I’m back from Paris. I finished the marathon and although a few people voiced their concerns for my getting through alive, I knew I could do it. I have the sort of obstinacy that gets itself killed… I started cheerful, optimistic and confident. A ran along with thousands of others, listening to the crowds along the sidelines cheering us on.
I listened to “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” as read by Stephen Fry until around the 15th mile. The story read aloud to me helped me keep pace. It’s funny, a few years ago when I was trekking in Nepal, all I had was an old Sony Diskman and a couple of books. One of them was “Hitchhiker’s”…
When I reached the 16th mile, I felt a sharp pain in the back of my right knee. It throbbed and made me stop. I limped for about a quarter of a mile and fiddled around with my i-pod trying to find something to keep me going. I thought of listening to “I am Legend”, but it was too depressing. At last, I found my running playlist. “American Idiot” by Greenday, aptly named for my task blared at me and got me going.
For the next ten miles all of my favourite tunes kept me going. It’s great how music can kick start you just when you need it most.
So, what music inspires you?