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Run Doug run

I went a run this morning – my first since Ben was born. I usually listen to the MP3s stored on a ‘running’ playlist on my mobile phone in shuffle mode, but seeing as it’s the first one I’ve been on since I got my new phone, I was looking for another option. I ended up listening to a podcast from Podrunner, a free 1-hour mix of music at a set BPM (beats per minute).


I have to say I am impressed with the idea and execution behind Podrunner. However, it doesn’t really suit me that well. The music is a bit house-y for me – I like my uplifting, euphoric trance for running to. The music provided on the Podrunner podcasts would be great for working out in the gym, and probably for running on a treadmill in the gym. But running outdoors – ‘in the wild’, as it were – is different. There’s hills and bits of ice and cars and wind. To get you through this you need what I would call the ‘hands in the air’ moments you get when you go to clubs and the beat stops but the vocal keeps going. It’s the cyclical, rhythmic, yet differing nature of these tracks that keeps me going.

So if anyone knows of any specific trance-based podcasts suitable for running, please let me know. Until then, I’ll keep plugging away with my own custom mix and scouring the iTunes Music Store…

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