Can you believe I’ve NEVER done a best running songs post?!
Almost 3000 posts and I’ve never talked about the tunes that can help you push through a track sufferfest or bang out that final mile in your never ending long run.
This all dawned on me as I was testing out the new TomTom® Spark 3 Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch. Why? Well read on my friends to learn about a running watch that does so much more than show your pace.
TomTom® Spark 3 Review
Does your running watch play music?? No?!
You are so behind the times.
Just kidding, but seriously you know how much I love my TomTom® watches. They were one of the first to provide heart rate on the wrist and have been my go-to fitness watch for years..The TomTom® Spark 3 Cardio + Music is so much more than a running watch. It eliminates the need for carrying a lot of other gadgets!
- Comes with Bluetooth headphones (yeah no wires!)
- Holds up to 500 songs (no need for your iPod or phone)
- GPS tracking
- Heart rate monitored through wrist in a sensor on the Spark module
- Daily step tracker (yeah get rid of another thing!)
- Multi-sport mode—works for gyms, treadmill, outdoor running, swimming and indoor/outdoor biking too
- Route feature allows you to find your way back or to load a new route (no more getting lost on my runsplorations)
Here’s a little more of my thoughts and details on how to use the watch, including how you load the music and use it during the workout.
Best Running Songs for Any Goal
Your goal absolutely impacts the type of music you should be listening to! Checkout these tips to get the most from your playlist and ensure you have the best running songs ready to go on any day.
If you want to improve your overall running cadence, then finding songs with a 180 bpm can help you to hit the optimal stride length. You start matching your footfalls to the beat! Here are some options from all genres!
The Distance by Cake
If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher
I’m a Believer by The Monkees
Won’t Back Down by Eminem
Beautiful Mess by Diamond Rio
When you need that final push for a tempo run, a crazy Yasso 800 or just the final miles of 20 mile marathon training run, you gotta pull out the big guns. I’ve asked about your power songs before and here are some of the answers:
This is My Fight Song by Rachel Platten
Stand by Rascal Flatts
Can’t Hold Us by Mackelmore
Roar by Katie Perry
Goal: Pump Up
Of course your nerves are flowing pre-race, so now is the time to allow your adrenaline to work for you by channeling it in to feeling empowered. Might seem cliche, but it’s cause they work!!!
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
The Final Countdown by Europe
Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
Run The World (Girls) by Beyonce
Goal: Find the Zone
Create a playlist of just 1-3 songs on repeat. The first time through you’ll be jamming, but as the songs repeat you’ll find it creates a rhythm an effect that allows you to simply focus on the task at hand. This is my FAVORITE race day technique. I’ve hit PR’s using it many times!
Any 1-3 songs you find yourself bobbing your head to or singing along when they pop on the radio.
Honestly, when relaxation is the goal, I tend to turn to country music. It’s often a little softer, slower and I can hear it without really focusing. But I know “kicking our boots up” and “hitting dirt roads” aren’t for everyone, so you can also turn to Jack Johnson, classical music or shoot even a little Celine Dion. Another great option is just to turn it off!
Now that you are fully jammed up and ready to rock out your next run, what will you be listening to?
Will you be fighting with headphone cords, strapping something to your arm and carrying a phone too?? Just saying why not simplify where you can!
What’s your power song?
Have you tried the HR through the wrist?
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTom. The opinions, goofiness and general sweaty thoughts are all mine.