Retro Runners – Country and Places New Release

Yesterday was my record breaking run… It’s not quite Usain standard, nor is it Mo Farah standard, but it is my Personal Best standard, I did my first ever sub 30 minutes, 5 km.

And I did it to this playlist, the Retro Runners Country and Places Playlist, loosely based on song titles or artistes who have a ‘country/place’ linkage. Some are a bit corny and punny, but they are fun.

In no particular order, this is the list:-

A New England – Billy Bragg

Lost in France – Bonnie Tyler

Breakfast in America – Supertramp

Une Nuit a Paris – 10cc

Is This The Way To Amarillo – Tony Christie

Take My Breath Away – Berlin

London Calling – The Clash

Strong – London Grammar

No Particular Place To Go – Chuck Berry

Maid of Orleans – OMD

Romeo and Juliet – Dire Straits

Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles

Penny Lane – The Beatles

Rio – Duran Duran

Vienna – Ultravox

Belfast Child – Simple Minds

Going Down to Liverpool – The Bangles

Tokyo Joe – Bryan Ferry

Black Eyed Boy – Texas

Massachusetts – Bee Gees

Boston Tea Party – SAHB

California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and The Papas

Avalon – Roxy Music

Grease – Frankie Valli

Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel

Japanese Boy – Aneka

Big In Japan – Alphaville

Africa – Toto

(What A) Wonderful World – Sam Cooke

Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight and The Pips

Rhythm Is Going To Get You – Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Machine

New York Minute – Don Henley

Streets of Philadelphia – Bruce Springsteen

Pleasant Valley Sunday – The Monkees

San Francisco – Scott McKenzie

Go Wild In The Country – Bow Wow Wow

Downtown – Petula Clark

 

You can find it on Spotify here

 

 

 

 

 

A Feat Of A Meeting – 2 Dec

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Or in the picture, a meeting of feet!

Yesterday, I met up with my fellow C25Ker Razouski who is an 80s music freak, a runner, a damn good singer, as well as being a mum, a baker and cook of some skill  and very good company!

The weird thing about the C25K forum is that you get to know people quite well just on the basis of their running posts, now I don’t mean every last intimate detail, just you get a picture of some people in your minds. And for me Razouski does amazing runs (both fast ones and long ones) and writes some lovely posts. I particularly like it when she changes the lyrics of well known songs for ‘running’ versions of them, and it makes me smile, not least because a lot are from my era.

After a bit of posting to and fro on the C25k and messaging other we decided to meet up as she was singing at the Barbican and  she suggested we have a coffee at my local coffee bar.

Saturday afternoon, I walked into my coffee bar a little early, so I could catch her eye when she walked in, and there she was, sitting down already she saw me and mouthed ‘Jan?’. In a way it was like a blind date!

We had a lovely time, a couple of rounds of coffee and Portugese Custard Tarts – what’s not to like there on a cold Saturday afternoon? It was really lovely meeting a fellow runner and we chatted about all sorts of things not just running. I thought her C25K name was pronounced ‘Razowski’ but in actual fact it is ‘Razooski’ and then neither of us could work out which was the correct pronunciation of IannodaTruffe one of the forum’s mentors. We had the two variants Eyeannoda or Eeannoda -must ask him one of these days on the forum.

Similarities – we both have brown hair, although I’m guessing mine is aided by the hairdresser more than R’s. Both like food, cookery and eating out. Both love London, generally prefer running on our own, love the 80s music obvs.

Running similarities –  probably not that many – R can run generally about the 5.30 mins per km level – that is something in my dreams. Recently as I wrote here, she did  under 4 minutes 30. That couldn’t be in my dreams even with the aid of hallucinogenic drugs! Distance – R can and does run longer distances 14-15km quite regularly, whereas me, I am still working my way up and around the 10/11km mark. Park Runs, I think we both agree running on Park Runs, is a different kind of running to your own running.

So all in all a lovely afternoon, no running for me yesterday, but I was inspired to go out this morning….

Oh and in case you wondering, the foot selfie – I certainly wasn’t  ‘face’selfie ready…. so the feet on the left are mine and on the right, they are R’s!

 

 

Mrs T – This One Is For You

A 10k racer…. who knew where Couch To 5K would take you?

Wishing you all the best for Sunday. Hoping MrT, Flynn and Erica cheer you until they are hoarse.

In recognition of one gutsy lady, here is my musical playlist tribute.

MrsT On Spotify

Second Hand News – Fleetwood Mac

7 Seconds – Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

New York Minute – Don Henley

Daydream Believer – The Monkees

Have A Nice Day – Stereophonics

Perfect Day – Lou Reed

Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day

All Day And All Of The Night – The Kinks

What About Us – The Saturdays and Sean Paul

Seasons In The Sun – Terry Jacks

December 1963 – Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons

Night Fever – Bee Gees

Spring Affair – Donna Summer

Dancing In The Dark – The Boss

Summer of ‘69 – Bryan Adams

The Boys Of Summer – Don Henley

Forever Autumn – Jeff Wayne and Justin Hayward

Hazy Shade of Winter – The Bangles

Winter Melody – Donna Summer

Year of the Cat – Al Stewart

7 Years – Lukas Graham

Holding Back The Years – Simply Red

Right Here, Right Now – High School Musical

1999 – His Purple Highness

Disco 2000 – Pulp

Sunday Morning – Velvet Underground

Sunday Girl – Blondie

Ruby Tuesday – Rolling Stones

Fall At Your Feet – Crowded House

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Proclaimers

8 Mile – Eminem

Stepping Out – Joe Jackson

Step On – Happy Mondays

One Step Beyond –  Madness

Footloose – Kenny Loggins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t….

 

run a Marathon. So goes the latest Map My Run advice and there are three reasons, which can be found and are discussed fully here

In summary though, they are:-

  1. You’re not ready
  2. You can’t devote enough time to train
  3. You need more race practice

As I have no intention of running a marathon unlike my super fit friend J, (who was in fact an iron woman, before the term was ever coined), I thought I would adapt this advice for a more normal likelihood in the JCR household.

So, here are my three reasons for not running with a Marathon (or Snickers bar if you’re American or if you can’t remember that Snickers used to be called Marathons in the good old days!)

  • You’re not ready –

this is because you have forgotten to buy the Marathon/Snickers bars in the first place. Next time, be prepared and buy a family pack, that should do a whole week of running.

  • You can’t devote enough time to train –

running with chocolate requires dedication, first of all you need to practice the unwrapping whilst running. Secondly, you can’t run with chocolate on hot days, it’s just plain nasty. Smudged chocolate on your hands could get you arrested for indecent running. If your need to run with chocolate occurs in the summer months, you are unlikely to have sufficiently cool enough days to practice. Unless you live in the UK of course.

  • You need more race practice –

in the JCR household, first in the cupboard gets first dibs at the chocolate. Many practice sprints help your access to the goodies, this is technically called ‘interval training’. As any seasoned runner knows, interval training is a crucial tool to help with Marathon running.

And if these hints have helped, you may like a ‘sweetie’ inspired playlist on Spotify:-

Chocolate Girl – Deacon Blue

So You Win Again – Hot Chocolate

Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

Push The Button – Sugababes

Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles

Raspberry Beret – Prince

Girl From Mars – Ash

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This – Eurythmics

Sad Sweet Dreamer – Sweet Sensation

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – Four Tops

Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste Of Honey

Flake – Jack Johnson

Cake By The Ocean – DNCE

I’m The Fat Man – King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys

Cream – Prince

Marathon – Junkie XL

Salt Peanuts – Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie

Ice Cream Man – Blur

I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow

You Got The Love – The Source and Candi Staton

Chasing after the boys – 13 November

Well you’re never too old…, or at least I’m not!

There have been a number of new men in my life since I started this running malarkey, luckily Mr JCR seems relaxed about it.

From Rolysmate and his lovely meemum, to Irish John’s philosophy ‘a run, is a run, is a run’, and Mr Run himself who was my partner in crime on the other side of the Adriatic, when Lucifer decided to visit.

I have learned something from each and every one of them and in their collective honour I have created on Spotify my A to Z of men’s name songs, with a couple of ‘generic male oriented songs’ for added effect.

This testosterone filled playlist, is an eclectic list and frankly I’d not heard of some of them, but now I have and I love all the tracks, and I hope my fellow C2Rk male runners like their tribute.

Oh and these boys spurred me onto my first 11k run too!

MrIrishRolyRuns playlist is just here

Andy You’re A Star – The Killers

Ben – Michael Jackson

Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz

It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls

Denis – Blondie

Goodbye Earl – Dixie Chicks

Frankie – Sister Sledge

Geno – Dexys Midnight Runners

Diary of Horace Wimp – ELO

Ivan Meets GI Joe – The Clash

Jackie Wilson Said – Dexys Midnight Runner

Song for Keith – Mike Strickland

Louie Louie – The Kingsmen

Mickey – Toni Basil

Nathan Jones – The Supremes

Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Peter Gunn Theme – The Blues Brothers

The Mighty Quinn – Manfred Mann

Rudy – Supertramp

Girls and Boys – Blur

Telegram Sam – TRex

Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top

Tracy Jacks – Blur

Ulysses – Franz Ferdinand

Is Vic There? – Department S

Warwick Avenue – Duffy

X Offender – Blondie

You’re The First, The Last, My Everything – Barry White

Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie

Maneater – Hall and Oates

A Message To You Rudy – The Specials

With Apologies To Gloria

Gaynor,  that is. I recently created the MummyCav playlist, On spotify

This is an A-Z of women’s names in song titles, with a few selected anthems in celebration of a fab C25Ker.

There is one notable omission, the karaoke fave, hen-night special ‘ I Will Survive’. Don’t get me wrong,  I love a bit of Gloria, ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ love it, ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’ absolutely glorious.

But IWS, is one of my most hated songs ever, it’s a close run thing but that and ‘Once In A Lifetime’ by Talking Heads, make me both retch and reach for the off button, if they come on the radio.

Talking Heads, most folk agree, tend to be a Marmite Band, you either love or hate them… But disliking IWS is almost akin to saying you don’t believe in the sisterhood. In fact it’s not a dislike, I actually detest the song, I don’t like the lyrics, I don’t like the tune and sorry Gloria, I don’t like your voice on it either.

I dislike it so much that my very good  friends MandG actually tracked down an original single a couple of years back. Traded hard cash for the vinyl, on an Italian Motorway Service Station and gave it to me as part of our traditional Shit Christmas Present Swap. Inspired thinking on their part.

So Gloria, I am sorry and to paraphrase that awful song

And you see me, somebody new

I’ve never been that person, so in love with you

And when that song is played on Radio 2, I really do dislike you

So I’m afraid on my Spotify, I’m having to de-list you

Okay, it doesn’t scan, but please, I am no lyricist – mind you I don’t think the original lyrics are much better. And this was my playlist tribute to MummyCav on C25K and what tribute could include a song I loathe?

I am running on Sunday, and will be listening to the MummyCav playlist, secure in the knowledge that IWS will never appear on it!

p.s. Mr JCR loathes it too!

 

 

 

 

 

Here come the girls…

On the C25K forum, there are many, many people I am happy to call friends and family. We’ve never met and probably never will, but we share a bond. We all have either kicked the couch and are runners, or we are starting our running lives.

Some names are already known,  like Razouski who has been immortalised with the retro runners inaugural playlist on Spotify. Every playlist name has a relevance to me and the forum. There’s one special lady who has had a hell of a running life and she always manages to come out at the end, if not smiling,  then determined to keep on. That lady is MummyCav, a fellow smoothie, and so my new retro runners playlist is chockful of ladies names and a few lady power anthems, in honour of MummyCav…

Here we go:-

Alison – Elvis Costello

Barbara Ann – Beach Boys

Caroline – Status Quo

Dirty Diana – Michael Jackson

Eloise – The Damned

Francine – ZZ Top

Gloria – Laura Branigan

Helena – My Chemical Romance

Poison Ivy – The Lambrettas

The Jean Genie – David Bowie

Respect – Aretha Franklin

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

Kayleigh – Marillion

Layla – Derek and the Dominoes

Maggie May – Rod Stewart

Darling Nikki – Prince

Ophelia – The Band

Dear Prudence – Siouxsie and The Banshees

Queen of Clubs – KC And The Sunshine Band

Roxanne – The Police

Sherry – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Teresa – Eddie Cochran

Single Ladies – Beyoncé

Uma Thurman – Fall Out Boy

Valerie – Amy Winehouse

Wendy – The Beach Boys

St Xenia – Katina

Oh Yoko!- John Lennon

Zoe Jane – Staind