"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Song lyrics and running...

Its been a little while since my 'come back' post- slightly longer than I'd hoped / planned, and for one simple reason,  I've had/having a little setback. Nothing major, but enough to make me ease back on my running. As ever, it's my own fault; trying to do too much too soon... It went something like this:

"Hey body"
"Now I know you've spent the last number of months healing and getting betterand all,  but I think its time we do an inordinate amount of exericse, how's that sound?"
"Um, I'm not sure..."
"It'll be fine, I mean, we've been for a few runs but we're pretty much indestructible now aren't you?"
"I really don't think that's the case..."

Well, it turns out it wasn't nonsense: runner in shocker of not listening to their body!!

So anyway, whilst I kick myself for my stupidity (ok, my greater than usual stupidity) I realised that all, or at least most, songs are written about running. I know, most of them are written about love you're thinking,  uh no... Take Paloma Faith's latest hit; 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This'. On the face of it, it's about love, but don't let the song title mislead you, I proffer:

"I tell myself, it don't mean a thing... But when you're not there I just crumble"

And how about "But it's the sweetest pain, burning hot through my veins"

Running I tell ya! Although I think Paloma missed out burning lungs in that last line.

...And just for conclusive proof, Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud', the very opening lyric gives it away:

"When your legs don't work like they used to before"

...Post marathon feeling yeah?

"When my hands don't play the strings the same way"

By strings, Ed is clearly referring to his Garmin watch (other brands are available)

And don't get me started on Bryan Adams' 'Run to To You'

So there you have it... The next time you're listening to your favourite song on the radio/mp3 player/music playing device, have a little smile that it's all about running...


  1. Haha! Yeah every song is really:

    Like A Virgin- clearly about Madge's first xc race, where she can practically hear the person overtaking her's heartbeat and is thinking 'hell to the no, there's only 2k to go, I'm holding out for the win'

    The Divinyls- I Touch Myself is clearly referring to the benefits of self sport massage, ice massage and foam rolling.

    Florence and the machine even prattle on about running fast for your mother, brother, uncle, second cousin, pet goat etc.

    Basically, spot on.