RUNNING to the beat

What’s your recipe for a great running playlist?

I particularly like the story behind 45:33, where James Murphy created a custom track for running sponsored by Nike then admitted he actually hates running.


Can’t run no more, knees are fecked, been back on the exercise bike all lockdown, did a 30 min or so workout tape for the wife and I, 125bpm, quick mixes, nothing too cerebral, in fact a good sprinkling of fromage and vocals. I find exercising intensely boring so nothing too heavy.
Feel free to mock! :wink:

I don’t run just cycle No house, disco, techno or Balearic… Usually Fugazi, J mascis, Handy with shuvels ect that kinda loud… I think any kinda electronica music would remind you of a gym which are a pet hate

I love making mixes to run to. You can tailor them according to how long you’re running for and what pace you’re aiming to run at. I find kicking off around 112bpm and then upping to around a steady 120+ works well for me, If you want to go pacier then 130bpm max. I tend to steer clear of gabba, as I don’t want to hospitalise myself. Content varies according to mood as well.

A good mix definitely keeps you going and helps push through the inevitable pain/boredom threshold. A few random ones I’ve smashed together here:


I like a mixture of quite grinding techno or prog tracks with really emotional disco. I don’t know why this works for me but it does. I find with disco there are narrative elements that you can build in to the need to run, it’s like a musical story you tell yourself. For instance ‘Just as long as I’ve got you’ by Love Committee becomes a song about how you’ll always come back to running.

And there are a few tracks that just seem to match the cadence & mood of running perfectly, the breathing, the steps, the euphoria (if you’re lucky).
Isaac Hayes: Moonlight Lovin’
Kuniyuki: Shout
Paperclip People: Throw
Bulb: Light it up
and you really can’t go wrong with
Maurizio (especially M5)

Can you imagine having an accident while out running and the first responders going like " he’s about 50 and listening to rave music" …lol


Oh yeah. Last one for me was Leftfield remastered album.

I think I have a bit of asthma so running outside in the cold absolutely destroys me & gyms have been closed up here since December.

This one from Budino soundtracked a good 50+ runs last year though and I hope to get back to it as soon as I can:


That must be tough. The cold weather always used to make mine flare up but it seems to have disappeared since COVID. Love the tempo of that mix, just right.

It’s weird, I remember being really athletic as a small child then just being unable to run at all when I hit puberty. I just accepted that I was lazy and fat I think. Then after a few attempts over the years to get into running, it just clicked with me last year. I was running about 9k at a time in the gym, then tried to go for a lunchtime run outside in December and couldn’t even last 5 mins. But that mix is so dope to get you warmed up, it’s a hell of a selection too, she’s amazing!

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I recently messed up mmy back so have switched from running to walking, but I’m hoping to get back. This thread is a godsend, as I never know what to hear…

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