Is Debbie Gibson’s “Only In My Dreams” A Good Running Song?

Is Debbie Gibson’s “Only In My Dreams” a good running song? I haven’t quite decided. Added the song to my playlist, and on the first listen, thought I had made a big mistake. But later, after about mile 8, when my old man bones were having a hard time moving along at a velocity that would keep me upright (meaning, not laying flat on my back, whimpering for medical assistance), I heard the song cycle through again and definitely felt myself perk up, even quickening my pace from mach-snail 1 to mach-snail 2.

Before you scoff at my terrible musical taste, for even daring to add the song to my shuffle, understand that when running, a fast-paced pop candy song that in other circumstances might cause you to walk over to a sound system and slam it into the ground is just what you need on a run — it can really wake you up when your entire body is telling your oxygen deprived brain to stop… just stop… (See Touching the Void for an extreme example of this).

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  1. I heart Debbie Gibson! Even though she goes by Deborah, I will always love the albums the recorded under Debbie. Hilary Duff is another shameful secret that appears on my ipod when I run.

    I really like your blog and I have been trying out some of the “projects” lately. Thanks for keeping it up!

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