January 22, 2013

TrailMix App Review and Giveaway

When I first started marathon training, I put in a lot of long solo runs. While I like a good short solo run as much as anybody, there comes a time in long runs that I just need a distraction from the step, step, steppity, breath, breath, breath-ity. That's when my love of music and running solidified.

I have spent hours (wish I was exaggerating) putting together the perfect-for-me playlists for long runs and marathon race days because I know that when my morale gets low, I need something to help pick my feet up when my doubts kick in. For me, music has the power to erase negativity and fear and replace it with hope, joy, love, and positivity. 

Just look at all this positivity that music brought to the Birmingham Track Club social on Saturday. 

That's some serious feeling-the-music face.

A little bit softer now. Photos by David Christy Photography.

So when the people from TrailMix contacted me about trying out their app, I was definitely interested to check out something that would enhance my music-running relationship. 

From the makers of TrailMix:
We took a music player, combined it with a state-of-the-art beat analyzer, dynamic gait detector, and high fidelity audio time stretcher, then hid all the advanced technology under the hood. The result is magical: a simple, easy-to-use music player that can change the beat of any song to match your footsteps automatically.
The cows aren't as quite as good of running company as music.

It's really basic and easy to use, but genius. You can select your own playlist or let it choose songs for you from your library, and then run. The player will sense your movement and speed up or slow down the song as needed to match your pace.

If you're aiming for a certain tempo, you can dial in the tempo you want and let the app adjust your songs to match your desired tempo. And, no, your songs don't come out sounding like a recording of Alvin and the Chipmunks. They're just like the songs you love, only faster or slower. The only feature I wish it had that it doesn't (yet, maybe) is a way to put in the pace you want to run in a xx:xx format, but once you determine the BPM (beats per minute) that match your desired pace, it's easy to manually change the BPM to get all songs to match that pace you're hoping to hit.

To break it down into TrailMix bullet points:

  • Simple to use
  • Helps you to maintain your pace
  • Doesn't make music sound like Chipmunks
  • Possibly makes you run as fast as Lauren Fleshman (not guaranteed)


Ready to party yet?

New Year's Eve at Gip's Place

You can purchase the TrailMix app here. 

Or you can enter in the comments for a chance to win one of five free downloads of TrailMix. 

To enter: In a comment below, tell me your favorite power song for running.

For bonus entries (make sure to leave a separate comment for each so I can count them all!):

* Follow TrailMix on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Follow (or already follow) Yo Momma Runs on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Like TrailMix on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Like (or already like) Yo Momma runs on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Follow (or already follow) Yo Momma Runs via Google Friend connect. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Share this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your blog. Leave a separate comment for each share!

This giveaway will close next Monday, January 28th, and I'll pick a winner via random.org. Thanks and get shakin'!

44 comments:

  1. I just want you to know how much I love your dancing face:) seriously, momma knows how to get down!!!!! ANd of course I follow you but after 60 pounds, I;m not sure I need anymore food, EVER! HA!

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  2. I follow yo momma runs on twitter!
    And my all time fav power running song?!?! Why it's Big Pimpin baby!

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  3. Favorite song to run to is currently Stronger by Ms. Britney Spears :). TrailMix looks awesome!!

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  4. I follow you on Google friend connect!

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  5. I like you on Facebook (and I like you in general too:)

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  6. fav power song: All I do is Win (Auburn winning season song)

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  7. I'm still loving Flogging Molly's Drunken Lullabies. Thanks for the giveaway. If I don't win I'm totally buying this app!

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  8. Now following TrailMix on Twitter

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  9. I follow you on Google friend connect

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  10. Its an oldy, but I always have "Proud Mary" on my running playlist. No matter what else is on there, that one some how always makes it on.

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    1. You're saying this to someone who can listen to the same CD constantly for six months. Good songs never get too old!:)

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  11. OOOH, I like this giveaway. And your hair looks so nice in all those photos. Not a grey hair in sight (she said, bitterly). Grrr.

    My best power song isn't original but it's awesome...Lose yourself by Eminem. The beat starts up and I literally feel my spine straighten up and my head start focussing, it's like magic!!!

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    1. Ha! If you we closer, you would see the gray hairs. They started coming in fast once the twins were born, or maybe even when I had just found out I was having twins.

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  12. I follow you on FB

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  13. I follow you on twitter

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  14. Current favorite power song: Part of Me by Katy Perry. Power song stuck in my head right now? Call me maybe. Thank you, 9 am step interval class. Thank you very much.

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  15. BTW, I really want to try this app - I guess it works kind of like those mysterious stereos at gym group exercise classes that let the instructors change the tempo whenever they want to? Also, you are on FB???? Me TOOOO! OMG< huge coincidence - ok, kidding, but still heading over to 'like' you now.

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  16. My current favourite power song for running is Like a G6.. haha don't ask me why, but I am loving running to it, it amps me up! And yes, I'm aware that the song is now pretty old! :)

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  17. Obviously I follow you on twitter :)

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  18. I follow trail mix app on Facebook

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  19. I follow you on Google Friend connect too :) BTW you have some SWEET dance moves!! Now you must figure out how to incorporate them into your running, I think that would set you apart from the competition in the best way!

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  20. Who I'm listening to currently is Katy Perry!

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  21. i liked TM on FB. i think i need this app, because i ran a half marathon last weekend with one song on repeat the entire time because it was keeping me on pace. i never want to hear that song again.

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  22. My power song is "I'm sexy and I know it". It has such a great beat - I always feel like dancing when I hear it! :)

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