The results are in.
Last week, from an idea prompted by marathon-missing reader Janet and with a €50 Golden Discs voucher redeemable in any Golden Discs store on offer, I asked you for your favourite song to go long-distance running to.
You replied in your dozens, creating an exhausting but worthwhile playlist that might jog the memories.
But there could be only one winner.
Sweet Disposition by the Temper Trap
“Perfect for an early morning run (if I ever manage it). I frequently listen to it when out walking and it never fails to lift the mood.”
Lose Yourself by Eminem
“Running is quite a religious thing for me, got me out of a depression that lasted for my latter teens and most of my 20s, and helped me drop 40kg. It’s also religious in that I feel weird if I don’t do it, kinda like my mother having to go to mass, even in a country where she doesn’t speak the language.
“Eminem’s Lose yourself is a proven 20s per km pace increaser, in particular this verse, when you feel like giving up…”
‘Gotten me to the point, I’m like a snail I’ve got
To formulate a plot or end up in jail or shot
Success is my only motherfuckin’ option, failure’s not
Mom, I love you, but this trailer’s got to go, I cannot grow old in Salem’s Lot
So here I go, is my shot
Feet, fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got.’
Claire de Lune (with two pianos) by Claude Debussy
Harold Molloy writes:
“Long distance running is about running slow, especially starting slow, which is something that I’m learning and struggling with.
“As such, I need music that is serene and so I choose classical. And my favourite piece is Clair de Lune by Debussy – must be a recording on two pianos, like.”
Nick says: Well done, Harold and thanks all.