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My Awesome Half Marathon Playlist

Last year I create a new playlist to pump me up for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, so I thought it would only be fitting to create a new one for this year’s HALF MARATHON. A study published in 2010 discovered a direct correlation between fast-paced music and athletic performance. Apparently, the speed of the music (measured by bpm) influences the pace that you run. For instance, if you run a 5:38/km or a 9:00/mile (my goal pace for the half marathon) you should listen to songs that are 160 bpm such as Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and so forth.

Tip: Running at half rate also works well. For example, 80 bpm can be used for 8 min/mile. You just run double pacing.

Now I only half believe this because c’mon, there is no music that is fast enough to make me run a 4 min mile no matter how hard I wish for that to happen! But I’m totally a music person and I cannot run without it so I did what any sane runner does while tapering… I made myself a new AWESOME marathon playlist and now I’m going to make you suffer through reading the entire 26 song, 122 minute list…. 🙂

This playlist is AWESOME! Half Marathon Playlist - A study published last year discovered a direct correlation between fast-paced music and athletic performance. Apparently, the speed of the music (measured by bpm) influences the pace that you run.

  1. Bad Blood by Taylor Swift (170bpm – let’s start this half marathon FAST!)
  2. Fight Song by Rachel Platton (2 x 88bpm – another fast one)
  3. Geronimo by Sheppard (148 bpm)
  4. Anaconda Remix by Nicki Minaj (165bpm)
  5. Want to Want Me by Jason Derulo 
  6. Outside by Calvin Harris
  7. Rather Be 
  8. Eye of the Tiger Remix by Crew 7
  9. Love Me Harder by Ariana Grande
  10. The Hum by Dimitri Vegas
  11. 99 problems by Jay Z
  12. Die Young by Kesha
  13. Lean On by Major Lazer
  14. Where are You Now by Skillrex & Diplo
  15. Hey Mama by David Guetta
  16. How Deep is Your Love by Calvin Harris
  17. Broken Arrows by Avicii
  18. Heroes We Could Be by Alesso
  19. Sugar by Robin Schulz
  20. Show Me Love by Sam Feldt
  21. You Know You Like It by DJ Snake
  22. Waiting for Love by Aviici
  23. Get Low by Dillon Francis
  24. Going Down For Real by Flo Rida
  25. Talking Body by Tove Lo
  26. Bills by Lunchmoney Lewis

If this playlist isn’t your thing you can also try Spotify Running. It’s a custom app within Spotify that allows you to set your target BPM and select a music genre to run with.

QUESTION: WHAT SONGS ARE ON YOUR WORKOUT/RUNNING PLAYLIST?

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  • Lucie
    October 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    How do you find out what the bpm is for the songs? What do you use to play your music? Do you use Spotify???

  • Cathy
    October 14, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I am gonna have to check some of these out! I still have my race playlist I made for ATB 🙂 I try not to play it unless I am doing a race as it is some of my fav / fast paced songs.

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