A few days ago I ran into AudioFuel, a company in the UK that produces music specifically for running. The interesting thing is that their tracks include coaching, which I’m starting to like now that I figured out how to create good sessions in Runkeeper.
Looking through their site, I found a free track called Thru the Gears, so I downloaded and took it for a spin yesterday.
It’s only 15 minutes, but it does serve as good sample of what they’re about. The session starts with slowish music and a voice telling you to stretch for a few moments. Then the tempo increases a bit to a brisk walk. After a few minutes you start jogging at a specific BPM. This is when I really started to like it.
After a few minutes the voice comes back and tells you to run at a higher pace, with the music changing accordingly. After about 10 minutes I was running fairly fast and truly enjoying it.
Unfortunately, the workout ended too quickly. I was truly into it when I heard the voice telling me to slow down for the cool down.
I think doing this workout 2 or 3 times in a row will be amazing. It’d be great if I could just skip the intro for the second and third time. Maybe I’ll give it a go.
The question is: did it make me run faster?
Honestly, I really think it did. The combination of music that’s playing at a constant tempo and a coach telling you what to do is definitely inspirational. I loved running to the music and each step perfectly matched with my foot hitting the road. It felt like dancing.
My only concern is that since the music is instrumental only, it might get a bit boring after a while. Plus, I really like listening to my old songs when doing smart playlists in iTunes.
UPDATE: This is how AudioFuel describes the Thru the Gears track:
Thru the Gears begins with a minute of stretching to warm up followed by a minute at a walking pace. Then the pace builds up to a jogging pace, gradually revving right up to a 170 beat per minute sprint. The last minute gives you a recovery period to walk and stretch out.
I also found this graph that shows it visually. Pretty cool.