Feel Good 5 Friday … Playlist for The Climb

30 Apr

Something sets you off or picks you up and then there it is … the mood.

The mood for the week born. You wake up with positive vibes and one more chance, and you start the week right, thinking good vibrations and happy salutations. You’re thinking sunshine and waves.

And sometimes during the week the lightness of being lasts, other times the tornado of unexpected chaos and obstacles present themselves. Everyone has their moments.

This is why my mixed tapes, my Feel Good 5 Friday’s make sense. They record the vibe of the week with song, verse, rhythm and flow. I try to send the feeling out into the universe to whisper into the wind and land on someone who needs to time travel to a moment that makes their heart feel good.

This week is a bit different. The intention is different. My Dad.

This week was meant to carry on, to push, to motivate, to know I can make it, because there’s purpose.

11 years since his passing.

After two years of grieving his loss, I found a yearly cause to help continue honoring his life. This will be the ninth year that I lace up my Saucony’s and climb 1,393 steps in the Fight for Air Climb. It usually takes place in the second tallest building in the city, but it’s gone virtual this year because of the virus. And it makes sense, no need packing the indoor stairwells with hundreds of people huffing and puffing their way to the roof. So I’ve mapped out an alternate route of hidden staircases throughout the city that will take me over the top. But scaling the equivalent of 63+ stories is rough. My calves hate me afterward and the scent of BenGay travels with me days following the race.

But it’s worth it, my dad’s always been worth it. The Remote Control Master and MacGyver fixing extraordinaire. The guy who taught me how to change a tire and drive stick shift, to know what the Thomas Guide was for and how to use it. The guy that used to fill my college fridge and freezer with pounds and pounds of chicken because he was a butcher and he could. Plus he also thought Cup-O-Noodles was not a cool addition to my diet. So, chicken … individually wrapped packages meant he was still helping his youngest even when she was far away. The dad that called me and left messages on my answering machine just to say hi, at least three times a week.

Yup. My pops. These little snapshots of his life make him worth it. He’s worth 63 stories and then some.

What makes the climb a bit easier?

Knowing I’m scaling the heights in honor of my dad keeps me going when my muscles feel like stopping. There’s an extra gallon in the tank, the reserve, that fuels me. He’s definitely my driving force.

But music helps set the pace, the mood. A good playlist makes me feel like I can beat Rocky to the top of those stairs. You get the one song that pumps you up before conquering that mountain, the pre-game mindset hype and then the one you play as soon as you take the first step, get you started right. Then the one that needs to be played at full volume mid-race because you need that extra lightning. That jolt. And then the one where you can see the finish line and you’re on fumes, you might be cramping, you might be exhausted, but the beat drops, you hear those drums and your legs just pick up the pace and you remember that extra gear that was dormant, that Seven Nation Army brings it out.

Feel Good Race Playlist … Definitely needed. But today I only give you 5.

And so this week the playlist was not inspired by multiple events or thoughts of the week, just by one event happening this weekend. So if you’re ever in need of some pump-it-up jams to help you reach the finish line, hope a partial look at my mixed tape playlist helps to get your feet moving a bit faster.

Buen Camino, my friends!

House of Pain — Jump Around

J Belvin — Mi Gente

Avicii — Levels

Pitbull — Back in Time


The White Stripes — Seven Nation Army





5 Responses to “Feel Good 5 Friday … Playlist for The Climb”

  1. Sorryless May 2, 2021 at 5:33 PM #


    That’s it, that’s all it takes. You and Dad, this week. That one true thing, and brava to you, for having something to honor him with every year like that. And great thinking, to map out another way of getting it done when it went virtual. And really, thank you for sharing this.

    • The Guat May 6, 2021 at 4:47 PM #

      Thanks hermano. It took a minute there to recover as I ended up with 108 flights and 2,087 stairs and raised over $1,000. Needless to say Salonpas were in full effect 🙂 the route I mapped out had some extra steps but I finished and had Pops on mind. You know he was the one to recommend The Wire to me. Big fan 🙂 I’m always nervous doing that race but feel better afterwards because I feel that even when he’s gone I’m still able to do something for him. Thanks for your kind words 🙂

      • Sorryless May 7, 2021 at 4:19 PM #


        108 flights . . .
        2,087 stairs . . .
        $1,000 DOLLARS RAISED . . .

        And you, so gracious and humble about all of it?


        You are just the bomb, Cali. And just so you know, you’ve inspired me to run . . . like right now! I won’t of course, because I run in the morning. But you really gave me the Rocky with this one. Gracias, mucho . . as always.

  2. Island Traveler May 4, 2021 at 5:53 PM #

    Awesome playlist. Listening to my Spotify playlist on lunch break as I wrote this. Music is life. 🙏

    • The Guat May 4, 2021 at 10:07 PM #

      It was great for picking up the pace

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