Jann Arden loves running and she didn’t think she would. “I think running can be considered elitist and people think that you’ll be admonished if you don’t have the right footwear or else if you try it, you’ll get shin splints,” she says, “but I don’t find that to be true at all. When I started, I was blown away by how quickly it encouraged me to keep going.”
As lots of you know, music sometimes is what keeps us going. And this month, we’re featuring Jann Arden in our music column of iRun magazine and across the different Sportstats platforms. Her interview is funny, revealing, inspiring and, most of all, hopeful. She articulately explains what she gets from the sport, and now we want to hear from you!
To go along with our story on Jann, the Calgary-based musician has generously offered to judge your Jann Arden running play list, and we’ll publish the play list she likes the best along with her story. The contest opens this morning, and send us the list in any manner that you see fit. We use Spotify on the iRun website, and eventually, we’ll publish all the playlists on that platform. But for now, you can even send us an email list of songs. Send it to me, Ben Kaplan, at email@example.com, and I’ll be sure that she gets it.
The songs don’t have to all be by Jann. Nothing has to be anything. Jann is fun and creative and has an open mind, so we encourage you to be guided by those same attributes. “To feel the fresh air in my lungs is exhilarating,” she says. “It’s not about losing weight. It’s about the feeling of kicking butt. I like the feeling of championing myself.”
We’re sending her all of the play lists on January 18. So go for a run. Listen to some Jann Arden music. And make us a play list that you think she’ll love. Good luck. Have fun. Dress warmly.