If you read my post from yesterday, you know that finding the right music to run to is an important thing to do when preparing for a long run or race. Is is subjective and if you ask 10 different runners you will receive 10 different answers as to how to pick your music. But I have come up with 5 tips to build your long run playlist that should lead you in the right direction.
- Find music that helps you keep pace. You will be running for several hours and you will be tired towards the end. You need to have upbeat songs that will help you maintain the pace you are running.
- Find music that makes you happy. You will want music that you enjoy listening to. I love picking music that puts a smile on my face. These songs seem to put a zip in my step and I find myself singing along rather than worrying about having to do yet another mile.
- Find songs that motivate you. Pick music that motivates you. I like to choose songs about overcoming obstacles to get to where you want to go. As one comes along in my playlist, it gives me the strength to push myself when my brain is telling me to just quit.
- Don’t limit yourself. Be creative when choosing music. Don’t stay with one genre or a certain speed of songs. I have slower songs that have a good message or just make me happy that help me run just as fast as the more upbeat dance numbers. Also, keep an open mind about older music as well. You will find my playlists have songs from before my parents were born.
- Ask others for recommendations. When all else fails, ask other runners what they are listening to. They may have come across some random song from several decades ago that you forgot about or a local artist who just might be the next best thing.
After my post about long run survival yesterday, I received a few requests to share what my long run playlist looks like. Which I am glad to do. There are a few things to keep in mind as you look at my list though. I am a huge fan of the TV show Glee so several of my songs are the Glee version. Also, Disney makes me happy so feel free to giggle about the random Disney tunes. I tend to lean towards rap, pop & dance for my running music, but I am a southern girl born and raised so there are some great country tracks thrown in as well. Lastly, I used the tips above to compile my list so you will find some slower and/or motivational type music mixed in.
The songs are in no particular order and I shuffle the playlist when I run so they are never played in the same order twice. This list lasts about 3.5 hours or so.
I would love to hear for you! What are some of your favorite songs on your running playlist(s)?