Monday, 27 March 2017

Life's What You Make It - Talk Talk

Lyrics:- 'Life's what you make it, can't escape it' - Hollis & Friese-Greene

Song Choice:- It's probably Talk Talk's finest hour and this 1985 classic has to have one of the best 'hooks' a single could ever have wanted, yet somehow it only got to #16 in the UK charts. It's a shame as I always thought that Talk Talk were a such a great band but being pitched against the 'Live-Aid Mega-Groups' of the time, it meant they just weren't hip enough to make their mark. It's well worth a listen though and if you've forgotten the track or missed 'Talk Talk' all together you might well be surprised.

I've previously featured 'Talk Talk's' self-titled song 'Talk Talk' for the blog to highlight that I believe talk is cheap and action speaks far louder. If I'm your coach, and you are a procrastinator, you'll know that for sure.

You see, I love the whole feel of 'Life's what you make it' with its heavy piano lead, snapping drums and screaming guitars... it's always made me feel - Upbeat, Lucky & Very Alive.

And it's the 'Alive' bit that I'm interested in for today's blog as I so nearly wasn't last year.

It finally dawned on me over the weekend that if I hadn't had the Intravenous Immunoglobulins (IVIGs) when I had the Sub-Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (SIDP) - I'd be dead. Properly Dead, Buried and Long-gone - along with my very confused 'Antibodies' which had attacked my own nervous system. It was part way through the Cardiff ParkRun when I was bashing out my quickest 5km post illness that it came to mind.

It's not the best of times to have such a moment of realisation but it did take away some of the pain and give me a great sense of gratitude that I'd made the life/death cut. Back in August last year, I could only dream of ever walking a 5km, let alone manage it at sub 9-minute mile pace, with faster times to come I hope.

It does to show you that anything is possible if you want it enough and make what you can from your life - don't escape it as you can't back-date it.

More tomorrow from Dublin...

Rory Coleman - 986 Marathons - 241 Ultras - 13 Marathon des Sables
9 Guinness World Records - 8,482 Days' Alcohol Free
1 Inspirational Running Memoir - Get your copy here.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Everybody Wants to Run the World - Tears for Fears

Lyrics:- 'All for freedom and for pleasure' -  Hughes, Orzabal & Stanley

Song Choice:- Back in 1986, 'Everybody wanted to Run the World' to promote 'Sport Aid' which culminated in a 10km fun run held simultaneously in 89 countries. The song peaked at number 5 in June 1986 and united millions of people the world over to raise a staggering £30M for Live-Aid and UNICEF. 

With just two weeks to go until 'The Marathon des Sables' and a month until 'The London Marathon' both of which have again raised ten of millions of pounds over their 30+ years history. It strikes me that there are thousands of other worthy causes and local races out there where vital funds and awareness can be raised and athletic feats of endurance rewarded with hard-earned cash.

I've fund-raised during lots of my Mega-Day Marathon Running Challenges over the years and have raised cash for the elderly, the addicted and the terminally ill. Seeing that Sir Ranulph had collected nearly £20M for Marie Curie over the years encouraged me to donate my training fee to them too, especially after visiting their Care Home in Penarth. 

It felt like the right thing to do at the time and of course it was... The only thing is you never get to see exactly what's happened to the money that you've donated as the charities are so huge.

So maybe there's an even more rewarding local worthy challenge out there? One where folk can group together their efforts together, utilise their 'Fund-Raising' and their 'Marketing and PR Skills' for instance to buy a piece of desperately needed equipment for their local hospital or a 'Guide-dog's Training'... A tangible result of their collective efforts.

My local ParkRun in Cardiff  like all ParkRun's is free and attracts 700-900 people every week - £1 from every runner would raise at least £33k a year if folk pulled together for a worthy cause. All from just £1 a week - I'd pay that wouldn't you? Don't get me wrong ParkRun is an amazing phenomena and it's about getting folk active which is brilliant but we could all give something back each week and feel even better about our efforts?

The thing is, you don't need to 'Run the World' to make a change no matter how large or small and it's amazing how such small steps could add up to making huge differences for those that surround us and that even a local 5K can be a great vehicle for making that change. 

Well worth a thought...and if you need to find an event to do so take a look no further Eventbrite and start making a difference :-)

Rory Coleman - 986 Marathons - 241 Ultras - 13 Marathon des Sables
9 Guinness World Records - 8,479 Days' Alcohol Free
1 Inspirational Running Memoir - Get your copy here.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Ordinary World - Duran Duran

Lyric:- 'There's an ordinary world, somehow I have to find' - Le Bon, Bates, Taylor & Cuccurullo

Song Choice:- I wrote that I'd use 'Ordinary World' for today's blog whilst I was on the train to London yesterday morning. No-one could have predicted the day's events and I'm not here to add any further white noise to the terror that now accompanies our everyday lives in our otherwise very 'Ordinary World'... I will of course 'Cry for Yesterday' as Le Bon sings, for all of those that were killed, injured or affected by those actions as sadly their world's will never be 'Ordinary' again after simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

You see we think we live in a safe-world, a safe-place where things just carry on as normal - The thing is, it can turn upside down in a milli-second.

So be careful out there and make the most of every moment you have, as life is a very precious gift.


Rory Coleman - 986 Marathons - 241 Ultras - 13 Marathon des Sables
9 Guinness World Records - 8,478 Days' Alcohol Free
1 Inspirational Running Memoir - Get your copy here.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Planet Earth - Duran Duran

Lyrics:- Look now, look all around, there's no sign of life – Le Bon, Taylor x 3 & Bates

Song Choice:- I love a bit of the ‘Duran Duran Boys’ don’t you? Although at the time I wouldn’t have admitted to that as I classed them as a bit of a ‘Girl’s Band, if I’m being honest – Well, all that ‘New Romantic’ make-up and back-combing stuff was a bit OTT for an old ‘Prog Rocker’ like me. Anyway, they progressed as we all do and went on to make some fantastic songs all the way through the 80’s and 90’s IMO, and there are some real stand out classics to revisit such as ‘Ordinary World’ which is just a sublime ballad and well worth listening to again. I just did and I’ll ‘Blog’ that one out tomorrow.

You see ‘Planet Earth’, got me thinking. Isn’t it funny how as little specks of dust on this tiny speck of a planet revolving in a massive expanse of nothing which is never ending, that we spend so much of our time, living in the past? I know the universe is expanding and all that, at an alarming speed, but what is it about our history that makes us want to relive our yesterdays’ so much? In the grand scheme of things, they are a complete ‘Nano-millisecond of time’, that we fritter away so recklessly. 

I mean I blinked when I was 18 and now I’m 55, WTF happened? My first job back then, was illustrating finds on an ‘Archaeological Dig’ about the same time as Planet Earth was released. – We spent weeks scrapping away layer so of mud to look at Roman Remains less than 1800 years old. I mean that was over 30 years ago already and I wonder what happened to my drawings – maybe they are still in a museum somewhere as a record of a click of the fingers of athe past?

My own archaeology up to 2016 is written down for eternity, or for as long as it’s relevant I suppose and I’m already into writing the next few chapters of ‘Nano-milliseconds’ that I’ll be able to look back on in the future and relive in the comfort of my mind, in ‘Uninterrupted high-definition-rose-tinted-sepia-vision’- rather than look from above at ‘Planet Earth’ and see just what I’m missing or have missed along the way.

Am I on LSD? Well it sounds like it as this is a very weird blog. It’s very early and I’m not on mind bending medication I promise you… I’m just on ‘Planet Earth’ wearing red nail varnish as I’m a ‘New Romantic’ at heart, looking around both backwards and forwards for ‘Signs of Life’.

More tomorrow after a lie down…

Rory Coleman - 986 Marathons - 241 Ultras - 13 Marathon des Sables
9 Guinness World Records - 8,477 Days' Alcohol Free
1 Inspirational Running Memoir - Get your copy here.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A Trick of the Tail - Genesis

Lyric:- 'There, beyond the bounds of you weak imagination' - Banks

Song Choice:- The penultimate track of 'A Trick of the Tail' brings us another Banks penned track of the same title. By 1976, it's plain to see whom was the major influence within the band, and why perhaps Gabriel and Hackett left. It's a great track still the same and has some pretty whacky old lyrics and a shocking video if you take a look here  - a miniature Collins with furry UGG boots and a pipe wasn't a great look.

Anyway, I like the sense of journey within the song - always have.

Then again, we all love a bit of an adventure don't we? I know I do and I've certainly traveled the wide open road for tens of thousands of miles in my time. Enough to circumnavigate the world with miles to spare but unlike the 'Beast' in the song, my journey is fact light years from where it originally started all those years ago.

I mean, we all have to start somewhere - from our own 'Point Zero' but it's amazing how many folk set off on a new life challenge, with great intent, only to end up 'Back at Square One'. If you are a 'Footie Fan' you'll get that one...

The 'A' to 'B' journey is a far better option in my book. Feeling like you've actually been somewhere and found that 'Golden Spired City of Gold' is a very satisfying feeling - I know - It just takes a huge amount of energy and concentration to fulfil one's own promise.

And actually deliver...

Perhaps that lack of journey completion comes down to the self-imposed boundaries of our flawed imaginations. It's far too easy to dismiss adventure outside of our day-to-day existence with a 'No' or 'Never'. Why 'opt out' when there is a simple 'A to B' tick box that's plain to see.

A lot of the time we spend so long reading life's small print, so long in fact that there's no time left for the adventure itself and let's face it, life comes with it's own open ticket to all 'First Class Destinations' all for free...

You don't have to buy the ticket... You've already got one!

Rory Coleman - 986 Marathons - 241 Ultras - 13 Marathon des Sables
9 Guinness World Records - 8,476 Days' Alcohol Free
1 Inspirational Running Memoir - Get your copy here.