Listening to, reading, and exercising.

I literally can’t remember the last time I went for a run. It was sometime last week I’m sure but it’s likely been at least 5 days and I don’t feel bad about it. Sometimes you just need a bit of time spent doing other things, like rocking 90s spin classes and attempting to force yourself to love hot yoga. I thought I’d give a bit of an update of what I’ve been listening to, reading, and how I’ve been exercising lately.

Listening to…

  • My killer spin class playlists. I spend a lot of time crafting spin playlists and the drills to go with the songs, because the music will totally make or break a class. The past two Mondays I subbed a class right before my regular one, so I taught 2 60-minute classes back to back. It’s insanely exhausting, especially because I tend to do the classes at 100% effort in order to gauge my drills and rests. I had a request to give an example of my spin playlists and the drills that go along with it on the blog so here we go!

Beautiful Now (ft. Jon Bellion) – Zedd – warm up, increase to sprint gear; 90rpm

Chained to the Rhythm – Katy Perry – warm up; alternating seated and standing; add a gear every time we stand to a max of gear 16-18

The Fighter – Keith Urban ft. Carrie Underwood – 3 X sprint at 110rpm (chorus)

Never Be Like You (Workout Remix) – 100rpm 20s; 110rpm 20s; repeat X 5

Want to Want Me – Jason Derulo – standing hill climb; add a gear ever 30s

Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch) – 3 X 90-100-110rpm (use beat)

Shape of You – Ed Sheeran – ladder hill climb; Add 2 gears, drop 1; repeat X 4-5

Cold – Maroon 5 ft. Future – standing climb at 60rpm; run at 80rpm at chorus

Make Me Cry (Marshmello Remix) – Noah Cyrus – 80rpm; rolling hills (4)

Roll Up – Fitz & the Tantrums – Sprint intervals; 110rpm chorus; 85 rpm recover

Call on Me (Ryan Riback Remix) – Starley – 90rpm; add gear to failure

Dark Horse – Katy Perry – 1 minute flat road; 1 minute standing climb gear 18-20; 1 minute flat road

Cold Water (Lost Frequencies Remix) – Justin Bieber – Hill climb

Honey I’m Good – Andy Grammer – Tabata sprints; 20s HARD; 10s rest X 6

More (Club Remix) – Usher – Seated final kilometer sprint (2 minutes)

Not Easy (ft. X Ambassadors) – Alex Da Kid – Cool down

I’ve also been listening to Now You’re Gone (ft. DJ Mental Theo’s Bazzheads) by Basshunter. It could be on repeat for an entire run and I don’t think I’d get tired of it. It’s just a good beat to keep you rocking.

Finally, I’ve been enjoying the CBC Podcast Unreserved. It’s a podcast about Indigenous peoples in Canada, some cool stories, histories, and news. It’s kind of a geeky professional and personal passion of mine so if you’re thinking, “WTF,” particularly as sometimes CBC podcasts are a bit dry, I swear it’s really good. You can find it here.


Actually very related to the Unreserved podcast I just mentioned, my current novel of choice is Black Apple by Joan Crate. It’s a young girl’s story of being forced to go to Residential School and it tells the story back and forth between her perspective and one of the school nuns. I’m just about a quarter of the way through but I’m enjoying the novel so far – it’s some heartbreaking stuff to fall asleep to though!

One of the books I have recently finished that I don’t know if I mentioned here yet was Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson. It was a terrible book to read when you live alone, but overall it was a gripping masterpiece. I didn’t want to put it down, it was SO GOOD. I was telling someone about it at my birthday party and they were like, “that sounds really far fetched,” but I just couldn’t explain how it was SO REAL.

I’ve also been reading a lot on the lovely world wide web about gardening. As I begin to piece-by-piece figure out how on earth one actually “gardens,” I have been pinning a lot of Pinterest articles, reading some Edmonton gardening blogs, and trying to figure out how to not f&%$ this up this spring and summer. My heart is in it, but that alone won’t feed me.

I did abs with the girl gym tribe on the weekend and I either pulled an ab muscle or REALLY worked them hard because my abs are STILL sore. We did a couple of moves that if-done-wrong would really wreck your back, so I think I was concentrating so hard on not injuring my back that my abs just did their thing and now they hurt. That didn’t make sense. Oh well, I can’t laugh because it hurts too much. We did the ab wheel and I thought I was either going to fall flat on my face or destroy my lower back. Fun times. Who needs a strong core anyway?

ANOTHER 90-minute hot yoga class. Last night I went with my mom and a friend to the same “hot power yoga” class that I talked about HERE. I think I’m just trying to convince myself that if I go enough, I’ll actually like doing the class and not just the after-effects.

I get to walk to work and back every day, so even when I take a rest day, like I did on Friday, I end up getting at least 10,000 steps and I feel like a decent amount of activity. It helps me feel like I’ve moved my body without a ton of impact or stress that a workout could bring. On Thursday last week my workout of choice was a 5 mile walk with my momma… life chats and fresh air with that beautiful woman – sounds like mental, emotional, AND physical exercise. 🙂

This week I have not been having it with running workouts. (Ladies) it’s that time and all I want to do is drink tea, go for long walks, and nap. My hormonal state hasn’t helped my mental readiness for exercise this week…

What are friends for except to laugh at you because they totally get it. The fact that I haven’t been running a ton lately means my motivation to sign up for a fall marathon has been non-existent. I’ve decided not to register for the St. George Marathon and instead take a beach vacation next winter and save my pennies for that, which means if I do register and train for a fall race, I will be running a little closer to home. That’s a bit of a taste of what I’ve been up to lately!

Over to you – what have you been listening to lately? Any podcasts I need to hear about? Did anyone listen to the “Where’s Richard Simmons” podcast?

What have you been reading lately? 

What has been your exercise routine of choice? Have you tried anything new?


  1. I love hearing play lists!! I may have to steal some of these songs for Surf class, I am always trying to switch up my play lists but it’s hard! So thank you! I bet you teach a wicked Spin class!

  2. HAHA I literally cry over everything when I’m PMS’ing. Life just feels so hard!
    I’m so glad you liked Her Every Fear. I’ve been reading a lot of psychological thrillers lately and that one is at the top of my list.

    Lately my workouts have been running as it’s all I really have time for and it’s a mindless/chill out activity for me.

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