I found this 2005 Haruki Murakami interview from Runner’s World, which shall act as inspiration for 2008 the year of running not working marathons.
My favourite Murakami quote in the piece:
There was this one time when I tried a 100K ultramarathon, I was tempted to listen to Mozart’s Magic Flute from the beginning to the end, but I gave up on it in the middle of the course. It was exhausting. Since then I found opera not to be a good fit for running.
Which does bring me to the question of what consitutes good running music, and a request for recommend inspirational tracks or albums that will distract me from the pain of running. So far, on my new silver iPod shuffle, I have downloaded Evermore (including the track Running), Justin Timberlake, and Shakira. I should probably also add the Rocky theme song/s, especially that one that plays when he runs up the museum stairs .