Retro Running Taking Me Forward – 5 Oct

After having created the retro runners’ playlist in honour of fellow runner Razouski, who is feeling a bit poorly with her hearing, and giving her big respect as she once sang backing vocals for Marc Almond, I decided today I would run to it and have a 1980s experience.

Out onto Slope of Hope for my warmup walk, past the barking balcony house, which is getting a new lick of paint on it’s garden paving to the sound of Madness and Our House. I nod to the owner and start my run up the Hill that Kills, and past the two ladies having a walk again, this time they don’t see me and I continue to Lovers’ Lane and loop back this time towards Mill Lane. My running feels a bit slow and jerky today, to be honest a bit like 80s dancing. Back down the Slope of Hope, the guy is still painting and I have a feeling my running is actually slower than him painting, back to the usual Lovers’ Lane loop and I move towards the Slope of Hope once more down towards to the Bendy Scary Road.Today’s challenge was to do 8km, as I didn’t quite manage it on Sunday I was about 200m short and Tuesday I just wasn’t feeling the love.

Running along having been passed by a molto chic ciclista – yes she was wearing make-up and yes she managed to look glamorous in a cycling helmet… How the hell can that be? Are Italian women born with lustrous eyelashes, pre-mascara’d and eyelinered? Why does their make-up not slide off their faces?

She was actually very nice and waved and said Buongiorno – I was somewhat distracted and realised if I didn’t re-think my run, I’d have to do the horrors of Cavendish Hill

A little loop back on the Bendy Scary Road ensured I’d be okay and not have to do the hill. At that point Eminem’s Lose Yourself came on, which was a good thing, as it spurred me onto run just that bit faster, and I think I did my quickest km at that point. (Let’s be honest watching paint dry is generally quicker than my ‘fastest km’)

So nicely finished my 8km more or less at the bottom of Cavendish Hill, and the retro runners’ playlist did me proud. Totally channelling my inner 80s, I am wondering whether big hair will ever come back into fashion, as mine is a little awry with being a little warm and soggy…


Our House – Madness

Beat It – Michael Jackson

Don’t You Want Me – Human League

All Stood Still – Ultravox

People are People – Depeche Mode

Be My Number Two – Joe Jackson

Thriller – Michael Jackson

I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Nik Kershaw

Get Dancin’ – Disco Tex and His Sex-O-Lettes

Beat Crazy – Joe Jackson

I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Nik Kershaw (again!)

(Forever) Live and Die – OMD

All She Wants Is – Duran Duran

Lose Yourself – Eminem

Rio – Duran Duran

Rasputin – Boney M

Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode


Distance 8.29km

Time 1.01.18

Average Pace 7.23 (min/km)

Elevation Gain 67 Metres

Fastest Km – 7.01 (thanks Eminem and Antet)



3 sets of 15 reps done



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