Monday, August 6, 2012

BPM? PPM? What?!

For new runners, reading articles about PPM, BPM and how they correspond can be, well, daunting. Hell, as an experienced Harriette I still find myself second guessing the new boots I try on and test in stores. Has my stride changed? Am I pronating due to injury or normalcy? Is my footfall always as heel-strikey as it is at 20mi, or does the midfoot strike last up until Mile 18? Let's face it- modern science, ad campaigns and high-profile running have made what was once a "throw on some shorts and go" sport much more complicated. So let me make part of it easier for you:

The other day I posted about my Top Ten Running Songs (as of the 2012 San Francisco Marathon) which reminded me of a website I found while clicking around /r/running a few months back, Firstly, this is probably my go-to website when building a new running playlist. It's easy to work with, pulls from a giant library of tunes and is fully integrated with iTunes and AmazonMP3. Also, the user interface is incredibly easy: 

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your desired pace
  3. Click "Go" 
  4. Voila! A playlist (with bpm's included) for you to peruse!

Now, for the sake of full disclosure, I don't always utilize their playlist applications, but the fact that they have it is pretty awesome. Generally, I peruse their list in the pace I want and pull songs from my already exhaustive library, but I digress. Not only does build a playlist for running, it also has a cycling and walking functionality, playlist browsing from other users in your pace group, and a map application to share routes. Pretty cool, right?

For the more involved lot, take a gander at this post from Run2Rhythm, where they get into the nitty gritty how-to's of finding the proper cadence for your stride, gait and pace. While not everyone likes to run to music, if you're going to do it right.

As with most things, there's a wide variety of options out there. If you don't like for whatever reason, check out Running Playlist. While similar to, one interesting feature is the search function; check it out - I put "10k" into the search bar and BAM, a full rendering of playlists designed specifically for the 10k distance and varying BPM. Awesome, right?

And lastly, for those of us who crave new music, check out Running Music Mix (another favorite of mine) where tunes are sorted by BPM, genre, decade, etc. 

So there you have it -  a few quick and easy ways to build a playlist that will keep your feet pounding the pavement. Enjoy!


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