Photo cred: Jon Frederick (@llamarunner)
My name is Rebecca Trachsel (aka Trax).  I'm a wife, a mom of 2 amazing girls, a Masters runner (40+), a coach and an avid music fan.  I've run in some way, shape or form since I was in 5th grade.  I've always loved music.  And I'm admittedly addicted to coffee. Presently, I coach girls XC and track at Lexington High School in MA.  In the winter I work up at Cannon Mountain in NH.  In the summer, I rest....sort of.  I'm a proud ambassador for SKECHERS PERFORMANCE, JANJI, JAYBIRD SPORTSNUUN, RUNNERBOX, HONEYSTINGERZENSAH and FitFam and I am insanely lucky to represent all of them.  I created this blog to write about my two greatest passions, (beyond my family) RUNNING and MUSIC.  I am inspired and driven by both.

Number of marathons: 16
PR: 3:04:05 - Mohawk Hudson, Albany, NY 10/2014
Number of half marathons: 16
PR: 1:27:24 - Earth, Rock, Run 13.1 , Andover, MA  5/1/2016
Number of 5Ks: I have lost count
PR:19:05 (today)
PR:18:21 (college)
Number of Relays: 3 (Note: I hope we do this every year.)
Reach the Beach, NH with the NH State Parks Team 2012, 2014, 2015
Number of Triathlons: 1 (Note: I'm pretty sure I'll never do this again.)
Title Nine Women's Spring Triathlon in Hopkinton, MA

Number of concerts: hundreds
Bands I've seen live since I launched this blog in 2011: 27 (and counting)
AWOLNATION (x 4 - yes, they are that good)
Bell X1
Fruit Bats (x 2)
The Ting Tings
Truth & Salvage
Neon Trees
Imagine Dragons
Nicole Atkins
The Eels
Lord Huron (x 2)
David Wax Museum
Old 97s
Sylvan Esso
Willy Mason
Hot Chip
Pink Feathers
Big Data

* Number of times I've run without music: NEVER (unless I'm running with KH or LT)
* Number of times I've raced without music: ONCE (NH RTB Relay - Holy crap, that was hard.)

***************THANKS FOR READING RUNNINGWITHMUSIC!***************


  1. Hello, a guy is releasing music he wrote in the 70s that was used by the East German Olympians
    to train. It's interesting stuff. Enjoy.


  2. Spreading a little love...thanks for the inspiration! http://wasntjustthewinetalking.com/2013/06/03/streaking-update-and-my-first-blogger-award/

  3. i was passed along the information for your website by a family member yesterday. i am so happy to have found another runner/music lover/blogger to follow! i am training for my 5th and 6th half marathons now and just signed up for my first marathon which i will be running in april. any tips/advice/songs are greatly appreciated! if you have time check out my space on the interweb at www.my-roaring-twenties.com

  4. From: Darin Armstrong #TeamLIVESTRONG

    Hello Rebecca,
    Just a quick message to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter that will benefit you. (#FYI I do RT’s ‘Anytime’ for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners #Marathoners #FitnessProfessionals who follow me on Twitter and have something important they want mentioned for support…Over 41K folks at your access...) I am currently following you now and am awaiting your follow-back...

    All the very best to you & your family for the rest of 2013 & beyond Rebecca. Look forward to hearing from you…

    (PS. Rebecca, should you follow back, I'll be mentioning you in my #FollowFriday #Shoutouts this Friday...)


  5. I hope you're not running with music to the exclusion of the surrounding stimuli. That could be dangerous for both yourself and for others.