So yesterday’s post didn’t break it down for you in your search for the perfect workout playlist. Here is what I have found: jog.fm has done all the work for you. They have discovered that roughly speaking a 9:00 minute per mile pace translates to a 160 bpm, an 8:00 minute/mile pace is 170 bpm and 7:00 is 180 bpm. You can plug in your goal pace and they will suggest songs with that bpm. In addition to that, there is a website, songbpm.com on which you can check the bpm of just about any of your current favorites. And happily, I’ve found it to be very current and up to date.
Add to all this amazingness the fact that you can use the app mapmyrun.com and you can see if it is working because it will tell you how fast and far you are running. Technology kind of blows my mind sometimes. I get that some running purists will dislike this. I can see that some music aficionados might turn their noses down as well, but, I think it’s pretty great.
My current (new) list has songs from all genres but some of the ones that really keep it fun are the 80s songs. It has The Culture Club’s “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, which, is such a fun throwback. Boy George was one of my first girlhood crushes…not sure what that says about me. Everyone kind of looked Boy George-ish in the 80s. Case in point, today’s selection:
The Cure “Close to Me” 185 bpm. Perfect if you really want to haul. Have a great day and Happy Thanksgiving!