These days, you rarely see a runner outside without spotting those iPod earbuds, and for good reason. Music can really help with running. Not only is it fun to listen too and useful for keeping focused over lengthy runs, but choosing the right music based on tempo can really help with pacing. Last year, when I was training for a half marathon, I used many different playlists for my training. I carefully organized the music based on its tempo, or beats per minute, to help me maintain the proper running speed and cadence of steps. Although I didn’t listen to music during the actual race (the organizers politely requested a no headphones policy), because I had trained extensively with music, I was able to maintain my desired running pace. Plus, I pretty much had all the music pumping through my head based on memory.
Here are some tips to putting together a perfect running playlist.
Having a great jogging play list could function as the determinate variable to a good run. It could make the difference between a substandard or poor jog and an awesome 1. I had many runs start out poorly and then became better when I put an excellent music playlist on.
The key variable to assembling a good playlist depends on the form of jog you’re trying to do, how you jog, and the type of music you like.
In the illustrations recorded in the next paragraph you’ll see tips on how to make use of the BPM of the music, playlists as well as the sort operation of the tunes to assist you jog better, quicker, and stick to your own training plan.
My friend Tyrone loves to be involved in shorter races, like the 5K and 10K. He is fast, and he listens to audio when he runs. His play list is loaded with high tempo, or beats-per-minute (BPM) tunes.
My mother is a rather new runner, although she really wants to jog faster, and complete a half marathon sometime, she’s aware that she is only starting out and has to pace herself therefore she does not get injured. If you’re like her, you are going to create a playlist which is around 50 minutes long, with the first 5-10 minutes having tunes with a BPM of around 100-120. This will help you get to a great speed slowly and ease to the jog. If you are in a race, you may be someplace in the middle of the pack and it will take you a few minutes to get into a place with enough breathing room to jog faster anyway. Following the initial 5-10 minutes, you should begin to gradually build up the BPM of your songs, go around 140 for another 5-10 minutes. After that you could grow the BPM of you songs to a high speed of 140-180.