Are you looking to get a new running PB – but not sure on how to get there?
As humans, we are hardwired to respond to rhythm. If you’ve ever reflexively tapped your toes, drummed your fingers, or bobbed your head to a catchy tune, you know this to be true.
Running to music can help you run longer, faster and easier. Matching your stride to a particular beat can help you better regulate your pace. Music is scientifically proven to help boost your physical performance, endurance, and recovery. It’s also been shown to make exercise more enjoyable. That’s not all. Music can also help calm nerves before a race.
Running to Music/BPMs
I have been running a 5k loop every weekend – but have been struggling to get a faster time (which has been very frustrating). So, I did a bit of research of how to get a quicker time. This led me to having a look at the music I was listening to when running.
I use Spotify and have many of my own playlists with music I love, however, the songs don’t match my running pace.
Matching your stride to a particular beat can help you better regulate your pace. Songs with an average of 120 to 130 BPM are the ideal tempo for fast, powerful running, whether you’re running at a 10-minute mile pace or 7- minute mile pace.
Finding your BPM
To find my BPM pace, I searched “run” playlists on Spotify. This led me to a number of different playlists with different BPMs. It took me a few runs to find out my ideal running BPM. But once I found the correct beat – I hit the ground running. Discovering my ideal BPM has unleashed a whole new level to my running ability, allowing me to get a new PB time at 5K.
This is my PB 5K run recorded on Strava.
Here at Comfort Health
Here at Comfort Health we have a great team of practitioners who can help advise you on you’re running pace/technique, but more importantly help keep your legs in full working order. Get in contact with us today to get booked in!