Motivational Monday Playlist

Happy Monday Everyone!

It is Monday, so it’s back to the regular schedule of work and school.  I will like to share with you my go to songs that I play to motivate me to start my day. 

These songs really reflect my personally very inspirational, creative, ratchet, and energetic.  Here is the link to play this playlist on Spotify.  I want to hear what are your Go To Songs that motivate you. 

Click the link below to listen to Modest Athlete’s Morning Motivation Playlist

My Go To Songs to Jumpstart My Day

  1. Cheers to Life by Voice 
  2. Shackles by Mary Mary
  3. Blessings by Chance the Rapper
  4. Doo Wap ( The Thing) by Lauryn Hill
  5. Oy Yay by Olatunji 
  6. Hashem Melech by Gad Elbaz feat. Nissim 
  7. Upgrade U by Beyoncé 
  8. Good Morning by Kanye West
  9. Video by India Arie 
  10. Q.U.E.E.N. by Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu 
  11. Uptown Funk by  Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  12. Get By by Talib Kweli

Why I Almost Gave Up Running

I almost gave up running. My last half marathon was the Diva Half Marathon in October of 2012. During my run I had some stomach pains and some trouble breathing. Later that week I found out that I was having the stomach pains because I was 10 weeks pregnant. At the first ultrasound appointment I received the devastating news that I was having an ectopic pregnancy and would need to terminate the pregnancy.

The following Sunday I was scheduled to run the Atlantic City Half Marathon, however I was in the emergency room having an emergency laparoscopic surgery to terminate the pregnancy. Afterwards, I was depressed but I was ashamed to show it to my family or friends. Then Hurricane Sandy affected us and I felt guilty for being depressed about my unborn child while some families lost their homes, possessions, and their lives.

Last year I stopped running races, I would pay registration fees but chicken out at the last minute. I was scared to run alone, in fear of thinking about those moments. Last October, I organized a pregnancy loss walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and hearing the stories of other mothers inspired me to get back into running. I entered the lottery to run the New York City Half Marathon and surprisingly I was selected to run. I began to train hard not only physically but mentally.