Having new music is one of those things that can really inspire me to head out for a run. Sometimes if I buy a new album or some fun new songs and promise myself I get to put them into a playlist for the next day’s run, I have so much anticipation for the next day’s outing that there is NO WAY I would skip my run.
Music is proven to be beneficial for athletes as well, so why not use it to drag yourself out the door? Here are some of the ways that music can help when you are running:
- Music reduces your perception of how hard you are working.
- Music can improve your mood, lifting you out of a funk.
- Music can help set/keep your pace.
Here’s a link to an article on Music and Athletic Performance that is pretty interesting.
In London they have a half-marathon, called “Run To The Beat“, where bands are playing along the course. But taking it a step further than just having a random band playing whatever they want, the music has been scientifically selected to help optimize the runner’s performance. That sounds like an amazing concept, something that I wish could be implemented into the Rock ‘n’ Roll series here in the States. (Of course, flying to London to do a race would be a huge motivator too!)
There are always the pre-cautionary measures that should be taken when running with music. I think using headphones that block too much of the outside world are awesome on a plane, but don’t belong on the runner. I usually just use one of my earbuds to help make sure I’m more aware of the world around (and possible incoming attacks from dogs!).
I have been buying a lot of music from Amazon MP3 lately. They are pretty cheap, the music is already in an MP3 format so it works on a wide variety of devices and they feature daily deals where albums are offered for $1 or $2. That’s a smokin’ deal!
What about you? Gotta any songs that pump you up?