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Dear Dave and Tim,

Hi. My name is Jennifer and I’m a runner. I’m currently training for the New York City Marathon in November. I’ve run multiple races in my past and I’ve done them all sans music. It’s been nice going at it alone with only the sound of my footsteps and angry cyclists around to carry me along, but things have changed. You two have sung your way into my running bubble…and I’m okay with that.

Now, I’ve run with music on the treadmill before. In fact, I have a running playlist on my iPod with random songs that I feel should motivate me to move by artists like Animal Collective and Britney Spears (don’t judge…blame spinning class). Those songs are full of energy, but I’m an acoustic guitar girl at heart. The techo beats bore me after a while. There’s nothing better than an artist and a guitar, even whilst running. I like music that I can concentrate on.

On Saturday I needed music to run again so, naturally before the Jackson Browne concert on Sunday, I set up my iPod to play Jackson’s (we’re on a first name basis too) new album with David Lindley, “Love Is Strange”. I cruised along for a bit and felt fine before mile 3 hit. A song ended. I stopped. I’m not sure what really happened, all I know is that my legs stopped moving and I contemplated going home. The 12 miles I had ahead of me seemed impossible. It was a real low moment. Why couldn’t I continue? Why was Jackson failing me?

So there I stood, by a tree a little over 2 miles from my house. Even the short run back home seemed daunting. But then I remembered the amazing 7 mile run I had on Thursday. Dave, I thought of you and Tim and “Live at Radio City”. I never thought of stopping during that run; I never thought of the hills I was cruising over.

After 5 minutes of contemplation, I apologized to Jackson (still feel kinda bad about this) and switched albums. I found “Live at Radio City” and “Bartender” started singing in my ears. I zipped my iPod back in my pocket, took a swig of water, and headed off into the distance my suburban neighborhood.

It was a match made in heaven, my running and your wonderous album, and I’m not exaggerating. When my Garmin hit 15 miles, your album ended (I also ran out of water…this could have been the perfect storm so I need to prepare for 16 this weekend).

Thank you, Dave and Tim, for unknowingly putting together the most perfect album. Not just for listening to, but for running to. Without you guys, Saturday’s run might have ended at 3.

Saturday: 15 miles; 2:40something




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workout: Biggest Loser Cardio Max DVD; 50 minutes

I had to drag my lazy butt out of bed this morning to work out. I did not want to move, let alone be told how to move. But I got through it and I feel better for it. Small success.

Despite being tired today, this past weekend was great. I napped, I ran, I ate pancakes, I vacuumed up enough dog hair to knit Scout a twin brother, and I saw Dave Matthews Band at Nationals Park.

Sarah, this set list is for you! I wish you could have been there, like old times. He didn’t play my all-time favorite song, but he did play “Don’t Drink the Water,” which makes up for no “Lover Lay Down” (which was played on the 21st in Charlotte and I won’t go into how upset this made me because I really don’t want you all to think I’m too crazy/obsessed with a song I’ve yet to hear live in the 12 years I’ve followed DMB around).

Big Eyed Fish
Pantala Naga Pampa
Lying In the Hands of God
(Still Water)
Don’t Drink the Water
One Sweet World
Proudest Monkey (tease)
Stay Or Leave
You Might Die Trying
Aint It Funny How Time Slips Away (with Zac Brown)
Funny The Way It Is
Break For It
Jimi Thing
Shake Me Like a Monkey
So Damn Lucky
You and Me
Two Step
Corn Bread
Ants Marching

Here are some pictures from the show. The first picture is of the opening act, the Zac Brown Band. The other two are of Dave not singing my favorite song.

Later I’ll have a video clip of a crazy man dancing! He was pretty awesome.

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