Running songs that match the pace that you wish to maintain during your run can help you keep your cadence, even if you don't realize it. Listening to music on long-distance runs is an effective way to successfully complete your workout. If you're training for a long-distance race, such as a half or full marathon, or simply enjoy running many miles at a time, carefully choose running songs which will keep you motivated.
Music for long runs should primarily be music that is upbeat and keep you optimistic. The music you listen to may cause you to daydream about an upcoming race or envision yourself reaching another goal. This is a good way to make the miles fly by. You may also choose music that has you focusing on your run, improving your cadence, working on your breathing and overcoming mental blocks. Try to mix up the pace of the songs so that you have bursts of speed scattered throughout your run.
No matter what type of music you generally listen to, consider experimenting with music outside of your favorite genre. Sometimes you'll stumble upon a song or artist that does wonders for your motivation.
Here are some running songs that are favorites among long-distance runners:
1. "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," Big & Rich
2. "Dammit," Blink 182
3. "Take Me Out," Franz Ferdinand
4. "Girl's Not Grey," AFI
5. "Dirrty," Christina Aguilera
6. "Headin' Home," Donovan Frankenreiter
7. "American Boy," Estelle
8. "When I Grow Up," Pussycat Dolls
9. "Running Down a Dream," Tom Petty
10. "Blister in the Sun," Violent Femmes
11. "Girlfriend," Avril Lavigne
12. "Toxic," Britney Spears
13. "Slung-Lo," Erin McKeown
14. "Callin' Baton Rouge," Garth Brooks
15. "Goodnight, Goodnight," Hot Hot Heat
16. "I Wanna Be Sedated," the Ramones
17. "Welcome to the Jungle," Guns N Roses
18. "Wind it Up," Gwen Stefani
19. "7 Things," Miley Cyrus
20. "Calabria," Enur feat. Natasja,
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