Here is the latest in our series of Running Shoes mixes, which has been put together by Ride bassist Steve Queralt. It includes five minutes of ambient warm-up and warm-down sounds, with 30 minutes in the middle for running to. Or you can just enjoy the whole thing while seated. No pressure.
Here’s the full tracklisting and below Steve explains how he started running and why he has “no ambition” to run a marathon.
Vangelis ‘Chung Kuo’
Robyn ‘Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do’
Giorgio Moroder ‘The Chase’
Double Mixte ‘Romance Noire’
Floating Points ‘Ratio’
Dominik Eulberg ‘Der Tanz Der Gluehweurmchen’ (Rone Remix)
Luke Slater ‘Love’
Sébastian Tellier ‘Sexual Sportswear’
Severed Heads ‘Dead Eyes Opened’
New Order ‘Sub-Culture’
Boards Of Canada ‘Dandelion’
Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini ‘Illusion Of Time’
The first cut is the deepest – Steve Queralt on running
“The first cut is the deepest. That was my experience when I decided to go running to try and get fit.
“Being in a band in the ’90s might have been the most exciting way to make a living, but certainly not the healthiest. So, off I set for a run wearing a pair of fashion trainers and some Spurs shorts. Not a jog, but a run. I was determined to put in some effort and a light jog just wasn’t going to cut it.
“Never did I imagine how painful it was going to be feeling every step for what felt like hours of mind-numbing monotony. A minute passed and I’d immediately run out of energy and all motivation. But I’d set myself a goal, to get around Aston’s Eyot, a patch of wasteland in East Oxford, a route no longer than a mile and half.
“I made it, but not without taking a few rests along the way. I’d be lying if I said from that point on I’d caught the bug, that the post-run endorphins were so rewarding that I was immediately addicted. I hated it and didn’t go again for many years.
“Now, I run at least twice a week and have done for at least the last 10 years. I’m not particularly fast, have limited stamina, and have no real desire to push or test myself. I have absolute respect for those who complete marathons but have no ambition to run one myself.
“I still struggle with actually getting out of the house sometimes, but once I’m going I quickly find a rhythm and am usually pleased I made the effort. In cycling there is a saying that it never gets easier, that you just get faster. For me it’s the same with running. It’s never easy but I can go further and even slightly quicker.
“I would now go so far as to admit that I love running. I love the simplicity of it, the fact that all you need is a decent pair of running shoes. That you can go for a run wherever you find yourself and in almost any weather.
“Yes, it might be painful to get started, but treat yourself to a decent podcast or playlist, find what works, block out the world, and away you go.”