Friday Five: Five Fave Workout Songs {9/18}

hey friends! first thing’s first: in case you didn’t notice, Run This Apple received a make-over last night! she was totally overdue for one, and my wonderful photographer & designer friend (of Santa Barbara photo fame & the baby plane experience) took it upon himself to surprise me with this new header completely out of the blue.

the verdict: i love love love it & it’s perfect for me. couldn’t be happier! i’m so thankful to be surrounded by so many talented, wonderful people.

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& of course, i want to give credit where credit is due: you can check out the designer’s new blog and show him some love at David Mendoza (his pictures are ridiculous), and the photo of the NYC skyline he used in the header was taken by the incredibly lovely & talented SB wedding photographer Jessica Fairchild (who photographed one of my dear friend’s weddings and whom i had the pleasure of meeting last month, and is an absolute gem of a human being).

okay! so, now that that fun stuff has been attended to, let’s move on to this week’s Friday Five link-up with Mar, Courtney & Cynthia. this week’s theme is:

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i’m a huge music junkie (hidden talent: i can sing pretty well, actually) & have a very eclectic taste in music, so it’s going to be tough for me to choose just five, so i’m listing songs that are currently on my running playlists and get me through those long runs!

ONE: “Girls” by the 1975. i’m obsessed with this band and basically have all of their songs on my running lists. they make me so happy & sometimes i just play their album on repeat while running. also check out “Settle Down” & “Heart Out” & okay basically all of their songs. LOVE.

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TWO:”Coming Over” by James Hersey, filous remix. i first heard this song in a spin class and emailed the instructor saying i had to know what it was, i was so hooked. i’ve heard several versions of it but prefer this one.

THREE: “Judah (Reprise)” by After the Sirens. i’m shamelessly plugging my brother’s old band here, but i was SUCH a fan of their stuff when they were still together (insert sad face: i still maintain they could have made it big!) and love love love this song. they’re on Youtube & iTunes, so check them out if you’re into the indie vibe at all.

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FOUR: “Cool” by Alesso. just a great song to run to. so into this electro tune.

FIVE: “Fourth of July” by Fall Out Boy. i’ve been listening to them for yearssss and love to run to this sort of raw, punk-influenced rock-pop (Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Something Corporate, etc), so i needed to put at least one of those sort of songs on here (it’s hard to choose just 5 songs, no?!). this is a solid tune that always picks me up a bit.

so, there you have it — five songs i always keep on my running rotation. hope you enjoy ’em (and let me know if you check any of them out).

Fave workout songs? please share some with me!
Band you can’t stop/won’t stop playing on repeat? you know mine. 🙂

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Friday Five: Five Faves

i’m joining up with the gals who do their Friday Five linkup again this week, to speak my piece on Five Friday Favorites. because i love to play favorites.

FridayFive-Favorites-1024x102411. the 1975. yep i’m still rambling on about this band, but i can’t stop won’t stop. i saw them live last night (!!!), which was all sorts of amazingness in theory but sort of a near-fail for me — i got there late and missed half their set and it was way more crowded than i’d anticipated. apparently they have quite the fan following and i’m not the only 1975-obsessed individual in NYC?! who knew there were so many cool people here. but i did hear my fave song (listen to “Girls” asap), and danced up a storm in the midst of a huge flailing dancing crowd (so many dudes like this band, it was crazy), and saw my lovely girlfriend who i like to do allll the things with, and they sounded amazinggggg live. so it was also a near-win.

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2. holiday parties. tis the season…to be a big exhausted partying mess. 🙂 seriously, that’s what i feel like with all these holiday shenanigans and allllll the wine and champagne in the world. but they’re oh-so-much-fun when they’re happening! we had our annual work holiday party last night, and this was my first year in charge of planning it, and i’m happy to say it went super well and everyone had a blast. the venue was great: City Hall in TriBeCa is a sweet space, and the staff did an awesome job (and by awesome, i mean insisted on following you around with wine bottles and topping off your glass the entire evening. i seriously had to keep my hand over it sometimes.). although there are parts of my job i don’t enjoy so much, i really love planning and working and hosting the events, so i’m thankful for the chance to do that — and stoked when they turn out so well.

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3. biking in December. riding the Citibike is def my preferred method of transportation to work, so i’m pretty psyched that it’s still nice enough out in December for me to utilize this. no major snow hindrances or too many freezing windy cold miserable un-bikeable days as of yet…although my exhausted post-party-and-concert hazy self had to take the subway today. i foresaw a potential crash in my future.

4. heart talks. you know, those convos with people you love and value that enrich your life immeasurably? yeah, those. whether it be at a bar with a girlfriend about boys and love and life, or over the computer with an old friend with whom you lost touch and connection and are now trying to rebuild a relationship with, these emotion-laden, say-what-you-need-to-say conversations where you feel entirely free to express any and everything you’re thinking and feeling without fear of judgment or filter — those truly make life worth living. i had both of these above examples happen this week, and i’m so thankful to have genuine, amazing people in my life with whom i can talk openly and entirely be myself.

and then you see words you wrote to someone show up on their Instagram, and you realize the convo turned their day around, too. and suddenly, nothing in the whole world matters as much as caring about other people, and feeling cared for in return.

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5. words. and how sometimes, the right arrangement hits you just so, entirely out of nowhere, and you don’t even want to question why. some things just are, for no reason and every.

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because it really shouldn’t, now. should it?

happy Friday, my lovely friends. enjoy your weekends! xo

Tell me one of your favorites, of anything.

the busiest week everrrr

no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you — yes, i really am posting two days in a row! boom. totally not sure what’s gotten into me but i’m digging this lil burst of consistency here and hoping it means December is getting me into the spirit (or something like that? that expression just seems to fit for anything that happens in December so let’s roll with that).

meanwhile, please enjoy the view of a white December in upstate NY, aka my lovely life last weekend:

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visitors welcome. as long as you’re cute and fun and want to play with me in the snow.

right, so, blogging. i think what happens is that i sometimes feel like i’m just not sure i have so much interesting stuff to say, and a blog needs to be interesting (right?!), so if i’m not super killing the running or taking these amazingly annoying workout selfies (sorry not sorry, this is a running/healthy living blog so you’re stuck with those!), that i just kinda fall by the wayside.

but really, i need to get over myself and just write write write, no matter what comes out, because that’s the whole point. and if some days all i have to post is lil note to tell you all how fabulous you are and how much i adore your faces, and then add a cute/funny/random picture i like, well, that’s what it is.

oh, and btw, since i didn’t run this morning, here’s a cute/funny/random picture i like:

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so now, let’s talk about the fact that i was fun last night, especially for a Monday! i met a friend at an awesome rooftop bar called Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel in Midtown East. i’ve only been here during the summer before, when this place is guaranteed to be squashed beyond all squishing crowded any day after work. i much preferred it during the off-season, when it’s covered and quieter and cozy and quaint and so, so lovely.

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they give you these darling little paper bags of popcorn (that was lightly garlicky), and i had an amazing rose that i must find again. i deem this the absolute perfect after-work place in the colder weather, to escape the crowds and get some lovely views of the city.

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still considering that career change to an iPhone photographer, don’t you worry. portfolio available upon request.

this is going to be a crazy good and insanely busy week — here’s my lineup:

Tuesday (tonight): final grad class of the semester (woot!)
Wednesday: going away drinks for a co-worker and/or an after-work workout
Thursday: annual work holiday party (the biggest event i plan and work all year) followed by THIS exciting life event: going to see my new music obsesh w/ one of my besties at Terminal 5!

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Friday: a friend’s annual charity holiday party — his fam owns a restaurant in NYC near Bloomingdales and he provides all food & drinks, and us lucky guests get in for the price of one toy, which all get donated to Toys for Tots. love this spin on a reason to celebrate the season.
Saturday: Christmas shopping and another girlfriend’s holiday party at night

tis the season to be SO BUSY! & lovin’ it.

Tell me something you’re looking forward to this week!
Any good Christmas parties coming up?
Current fave band?