Music whilst running

#1
Hi guys.

Do you feel that listening to music whilst running aids you or hinders you?
I've heard things about metal etc being better for running as it has a naturally fast beat; and it also aids boredom.

If yes; earphone in 1 ear or both ears?

Just picky little things really as I get pretty bored when i'm running. Cheers.
 
#2
Bordtea said:
Hi guys.

Do you feel that listening to music whilst running aids you or hinders you?
I've heard things about metal etc being better for running as it has a naturally fast beat; and it also aids boredom.

If yes; earphone in 1 ear or both ears?

Just picky little things really as I get pretty bored when i'm running. Cheers.
Something upbeat is always good, gets you pumped and distracts you from your breathing.
 
#3
Do a search, I asked the same question a while back, got some good advice
 
#4
smudge67 said:
Do a search, I asked the same question a while back, got some good advice
Cheers. I'll do that now.

And Matty, would you recommend something with an obvious fast beat or just death metal of some kind, lol.
 

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#5
Running:

If you have an ipod, log into your account and search out tunes like "Running Man: Nike+ Origianal Run.

I find stuff like Paul Oakenfield good for long-distance running (anything with a hypnotic beat) and all the high energy, fast beat 'rave' type stuff for 5-10 kms. Best song for sprint training (400m or 800m fast as possible type stuff) - "We Come 1" by Faithless.

On the heavy side, I personally don't find metal to be good for running but it is excellent for weight training, especially if you are really pushing the limit on weights and or/reps. Best stuff for me, as suggestions, are bands like Chimaira, Lamb of God, Metallica (their early, very heavy stuff or the latest album "Death Magnetic"), Disturbed, Killswitch Engaged, Korn, Pantera, Megadeth, some Iron Maiden.
 

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#6
I've used the Nike stuff too and find that it works quite well for steady state runs, especially when I'm stuck on a bloody treadmill. Don't bother when outside as I have the mutt to run with and I like to hear the birdies tweet.
 
#7
I catch up on the news (podcasts) and audio books when running.

It's not good for sprint work, something heavy is good for that, but for longer 6-8 milers, I find it quite useful.
 
#8
Forastero said:
I've used the Nike stuff too and find that it works quite well for steady state runs, especially when I'm stuck on a bloody treadmill. Don't bother when outside as I have the mutt to run with and I like to hear the birdies tweet.
I wish I could do that, but I use Marlyn Manson to distract me from blowing out of my arse, so I wouldn't get the hear the birdies over my breathless gasping anyway.
 
#9
#11
dance and trance tends to do the trick for me, generally i like it when the tempo/bpm is about that of my running pace...really helps when you wanna push out all the stops at the end!
 
#13
#15
One of the best tunes for running I've found is Sandstorm by Darude
 
#17
PoisonDwarf said:
Metallica, Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, Funeral For A Friend and fast, pulsing metal for a solid run up the hills.

Or podcasts from the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/directory/genre/newscurrentaffairs) and the Economist (http://audiovideo.economist.com) when I'm off for a long run and I want to be edumacated at the same time.
Thanks for the Economist linky. I usually listen to Melvyn Bragg's 'In Our Time' for my 10 kayers and try to finish before the end of the podcast (usually 42 minutes-not done it yet!)

I think the best stuff to listen to is the something with a fast beat -metal or rock like Muse. It's an exogenous reminder to the brainstem of how fast your heart is going (the music we like best tends to have 60-100bpm just like out heartrates).

On thing that really does slow me down is fiddling with my bloody earphones -I've got Sennheiser sports one but they still keep slipping as I sweat like a paedo in Toys R Us -anyone any suggestions?
 
#18
drum n bas is gud 4 running as it is a continued beat it goes on and on witch i find is gud 4 running coz i run long distances and like 1 of the other m8ys said it takes ya mind of breathing..coz dat is wat fcuks u up u start ******* ur breathing up or start finking about your breathing dats it uv had it..u gota get bk in the zone....drum n bass gets ya there....gud luck m8!
 
#20
german trance is gud...well sum of it basiclly hardtrance....******* wicked music m8http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvFfqHY_gic...try it out m8!
 

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