Can Iggy Azalea make you run faster?


Blast some Rihanna, Lady Gaga or Enrique Iglesias and I'm off like Shalane Flanagan in the Berlin Marathon. ( my dreams I'm off that fast. You know what I mean.)

Cue the Enya, Norah Jones or Kamal (yes, I did just reference whale music) and I'm settling into a longer, more meditative run.

And some days, it's just silence. The only accompanying beat being the thump when my feet hit the ground.

(I'd love to think it's much more graceful sounding than that, but I'm not convinced.)

I always run with my iphone but I don't always use it to listen to music.

(If you follow me on Instagram, you know I take advantage of my running elf to take action shots of me.)

Unintentionally I learn towards music that fits my mood, but more importantly, my desired workout.

Studies show that running can boost your performance by 15%. (So maybe if I listen to more of The Killers, I'll hit that next PR?) Music can serve to give you a much needed kick in the pants. And we all know that it can be a great distraction.

Singing lyrics while I'm cruising along makes the miles fly by.

In fact, an article in the New York Times  about music and working out notes:

"For a stroll walker going at a pace of around 3 miles an hour, a remixed track has a count of 115 to 118 B.P.M.; for a power walker going 4.5 m.p.h., the count is 137 to 139 B.P.M., while the B.P.M. for a runner elevates to 147 to 160."

BPM stands for beats per minute. If you want to figure out the corresponding BPM for your workout, count the number of steps you take in a minute. Voila! You've got BPM.

(I would actually count a couple times and take the average or most common number you end with. I'm sure you won't be too far off each time but it can't hurt to get a bigger sample size.)

How on earth do you know the BPM for your favorite songs? Or how to build a playlist of your ideal BPM zone for your next long run?

This morning I downloaded Rock My Run and gave it awhirl on my first run post Sunday's Green Strides Half Marathon.

The verdict? One and a half thumbs up. (After just one use!) Music wise it was a good fit and I liked the playlist I download.


The downside was that my running elf stopped me to take a picture. When I was done posing and opened up Rock My run again, it didn't pick up where I had left off. #kindaannoying.

Check out this article, again by the New York Times, that discusses the pros and cons of three music selection apps designed to match the pace of your workout.

Do you run with music? Have you ever tried one of these BPM apps that corresponds your music and your workout?