A new twist on fav running songs
24
February
2013

Hey runners and soon-to-be-runners!

 

Today we are talking about tunes and how to pick the perfect ones (in playlists) to give you that little boost needed to record a better time, track a longer distance,  climb a steeper hill … Some good running sites have posted similar topics this week. There is a good one at Fleet Street Sports from St Louis. Left a link in the Cool Links section. Active.com has a recent good post relating to tunes and work outs in general.(http://www.active.com/fitness/Articles/Workout-Playlist-Music-to-Boost-Your-Exercise-Routine.htm)

Notwithstanding what other athletic bloggers have dispensed/asserted/proposed/suggested/considered on running tunes, it is appropriate to place the RGT spin on the process.

 

Let’s set some base rules first in the selection of your running mix. Most (shoe) souls will self-destruct if you include any of the following in your list: Lionel Ritchie, Journey, Coldplay, Mike Jackson and Gangnam Style. Avoid, avoid, avoid … Not only are these brutal artists with equally brutal songs, they are known to create dopamine receptor issues in your cerebral cortex. Google Journey and Permanent Brain Damage (PBD) and you will see …

 

Okay with that now out of the way and all us on equal footing (no deliberate pun there honest), we should go through a bit of the science of tune selection. You somewhat want to match song tempo with desired heart rate in bpm. You want songs with deep meanings and open ended creative slants to help keep the left and right brain in check. Otherwise you might run in a large circle …

 

Create a few playlists with different song tempos based on what you want to achieve. Here are some seasoned and road tested ideas:

 

A- The Long Run:

– start slow with songs like Shout (Tears for Fears version), Come Sail Away, MIA Paper Planes, Creep, Staind Outside, Unburdened, Wonderwall, …

– build the middle with favorites for helping you push forward. Try songs like Rock n’Roll, Motley Crue’s Don’t Go Away Mad, Beck’s Devils Haircut, Give me Novacaine, The Dandy Warhols and Bohemian Like You,  Quiet Riot, Gold on the Ceiling, The Hardest Button to Button, Gold Lion, …

– the finish: big, bold songs with insatiable beats like Lit Up, Lorelei, Sabotage, Paradise City or Sweet Child, Hell’s Bells, …

 

B- The Speed Workout:

– songs that flow and rock and keep your heart pounding; songs that don’t let up and hold you in their powerful grips!

– our favorites to include: Seven Mary 3 Cumbersome, Korn’s Coming Undone, Stricken by Disturbed, Mama Kin, Gone Away, Revolution, …

 

C- The Casual Date Run:

– OK the first trick is figuring how you will share the playlist but I leave that to your imagination …

– This MUST include such gems as: Self-Esteem by The Offspring, Girl by Beck, Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meathead, Psycho by POM, So Cold by Breaking Benjamin, One by Filter, With or Without you, Numb, …

 

D- The Mid Training Run:

– here you can mix it up a bit with your tunes; you can resort to some guilty pleasures if need be. This is a run for sustaining physical activity levels. You can include a few cheese numbers if you must. Our ideal playlist (money back guarantee on results): Kryptonite,  How you Remind me, Lost Together, Come on Eileen, Strange Animal, Hit me with your Best Shot, Wake me up before you go-go, Anxiety by Black Eyed Peas, What I’ve Done.

 

So there you have it. Four running playlists to handle most of your training scenarios. Download, save and let it rip! YOU WILL BE AMAZED.

 

One of the Goats

 

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