Running playlist

This Sunday November 4th I’ll be running the streets of NYC as I take on my next challenge, the New York City Marathon.

I’ve talked on this blog before about how I love to run and have mused on some of the best show tunes to work out to, but what else do I listen to to distract me on those long training runs?


Emily recently said she was going to charge me a pound for every time I said, “I was listening to this podcast…” It’s true, I listen to a lot of them. However, they’re a great way to accompany a 3 hour run.

If you’re looking for a recommendation, whether out running or in general, here are a few of my favourites:

  1. The High Low - a weekly current affairs and pop culture show, hosted by journalists Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes

  2. Desert Island Discs - the classic BBC Radio 4 show in podcast form. Check out my own track list here!

  3. Table Manners - a show in which musician Jessie Ware cooks a meal with her Mum for a different guest each week

  4. How to Fail - writer Elizabeth Day speaks to an array of people on how their failures have helped them to succeed

  5. The Adam Buxton Podcast - comedian and writer Adam Buxton gets straight to the grit with his interviewees, singing brilliant jingles on his way


I only listen to music if I need a real boost on a tough run, or am tackling some speed work. Here are some of my top tunes to run to, many of them some Starling Arts choir favourites!


Come race day, the headphones are stowed away and it’s the crowd I listen to. There is always live music played on the streets and members of the public blast music from speakers outside their houses, but it’s hearing the spoken words of encouragement that I look forward to the most. For this marathon in New York City, I’m particularly excited for the sudden roar runners hear when exiting the spectator-free Queensboro Bridge and returning to the packed crowds on 1st Avenue.

While in NYC I will, of course, be catching the latest shows in addition to running! As with previous Broadway trips, I will be sharing my thoughts on this blog, so watch this space!

‘Til then I’m off to eat some pasta.