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Need More Speedier Tunes...!

Friday, October 02, 2009

I've been ramping up my efforts on the treadmill...sticking with those "spikey" intervals and doing more of the 6 mph speeds. This week instead of the old 2.3 miles I've covered during each morning 'mill work I've been between 2.7 - 3.3 miles covered...breaking my old record...woo hoo!

One problem I've noticed, however is that my mp3 player doesn't have enough fast-paced music to pump me up to the 6 mph speeds...!

This morning I was surprised to find Van Morrison's "Brown-Eyed Girl" worked for one of my 6 mph intervals and Steely Dan's "Bodhisattva" and a Santana tune were my others. I'm having to forward through a lot of my formerly comfy 4 mph tracks. Sometimes I find myself creatively doing DOUBLE time on a slower track which can work for me.

Anyone have suggestions for tunes that really rev you up at those higher speeds? :-)


PS...My tastes are kinda weird, running from classic rock, alternative, folk, *some* carefully selected contemporary country, bigtime jazz...but not big band or dixiland, new age, world music and hits from my earlier years, 60s-70s or so. Sometimes even slower music works for me because either the message or the power of delivery has such *punch.*


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USARUNNERGIRL 10/5/2009 12:07PM

    Woohoo. I am starting to do interval training. On Thursday I did bursts of 6, 7, and once 8 mph. The 8 didn't last long though. I listen to a lot of alternative/ rock tunes when I run.

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TRAINOF4 10/5/2009 1:44AM

    Umm, the Who, Rolling Stones, Hendrix? I know there are websites out there w/music based on beats/min. Maybe Nike has something since they're synching their shoes to people's IPods??

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    Um...6 mph? Nope. My legs don't move that fast. My tunes are probably slower than yours! Lol.

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ZELLAZM 10/4/2009 9:13AM

    I decided to wait and see before commenting on this post. Wanted to see what others suggested. Some goooood ideas here! Myself, I'm currently working out to WOW Worship 2009, and David Ramsey podcasts!

Now I'd like to see you try to workout to Brahms Hungarian Dance #5 in Gminor. ;)

And you're right about taking control over our money - for me it has been the natural outcome of taking control over my health and eating habits.

Thanks for the encouragement, Don!

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AME0809 10/3/2009 7:57PM

    Congratulations on breaking out and moving on up! I can't imagine a 6.0mph WALKING speed. I can regularly do 4-4.3 mph on the elliptical but only 3-3.5 on the treadmill. My short, little legs get all stumbly over themselves if I try to go any faster. I am improving, though, so maybe someday I can better keep up with you!

I don't regularly listen to music while I work out--I need something more distracting like the news. But I did like the look of some things from It has various categories arrange by activity, style and even some by BPM.

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KELLI9001 10/3/2009 6:38AM

    Way to break out of that comfort zone!! My suggestion would be the disco sounds of the 70's!

You are making great progress...keep going!!

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NEWMOMOVER40 10/2/2009 9:25PM

    Zircadia, I'm with you - alternative (and some, and some alt/pop) is pretty much what works for me. (Although I also like to throw in some slower inspirational songs for those difficult middle stretches when it's tempting to want to throw in the towel ...)

For alternative, in addition to Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, and The Pixies (timeless!), I like ...

- Vampire Weekend (more on the pop side, but great)
- Port O'Brien
- Platinum Pied Pipers
- The Herbaliser
- Okkervil River
- Tullycraft (The Punks are Writing Love Songs always gets me going!)
- Firewater
- Dengue Fever (all in Cambodian, but that doesn't matter a bit)
- Tokyo Police Club
- Thee Emergency
- Telekenesis!
- The Shout Out Louds

BTW all of this and more is available via the wonderful KEXP Song of the Day Podcast, my favorite place to discover new bands.

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WISTFULVISTA 10/2/2009 9:05PM

    How did we exercise before music was added to the mix? I remember having to do calesthenics in seventh grade to "Go, You Chicken Fat, Go!" on a tinny phonograph - not one of my happier memories! Anyway, Don... I hope the tempos of these might be useful to you: Bonnie Raitt's "Hear Me, Lord," James Brown's "I Feel Good," "Mais Que Nada" from Sergio Mendes' "Timeless" album (with the Black-Eyed Peas), Acoustic Alchemy's "Same Road, Same Reason," as well as their "Cuban Heels," Sergio Mendes' "Odo-Ya," from the "Encanto" album. - Susan

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KEEPITMOVING 10/2/2009 3:35PM

    i'm with ORIGAMIFREAK on this one. being a traditionalist in some ways and experimentalist in others, i find a lot of swing, big band, and ragtime/piano rags keep my interest and heart rate up!

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ROYALETBONE 10/2/2009 2:56PM

    Songs that make me pick up my feet-
Bonnie Rait- Gnawin on It
B B King- (bunches)- Rock This House
John Mayal - Where Did My Legs Go?
Jp & Suba-Futuro Primitovo
Taj Mahal- Keep Your Hands Off Her

...... I have a 'cardio' playlist, and I'm going to have to delete some of my old favs... some for slow beat, a couple for just weird beats... to 'off'- changes of beats. Good listening, not good for pacing.
Let us know your new ones!

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YAKWOMAN 10/2/2009 2:33PM

    I'm not exactly sure how fast 6 mph running is, since I'm not to that point yet, but what about Sweet Home Alabama or something like that?

Thank you, Don, for being an inspiration to me and for seeming to always say the right thing! emoticon

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ZIRCADIA 10/2/2009 12:52PM

    My favorites for running are Ted Leo & The Pharmacists and The Pixies. :D

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/2/2009 11:15AM

    I wondered when you might decide you wanted faster music - generally the selections you've mentioned before would have put me to sleep on my elliptical...
I am partial to jive and big band swing. They tend to have a distinct rhythm around 120 bpm and they're fun to listen to.

Some favorite groups:

Benny Goodman
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Squirrel Nut Zippers
Brian Setzer Orchestra
Atomic Fireballs

Happy Treading...

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L*I*T*A* 10/2/2009 10:45AM

    sorry...............when i'm on the treadmill i meditate so am not able to help you sure someone will though.........all the best............blessings and hugs....................lita

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