Long runs are a crucial part of training, especially when you have a 10K or half-marathon lined up ahead. These can last anywhere between 90 minutes to 2 hours and longer and are extremely challenging, requiring equal parts of physical and mental commitment. At the same time, long runs are a great way to simply be in the moment and enjoy your time alone.
Because long runs focus more on endurance and time rather than on speed, it helps to have a playlist that distracts you and keeps you engaged on something other than checking your watch. While hi-tempo beats aren’t always necessary, it is a definite plus if your playlist is lively and charged up, especially when you need a boost during the toughest parts of your run.
Mr Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont’s Thin White Duke Mix) – The Killers
While the original version by The Killers has enough zing for a workout, this extended remix produced by Grammy-winning British electronic musician Stuart Price comes with long spells of electronic and house beats that are conducive for easy running.
Last Nite – The Strokes
Keeping you company with their steady and energetic tempo, this song from The Strokes makes conquering the miles that much more fun.
Times like These – Foo Fighters
Nothing like the Foo Fighters for some instant power and mood boost and a few dollops of feel-good as well.
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
This one is a fairly common and obvious choice but that doesn’t make it any less motivating on a long run.
Roar – Katy Perry
Well, because you’re a champion, and we better hear your roar your way to the end. This is a great song for when your spirits are flagging, usually somewhere half way into your run.
Titanium – David Guetta (feat. Sia)
You’re nearing the end of your run, exhausted and want your bed. But you’re made of titanium and you can’t be broken! Strong finish, here you come.