How to Create the Perfect Playlist for Long Runs
I have some really great news to share!! Last Thursday, I ran 6 miles..without stopping!! The reason I am so excited about this is because I haven’t run this distance since last November, when I did my first 10K. My pace was a lot slower than I initially anticipated my long-run pace to be. On average, I ran about an 11 min/mi pace. I know that my recent ability to run more/better has been due to the muscular endurance and core training I have been doing in the gym, but I can’t help but think that one final factor really helped me be able to push myself – the perfectly paced playlist.
When I run, I feel that I do best if my strides are in sync with the beat of my music. If you’re like me, you’ve spent hours poring over Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora trying to find new or unique songs that match that ‘perfect pace’ criteria. Sometimes they’re too fast or too slow and end up throwing off your pace – but sometimes, there’s that one really good song that is the perfect pace for you. The sad part is, it’s hard to find songs similar to that!
I realized that I needed to find a way to calculate the beats per minute (BPM) of my ‘perfect pace’ song. Perhaps this isn’t that new of a concept, but it is new to me and has revolutionized the way I look at distance running. I found this website that allows you to calculate the beats per minute of any song.
With your music playing, click the little white box between the ” > < ” and use any key to tap to the beat of the song. Usually, within the first 20-30 seconds, you get a sense of the average BPM of the song.
From there, it is 100x easier to figure out whether or not a song will be good for your run. Hopefully this little tidbit will help you improve your runs in the future!!
This is my ‘F%&#-yes-i-just-ran-6-miles’ face ;)