Guest Fit by Mason
|Mason and Jess at Amore Victoria|
Mason is one of our most loyal readers. He also monitors the blog closely for grammatical errors. We appreciate it! You may have seen his name and face before, as he has appeared on the blog many times.
Mason has run many marathons and has been a member of the Calhoun Beach Running Club for many years.
And most importantly, he’s a great friend! So we were very happy when he offered to do a guest post from the male perspective. Another thing you need to know about Mason, is that he is an AVID concert-goer. So how do you balance all those concerts with all those marathons?
Here’s his advice.
The topic of music and fitness has been covered ad nauseam, for example best playlist for long run, workout, etc. My focus is on a different issue for runners: attending concerts.
I have attended my fair share of live concerts here in the Twin Cities. We are blessed with a large variety of venues for seeing your favorite band. Before getting serious about running and marathon training, a late night concert would never pose an issue, but once I started getting serious about running, late night shows and the resulting lack of sleep had a definite affect on my training.
|The Rosebuds at 7th Street Entry|
What is a music lover to do? Well, after years of trying to make my marathon training and love of live music mesh, I think I have found a way to “make it work”. (That takes care of my obligatory fashion reference.) Here are a few tips that may help you enjoy your favorite bands or live music in general without derailing your training.
First, if you are looking to catch some live music and are not looking to catch a particular band and you want to get home at a reasonable time consider the venue. Attending a show at the Cedar Cultural Center will get you home in time to rest up for your regular Saturday morning long run. On the other end of the spectrum is the Turf Club, where the show is likely to end when you typically are getting ready for your morning run! Even if you are not in the Twin Cities area, just ask around to friends that are frequent concert attendees in your area to get a feel for the various venue’s reputations.
2. Be Sure to Use Your Facebook and Twitter!
Second, follow the venues you frequent on a regular basis or where you know where your band will be playing on social media. Venues now-a-days have wised up on increasing their social media presence to bring in concert goers. One positive side effect of this development is that venues will frequently post the set times for when the acts are expected to hit the stage. The accuracy of the times can be suspect at times, but they are usually a good gauge. This is especially the case if you want to check out one of the opening bands and are not concerned with the headliner. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for the set times via the social media site. Sometimes they will respond, others times they don’t, but it is worth a shot.