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1,270,537,863,195 (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.
1,270,577,280,735 (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.
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1,270,577,677,028 (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+
1,270,578,079,823 (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.
1,270,578,676,048 (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...)
1,270,641,357,640 (in response to Wicked2000)
I tend to use this playlist currently:
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1,271,067,654,457 (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:
1,271,087,182,736 (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.
1,273,350,441,926 (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.
1,273,522,798,195 (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)