More Than Lasers And Lights

In the midst of a packed U.S. Bank Stadium, the music swallowed up the crowd, and instinctively I began to sing along.

“Look at the stars, Look how they shine for you, And everything you do, Yeah, they were all yellow.”

More than any other band, Coldplay epitomizes the relationship between music and running for me. It started 9 years ago on a training run for my first marathon.

“I was just guessing, At numbers and figures, Pulling the puzzles apart / Questions of science, Science and progress, Do not speak as loud as my heart.”

Now, after each of the 23 other marathons, the band’s songs continue to carry me through miles and miles.

And while the laser lights, pyrotechnics and flashing LED wrist straps (given to audience members as they entered the stadium gates) made for a great visual show,  it’s been the music and lyrics of Coldplay that have inspired my training through the years.


“When you try your best, but you don’t succeed, When you get what you want, but not what you need … And I will try to fix you.”

The day began with an early wake-up call to meet a buddy to run 12 miles through the streets and paths of Fargo. Twelve hours later, after the drive to downtown Minneapolis, I found myself sitting in the stadium for a trip that proved to be more meaningful than hearing a band play their biggest hits. Somewhere, inside me, it connected all of the places I’ve been during the past decade — and offered hope for the future.