Thursday, September 20, 2012

A terrific running playlist to train for a 5k or 10k

The Dana Point Turkey Trot sent out an awesome playlist put together by race-day sponsor Dick’s Sporting Goods with Brooks Sports. It's a 15-track ready-to-run list that they named the Run Happy Playlist.

We all know that music makes running, whether in prep for a 10K or on the treadmill, a lot more fun.  Apparently it also increases running performance by up to 15 percent, or so says Dr. Costas Karageorghis, of London’s Brunel University.

According to Karageorghis, the beat sweet spot is between 120 and 140 beats-per-minute,which is the tempo corresponding to the heart rate of the average exerciser. 

I haven't tried this yet - I'm off impact workouts right now - but see what you think and report in.

Track 1: Katy Perry – Firework
                Track 2: Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
                Track 3: Ram Jam – Black Betty
                Track 4: 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite
                Track 5: Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dream
                Track 6: The Black Keys – Thickfreakness
                Track 7: Foster The People – Helena Beat
                Track 8: Avicii – Levels
                Track 9: Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
                Track 10: LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
                Track 11: Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
                Track 12: Richard Vission featuring Luciana – I Like That
                Track 13: Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
                Track 14: Flo Rida featuring Sia – Wild Ones
                Track 15: M83 – Midnight City

And while you're at it, check out the 35th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot, follow the event on Twitter at and Facebook at For more information about Dick’s Sporting Goods and Brooks Sports visit or

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