I don't think I've ever tried listening to music while running. Not in recent decades anyway. As a teenager I did pop a cassette of either Thriller or the Rocky soundtrack into my red Sony Walkman as I did a couple of laps round the block.
I'm quite happy listening to myself gasping for air, and to the sounds of what's going on around me.
I often get a bit of a song stuck in my head though and end up repeating just a tiny part of it throughout the run.
A couple of days ago I passed a guy who was in a production of Annie I'd seen recently, and I spent close to half an hour repeating "Tomorrow, tomorrow. I love ya tomorow. You're only a day away" in time to my footfalls.
It sounds dull?
Well. Yes. It is.
But it seems to help me keep going so I don't really mind.
Shortly after setting off this morning it was.........
"One way, or another. I'm gonna find ya. I'm gonna getcha getcha getcha getcha one way"
Repeat ad nauseam.
And that was it. For 3 or 4 miles.
And it wasn't even the Blondie version.
My head had been infiltrated by flippin One Direction. (Wrong Direction I call them to my 8 year old, who, of course, loves them)
Eventually, Harry and the other lads left the Arena and I was left to decide when I should stop running.
I wasn't going very fast (just under 10 minute miles) so I kept on going and passed the five mile mark.
And for the first time in my current comeback I managed to keep going for the last couple of hundred (uphill) yards home.
By this point, in my head I was repeating "Just.... Jog... Home" over and over (One word on every landing of my left foot)
So, very dull but ultimately successful.
Keep going you London Marathoners.
The start is in sight.
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