TAKE ON ME – A-HA (ALASTAIR VANCE COVER)

This song is pure nostalgia for me. Growing up in the eighties, this is one song that never seems to grow old on me. Morten Harket’s vocal range is just phenomenal, and there’s not many who can hit those notes in the chorus of the original song.

This particular version of the song is one I first heard used in the movie, Deadpool 2. I later found out it was recorded as part of an MTV unplugged concert. If you’re an A-HA fan and haven’t checked out that album, go find it on any of the streaming platforms. Amazing.

Anyway, here’s my version of Take On Me. Enjoy!

Say Something – A Great Big World (Alastair Vance Cover)

I’ve having a lot of fun on the music front at the moment. If you want to follow along, my dedicated facebook page is the best option.

Why do you run, Lucky Vijayaraghavan?

About Lucky

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I met Lucky through Morrisville Run Club. He was good friends with another one of our runners. Lucky is a big Orange Theory fan, so I don’t get the chance to run with him much recently, but we did bump into each a lot during local races.

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Englishman In New York – Sting (Alastair Vance, Dillon Partin & Marshall Willner Cover)

I’ve enjoying picking up my guitar again and playing songs I’ve not played in the past. I had a lot of fun learning this Sting song. It’s always resonated with me in a way, being a recent immigrant to the States myself.

Thanks to Dillon Partin for reaching out with the opportunity to collaborate! I hope we don’t wait as long again before we play another song together.

This song was part of series from Harmonic Music Studios in Washington, DC. They were collaborating with different musicians to publish a song each day. I think Dillon and Marshall played on almost every video!

Check out some of the bands Dillon is involved in here:

  1. Zen Groove Funkestra
  2. Dave Hedeman & the Gone Ghosts

Instead Of A Show – Jon Foreman (Alastair Vance Cover)

This is one of my favorite Jon Foreman songs, and it’s based on words spoken by Amos, an old testament prophet. They are so applicable to today in many ways. You only have to skim over some “discussions” on social media platforms to see how distracted we have become with ourselves while ignoring the world’s injustices.

Let there be a flood of justice.

Why do you run, Matthew L Thompson?

About Matthew

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

Matthew likes to run, and likes to run a lot! He is a member of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill chapter of Black Men Run. I’ve never properly met the famous MLT, but we’ve often passed each other on our runs and will plan to run together some day soon!

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Race Highlight: Savannah Bridge Run

Talmadge Bridge

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My wife is a city girl. She loves weekend trips to cities to soak up the buzz and the night-life. Last year we spent a few days in Savannah, GA and it did not disappoint. It’s a beautiful city, full of character and life.

I was pretty pumped when the opportunity to race the Savannah Bridge Run came along. Unfortunately it turned out that the dates would not work for me so I will not be running it this year. Instead I am telling YOU why you should run it!

The Race

Before I share more about the city of Savannah, let me tell you about the race. It is known as “the South’s toughest bridge run”. It is also named one of America’s top 20 races under 10 miles by The BibRave 100.

There are 3 race events to choose from, all which run over the bridge and through scenic downtown Savannah – 5K (once over the bridge), 10K (twice over the bridge) and DOUBLE PUMP (three times over the bridge).

Dress It Up

Races with costume contests can be so much fun. I’ve never actually taken part in one, but always wish I had when I see the efforts some people go to. It always make me smile — especially the really bad ideas. The race awards cash prizes for both group and individual entries.

Post Run Party

There’s one thing I know, Savannah knows how to party. After the race, participants will enjoy live music, beer and food in Franklin Square, downtown Savannah.

The City

If you can, I encourage you to spend 2-3 days in Savannah over race weekend. It’s an amazing location with lots to explore. Most of which can easily be explored on foot (or a recovery run).

We just loved the river side streets and cobblestone. It is packed full of little art shops, restaurants, coffee shops, gift shops, etc. The coffee and desert shops that open late are amazing — I can totally recommend Lulu’s Chocolate Bar. There is lots of good food and treats to choose from while you’re there.

Cobblestone Streets

Discount Code

Use the code BIBRAVE2020 for 15% the race registration.

Why do you run, Andy Chang?

About Andy

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I met Andy when he was working for Fleet Feet in Morrisville. He knows my weird feet intimately and introduced me to Altra shoes. I still bug him from time to time for shoe advice, even though he’s moved on to bigger and better things in Washington, DC.

Thanks to Andy for sharing some great thoughts below. I really wish he’d expanded on his animal taming habits — there just may be a Netflix documentary about him some day.

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Race Highlight: The Hapalua, Hawaii’s Half Marathon

The Hapalua is the largest Half Marathon in Hawaii. There are around 10,000 runners and walkers who participate! That’s one big race and all in such a beautiful location!

Unfortunately, due to covid-19, the The Hapalua has been canceled this year. If you were registered to run, all entry fees for the 2020 Hapalua will be honored for the April 11, 2021 Hapalua.

I was fortunate to spend a little time in Hawaii last summer and get amazing some runs in. I already take excessive amounts of photos during a normal run, but running there took it to a whole new level.

Running in Hawaii, 2019

We spent a week on Maui when we visited, and we talk quite often about going back in the future. Maybe next time we go to O’ahu and run the Hapalua!

Check out the course below. I can just imagine the warm air and views of the sea the whole way around! Just like that half marathon I ran in Ireland, except for the cold wind, grey skies and gale force winds — and severe lack of palm trees. 😉

(Excuse me while I go google for software development jobs in Hawaii…)

It’s hard to believe, but the course is fairly flat, with a couple of small hills toward the end. There is even music stations at a few points on the course — I love it when races have live bands along the course. It always brings a smile to my face.

Just imagine spending a few recovery days here after completing the race. This is the small beach that was in front of our accommodation. Sea turtles would swim up and sleep here at night.

If you do decide to go and run The Hapalua, make sure you pack your snorkel gear along with your running shoes.