Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tuesday Tunes #3

Each week I share with you some of the songs on my running playlist.  If you are into Rap, R&B, Country or Electronic Music you might want to look elsewhere - but if you like Pop, Rock, Alternative, or Contemporary Christian Music you might find something you like!

Many training plans and running form clinics recommend a running cadence of 180 steps per minute (90 steps on each foot per minute).  Whether this works for everyone, I don't know.  But, I do find that I am a far more efficient runner - no matter the speed - if I am taking 175-185 steps per minute.   Here are some songs that help me maintain that cadence

"Light up the Sky" - Thousand Foot Crutch - 178bpm (2X89)
This is a race day favorite - really pumps me up!

"Hey Mama" - Mat Kearney - 180 bpm (2x90)
This is such a fun and happy song.  Love it!

What could be more worshipful than using our "fearfully and wonderfully made" body, powered by the Lord Almighty, to run surrounded by the beauty of His Creation?! 

"You Are" - Colton Dixon - 192 bpm (96x2)
I missed American Idol last season, but I am enjoying this guy's music.

Our final category is reserved for those songs that always make me pick up the pace.  Songs that put a huge grin on my face and a spring in my step!

"Good Morning" - Mandisa - 120bpm
I always start my long run with this song!

May you run happy today!


  1. Since itunes crashed on my computer, running just hasn't been the same. But you are going to help me a lot with these posts! I recently discovered Colton Dixon and love his stuff. Now i just need to find a way to get them on my shuffle. or upgrade...
    The BPM really helps a person find the right kind of tunes for their run.

  2. Sorry about your crash! On occasion - due to technical issues - I am forced to run without music. Yesterday was one of those days. I was really aggravated at first, but then I just started praying. That really helped... but I did come home and order new earphones (lol!)