You may or may not have my taste in music. I like quite the variety. I’m an 80?s band- freak so there’s a little of that in there. I have a 10 year old, so there are a few current hits that I happen to enjoy. And I’ve always loved The Offspring and the alternative, hard-core fast beat of most of their songs.
Running to music is great. It pumps me up, gives me energy and keeps me positive while I exercise. It also helps me keep a good pace. But more importantly, every time I go out for a run listening to my top playlists I somehow run faster and don’t feel as tired as I do when my favourite songs are playing full blast on my iPhone.
That’s the reason I started this site. I enjoy it so much that I want to share the best music for running I’ve found. Today I want to share a few of my favourite CDs for jogging.
Here are a few notes on each. I may write a full review of each of them later, but for now just a short note:
1. 101 Running Songs is a collection of 5 CDs. The songs are good although a little old, so if you like recent music only this one may not be for you. I do like it quite a bit though. It has music by Queen, Pink, Fatboy Slim, Billy Idol, Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, Wham and many others. I wrote a short review of the first CD a few months ago. 5 Stars.
2. 101 Running Songs Lap 2 is the sequel to the above and also a 5 disc set. This one is more modern featuring music by Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, Blur, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Katy Perry, Alycia Keys, etc. mixed up with oldies by Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Duran Duran, Blondie, Erasure and Run DMC. I normally wouldn’t listen to some of these, but the combination is pretty good and all tracks are awesome for running. A little variety is great. This one is one of my favourites. 5 Stars.
3. Exercizer Maximizer Vol. 1 & 2 is a 2 disc set and it’s based on running at specific beats per minute. The tag line is “Workout Music Engineered To Get You Results” and it sure does. It has warm up and warm down tracks. The music was written specifically to work out by composer Raney Shockne. It’s not normal songs by known artists. It’s like having your own coach with you. However, the pace gets pretty high so it’s more geared towards regular runners that can already sustain a good pace. Skip it if you’re just starting out. 5 Stars.
4. The Biggest Loser Workout Mix – 80s Hits Remixed is as simple as it gets. Twelve up beat songs from the 80′s including Sussudio, Electric Avenue, Let’s hear it for the boy, Magic, and others. This one is a love it or hate it disc. Check out the song list and you’ll know if it’s for you. 3 Stars.
5. Bodymix: Sixties Cardio is good once in a while. The songs aren’t by the original artists (at least I don’t think so) and I wouldn’t listen to it when not running, but for a jog they’re good. I get this with some songs, don’t like them when I listen to them but like them while running. They have a good rhythm. 3 Stars.
So there you have it. If you’re looking for running music but don’t want to spend the time creating custom playlists these might be exactly what you want.
Another playlist for running, but this time I filtered by genre and chose Electronica/Dance only. I tried this because there were a few good songs from that genre in the 101 Running Songs from that genre that I enjoyed running to. It seemed like a good genre to try out.
I specifically chose a medium tempo of around 120 beats-per-minute (BPM). That’s a good running pace, but not too fast. The playlist is just over an hour of music.
Electronica/Dance is definitely a great genre to run to. I thoroughly enjoyed this playlist.
What I liked the most is the difference between the songs. Even though they’re all from the same genre and similar tempo, they are quite different. Some are a bit mellow and others are fairly aggressive.
After many months of not exercising much, I decided it was time to get back into it. Many years ago, I was doing triathlons, mountain biking, and adventure races, but somewhere along the line work got crazy and I stopped. It’s been almost 7 years now. I miss it. My body can feel it. It’s not cool.
During these 7 mostly sedentary years, I’ve done a bit of running here and there, but nothing to write home about. And certainly not consistently.
It’s time to get back into shape.
A few weeks ago I started running regularly again. I’m pumped. It feels good although it’s still a pain in the butt to get up early. But I’m doing it. I want to run a full marathon this year. That’s my goal.
Back when I was in shape, the iPhone didn’t exist. I never used an iPod to run, so I never really knew what running to music was like. This time around though, I do have an iPhone and I’m sort of obsessed with apps. So I did some searching in the iTunes Store for running apps and found a few that I’ve been testing. I love the fact that I can track exactly where I’ve run using the GPS, see it on a map, and know the exact distance I did.
Running with an iPhone of course meant that I also have my music with me, so I gave running to some tunes a go. The first time I just randomly chose a playlist and set off.
It was a great experience, but after about 15 minutes of running to great tunes a slow song came on and it screwed up my rhythm. For the rest of the run I kept thinking I had to create good running playlists. I got back to my computer and spent the next few days obsessing over this and realised others might be interested in this as well. I also decided I needed a place to track my progress. Sort of a logbook. Plus I wanted somewhere I could capture my thoughts and learnings through the process.
Which brings me to this website.
Primarily it’s where I’ll share the running playlists I create and put to the test. But I’ll also write about the apps I use, the milestones I achieve, and most likely some random but hopefully related thoughts.
I admit this site is mostly for me. But I’m putting it out there in case others find it interesting.