Today someone sent me the link to jog.fm. It’s a fun site that lets you put in a pace to run and it serves up music with the beats per minute to help you achieve that pace.
The music seems to be across a few types of music with current hits, older stuff, top 40, hip hop, etc. You can narrow by genre and create playlists. The pace and beats per minute (BPM) are listed. There are links to purchase the song in iTunes or on Amazon.
So besides the obvious (getting a really cool playlist that fits your pace), why else is this awesome?
Well, I’m a pretty consistent runner. Looking at my lap times on my Garmin shows that I run roughly the same pace every mile of every run. That’s great from one perspective, but it also makes it hard to improve. Even when I want to run faster, I tend to drift back to my regular steady pace. While running today to my first ever playlist, it occurred to me that I could use the estimated pace to push myself. I could pick a faster pace and the music would help me stick with it.
I tweeted about jog.fm and Wes made a joke about putting my iPod on shuffle. However, it made me realize this would be a great tool for those doing the Couch to 5k program (that I highly recommend)! Pick a pace for the walking breaks, and pick a pace for the running parts and get songs for both!
I’m really looking forward to playing with this site! Check it out.