I wrote this post before the whole Crutch Chronicles began. Whilst I’m hugely frustrated by not being able to run (or even walk, for that matter), I thought I would still share this with you. 2016 has been a year of ups and downs, and I’m trying to remain grateful and appreciative for all I have, and all I’ve achieved this year. Training for two marathons, as well as taking some awesome race vacations and meeting some great runner friends- that’s something to be thankful for! So here is another take on 2016- the year as told by music.
This song pretty much carried me through the final, toughest weeks of marathon training for Budapest. It’s a good tempo for the Long Slow Run… plus the lyrics definitely resonated with me!
This song came on one night during a late 13 mile training run in cold, dark, wintery London. I was in Hyde Park at the time, and the timing of the song plus the gorgeous setting gave me goosebumps. One of those great running moments!
This makes me think of the balmy summer evenings when I was free to run whenever, wherever. I wasn’t on a training plan at that time, and I was really enjoying just running for the hell of it.
This one’s very specific- my favourite Cycle instructor would always have this on towards the end of the session- the last five or ten minutes. So I always associate this song with a workout well done and, mor importantly, nearly over!
I associate this song in particular with Reykjavik Half Marathon, my stand out race of the year. I heard this blared out twice on the early miles of the course- it gives me chills just to think of it! I had no strict goals for the race, so in the early miles of the race I had a lot of excitement and good nerves about the miles to come!
This song got me through a tricky time with depression. I was coming to terms with the reality of not actually running Budapest Marathon, and this song just spoke to me. It’s so odd to think that this was the worst of my problems back then, but then I guess building yourself up to a big goal takes a lot of energy, commitment and hard work, and so it breaks your heart a little not to be able to see it through till the end.
I listened to this song on repeat during one of the toughest weeks of the year. I had been made redundant, and my close relationship with my soon-to-be former boss was somewhat tricky. I felt like I was at a crossroads, having to make an important decision and feeling the pressure to make it the right decision. I spent many lunchbreaks and evenings pounding the streets with this song on repeat, just trying to keep it together. For some reason, it just worked.
This song always gets me pumped, which is quite frankly what I need right now. So I’m listening to this on repeat! It’s an oldie but a goodie, and always makes me think to focus on my own journey as opposed to anyone else’s!
What’s your top song of 2016- does it hold memories?
Lots of love,