How To: Make the Perfect Running Playlist

So uh… (ahem) I have a little humblebrag to share…

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I ran a half marathon! I dragged myself out of bed at 7am on a Sunday to go run 13 miles with 10,000 other crazy people. As much as it was terrible, it was also empowering to know I could do it and to see so many others pushing themselves to reach their goals (which mostly seemed to be beer).

I’m always in awe of people who can run without music. I have literally driven all the way to the gym to realize I forgot my headphones and instantly drove back home. The running playlist is a sacred thing, so here are my tips for making the perfect one:

1. Start out with some new tunes. For me, getting up and getting dressed is half the battle. Somehow, walking 5 feet from my bed to my dresser is harder than running 5 miles, so I have to get myself excited. Starting out my playlist with new songs that I am genuinely excited to hear can be that extra push I need to get out the door.

Right now I am listening to: Real Love (The Chainsmokers Remix) and Kanye’s new All Day

2. Find songs that match your pace. This can especially helpful if you’re running longer distances. That way you can check in with your pacing while you’re on outdoor runs or running on a track. With a regulating rhythm, I can see if I’m slacking or pushing myself a little too hard (it’s probably the first one…).

My moderate pace songs are: Of the Night (Fix8 Remix) and La Roux’s In For the Kill (The Glitch Mob Remix)

3. Throw in some old favorites. I began this strategy when I started consistently running long distances simply because I would get so bored. Running is a mental sport, so you have to keep yourself entertained. I love throwing in some middle-school classics or songs that just aren’t in my regular rotation anymore. Cascada and Christina Aguilera can be surprisingly good distractions at mile nine.

My throwbacks include: Get Your Freak On by Missy Elliott and, of course, Titanium by David Guetta and Sia

So now you have no excuse for skipping the gym tomorrow. I strongly believe all things can be motivated by music (and good post-race meal, see below).

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Check out my full running playlist here & follow my Soundcloud for a stream of what I’m listening to right now. Happy trails!

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Women Are Liars

A friend of mine recently posted an article on Facebook that immediately caught my attention: “How We Teach Our Kids That Women Are Liars” by Soraya Chemaly on RoleReboot.org

I’m constantly fascinated by the subtle ways that society sends messages and how negative messages about women are subconsciously sent out in mass media. The article summarizes the ways that women are portrayed as liars on television, in music, and on the news and gets into the religious groundwork and political ramifications of the cultural distrust of women (if you care to read the whole thing). But what really stopped me in my tracks were the statistics regarding people my age, college students, on the topic of rape on campuses.

The article states that “wide-scale evidence and multi-country studies…show the incidence of false rape reports to be in the 2%-8% range“, but that when college students were surveyed “they think up to 50% of their female peers lie when they accuse someone of rape”.

I am stunned.

My generation prides themselves on being the most progressive, most socially connected, and most forward thinking generation to date. But how can this possibly be true when we are not only ignoring our peers’ who come forward with experiences of rape, but are distrusting them literally half of the time? When we have a million ways to communicate and examine the lives of others has there really been no increase in empathy or understanding? Have our likes and hearts and favorites and follows all been for nothing?

This, unfortunately, runs parallel with other articles chronicling the distrust and silencing of women in the work place and the lack of support for and media coverage of feminist foreign policies. Feminism has gained a reputation for being a dirty word, but is it becoming a word that will be silenced forever?

For me, all of this only bolsters the importance of women’s stories in the arts, on social networks, and in mass media. We must continue to work against these foundational stories that foster the distrust of women and reveal that women are, in fact, whole people. Only when move away from these constructions of women as two-dimensional liars can we teach children to believe someone based on their character, not their gender.

Fashion vs. Performance: Chanel and Marc Jacobs’ Collections Take the Stage

With fashion month a little bit behind us, there are a few shows that I keep thinking back to: Chanel in Paris and Marc Jacobs in New York. But I wasn’t obsessed with them for the reason you might think. Yes, my jaw dropped at the over 100 looks presented by Chanel and, yes, Marc Jacobs’ sexy grungy goodness was delectable.

But I was too busy obsessing over the set!

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The theater person in me could not stop geeking out about how closely these shows are mimicking performance and how the creation of these elaborate sets are only pushing the medium further into the theatrical realm. And to a certain extent I feel like that is to be expected; it is a presentation after all and intended to be watched. But these shows are taking presentation to a new level and, personally, I love it. It makes the models into characters and highlights the woman these clothes were designed for. It brings me into the world of the designers, which enriches the way I see the clothing.

I know that not everyone agrees, though. This great article in the New York Times from a few weeks back takes the opposing view, which I also feel is completely valid: the clothes shouldn’t be overshadowed by the theatrics. This is fashion week after all.

No matter what your opinion, the artistry and attention to detail in each of the shows is unreal and I am definitely feeling some inspiration for my theater thesis going on right now.

Other brilliantly theatrical shows include more Chanel, Philipp Plein, and Alice + Olivia.

[Photos from NYT Magazine and Vogue.]

Travel Journal: Dublin, Ireland

In preparation for the big move, I got to jet over to Dublin for spring break this past week to see the sights, have a few pints, and hang out with some of my favorite people. We hit the Guinness storehouse on my 22nd birthday, spent Paddy’s Day in the insanity that was Temple Bar, and got to attend the launch of the Trinity Student Scientific Review (courtesy of my resident physicist). It was a short trip, but now I’m counting down the days until I get to go back on a more permanent basis. See you again soon, Dublin!

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Cheers, Dublin! [Turning 22 at the Guinness Storehouse.]

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Secret Garden. [Exploring the treasure that is the Dublin Botanical Gardens.]

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Surprising Advertising. [Guinness has a surprisingly rich and interesting history of advertisements; this one being my favorite, of course. Check out another great ad here.]

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Potted Pretty. [Another pop of spring at the Botanical Gardens.]

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I Spy… [Finding my initials on the wall of the Glasnevin Cemetery is both beautiful and a little ominous.]

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Crazy Days. [Temple Bar on Paddy’s Night. Enough said.]