My original approach to running music was a heady mix of dance, pop, rap and rock.
However, I have recently found that the tranquil ambient sounds I use for ‘recovery’ runs work just as well for longer high-tempo runs.
The music is less intrusive. It is there and not there; fading into the background – allowing me to listen to my body and focus on my form. It may be simply happenstance but it has coincided with me posting personal best times for 10km over three consecutive weekends; including my fastest individual kilometre yet (5m 6s) this morning.
As such, I began to compile the various albums and tracks I have been running to into a playlist. It is a work in progress, but this mix might work for you too.
On Sunday, I improved further on last week’s run, beating all of my previous personal bests…
I reduced my average pace to 5m 34s per km; clocked in at 55m 53s for 10K, shaving 1m 36s off my previous best time; and I completed my fastest kilometre yet at 5m 11s.
I was flying! 🚀
Achieved three personal bests this morning:
- Matched my pb 6K average pace (5m 44s) over 10K
- Completed 10K in a pb time of 57m 29s
- Clocked my fastest kilometre yet at 5m 15s; 14 seconds faster than my previous pb.
Hat tip to Laraaji for this morning’s playlist.
Started with track two: ‘Introspection’ and finished part way into track five: ‘Essence’.
“Just move your legs. Because if you don’t think you were born to run, you’re not only denying history. You’re denying who you are.”
~ McDougall, Christopher, Born to Run (2009)