Music + Running: When Headphones & Sneakers Do Not Entertain a Happy Marriage

No doubt you’re sick of Jenn prattling on, so for a change of pace, here’s a solo Moon post! Yay!

Hey gang!

I’m venturing on a new series, here. Hopefully this narrative will get more interesting as we push forward, but bear with me for a bit. But, before I get too preachy, how about revealing what the series actually is.

Music and Running

Let me preface with the admission that I use the term “running” loosely. I know there are many serious runners for and against listening to music while running. Perhaps we can tackle this debate at a later time, but for now let’s entertain the idea that music is a significant part of the running experience.

I must admit that I consider myself first and foremost a musician. I spend minutes, hours, and days thinking about sonic analysis. Considering form, influence, tone, harmony, historical context, etc. of any musical work gets me up in the morning (quite literally. I wake up to my phone radio in the morning). At the same time, in a perfect world I will follow my morning musical ritual with a run. For me this is a seamless balance. There is nothing more soothing that a steady (however elevated) heartbeat and something to ponder while I am keeping a steady pace.

Okay. Here is the plan. Every so often I will tackle a topic within the broad sphere of “music and running.” Today I’m going to go easy. Today is all about when music and running don’t match so well. And what better way to present this than an embarrassing story of pain and failure (I’m sure you’re all loving my stories so far).

The scene: Music room. New treadmill. Full to the max with running ambition. I spent many hours in the room nearly ripping my hair out practicing, studying, memorizing. My parents had just received a piano from a friend and they thought I would really like a real piano. And you know, I would have… Had the piano been in any sort of shape to be played. This thing was awful. It must have been sitting outside in the elements, being rained on by the tears of the gods for the past 500 years with no tuning or maintenance. Anyway, that’s neither here nor there.

The piano was right behind the treadmill, that’s the point. The debate before setting off was what to listen to. The age old question that delays most runs for at least ten minutes. This day I was feeling particularly romantic and at ease, so I thought what better than Chopin. If you haven’t heard any of these beautiful piano pieces, take a listen.

I absolutely adore Chopin’s nocturnes. So, on goes the Nocturnes. Everything was going steady for a while, but if you’ve ever spent an afternoon listening to Chopin you know that the state of dreaminess eventually sets in. This is all fine and good while on a picnic, reading a book, going for a walk even. Probably not best for running.

Because I became so relaxed and calm that I dozed off.

Annnnd propelled right into the piano. Talk about irony. So, let’s just say I do not listen to Chopin while running anymore. Although, if any of you have seen the Showtime program Dexter then you probably know that Deborah frequently listened to Chopin while running on the treadmill because her man-crush Special Agent Frank Lundy impressed upon her the beauty of Chopin. It worked for her. If only we could all be so lucky.

This man has no interest in your athletic well-being.

Which begs the question: What songs are NOT on your running list?

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at See ya real soon!

The Fairest Week in Review: 8/5

JENN:  Recap! How was your workout week?

MOON:  I am sad now that most of my running is back indoors, but other than that my week was good! Nothing too big to report. How was yours?

JENN: I did okay. I got all my mileage out of the way in an acceptable fashion but didn’t accomplish anything remarka – WAIT A MINUTE.

Almost forgot because it was last Monday, but I did 13.1 miles in 2 hours 11 minutes. One minute away from my official goal! Six minutes from my unofficial pie in the sky goal.

MOON: Yay! Congratulations!! You’ll get there. 🙂

JENN: Well, we’ve got some time until the Tinker Bell Half to work on it. 😀

I will need lots of time… So, what’s been on your iPod this week?

JENN:  I am continuing my crusade to become the world’s most behind-the-times retro twenty-something and jonesing on The Temptations’ “I Can’t Get Next to You.” It’s awesome. Oh, and Flogging Molly’s “Tomorrow Comes A Day Too Soon.” What can I say; I appreciate being told I’ve never looked so good.

MOON: You looked good on the treadmill this afternoon. *wiiiink*


MOON: My musical week has been a bit of a let down.

JENN: Ugh, a slow music week sucks.

MOON: I’m getting tired of my usual regiment of songs and for some reason I really want to listen to Chopin and Debussy, but I can’t really jog to that.

A cautionary tale: When I first started running I used to listen to Chopin a lot. I had just gotten a treadmill and it was in the music room. We placed it in a corner and it was lined up with the piano. So, I was jogging and I got a little swept away by the music and somehow I just lost my jogging rhythm, so what happened? I was propelled off the treadmill and into the piano.

Moon attracts pianos wherever she goes.

JENN: You were just misled by Dexter’s sister. She seemed to think Chopin is great for jogging.

MOON: I am proud to say that I started before Lundy got knocked off. I guess it was all predestined to go down that way. Anyway, I need some new music!

JENN: We are, as always, taking suggestions!

Meanwhile, back at the Tri Circle D Ranch:

Sarah at Eating WDW discusses the Summer Honey Ale at Big River Grill & Brewing Works and in so doing informs me that the Rock Bottom pub down the street from my apartment is run by the same company and stocks the same beer. YES. Guess what I was drinking Friday night? I do love a little World at home…
Food Fitness Fantasy is celebrating its first birthday. Congratulations are in order!
Half Crazy Mama reminds us about the bib rules according to runDisney.
Kristy Runs Kato has started a runDisney blog hop!
Find ways to deal with runner burnout with Running Toward the Prize.
Dad runsDisney discusses runner superstitions.
I Run for Wine is giving away great cooling products from EnduraCool.
– Learn about the new special diets information kiosk at Disney’s Animal Kingdom from Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW, The Disney Food Blog, and the official Disney Parks blog. Never hurts to have multiple perspectives!

Annnnnnd scene. See you tomorrow!

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at See ya real soon!