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Best Running Music
Distraction and Motivation

My best running music served two purposes for me, 1) distraction and 2) motivation. Of course, this is just me. Some runners might not see the benefit of running with music. In fact, you might find that you like listening to the city or nature sounds that surround you on your running path.

Occasionally, I would run without my running best running music to soak up those same sounds. Besides, rustling trees and chirping birds are sometimes more refreshing than rocking out to death metal on my iPod.

The ideal running music will have a good mixture of up-tempo beats and sounds that help you fly through your run... fast running music is key to a fast time. It's tough to run fast when your running workout music is a compilation of Barry White songs.

Podcasts are a great motivator as well. My favorite is Steve Runner.

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I run for life - Melissa Ethridge  starstarstarstarstar
Hard not to be inspired by this song...

Tonight by Toby Mac  Not rated yet
This song has an upbeat tempo and puts a bounce in your step, its a great song for me at the end of my run to pull through strong.

Ride Like the Wind - Christopher Cross  Not rated yet
Ride Like the Wind - Christopher Cross

SHOTS   Not rated yet
shots by LMFAO is a good up to beat song that helps me!!

Superman theme - John Williams  Not rated yet
Up, up and away.

Chariots of Fire - Vangelis  Not rated yet
Wings on your heels.

Test Your Might  Not rated yet
Mortal Kombat theme tune.......

Morrrrttttaaaaaaaaaalllllll Koommmmmmmbbbaaaaaaaattttttt

Technologic (Peaches No Logic Remix)  Not rated yet
This song is great for running because not only is it an awesome song, but the beat is perfectly timed to the beat of your feet hitting the ground. The ...

Technologic (Peaches No Logic Remix)  Not rated yet
I've been running for 8 months, never thought of myself of much of a runner before. I started out using the Couch25K app on my iPhone, which amazed me ...

I found songs at jog.fm  Not rated yet
jog.fm has the best workout music! It matches you to the perfect music based on your pace. You should check it out.

247runner.dk  Not rated yet
The national: Bloodbuzz Ohio just keeps me going on my long runs. If you need inspiration I have had great succes with http://www.247runner.dk - give it ...

All Fired Up - Pat Benetar  Not rated yet
Perfect running/walking song. I play it last to get me over the line.

i need best running music  Not rated yet
pl help me for the best running music as i wan to improve my running performance...i wl b vry much thankful to u for the same

Where The Wild Things Are - Bliss n Eso  Not rated yet
I was camping onetime not long ago, when i found this song on my i-pod. So i listened to it once and really enjoyed it. Later on i got really annoyed and ...

"chelsea dagger" by the fratellis or "four kicks" by kings of leon  Not rated yet
both of them send me flying ;)

i love b.o.b  Not rated yet
i run fast to b.o.b:))) i love him:)) <3<3

Living on a prayer  Not rated yet
Upbeat, awesome rhythm, inspirational lyrics hah.
But seriously, the type of music you want depends on how fast you're generally going to be running....

Living on a prayer  Not rated yet
Upbeat, awesome rhythm, inspirational lyrics hah.
But seriously, the type of music you want depends on how fast you're generally going to be running....

Running down a dream, Tom Petty & Go Faster, Black Crowes  Not rated yet
These two always keep me going!

Live Like You're Dying by Kris Allen  Not rated yet
This song kinda takes my mind off of running so I can get through my jogs. Its a great song too, very inspirational.

keep on singing my song - christina aguilera  Not rated yet
When christina hits the high notes at the end it send you flying as fast as you can go. Its amazing.

my play list for long runs...or any run!  Not rated yet
Working on a 22 week training schedule to finish first marathon on Labor Day in hilly Columbia, MO.

Thriller 5:58 Michael Jackson HIStory: Greatest ...

My Life Would Suck Without You - Kelly Clarkson  Not rated yet
I love this song! It has great energy and is great for those who walk/run. I walk during the verses and run during the refrains.

Bleed to Love Her by Fleetwood Mac and Air Force Ones  Not rated yet
These songs came on while I was doing a 3 mile run for the first time since October (4 mos off!) and powered me through!

swing swing - all-american rejects  Not rated yet
still trying to get over from the break-up with my gf, whenever i hear this song banging in my ears i feel anger then this anger transforms into atomic ...

'Don't wanna stop' - Good Charlotte  Not rated yet
This one can carry me through anything :)

Push it / Static X  Not rated yet
This song is my go-to! You can't quit when this song is on & its a perfect pace for me.

till I collapse by eminem ft Natt dog  Not rated yet
yea i wasent much of a rap listener myself until this came up on my ipod while i was running. I was on my 8th lap around the neighborhood and i was about ...

Eye of the Tiger  Not rated yet
Eye of the Tiger is my "go-to" song. When I hear it, I can't help but dig deeper and run longer!

Effects of Running with Music
Good running music has long been known to help motivate athletes through runs, cycling, aerobics, weight lifting, etc. Specifically for runners, the higher the Beats per Minute (BPM) for a song, the more strikes (or steps) you can get in, thus the faster you go. For instance, the best running music mix will have 170 BPM to 180 BPM average, which means you will take about one step per beat. With 85 BPM to 95 BPM, you will take about two per beat.

**Updated October 2009**
Speaking of BPM...
Obviously for me, my best running music is an essential part of my running routine. When I'm in my Zen-like mind focus, I tend to listen to the slightly asthmatic Steve Runner's podcast of random diatribes on long distance running. It's an eclectic mix of running info from tips and tricks to the Duel in the Sun.

Or, if I need a bit more motivation, I switch over to my "fast shoes" playlist for some more upbeat and hardcore rock. Just what the doctor ordered when I lake the will to run!

My new favorite… running to sweet sounds of the "specially composed BPM running music" from Gary Blake's run2rhythm.com . The mixes are based on your BPM/how many steps you take per minute while you're running.

I tested two of the mixes on three of my runs - two short and one long run. Just like Gary suggests, the mixes helped me match my pace to the their beat, enabling me to keep my rhythm more consistent throughout my run. The idea is, if you have a consistent pace, you'll be more efficient and get a better run in.

Inspirational Running Music
Inspirational or motivational music for running does one thing... gets you out and running! Regardless of the type of music for running you use, music and running works! I dare you to find me a person that doesn't feel like conquering the world after listening to Eye of the Tiger.

Running Music Playlists
Here are a few of my favorite playlists:

This one is when I'm needing an extra kick or two in my stride.

Fast Shoes
- Flathead, The Fratellis
- California Waiting, Kings of Leon
- Miss Murder, AFI
- Rollover DJ, Jet
- A Certain Romance, Arctic Monkeys
- Here it Goes Again, OK GO!
- Bet She Looks Good on the Dance Floor, Arctic Monkeys
- Rebel Rebel, David Bowie (I know... random!)
- Freya, The Sword
- Miss Alissa, Eagles of Death Metal
- Pistol of Fire, Kings of Leon
- Sugar We're Going Down Swinging, Fall Out Boy

Or when I need to blow off some steam.

- Stricken, Disturbed
- Lose Yourself, Eminem
- Paradise City, Guns & Roses
- I Stand Alone, Jackyl
- One Step Closer, Linkin Park
- Love Train, Wolfmother
- You Don't Know, 50 Cent, Eminem
- Pistol Grip Pump, Rage Against the Machine

Here's my friend's best running music playlist. Very random!

- You Shook me All Night Long, ACDC
- Thunderstuck, ACDC
- Jukebox Hero, Foreigner
- Stayin Alive, Bee Gees
- Crazy in Love, Beyonce
- The Longest Time, Billy Joel
- Uptown Girl, Billy Joel
- Spinning Wheel, Blood, Sweat & Tears
- Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
- Paradise City, Guns & Roses
- Sweet Child of Mine, Guns & Roses
- Carry on Wayward Son, Kansas
- Since You've Been Gone, Kelly Clarkston
- Sweet Home Alabama, Lynard Skynard
- Hey Ya, Outkast
- I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight, Cutting Crew
- Rock you Like a Hurricane, Scorpions
- 12:51, The Strokes

Don't forget that your music style and running performance will probably vary or evolve as you dive deeper into what does and doesn't work for you.

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