Music New Balance presents: The Song that Changed My Life, by Reid Coolsaet

    New Balance presents: The Song that Changed My Life, by Reid Coolsaet

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    2016 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Toronto, Canada October 16, 2016 Photo: Victah Sailer@PhotoRun

    All this month, we’re highlighting different stories about New Balance and New Balance athletes, like Ross Proudfoot, who wrote this about maximizing your running this summer.

    At iRun, we love music and musicians who run and we love to hear runner’s playlist suggestions. We’re doing a contest all this week about The One Song That Changed My Life, what’s your favourite running song and when did it get you out of a pickle?

    I know my song exactly. Running the Boston Marathon and everything fell apart and I was feeling despondent until the live version of Nothing As it Seems by Pearl Jam came on. I started jogging again, and playing air guitar, and my spirits lifted from the gutter to the sky.

    Here’s Reid on his favourite song, Gimme Shelter.

    “Before I ran STWM in 2011 I was listening to “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones. It was really windy that day so the line: “If I don’t get some shelter I’m going to fade away,” spoke to me in terms of sticking with the main pack. I was able to stay with the leaders until 37km and that made the difference for me dipping under 2:11:00 for the first time.”

    What’s the song that got you across the finish line?