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“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it” Oprah Winfrey
It’s that time of year again! No, not the nightmarish one hour springing ahead of time that is known as Daylight Savings Time. No, I’m not heralding the upcoming revelry of St. Patrick’s Day. Nope, not even the at long last slightly warmer temperatures that are hinting at the inevitability of the end of this dastardly winter.
It’s the time of year that I’m on the prowl for new workout music! It’s not a regularly occurring event…in fact, I’m always looking for new (or new to me) music, in just about every genre. But as I’ve made this commitment to running approximately a shitton of miles this year as part of a team participating in the Run The Edge Run 2,015 in 2015, I need to make sure my playlist is lengthy enough to hit shuffle and have enough YES! That’s my JAM! moments to boost my running without getting bored of hearing the same-old, same-old.
So I did what most people would do; I hit up The Googles as well as hitting up some of my standby resources such as Songza, Spotify, SoundCloud, Pandora and the like.
I found a website, jog.fm, that will build you a recommended playlist based on your mile pace running, walking or biking. Notice I said “recommended”. Because #2 on their recommendations for a 10 minute mile was “Holding Out For a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler. Pretty sure I’m not going to drop a dime on that. It may be classic, but it doesn’t quite have the oomph I’m looking for.
I’ve found some good new and new-to-me music, but I’m curious about what kind of music motivates your run or other activities? Is there a particular genre or artist(s) you are drawn to? Have you researched what songs have the appropriate steady or variety of beats per minute (BPM) to move you through your workouts? Do you like purely instrumental (classical all the way up to techno) or do you prefer songs you can mouth the words to as you’re getting your sweat on?
Please comment below on your favorite workout/running songs, genres, resources, or if you listen/do something else during your workouts that you feel is beneficial!