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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

Sincerely,

Jennifer.

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workout: 3 miles on the treadmill; 29:42

My mission today is to find a quick little core routine to do after my runs. I very much dislike strength training. I’d rather spend my time doing cardio. But in order to become a stronger runner, I must spend time each week on strengthening moves. Tuesday’s I’m planning on doing Jillian Michaels DVDs or (gasp) one of Matt’s P90X DVDs, if I’m feeling full of myself. But everyday I’d like to get some core work in. I tried to start this morning. After running, I put my mat on the ground and lied down on my back in an attempt to do crunches. I did a few and then just stared at the ceiling until my 6:05 alarm went off. Who knew we had a ceiling fan in the basement?! Awesome.

So, Saturday morning I was on edge while Matt wandered around Home Depot because I wanted to be home at 10 am, sharp. When we got home, right at 10, I ran to my laptop and ordered Jackson Browne tickets. He’s playing Wolf Trap this fall. I LOVE Jackson Browne. I don’t know if it’s his awkward album covers or super cool haircut, but he’s right behind Ryan Adams and Dave Matthews as one of my favorite artists. His songs are timeless because he’s such a good songwriter and lyricist. And I finally get to see him live! I’m overly excited. I giggled like a little school girl and clapped when my ticket purchase went through.

So, alas, I leave you with classic 1980s Jackson Browne. *sigh*

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