A Broadway soundtrack for your everyday life, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

There are two schools of thought when running long distances. The first, is the purist mentality in which running occurs without distraction or disconnect. Runners run and train without headphones. No listening to music. No tuning out with an audiobook or podcast. They just run, with the sounds of traffic, birds, wind in the trees, and their own thoughts as the backdrop to the miles pounded out.

budsThe second school of thought is to drown out the miles with hours of rocking tunes, interesting stories, and laughable podcast commentary. I’m a student of this second school. I make playlists with titles like “I workout,” and “Chill out,” and “Have a good run,” and “Soundtrack running.” I’ve laughed so hard while listening to a podcast at the gym that I’ve had to step off the treadmill to avoid risking falling off. I need something to plug into so I can tune out of the drudgery of 10, 15, or 20 miles. Without it, my own thoughts become a tedious litany.

In my most recent half marathon, I was forced into school number one when my wireless headphones disconnected from my phone in the first mile and refused to reconnect. Facing the prospect of racing without the backdrop of my preplanned playlist, I tried a few miles of quiet and solitude before deciding I needed something to break the tedium. I turned the speaker on my phone all the way up, tucked it into the pocket of my hydration belt, and ran with my music blasting full tilt to the world. I was like a running dance party. People would come running up next to me and pause a beat to comment on the music and high-five.

Only one guy, an old man who kept trying to run past me and then would fall back a quarter-mile later. Each time he fell back he’d comment how much he hated my music, and I’m assuming the reason he did, was that I was in the part of my playlist shuffle that included snippets of “Soundtrack running.” My soundtrack list includes many of the inspirational classics like “Chariots of Fire” and “Summon the Heroes,” but also some non-conventional choices in the way of Broadway show tunes. Not everyone finds the value in Broadway show tunes…especially if they know they’re show tunes. But the thing about the musical is the songs come out of moments of emotion so strong they can only be expressed musically, so that’s some intense motivation, inspiration, and feeling to tap into.

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Whether you’re a theater lover or not, a good musical number can tap into a well of emotion and inspire reflection and calm, or motivation and energy. Here are four songs to get you started. Four songs that break away from the stage to work as the backdrop to your everyday life.

She used to be mine – from Waitress


Run away with Me – from Our First Mistake


Out Tonight – from Rent 


You Can’t Stop the Beat – from Hairspray

Friday kudos

This week of spring break has been about a lot of self-care and getting back into a normal groove. As such:

Kimberly B. gets all the kudos, as always, for my fabulous new hair.

Nikki at Healing Touch Spa beats me up on the massage table, but also makes me feel immensely better in the long run.

Northwest Dental squeezed me in for a last-minute appointment that fit into my spring break schedule even though I dropped the ball on scheduling weeks ago.

Glo Nails taught me a lot about disturbing Cambodian prostitution practices, but also have my fingers looking great!

My little sister turned 30 this week! Happy Birthday!


Wine for your Weekend

Sometimes you want a big, bold, complex, intense wine that tickles your tongue and plays to your senses. Other times, you want something that goes down like juice. Light, way to easy to drink, a little but of fizz, and a lot of fruit flavor Stella Rosso – Rosa, is your super drinkable, a little bit of summer in a glass, choice. Rosa is the original Stella Rosso, and you can’t argue with a classic. Semi-sweet, semi-sparkling, plush with flavors of strawberries and raspberries, there’s a touch of tartness to help balance out the sweetness of the overall flavor profile of the wine which also pairs nicely with spicy dishes and bitter dark chocolate. We paired our bottle with chicken fajitas and it was a summertime fiesta at the end of a long, dark winter. At only 5% alcohol, it’s going to take A LOT of Stella Rosso – Rosa to bring on the red wine headache. So relax, open the bottle, and keep the good times flowing all night!



Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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