Music can be a powerful thing. In fact studies have been done showing that music can help you with your workout. A good song should be upbeat somewhere between 120-140 beats per minute. It should be a song that makes you want to get up and move. Obviously you wouldn't want a slow song that is going to make you more tired.
Every person has a different taste of music. Take me for example I like all types of music. I mainly prefer hip hop, but that does not stop me from listening to rock and even country. A person looking through my itunes might think I was a little confused. But when I am on my runs I use my music to motivate me. I have a set list called "running" and it is songs that will pump me up on my runs.
When I first started running my problem was I would listen to music that I normally would listen to on any given day. The problem is I don't listen to music for the beat, I listen for the lyrics. Mos Def, Blackstar, Aesop Rock are a few of my favorites. If you listen to them though they are not upbeat songs, so when I was running I wasn't being motivated by the music. After a while I started to hear songs that had good lyrics and had a good beat. It was a perfect fit for me, lyrics that mean something and a beat that could get me going. Most of them happen to be rock, not sure why but they seem to work best for me. But in my playlist you will find some hip-hop, some rock and even some 80's song ( don't judge I am an 80's child ). The songs are handpicked for a specific reason. Some just for the beat, some for the words but with a good beat, and some just make me think of a certain thing or place that motivates me.
Normally when I run a marathon I will start with no head phones on. I want to enjoy the whole experience. The crowd, the other runners, and the scenery, but at some point I will get tired and fatigue will set in. At this point is where I turn to my music. I turn up the volume full blast and shut out all my other surroundings and I let the music carry me to the finish. So next time you're on your run and you get a little tired try letting the music carry you a little further.
*Here are some of my favorites on my running playlist*
Frontline by Pillar - this is my all time favorite great lyrics and a great beat
Help is on the way- Rise Against
Lost in the echo- Linkin Park
Till I Collapse- Eminem- anything be eminem seems to be good and when you ask most people what they prefer alot of people will say eminem
We Won't Back Down-Burning Yesterday- great lyrics and great beat
....To Be Loved- Papa Roach
Do you listen to music when you run? and If so do you think it helps you through runs? What songs help motivate you?