Music has been an important part of my training this year, especially as I tried to push through the last few weeks leading into the races. I just realized that I haven’t put any new playlists up for you to try out and enjoy in your workouts!
Now that I have a lot more time on my hands, I decided to tidy up the one playlist I’ve been using and separate the tracks for two different kinds of training session: Speed Work, and Long Run.
One of the funniest comments I got on the first playlist I put up on this blog is that it inadvertently caused listeners to go faster on what were supposed to be easy runs. Talk about motivational! In practice, though, I switch to slower-tempo songs for my long runs to help me hold back, and move into the uptempo, heavier-sounding tracks for when I need to pound the pavement hard. Check these out!
This playlist is 1 hour and 45 minutes long which is just about the longest I run these days. Best used for the weekly aerobic maintenance runs where you don’t want to get out of bed, these tunes get my legs moving without making me want to sprint. On my longer runs while training for a marathon I don’t use music so I can build mental toughness for when I race (I never listen to music on race day).
This playlist starts out with some recent hits and builds into a middle section of pop house before cooling down with some familiar tunes. Get the “In the Long Run” playlist here.
I normally don’t use music when running at the track so I can hear faster runners screaming at me to get out of the way. ;) Lately I’ve had to take most of my running to the treadmill where music is a must. Here is 55 minutes’ worth of driving beats that keep me going, interval after interval. Get the “Speed Work” playlist here.
I have a Spotify Premium account, so I’m able to save these songs for offline use on my smartphone and can play them in sequence or shuffled. It’s a great investment because I no longer have to scour the internet for songs I like, download them one-by-one and then sync them to my phone. My family and I are on a Spotify Family group account. It’s P194 a month per person for up to five people. (You will need to live at the same address, though.)
Give these playlists a listen and let me know what you think!