Just as the soundtrack sets the mood of any movie, having a running playlist can help you pick up the pace while training or racing, and ultimately, have more fun. And when it comes to choosing the perfect songs to get you moving, there actually is more to it than just preference or taste.
In the book Daniels’ Running Formula, distance running coach and author Jack Daniels found that, after analyzing the stride of numerous professional runners, majority of them took an average of 180 steps per minute. This means that for many runners-in-training or runners-aiming-to-keep-pace, 180 (or 90—for each leg) is the golden number they must aspire to achieve or maintain. This is where music comes in; running to songs with about the same amount of beats per minute allows you to keep pace without having to keep count.
Now that you know what the perfect BPM range is for running, you can now get to the fun part: creating your own playlist! There are actually a number of websites you can visit to check for your favorite song’s BPMs; Tempo Tap, as the name suggests, requires you to tap along to music to determine its BPM, while Song BPM simply asks you to type in titles and artists.
To get you started, here are the Tri-Aspire athletes’s top 3 favorite running tunes: