More of Al's Best Running Playlists

Running w MusicWhat makes for a great running playlist?

Well besides the obvious stuff, like picking your favorite genre (I like rock music) or finding songs with inspiring lyrics, I like to find songs that I can sync my pacing with rhythmically.

When I time my foot strike with the beat, it helps me to keep my footing even. It also enhances my focus when I match my movements to the music.

Depending on how fast I want to try to run, I can select songs with various beats per minute (bpm). The bpm of the song correlates with the amount of strides I’ll take in a minute. I usually take around 170 strides per minute, but I’ll sometimes go a bit faster or slower depending on the circumstances.

Here are some songs I like to warm up to:

Judith–A Perfect Circle–Mer De Noms
Long Division–Death Cab for Cutie–Narrow Stairs
Another Space Song–Failure–Fantastic Planet
I Want You So Hard (Boys Bad News)–Eagles Of Death Metal–Death By Sexy

Below is a playlist comprised of faster songs. I used this playlist for my recent 4 mile race:

Closer–Nine Inch Nails–The Downward Spiral
Heroes–Shinedown–Us And Them
Fill My Little World–The Feeling–Twelve Stops And Home
Elite–Deftones–White Pony
Dandelion–Audioslave–Out Of Exile
Sound Of Madness–Shinedown–The Sound Of Madness
Defy You–The Offspring–Greatest Hits
Blood And Thunder–Mastodon–Leviathan

Click here for my marathon playlist.

What are your favorite songs to run to?

6 thoughts on “More of Al's Best Running Playlists

  • By mturrigiano -

    definitely “blood & thunder” & “closer”!!!
    im loving running to Animal Collective's “Strawberry Jam”
    Black Francis' “Bluefinger” & “Svn Fngrs”
    The Hold Steady's “Separation Sunday”
    MGMT's “Oracular Spectacle”

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    Thanks for sharing, Mark! I've been starting to get into MGMT but I don't know that track–I will have to check it out. Separation Sunday is a good one, too.

  • By Jennifer -

    Love the Playlist posts! I'm always looking for music to stay motivated.

    I listen to podcasts when I'm doing strength training. Savage Love is my favorite.

    Music I like during cardio:
    -The Donnas
    -Lady GaGa
    -Black Eyed Peas
    -Weezer
    -Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    -Beyonce
    -Beastie Boys
    -April March “Chick Habit”
    -Shakira
    -Britney Spears (it's ok if you judge me here)
    -Cake
    -Gladys Knight and the Pips
    -Jay Z
    -White Stripes
    -Katy Perry
    -Otis Retting
    -Queen

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    Good music choices, Jennifer–No judgments here!

    As for strength training though, I think a podcast would be too much of a distraction for me (but I do enjoy Dan Savage).

  • By Jennifer -

    Love the Playlist posts! I'm always looking for music to stay motivated.

    I listen to podcasts when I'm doing strength training. Savage Love is my favorite.

    Music I like during cardio:
    -The Donnas
    -Lady GaGa
    -Black Eyed Peas
    -Weezer
    -Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    -Beyonce
    -Beastie Boys
    -April March “Chick Habit”
    -Shakira
    -Britney Spears (it's ok if you judge me here)
    -Cake
    -Gladys Knight and the Pips
    -Jay Z
    -White Stripes
    -Katy Perry
    -Otis Retting
    -Queen

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    Good music choices, Jennifer–No judgments here!

    As for strength training though, I think a podcast would be too much of a distraction for me (but I do enjoy Dan Savage).

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