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Know any running songs at 180bpm? Or is there a good app for music?


It's meant to be the optimum cadence for the average run. I am only on wk6 (did R1 today), but tried to keep my stride fast and short, which is getting easier the more I practice. It makes the running much easier on my legs.

I can now breathe, keep my stride short, which keeps my pace fast, and remind myself to lean slightly forward all at the same time!

I am looking forward to running more to my own music, and already use a few tracks for my warm up. Is there an app which would help me organise the music I already have and find out which ones are 180bpm. Or is there some good running music anyone can recommend please? Thanks!

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You can get ideas from Podrunner:

and jog fm:


If you go to the audiofuel website you can buy their compilations which are organised at whatever bpm you want. I have bought some but not used them as i have just discovered how wonderful it is to run without music at all - loving it - got all my enthusiasm back which had started to wane a bit a few weeks after graduating!


Download MixMeister and it will tell you the bpm for any song you have - although I'm not sure how accurate it is. I read somewhere that about 10% are not accurate. Or you could try listening to your songs and tapping them out to find the bpm -


I use the free software "BPM Counter" available from

It seems quite accurate and save the BPM in the MP3s ID3 tag so the MP3 is permanently tagged.

That's great. Thank you all for your answers. I know what I'll be doing today...! :D


Can you hack drum n bass (Its not to everyones taste!)? That's usually around 180bpm. I swear it makes you run faster for longer!

Try the website. It lists loads of tracks with their bpm plus links to spotify to listen to them and links to (I can't remember)buy them too.


Hi am interested in the 180bpm and the 'lean' techniques, as this is reccomended by Danny Dryer ChiRunning as a way of preventing injury. I find doing 180bpm really difficult, do you have any tips?

in reply to April61

I'm not expert believe me, but I have watched a lot of YouTube!

There are a few exercises I do along to the music I have which is 180bpm. I usually do them as a warm up, to get my head in the right place. Often the podcast music isn't the right tempo for me, so I just count 1, 2, 3, 4 in my head if I am striding too long. The lean is very slight but I can always feel the difference, as the running is easier. When I get tired it's harder to maintain as I am just getting used to it, and need to remind myself more.

Here are a couple of links which I found useful:


thanks - this looks really helpfull and theres a metronome app that you can download that plays over the music.

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