In Which Jenn Listens To ALL The Music Live

I feel like we haven’t talked about music lately, so here’s a whole bunch of it.

Do you guys get inspired to listen to a particular artist when you know you’re going to see them live soon? I do! It’s a great way to zone out when I’m running: imagining I’m at the concert and not pounding away at the treadmill. Lucky for me, I have tickets to three great concerts coming up over the next couple months. Or that just happened; I originally wrote this post last week but it got punted from its planned Friday slot in favor of my diatribe about the W&D changes. Alterations have been made therefore.

Anyway. Here’s my inspiration for the coming training season!

First up: Shamrock Fest was last Saturday! I wore my awesome shamrock socks, but then my eyes are hazel-green so I’m ALWAYS ready for St. Patrick’s Day. Plus I attended with a Patrick so I’m basically always all decked out.

Lots of bands were there, including the Dropkick Murphies, but I was in it for the one, the only: FLOGGING MOLLY! YAY YAY YAY! They played my favorite song, too! (It’s this one.)

Back to the future again. This week I’ll be heading into downtown D.C. for the retro-rock awesomeness that is J. Roddy Walston & The Business.

And finally (for now), looking further ahead, the end of summer will see us at a Brian Wilson concert as the former Beach Boy performs allll of the Pet Sounds album. Pat assures me this is the greatest album ever according to the Beatles. I say: bring on the “Sloop John B!”

Are you holding on to concert tickets? What are you currently into listening to while you run?

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 fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

In Which Jenn Ponders Tangential Disney Things

Are there any things in your daily life that make you think of Disney even thought in the absolutely technical sense they have nothing whatsoever to do with Disney?

I’ve been running across this phenomenon largely as regards music. Remember that time Estelle and I watched the Burudika concert and the crowd did a dance to Shakira’s “Waka Waka?” Well, now “Waka Waka” very specifically makes me think of being in the Animal Kingdom to the point where I downloaded the song just so I can relive the experience on runs.

Similar: remember that time Pat and I stopped in at the Rose & Crown and that performer guy was singing songs and he did “Wild Rover” and I sang and clapped along? “Wild Rover” (to be precise, the Dropkick Murphys cover of “Wild Rover”) now transports me directly back to that moment.

And it’s not exclusively music. Remember that time Pat and I hunkered down on the ground in Liberty Square and waited for the parade? We were right in front of the produce stand, and while I staked a claim on our space Pat bought us drinks. I had just run the marathon that morning and was in the mood for my old hydration favorite, seltzer. So Pat brought me back a can of Dasani seltzer water in the berry flavor.

Darn it all if every time I see a case of canned Dasani seltzer water in the berry flavor I don’t immediately think of that moment.

DISNEY!!!!!

I know. I KNOW. I am SO NOSTALGIC it’s ridiculous. This is completely true, in all aspects of my life (we’ll talk about my inability to throw away ticket stubs later). My brain keeps forging the weirdest connections! But… I kind of like them. Kinda like with my Disney soap and other not-Disney-but-still-Disney souvenirs.

What strange jumps does your brain make to Disney?

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 fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/12

JENN: So how was the training this week?

MOON: Very good! I remain consistent with mileage and daily activity. How was yours?

JENN: Ha – it was pretty terrible. That minor cough I was talking about last week? Yeah, it wasn’t quite done with me. I was sooooo slooooooow all week and even suffered some lung capacity reduction on Monday. But I ultimately got my mileage in, one way or another, so I guess it worked out. I just didn’t enjoy it overly.

MOON: Did you still run outside?

JENN: Largely, yeah.So I’m scarcely blazingly speedy as it is. But I’m working on it!

MOON: I logged 21.5 miles this past week. All work on making 5K faster!

JENN: Yay! Any particularly motivating songs? I’ve been kinda into the Dropkick Murphys “Rose Tattoo” lately.

MOON: Hmm, yesterday I listened to probably the happiest song on my iPhone. It’s called “Oh Sailor” by Mr. Little Jeans.

AH! BUT, bad news. My headphones are broken. I was going to take them in for repair today, but it’s raining heavily and I get nervous driving in so much rain.

JENN: Oh, yeah, you have the super-fancy headphones, right? What kind are they?

MOON: Bose Noise Cancelling. I think it’s repairable…

JENN: Well, that’s good. You have backups? My yurbuds work pretty well.

MOON: The others are also broken I had a pair of old school Sony headphones. I loved those. Turns out I left them at the gym last week…

JENN: Awww. Good luck with the fixing, then!

MOON: Danke! My future runs depend on it.

JENN: While we wait in suspense for a diagnosis, time for the roundup!

Run Walk Fastpass Repeat considers the safety implications of running with headphones in.
Half Crazy Mama shares her favorite spectator signs.
Check out some favorite race memories and recall your own at Prairie Princess Runners.
Pink Elephant on Parade is cheering for ME! That’s right, ME!
Jambo Everyone shares the good news: hyenas are coming to DAK!
Mouse on the Mind highlights the saucier side of Disney.

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 fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!