Music Monday…

I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was very good, and very busy. We went to concerts Friday and Saturday night at small local clubs; I took some photos at one of those concerts; I watched a lot of football; I got in some good runs that totaled a little more than my scheduled mileage; and we had a very good dinner with some family members.

I didn’t run today, but it’s not because it has been a very rainy Monday. The main reason is that my legs have been pretty tired and a little sore after my weekend runs. While I don’t have a problem running on tired legs, I want to play it safe with the soreness because I ran a little harder than I should have over the weekend, and I’m running a half marathon in 13 days. I’ve been pretty happy with my training lately, and I think an extra rest day here and there can be a good thing.

The concert we attended Friday was headlined by Ingram Hill – a great band from Memphis that is one of our favorites and one of the nicest bands we’ve ever met. As usual, they put on an excellent show and sounded amazing. We’re really glad they’ve been able to come to Michigan several times this year after not having played any shows here during the last few years. There were three openers for the show, but we only caught one of them – Kat McGivern, a very talented singer and songwriter from Boston. She played a great set, and we really enjoyed her music and stage presence. Like Ingram Hill, she’s very nice and took the time to chat with us after her set. I love to take concert photos (plenty of examples here), but I didn’t take any at this show because I thought it would be too crowded near the stage, so I left my camera at home. It figures that there ended up being enough space at the front, so I would’ve been able to take plenty of photos from a great vantage point. The photo below is from a show Ingram Hill played in March 2011.

Justin Moore from Ingram Hill playing at the Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI on March 21, 2011.

On Saturday, we saw another one of our favorite bands – Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. The Peacemakers always put on a great show, with a really fun and positive vibe, and this show was no exception. We try to see them whenever they come to Michigan, and I hope they continue to bring their tour through here once or twice a year like they have for the last several years. The venue we went to Saturday night is bigger than the one where Ingram Hill played Friday, so I did bring my camera Saturday and was able to get a decent amount of photos, including the one below. We’re seeing the Foo Fighters tonight…it should be an excellent show that’ll cap off a busy (and very fun) few days of concerts for us!

Roger Clyne from Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers playing at the Eagle Theater in Pontiac, MI on September 17, 2011.

I was scheduled to run 10 miles on Sunday, but ended up stretching it to 12.5. I started out faster than I normally would have because my wife had a bit of a head start and I was trying to catch up to her so we could run together. I did catch her, but ended up dropping off a couple times to take photos along the way. I finally caught up with her for good around the halfway mark, and we ran the second half together. We did this run on the Paint Creek Trail, and it was the farthest north either of us had ever run on that trail (we’ve biked the entire trail before, but we usually don’t run too far north). It went well and was a nice longer run with great weather. Here are a couple of the cell phone photos I took along the way:

My favorite sign along the Paint Creek Trail.

One of the many scenic sights along the Paint Creek Trail.

I’ll be trying new routes for a couple of my training runs this week because I’m going to a wedding out of town. I really enjoy trying new routes – they’re usually a fun change of pace and they help keep my training fresh. I’ve been putting in more miles the last couple of months than I ever have, so at this point I’ll welcome anything that helps me mix up my training a little bit.

Questions:
How often do you mix up your training routine by changing your workouts, finding new routes, etc.? Do you only change your workouts out of necessity, or do you ever change them just for the heck of it?

How do you liven up your training if it starts to feel dull or stagnant?

What did you do for fun over the weekend?

Who are some of your favorite musicians/bands?

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2 Responses to Music Monday…

  1. Sounds like a great weekend! Nice job on the 12.5, I don’t blame you for taking yesterday off. Better to rest than overexert this close to brooksie. That trail looks great to run on!

  2. Matt says:

    It was a very fun weekend, and the Foo Fighters show was great, too. They played for almost three hours, so we definitely got our money’s worth! Thanks – I was a little hesitant to increase the distance of my long run only a couple of weeks before the race, but I was running on a relatively flat trail and it worked out well enough. I’ll definitely be easing up quite a bit between now and the race. That trail is one of my favorite places to run; a little bit of it (maybe about 1.25 miles) is part of the Brooksie course.

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