But how do you make a great playlist? Who has the time to download and put together songs in the right order? Not me. I'm horrible at it and usually end up pressing shuffle or fast forward quite a bit when I'm running. But not any more! During one of the #RunChat twitter talks (can't remember the month...), I found out about a great app for my phone called Rock My Run.
Wait, do you know about #Runchat? Here's a little bit of info for you:
"RunChat is the leading Twitter chat about running. It is held at 10 p.m. ET on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month and at 8 p.m. ET the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. David (@RunningBecause) and Scott (@iRunnerBlog) are co-founders and co-moderators of #RunChat." -- from http://therunchat.com/faq/)
Rock My Run is an app for smartphones "that provides The Best Running Music in the World for active people." It's a free app and Standard Membership is also free. Yes, there's the ability to upgrade to a paid Premium Membership, but I haven't tried that yet. I think an advantage of upgrading to a paid membership (for me) would be to have access to downloading running mixes longer than 45 minutes. I'm already thinking about this option for my next half-marathon.
What do I like about Rock My Run? I love that I can download a complete run mix to my phone without having to hook up to my computer or some other nonsense. I also like that the mixes are already calibrated to specific BPMs. For me, that helps me stay on track! I respond to music innately so songs with faster bpms automatically make me pick up my pace. I like the diversity in the music too. Yes, sometimes it has a bit of a techno/dance club feel to it as the songs transition, but that usually depends on the DJ.
Currently I have 7 different mixes from RockMyRun: 3 are 45 minutes long and the other 4 are 30-36 minutes long.
My current favorite mix is the RunChat Fan Mix. With tracks from Lorde, Train, Adele, Jay Z, Daft Punk, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke, Mumford & Sons, Run DMC (It's Tricky!), and more... it is a great smash up of current and past pop songs.
I suggest you give RockMyRun a try! No, I don't receive anything if you do and no, I didn't receive anything to promote the app here on our RunTeacherRun site. RockMyRun is just my newest favorite running tool and I think you'll love it too!