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Whatever Your Speed, Here's a 5K Playlist For You

Apr 2 2015 - 2:40am

The right music can make or break your run. Instead of heading out on a run and having to shuffle through your music constantly, check out these playlists, all organized by the BPM (beats per minute) of each song. Now you'll be able to pick out a mix that's tailored to your mile time. Keep clicking for the perfect playlist to motivate you during your next 5K.

Eight-Minute Mile

Hit your goals with an indie-heavy eight-minute-mile playlist [1] that also offers a taste of rap and classic rock. The most important thing is that every pick on this list is powerful and upbeat.

Top track: "Good Life" — Kanye West [2]

Nine-Minute Mile

Whether you're prepping for your race or it's the big day, this nine-minute-mile mix [3] will keep a skip in your step. There's a little bit of rock — and a whole lot of pop!

Top track: "Walcott" — Vampire Weekend

9.5-Minute Mile

If you run a 9.5-minute mile [4], then check out this R&B- and rock-filled playlist for your next 5K.

Top track: "How to Love" — Lil Wayne

10-Minute Mile

If you like upbeat, hard-hitting rock anthems while working out, then you'll love this 10-minute-mile playlist [5]. The final song will keep you feeling powerful and connected to your race, even if you're wiped out!

Top track: "Won't Get Fooled Again" — The Who

10.5-Minute Mile

Anyone who runs a 10.5-minute mile [6] needs to listen to this new 5K playlist with a blend of rock, pop, and soul.

Top track: "That's Not My Name" — The Ting Tings

11-Minute Mile

This is a perfect playlist for one of your first 5K races. This 11-minute-mile mix [7] will help you rock out on your run and keep a smile on your face.

Top track: "Vertigo" — U2

11.5-Minute Mile

Full of rock-heavy tunes, this playlist is full of songs with the perfect BPM (beats per minute) to help you keep pace and hit your 11.5-minute mile [8] goals.

Top track: "My Hero" — Foo Fighters

12-Minute Mile

Every song in this mix is the perfect speed for your needs, so if you run a 12-minute mile [9], you won't need to shuffle through your iPod or switch tracks in the middle of your run.

Top track: "I See You Baby" — Groove Armada

12.5-Minute Mile

If you've kicked off a couch-to-5K program, then you might be concerned with the speed of your first race. For a little motivating music to help you keep time, try out this playlist for a 12.5-minute mile [10].

Top track: "Do Your Thing" — Basement Jaxx


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