Totally Irrelevant, But I Can’t Contain the Excitement

So, even though recent habits would suggest otherwise, I do plan on posting several times leading up to my first trip to the “Northeast of Manhattan” section of the country and what will likely be the biggest marathon of my life AND I even plan on throwing in a guest post (I’m working on it, I promise Danielle!).

But today, I just needed to share my ENORMOUS excitement over the fact that I AM SEEING MUMFORD AND SONS in concert!

Not only do I happen to love me some banjo playing British boys who sing deep lyrics (and really…who doesn’t?), but I also happen to think that when we look back 20 years from now, Mumford and Sons will be one of the bands that defines the music of this decade.  They announced their North American tour dates a couple of weeks ago, and the nearest stop happened to be about 2 hours away in a small town (village?) called Taos where my mom grew up (and where most of that side of the family lives), which is a heck of a lot closer than they were last year.  Most of the tour stops were in random, small towns this time around, which is kinda cool I guess.

But the promoters did this crazy lottery system to get tickets in order to make sure that FANS as opposed to scalpers got the majority.  We did not get selected for the lottery and we were SAD. So sad that we had to console ourselves with beer and tacos during happy hour yesterday even though this week we are really trying to eat extremely healthy and do “juicing” of the non illegal sort.

But this crazy system created a remarkable community of fans.  Each lottery winner got a code good for 4 tickets.  Amazingly, most people only bought the tickets they needed personally (usually 2), and then worked together with other fans via the Mumford and Sons facebook page to get lottery losers the tickets they needed.  Thanks to a very awesome stranger, I got to purchase tickets and we are going to the show!  Mumford and Sons fans might compete with runners for the most supportive and generous community out there.  I’m trying to think of ways to pay the kindness forward to keep the good karma going!


So, just thought I’d share that and wish you all a wonderful Wednesday and I promise to do annoyingly frequent marathon updates in the near future!

What concert are you wanting to see? 


The FUN. Concert That Wasn’t and Post NRD Reflections

Before I get into my recap of what I DIDN’T do last evening, I wanted to acknowledge that my National Runner’s Day post was easily the worst one I saw.

First, I got the day all wrong.  What I thought was Runner’s Day (like, the day where you  honor and celebrate that special runner in your life and gift them with new shoes) was actually Running Day, a day celebrating the sport of running and our love and joy for it.

I saw lots (and lots) of beautiful reflections of what running means to people and how it has changed their life. So, I totally dropped the ball on having a meaningful Runner’s Day.  But I really enjoyed reading everyone else’s thoughts.  It is so great to see how so many people have found themselves through running! And it kind of felt like a joyous runner’s Christmas.  So much goodwill and shared excitement!

So, here’s a beautiful Pre quote that I think sums up running for me:

“Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.”


Yesterday we were going to drive up to Santa Fe and see…FUN!!! Fun of course is the super popular band with the hit single “We Are Young” (trust me, you’ve heard it), and my personal obsession, “Some Nights.”

Nate, the lead singer is from Phoenix and a few years ago he was in a band called The Format. Aaron, who was living in Phoenix at the time was a fan. I know they had a following here, and even in Northern California where I was, but I don’t think they were quite mainstream.

So, when this song came out in a Super Bowl Commercial, not only were we in love with it, we were also excited to see that The Format dude had found himself some new bandmates, they were producing some pretty neat stuff, and they were getting major exposure.

Last night they were scheduled to play in Santa Fe.  It was actually a free show (probably booked before they become one of the biggest bands in the country), so we were prepared to battle some high school girls for optimum audience placement.  I ran my miles in the morning, I arranged to get off work early, I burned the album onto a CD and listened to it on loop both on my commute and in the office all day.  We were pumped and ready!

Until 12:15 p.m.

I was glancing at my Facebook feed, and I noticed:


And then this:

Apparently Nate was deathly ill with a fever and cough and couldn’t perform.  They are playing at Bonnaroo this weekend where Christina will get to see them, and probably being well for that performance is a bigger priority (they were on Jimmy Kimmel on Monday and the MTV Music Awards on Sunday.  They’ve had a long week).

Today’s post was supposed to be a lovely recap of the fabulous time I had at the Fun. concert.  I was going to have pictures of the band up close and personal, and there may have been a video of me jumping up and down in true fan girl style while they sang Some Nights.

But sadly none of this could happen.

I’m not a huge concert person.  I pretty much go see Journey every time they come because I LOVE JOURNEY SO MUCH, and I did have my Huey Lewis phase.  But I’ve never been a huge “let’s spend money on concerts” person.

I was REALLY looking forward to this concert.

Aaron was annoyed because the last time The Format was supposed to play in Albuquerque, the same dude got sick, they cancelled, never rescheduled, and never refunded tickets (that show wasn’t free).

So I’m hoping they reschedule.  Looking at their tour dates however, it seems kind of unlikely.  They are pretty much going non-stop, then heading to Europe.  I hate catching bands at the end of tours because they are so obviously worn out, but I’m guessing they won’t head to Albuquerque to conclude their tour right after flying in from Portugal, so I don’t know.  We may have missed our chance to see them for now.

After that disappointing news, we had all evening to do nothing.  We both ran beforehand, so we literally had hours on our hands.  There may be something to this “get it over with first thing in the morning” thing, because having a full evening to run all our errands was actually pretty convenient.

To console we went to a vegan Thai restaurant (called Thai Vegan no less).  Aaron tried (like, really really tried) to convince me not to order the tempura, but I was bummed enough to mask my sorrows through deep fried veggies and soy shrimp.  I immediately regretted it.  I’ve always known that the “healthy” part of this marathon training would be the hardest.

Life goes on, and today will hopefully bring less concert drama and less fried food!

I hope everyone has a lovely day!

I Won’t Stop Believing, Journey

Everyone has their  quirks.

Mine just happens to be an obsession with Journey.

Even though I didn’t discover this obsession until well after Journey entered the music scene, and even though the current touring group is sans Steve Perry, and even though I have no idea what the new lead singer’s name is aside from  “adorable little Filipino man”  I cannot help myself.  I am a Journey fanatic.

For my birthday present, I got tickets to the Knight Ranger/Foreigner/ Journey concert this past weekend.  Heaven!

Turns out these 80’s groups still can turn out a nearly sold out crowd!

I didn’t really know anything about Knight Ranger going in, and I still don’t know anything about them.  I recognized one song, but I don’t even remember what it was.  Originally I had called them “Knight Rider” before Aaron called to correct me.  Obviously they made a huge impression…

I was surprised to find out that I am a big Foreigner fan.  I’ve loved their songs, but never knew they were all by Foreigner.  Even though the group that performed should really be a Foreigner “cover” band because they didn’t have an original member in their ranks (the crazy rock star stud of a lead singer has only been with the group since 2005), I’ve decided that they are fantastic and they put on a GREAT SHOW!

Singing "Juke Box Hero"

This is the second time I’ve seen Journey.  I love Journey, but I wasn’t too impressed with their performance or their set list.  Nobody wants to hear stuff off their new albums.  Its not that “City of Hope” was all that bad…it was just unfamiliar.  We just want to jam to “Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin.” And long, drawn out guitar solos might work for Jimmy Page or Hendrix, but again, we’d rather be jamming to “Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin.”  You can’t sing along to a guitar solo.  This, and knowing that Real Housewife/White House Party Crasher Michaele Salahi was probably playing groupie backstage is kind of making me question if I have an obsession with Journey, or with the Journey of the 80’s.  In any case, I still loved the show (including some fabulous lighting effects), definitely danced the night away with a bunch of middle aged women, and had a wonderful time!