Dang, Chick!

I stumbled across Dang Chicks a few years ago and immediately had to buy a shirt for my friend A, who ended up wearing the tee on a first date with her now-husband.

In their own words:

A Dang Chick is a woman of confidence, grace and beauty who lives life out loud.

I can get behind that.

Beyond tees they’ve branched out into accessories and home goods, but the shirts remain my favorite.

Check these out:

dang4 dang3 dang2 dang1


I was all set to order the “Dang Runner” one but then realized that “Hot Mess” was probably more appropriate. Sigh.

Now, a treat: some of my favorite Chicks performing one of their best.








With my new training plan for fall races underway, I decided one more thing I needed was a new playlist to listen to while running.

My taste in workout music is decidedly different from what I listen to in my leisure time.

With workout music, I gravitate to catchy pop tunes with a rapid-fire clip. This makes sense, since the sweet spot for workout music rings in at 125-140 beats per minute. Two songs that hit the mark: “Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga (128 BPM) and Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” (140 BPM).

I’m also bored with the 4 hour list I made back in 2011 that’s appropriately titled “Marathon 2011.” It’s been modified many times in the interim, but the core remains the same.

At the risk of total embarrassment, here’s “Training 2014:”

  • “Timber” – Ke$ha
  • “Stronger” – Kelly Clarkson
  • “Work It” – Missy Elliott
  • “Dynamite” – Taio Cruz
  • “Fancy” – Iggy Azalea
  • “Fever” – Black Keys
  • “A Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay
  • “MMM Yeah” – Austin Mahone
  • “Va Va Voom” – Nicki Minaj
  • “Float On” – Modest Mouse
  • “Problem” – Ariana Grande
  • “Jump Around” – House of Pain (obligatory addition)
  • And, one of my all-time running favorites, “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch


P.S. Looking for more inspiration? Check out this list of 100 top workout songs.