they neither cared for nor remembered their own children. This is not the case.

Studies show birth parents being diverse, but always loving their children and never forgetting them. They want their children to love them and think about them. Biological parents want them to know that they appeared before court for a briefing on the social, psychological and legal consequences of their decision.

Their child is referred to a family court in order to give legal consent for the adoption. Once legal consent has been given, the family court will notify an agency and request the child to a government orphanage.

Left in a hospital, neglected, abused and parentless, I went to the Centro de Hogar Temporal. For a brief period, I was one of the one hundred and thirty four thousand orphans who waited for someone to take them home. I was under the category of "abandoned child"-- a child whose parents were unknown, could not be found or who refused to care for their offspring. When up for adoption, adoptees are sent to a foster home by the agency, beginning an eight month process of signing papers and sending updated photos.

In a situation where being born was our crime and punishment, we came out innocent.
After the adoptive parents' search, legal documents are signed, adoptee transformation from one home to another takes place, tears are shed, and we are welcomed home; the process is complete.

We prove to be needed, not troubled. We are adored, not resented. We are lucky to be adopted.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Jams to Get You Through Your Jog

I probably wouldn't be as into music as I am if I wasn't a runner. Because I exercise and run daily, I'm constantly looking for new jams to update my 'workout playlist' to distract me from the miles ahead. As a result, I have come up with the order and genres in which your jogging jams should be played .....

1) R&B or alternative slow song:
Play a song with a slow but strong beat that will get you pumped up while your stretching and warming up. It's got to be energetic enough to get you started but slow enough to gradually raise your heart rate.
My choice: 'Your Love' by Nicki Minaj.

2) Country or pop song:
Play a song that is happy and upbeat. It's the beginning of your jog so you're not tired and therefore don't need a song with a strong beat to run to. Just something to get you going.
My choice: 'Love Story' by Taylor Swift

3) A popular Hip/Hop song:
A mile and a bit has gone by and you're starting to feel it in your knees and calves. This (for me) is the hardest part of the run. It's early enough to stop and say "I'll run tomorrow" but also late enough to push through the early pains and keep going.

As a result, I find myself selecting a song that has a strong beat; something I can match my strides to. It also has to be a song that I know I love listening to so I know I will run until the end of the song.
My choice: 'I'm Goin In' by Lil Wayne, Drake and Truth.

4) Your favorite Club song:
By this point in your run you are already physically set; your heart rate is stable, your strides are rhythmic and your breathing is under control. So now all you really need is a mental distraction; something to take you away from the treadmill/road and into another exercise area that never feels like exercise at all-- the club.

Whenever I hear my favorite dance music, I always reminisce about me dancing with my girlfriends or at a club, and by the time my daydream is over, another mile gone by. So I definitely recommend choosing a jam that will do the same.
My choice: 'Drop it Low' by Ester Dean and Chris Brown

5) A Lil Wayne Song:
There are so many great Wayne songs to chose from. Most of them are upbeat, entertaining and great jams to jog to. Thus, pick one and rock out while you run.
My choice: 'Ice Cream Paint Job'

6) 90's Jam:
You have probably reached around 2.5 miles and are feeling good. Treat yourself to a jam from the past that will keep your mental energy up as well as keep your stride in motion. This is also a good time to take a quick fast walk on an incline (which will burn the same amount of calories as a jog).
My choice: 'Heart Breaker' by Mariah Carey and Jay Z

7) Your Favorite Song:
Here is when the running gets tough. After 3 miles you are going to need a lot of mental discipline to keep going. Pick your absolute favorite song. The song that comes on when you're pissed, sad, happy etc. No matter what state of mind you are in when this song comes on, it always makes you happy.

At this point in your work out, your favorite song is what you are going to need to keep you on the treadmill/road.
My choice: 'Back that Azz UP' by Juvenile.

8) Techno or Electronic Song:
After I reach 4 miles, I am physically satisfied but mentally stubborn. My typical long run is around 6 miles. So seeing that I still have 2 miles left does not make me happy. I always want to get the last 2 miles over with as fast as possible.

As a result, I pick up the pace but at the same time, I'm going to want a tune that matches my speed. Something techno and electronic music always help me with.
My choice: 'One More Time' by Daft Punk

9) Angry Music:
It's been 45 minutes, you are running out of endurance but you absolutely refuse to quit until you've reached your goal. I find that picking a song that is on the angry side is a perfect fit to match your 'no quit' attitude.
My choice: 'Silly Boy' by Rihanna and Lady Gaga

10) R&B or alternative song:
Yay! You finished your goal, your jog is over and you feel good. But RESIST the urge to jump off the treadmill or stop moving. Your cool down is probably the most crucial part of your work out.

You need to gradually slow down your heart rate as well as relax your body.... or else the elastic acid in your body will build up and you will regret ever working. So, pick a song that will keep you moving, but a slower beat.
My choice: 'Walk it Out' by Andre 3000 and Jim Jones.

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