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Running to the beat.

Posted Jan 07 2013 3:36pm

Ever notice that when you listen to music while you run you begin to run to the tempo of the music, slow songs you slow down and fast songs you speed up, unknowingly.  This can cause issues if you are training for a race or trying to attain a certain mileage in a given amount of time.  I asked a client, who DJs as a hobby, if she could help put together a playlist that would be great for around a 9-10 minute mile pace run, that means songs between 145-165 bpm (beats per minute).  She put together a great mix with lots of variety, so thank you!


Playlist is 1 hour long and lots of music variety!

After I was given the cd I did some more research on my own to see if I could find a program for myself to better select running music and I came across the  Cadence Desktop.   

"Use Cadence Desktop to analyze your iTunes music library for each songs BPM, and export each songs BPM value into iTunes. Cadence Desktop has its own unique BPM detection magic wand. It yields accurate BPM values and gets you out the door having fun quicker than any other analyzer out there." - CadenceApp 

And...if you don't feel like putting together your own playlist there is a free podcast called Podrunner-exercise music for fast paced workouts.  They download weekly and it gives you the bpm, allowing you to choose one that fits your speed.  

Do you find that you run to the beat of your music? Any favorite running songs that make it on every single playlist you make?

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