If you can run or workout without music or some kind of distraction in your ear please comment and let me know how you do it! Because I seriously feel like I am way off and lack motivation when I do not have my music bumping! I recently volunteered at the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC. I was exhausted after the race and spending 8 hours lugging jugs of water around for racers to fill up their canteens and cups to re hydrate. I wanted to sleep for days! I felt like I had ran the marathon myself! I told myself that I would be okay if I only ran a half marathon my whole life. 26 miles is SO LONG! Some finishers crossed with nothing but a soaked shirt and shorts and bloody toes. Can you imagine?! No tunes! 26 miles of just hearing your feet slap the pavement and your breaths struggle out of your body! Applause for you. Please let me know how you do that!
All that aside, if you a person who prefers something running through your head during your workout...I highly recommend Rock My Run! The app is FREE and it includes a tempo-changing feature that allows you to set your BPM or match the music to your cadence or heart rate! Talk about a fun little boost of motivation! Now I don't have to listen to the same 2 playlists I created on Spotify to pace my runs. Or that PINK and LINCOLN PARK mix that I blast when I`m having a rough day but still want to feel "***BLEEPING*** Perfect". I run and the music matches me!
The mixes are created to scientifically improve runs by increasing intensity & energy of songs or the lyrics in the songs as a mix progresses to help keep your energy up as you fatigue. The songs are not played too long so that if you like it, you can enjoy it, but if you don't-you do not need to wait forever for it to be over or even stop your run and fumble around trying to find the skip button! Also, Rock My Run has some research behind their methods that show that BPM-tailored music can:
Let the Beat Drop!