Running Music (and finding new recommendations)
When it comes to the debate of whether or not to run with music, I am very much pro-music. Music inspires me, motivates me, and can change my mood from bummed out and lazy to ready to take on the world. Case in point: during the last mile of my long run this past weekend, I played Fort Minor’s Remember the Name and I finished it in 7:18 – for me, music is powerful.
I’m always on a quest to find new music. Once I start rapping the words to Eminem, I know it’s time for a new song. But music is something that is completely a personal preference. Whereas I may like some rap to get me through long runs in the rain, someone else may like something a little more mellow. Therefore, stalking out other people’s running playlists may give you a few ideas, but it might not always be the exact music you are looking for. I speak from experience. This past Saturday I spent quite a bit of time in iTunes listening to the playlists of Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, Sara Hall, Josh Cox, and many other elite athletes. I got a few ideas but still needed some songs that would get me through those last miles. I don’t remember exactly how I came across it, but I found a pretty cool website to recommend some new music for the workout playlist.
Jog.fm is a website that recommends workout music based on what you’re doing (running/walking/cycling) and how fast you you’re doing it. For example, if you want to run a 9:00 min/mile, Jog.fm will suggest songs that are best suited for running at that pace. If you are training in a particular heart rate zone, it will recommend songs that will keep you in that zone. You can also search songs for what’s new, what’s hot, and which songs are the most added. The feature I like the most on Jog.fm is the ability to preview the songs directly from the website. This avoids the time and energy spent going into iTunes and having to search for the songs. There is also an app you can purchase for $2.99. However, based on the reviews, your $3 are better spent somewhere else. Apparently the app doesn’t work like it is suppose to and Pandora is a much better free option. So if you stay away from the app and use the website as a way to get some new ideas to add to your playlist, you’re certain to find some pretty good music. I would also like to add that some of the recommendations for target heart rates and paces seem a little off to me, but again, music is completely personal. Redneck Yacht Club might work for you at 170 bpm, but I prefer a little Panic! At the Disco. It’s just a pretty cool website to broaden your music library.
Good luck finding some new running music, and I always welcome any of your recommendations!
Happy Trails and Happy Running,