Creating the perfect playlist for your training and race is crucial to maintaining your motivation, and pace. I find when my favourite song comes on, it gives me more energy to run, do you get that as well?
Below is our personal roundup of some of the best workout songs around. Don’t judge me for my ‘colourful’ taste in music 🙂
Here’s our top 15 songs. Let us know what you think of these songs.
- Mortal Kombat Theme Tune
- Shakira — “Empire”
- Pat Benetar – Love is a battlefield
- Paramore – Now
- Bastille – Pompeii
- Disclosure – F for You
- Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
- Fat Boy Slim – Right here, right now
- Imagine Dragons Radioactive
- One Republic – Counting Stars
- Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie
- Bruno Mars – Treasure
- Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
- Michael Jackson – Thriller
- Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing
What songs do you find motivate you and help you with your training?
Sometimes, if you are just going for a nice relaxing Sunday run, you want something with a little slower tempo and pace, to make you enjoy the run more, to control your pace, and to enjoy the music and solitude that a run brings. You’ll also find that if you listen to something which is too hardcore and heavy on a long run, you’ll burn yourself out too quickly – find the right balance between what your goals are for the run, and what times / distance you want to achieve. Also think about where you’ll be running, is it safe to have headphones in? Will heavy metal music be relevant for running along the beautiful beaches of Wales? Or would something more relevant like the Mumford and Sons or Bastille be more suitable?
There’s nothing worse than having a song come on shuffle which is completely out of place during a run. Just have a read of Liz’s blog post from last year about her running playlist, dismal to say the least 😉 I’ve had voice memos play after The Prodigy and I almost burst out laughing, and completely lost focus for those few minutes – be sure to specifically make playlists based on the type of run, and the distance or time you plan to run for.
From Active’s blog post, and some research that scientists carried out, found that music:
- Changed the heart rate
- Affected blood pressure
- Changed the metabolic rate
- Reduced physical and mental stress
- Reduced fatigue
Funnily enough, all of these things aid the flow of energy in the human body. Good on you music 🙂
On another side note, it’s #run2workday starting as of Thursday 5 June. Why not take a look here, and get your running shoes on for the summer. You can even plan your routes quite nicely on their website.
From your friendly neighbourhood runner
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