I’ve seen the study I mentioned previously referenced in several articles and publications, so I did some digging and found it in The Sport Journal.
The study is titled “Music in Sport and Exercise : An Update on Research and Application” and was submitted by Costas Karageorghis and David-Lee Priest of Brunel University. The conclusion says:
We have established that there are many ways in which music can be applied to both training and competition. The effects of carefully selected music are both quantifiable and meaningful. As Paula Radcliffe, the world record–holding marathoner, has said, “I put together a playlist and listen to it during the run-in. It helps psych me up and reminds me of times in the build-up when I’ve worked really hard, or felt good. With the right music, I do a much harder workout.”
The findings we have discussed lead to the possibility that the use of music during athletic performance may yield long-term benefits such as exercise adherence and heightened sports performance, through a superior quantity and quality of training. Although many athletes today already use music, they often approach its use in quite a haphazard manner. We hope that through applying the principles outlined in this article, athletes and coaches will be able to harness the stimulative, sedative, and work-enhancing effects of music with greater precision.
It’s an interesting read for anyone interested in running to music.