I have always been an avid runner, and except for long swimming stints, I usually hit the streets/ trails several times a week. When I'm not running with my running pals, I usually have a playlist going on my iPod. I've gone through my favorite albums and found songs that are between 150-170 BPM, the ideal tempo to run to, and I thought I would share them.
Running to a beat is much more exciting than just running along with something upbeat but at the wrong tempo. It almost becomes a dance at this point, and really helps me get into the run. The changing tempos cause my stride to change every 3 minutes or so, and that seems to prevent repetitive strain from using exactly the same muscles throughout the run.
I highly recommend giving it a try, now that the weather is getting nicer. So here's the list!
BT is my fave, and a bunch of tunes from his album "This Binary Universe" are perfect, they are 12-14 minutes long, and just a great droning way to run. I've probably listened to these tunes 1000 times.
-"All that Makes Us Human Continues", "See You On the Other Side", "1.618", "Dynamic Symmetry"
Mutemath is also great- from their album "Mutemath"
-"Picture", "Without It", "Noticed", and "Chaos"
Other random ones:
-"Davyan Cowboy" and "Oscar See Through Red Eye" by Boards of Canada
-"Must be Dreaming" and "Psychobabble" by Frou Frou
-"Have You Got it In You" by Imogen Heap
-"I Feel it All" and "Past in Present" by Feist
-"Nattappet" by Detektivbyran (super fun)
-"Lorelai" by Fleet Foxes
-"Strawberry Swing" and "Lost!" by Coldplay