Friday Things, on Feminism

This week, I'm goin' with a theme for Friday Things because there are so many empowering messages for women (I just can't go with 'girl power' - makes me throw up in my mouth a wee bit..) that I came across this week and have to share.  First up, the incomparable Lauren Fleshman.  I had the pleasure of seeing her not just once, but twice this week.  First for a little baby shower and run around Greenlake with our pillow babies (oh, I also got to run and chat for a bit alongside Alysia Montano: Olympian and a gal who just broke the American 600m indoor record), followed by fun and food - specifically, breakfast burritos from Agua Verde.  Yuuum.  

Pic stolen from Oiselle's Facebook (I love Sally's pose in this one)

Lauren was still in town last night and came out for a little team outing to Skillet; we even sat next to each other over dinner and totally shot the sh*t.  It was so great to talk with my teammates and Lauren about everything and nothing: from our first viewings of Friday the 13th (we both saw it under the supervision of our respective babysitters) to what she eats before a race.  So, the empowering part: her first Runners World column came out this week and it perfectly conveys the way she is in real life: funny, articulate, sweet and sincere.  Go read it now!

Me n' my new BFF

I also came across Amy Poehler's Youtube channel this week: "Smart Girls at the Party."  All of it is pure GOLD.  This is the best right here:

A seven year old's take on feminism.

And today, I finally listened to Another Mother Runner's podcast interview with Kara Goucher.  Absolutely fascinating listening to her talk about her training regimen as it relates to altitude and thinking in minutes vs. miles.  The best part is that she feels that she's much stronger after becoming a mom, and I think many of us can relate to that kind of empowerment.

As many of you already know, the Boston Marathon is on Monday and I will be cheering my head off for Kara (and her buddy Shalane) as well as a good chunk of my Twitter feed (GOOOO Chanthana!) and the eleven women from the Oiselle Team!

To wrap up this Friday's theme, I'm throwing Pink's 'Just Give me a Reason' onto the playlist even though it's not exactly a running tune.  She's just all kinds of kick ass and I've been torturing my kids by belting this song out in the car when it comes on the radio (which is quite a bit these days).  Yeah, it's overplayed, but her harmonizing with Nate Ruess (of Fun) is just gorgeous.

Happy weekend!

2013 Playlist
I Love It by Icona Pop
Little Secrets Passion Pit
Sovereign Light Cafe by Keane, remixed by Afrojack
Clarity by Zedd
Years by Alesso
Something Good Can Work by Two Door Cinema Club
She Wolf by David Guetta, featuring Sia
Alive by Krewella
Illmerica by Wolfgang Garnter
Drowning by Armin van Buren
Give Me Your Hand by The Ready Set
Language by Porter Robinson
Cry for You by September
You Are My Diamond by Tiesto - featuring Kianna
Arguru - Deadmau5
We Are by Jus Jack & Oza, featuring Aeone


  1. What a great time Andrea! I need to get on that Oiselle team;) Love pink (color and singer):)

  2. What a fun week for you! I am also OBSESSED with that Pink song...cannot get enough...love the lyrics, the duet, everything!

  3. What a fun week for you! I am also OBSESSED with that Pink song...cannot get enough...love the lyrics, the duet, everything!

  4. I got to run with Lauren in Eugene last year and it was so much fun. I loved meeting her in person! Glad that you had two opportunities to see her. :-)

  5. Sounds like such a fun weekend! I loved Lauren's column and can't wait to read more. Thanks for the playlist suggestions. I've added several to my spin mix for this afternoon!

  6. Thanks for the song suggestion from Pink, just downloaded it and I love it! :-)