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Apr 6, 2010 7:11 AM (in response to Wicked2000)
I've found what works best for me is relatively mellow stuff with a constant rythm. Lots of stuff from the 80s, like Duran Duran, The Cure, along with some RnB thrown in.
I used to mostly listen to stuff which I thought would motivate me more, like "Eye of the tiger" and some heavier rock stuff, but it tended to influence me in such a way that I overextended myself too quickly.
Apr 6, 2010 6:08 PM (in response to Wicked2000)
I started running using Podrunner Intervals because that would tell me when to run and when to walk (Basically it's the same progarm as Couch to 5k), but I really wasn't a big fan of the music.
Then I tried an album from The Ministry of Sound called Running Trax - Still not my kind of music but it has remixes of more recognizable songs from the past few years so that was a bit easier to listen to.
But now I'm finding I like listening to podcasts. I thought not having a music beat would slow me down or make running harder, but I've found it makes the run seem to go easier when I have spoken word with someone talking to me and taking my mind off how hard the run is.
Apr 6, 2010 6:14 PM (in response to srandom)
Yeah, most of DJ Steveboy's stuff isn't my cup of tea either, but Velocity Angels is one of the best things to run to I've come across.
There are some programs on itunes that were made for Nike with built in coaching and intervals. I used them before, but lack of responsive coaching and integrated pulse monitoring are big drawbacks on nike+
Apr 6, 2010 6:21 PM (in response to srandom)
I, too, started off with PodRunner -- it's good stuff.
These days, I've been firing up GarageBand and making my own workout mixes. It's time-consuming, but having music where the BPM is synced to the stride rate I should be running has done amazing things to my runs. And, instead of the drone factor that you'll get with mixes by other people, using my own iTunes library guarantees that I'm going to like what I hear. (And, really, if you're following a workout plan, many of the runs will be similar enough that you'll not have to make all that many different mixes.)
If you need a BPM scanner, I use BPMer. It's not perfect, but it's good enough and cheap.
Apr 6, 2010 6:31 PM (in response to RickOsborne)
To detect BPM In Windows I use MixMeister Analyzer (free at bottom of this page)
I scanned my Itunes library folder and then when I opened Itunes I added the BPM column
(The BPMs didn't actually appear in ITunes till I clicked oa track in Itunes since only then did Itunes update the track info. so I just clicked Play and then Next, Next, Next...)
Apr 6, 2010 10:33 PM (in response to Wicked2000)
I always listen to music when I run, but I don't really do anything special as far as what I listen to. I usually just listen to whatever I feel like listening to that day. Lately I've been listening to a lot of Spoon on my runs (and in general).
Apr 7, 2010 11:55 AM (in response to Wicked2000)
I tend to use this playlist currently:
Link to bigger pic:
Apr 12, 2010 10:20 AM (in response to Wicked2000)
I mostly listen to anything that touches me on an emotional level. I don't worry about the BPM of the music, because I have a pretty good handle on my stride rate (175-183 depending on how many hills are on my route) without the music. I think that's mostly because I breathe in time with my footfalls, three in and three out in the green and blue zones, two in and two out on yellow and above, and my oxygen need pretty much keeps me at a steady pace.
When I first started I used the Podrunner 180 BPM track, and it's actually a pretty good track, but I like when I can time my workouts by when a new song stops and starts, so the the continuous tracks leave me feeling in a vacuum, timewise. I tried three or four different BPM scanners on my music library, and they were all really bad. Not only did they not give logical BPM readings for half the songs, but between different programs the results were wildly variable. So, I basically just run to what I like. I find if I can tap into something emotionally, then the running just happens on its own.
Though, I will second "Eye of the Tiger," because it's helped me up this monster hill on my route more than once. LOL.
Specific songs I love to run to:
You Found Me
That's Enough For Now
Unholy, Dirty, and Beautiful
Road to Nowhere
Jars of Clay:
Apr 12, 2010 3:46 PM (in response to Wicked2000)
I also searched desperate the internet for some BPM tracks. Today I discovered the "podcasts" of iTunes (I don't like iTunes that much, but use it for my iPod). I love my iPod! and will try to "love" iTunes as well ;)
Some time ago I used bea tunes under windows in order to add BPM information to my personal tracks. bea tunes also adds BPM information to my iTunes library. I also discovered that it not always was that accurate :)
On my next run I'll try to use some pods with 160 bpm and try to get some experience with that.
May 8, 2010 8:27 PM (in response to Wicked2000)
I listen to all types-
Rock ( Nickleback, Bon jovi, 30 seconds to Mars~outstanding)
Even The Rocky album-definetly one to motivate you.
However I find the more up beat the music- the faster you seem to go-the more you get told of to slow down to green/blue zone. LOL
Still I dont think I can run with out listening to music-i find it a big motivator and makes the run more intresting.
May 10, 2010 8:19 PM (in response to Wicked2000)
Have you heard a "VA - Running Trax Xtra - 5k and 10k edition"? I LOVE it! They are so energizing.
Especially love these tracks:
VA - Running Trax 10k Run Mix (54:42)
VA - Running Trax 5k Run Mix (22:28)
VA - Running Trax Warm Down Mix (16:21)
VA - Running Trax Warm Up Mix (13:06)
Aug 9, 2010 5:46 PM (in response to Matt1982)
I listen to pretty much anything, but i loke something with a bit of a beat to it, so i can eithier run faster or slower with the beat if that makes sense, my blackberry has alosrts of music on it, but it all depends on what frame of mind i am in.
Aug 11, 2010 12:13 AM (in response to Wicked2000)
Runs 15+ minutes...I like hip hop. Nice steady beats. Real hip hop, though (Mos Def, Heltah Skeltah, Wu-Tang, etc.)
Sprints...I don't listen to music. I like to pay attention to what my body is telling me.
CrossFit...I like punk (Pennywise, Flogging Molly, Misfits, etc.) Gets me amp'd.
Aug 11, 2010 10:57 PM (in response to Wicked2000)
What I intend to do is play The Beatles because they are my favorite band, I think this is good because when starting the work out when warming up I can sing along to some of the words but when I start to struggle to sing is when I know I need to shut up and just run. I think some really motivational stuff really gets your juices going but that is all down to personal opinion. Find the best songs to start you off, Mid session and a song that gets you home.
Aug 22, 2010 11:07 AM (in response to Wicked2000)
Depends on how Im feeling before I head out on a run. Generally anything that makes me feel good or reminds me of good times, (this helps when trying to distract from thinking about the remaining distance Ive set myself to do!!)
A few little handy ones..
The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
- I wanna be Sedated
- Sheena is a punk rocker
Some trance, some prodigy, and ofcourse some good old Aussie rock! Recorded radio podcasts too.... Just go with what makes you feel good
Sep 14, 2010 8:14 AM (in response to Wicked2000)
As i run early in the morning before work (actually before 6 a.m.) i need some tunes to keep me awake and speed me up a bit.
Rise Up - Yves La Rock
Mak a move on me - Joey Negro
Four to the floor (thin white duke rmx) - Starsailor
Sexy b*tch feat Akon - David Guetta
Infinity 2008 - Guru josh project
Nov 10, 2010 4:42 PM (in response to Wicked2000)
I download the Electronic Groove Podcast. Just search for it on itunes. They have tons of mixes from 60 to 120 minutes. Great stuff. Here is the link http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/electronic-groove-podcast/id145897878
Nov 14, 2010 9:06 PM (in response to Wicked2000)
I have the same question too and I'm glad I found this Thread! Well one of my all time favorites is Till I Collapse by Eminem. A few more from Eminem are Rabbit Run, Lose Yourself, Cinderella Man, Despicable, and Cold Wind Blows. Alot of hardcore songs appease to my running needs like Asking Alexandria and The Devil Wears Prada, espically those from the Zombie EP. Linkin Park's New Divide and The Catalyst are good too.
Nov 15, 2010 4:48 PM (in response to Wicked2000)
I have a broad range of playlists that I switch back and forth between. But I tend to listen to mixes by the Crookers or BBC Radio 1 Essential Mixes. They keep me pumped for my run. But if I have a playlist it has Kanye West - Power, Kid Cudi - Day N Nite Crookers Remix, Far East Movement - Like a G6, etc.
Apr 12, 2011 6:41 AM (in response to Wicked2000)
As weird as it sounds a girl who is a runner in one of my class told me she runs with classical music. I my self like classical music but only to sleep to. So i told my self why the heck not ill try it, and honestly i can say i became a better runner. Theres lots i listen to but i like mozarts symphony no. 40 and 25 and beethoven no.5 and 9 but there are other good classical songs that the composer put passion into. ill once in a while listen to jazz and pop, rock and others but classical got to say is my favorite now
Mar 8, 2013 5:25 AM (in response to Wicked2000)
I think it depends on what you like to run for. I like to run because I love listening to the birds, running by fields, and enjoying nature. So I tend to put in one headphone (for listening to micoach instructions) and listening and enjoying my surroundings. But if you like to listen to music, I think Alicia Keys "Girl on Fire" is the best if your a girl. If your a man then I don't really know!
experiment a little with it....see what you like!