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This Is The Best Playlist To Accompany Your Marathon Training

When training for a marathon, you need songs that are faster than the 120 beat per minute (BPM) tracks you′ll hear on the radio. At the same time, you′ll likely want something slower than the 150 BPM tracks you might use in a high intensity session—since you′ll be pacing yourself for a longer haul. To that end, we′ve compiled a few examples of songs between 130-140 BPM that should suit your training ideally.

Every marathon is different, and so is every marathoner. To that end, the playlist below draws from a variety of genres. Selena Gomez and Ed Sheeran represent the Top 40, while Dragonette and The Strokes spring the college radio charts. Similarly, there are club tracks featuring Drake and Rihanna alongside country favorites like Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton. If you′re looking for something eclectic, you can fire up the list wholesale. If your tastes are more distinct, pick a few favorites and go from there. However you want to approach your next session, here are ten places to start.

Zedd & Selena Gomez – I Want You to Know – 130 BPM

Dragonette – Let It Go – 131 BPM

Fitz & The Tantrums – The Walker – 132 BPM

Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood – The Fighter – 132 BPM

Drake & Nicki Minaj – Make Me Proud – 133 BPM

Mike Will Made-It & Rihanna – Nothing Is Promised – 134 BPM

Blink-182 – When I Was Young – 135 BPM

Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill – 135 BPM

The Strokes – Threat of Joy – 137 BPM

Blake Shelton – Bringing Back the Sunshine – 139 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Chris Lawhorn

Chris Lawhorn

Chris Lawhorn runs the workout music database Run Hundred and contributes playlists to Women's Running. He also operates the Case/Martingale record label and holds a BA in English from Ball State University. Before joining Women's Running, Chris covered workout music for Shape and Marie Claire. To find more running songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular routine.