In a 2005 study at Brunel University, 36 runners cut an average of half a second off their 400m times when they listened to music in a certain tempo range. Choose tunes in the bpm sweet spot – 120 to 140. To kick into high gear when you need it most, pick one fast-paced song (at least 130 bpm) whose lyrics fire you up and position it to play at the point during your run when you usually feel like crap – whether during the warm-up or at the fifteenth kilometre.
Harder to Breathe – Maroon 5
SOS – Rihanna
Firestarter – The Prodigy
Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
Pump It Up – Elvis Costello
B.O.B. – OutKast
The Rockafeller Skank – Fatboy Slim
Here It Goes Again – OK, Go!
She Wants to Move – N.E.R.D.
Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty
Around the World (Radio Edit) – Daft Punk
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