Happy Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure what this “holiday” celebrates, so I went to Wikipedia, my source of all information. The entry was long and talked about a lot of dead people … so I quickly lost interest. The gist of it is that we can blame Chaucer for associating the date with romantic love. I think we can blame Roman and/or Greek mythology for the creepy naked boy armed with an arrow.
Today this palooza of heart shaped gift giving is just another excuse for a themed playlist. The list is not particularly romantic – in song lyrics people tend to run away from love or run around on their partners – but it is about running + love. With a decidedly dark twist.
Disclaimer - my playlists are -in a word- embarrassing, but even with my very low standards most of these songs are still too horrible to make my cut. Download at your own risk.
- Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen. She dashed by me in painted on jeans. Perhaps not the recommended attire for running, but at least she’s moving quickly. No more love on the run.
- Eddie Rabbitt – You Can’t Run from Love. In a song with approximately three different lyrics the message is clear: you can’t run from love. But if you need to get in 30K anyway, maybe it’s worth a try.
- The Temptations – Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me). This is sports psychology. Imagine running. Or running away with someone. Either way, you are moving forward in a speedy manner.
- Enrique Iglesias – Escape. You can run you can hide but you can’t escape my love. Yikes. Take up ultramarathons and outlast the stalker.
- Janet Jackson – Runaway. Runaway with me my love. She starts out strong, but then goes on to inform, no need to hurry. Dear Ms. Jackson: running does have an element of hurry. This isn’t stroll away with me my love.
- Lionel Richie – Running with the Night. Finally, a couple that enjoys a run together. We were running with the night, playing in the shadows, just you and I until the morning light. It’s an odd time for a workout, but I’ve procrastinated my way to a few midnight runs.
Getting the job done:
- Jimmy Buffett – You Call it Jogging, I Call it Running Around. The soles of your running shoes they ain’t wearing down. While you’re out running up and down the streets. Whatever gets your heart rate up.
- Dixie Chicks – Ready to Run. What’s all this talk about love? I’m ready to run. So simple.
- Steve Miller Band – Take the Money and Run. According to recent news reports, endurance training can take a toll on relationships. The couple that runs together stays together? They headed down south and they’re still running today.
- Heart – Who Will You Run To? I think this is a classic finish line song – who will you run to when it all falls down? Who’s gonna wipe away the tears when you cry?
- Dion and the Belmonts – Runaround Sue. She took my love then ran around with every single guy in town. Paula Radcliffe mostly runs with men. Like Paula, perhaps Sue is just too fast for the ladies.
- Justin Bieber – Runaway Love. You see my baby up and hit the road. I’m running out of time. He’s not even old enough to drink in Quebec. Or run some marathons.
- Sammy Hagar – The Girl Gets Around. If you are going to tramp around you might as well log base miles. Good god this girl gets around.
- The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love. I think the Supremes were endurance athletes. Or maybe their mammas ran marathons. Mama said, mama said. You gotta trust, give it time, no matter how long it takes. But it ain’t easy.
- Crystals – Da Do Ron Ron. I know, the word is ron not run but it’s an easy substitution and I’m desperate for songs. Picked me up at seven and he looks so fine, da do run run run da do run run. Catchy.
- Martha Reeves and the Vandellas – Nowhere to Run. Nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide from you baby. Another ode to stalking. My earlier advice applies. Outrun.
- Flock of Seagulls – I Ran. I ran, I ran so far away. I ran, I ran all night and day. I couldn’t get away. Honesty check: this one is on my playlist.