So, my Sunday runs are getting longer. This week was six miles, which in my world is about a 1 hour and 15-minute run. I’m doing really well keeping up my enthusiasm by changing my routes – I’ve run down roads I didn’t even know existed. I’ve found fields of wildflowers, lakes, rivers – and a farm full of cows hidden up the road (which does explain the strange odour that appears in the gardens some days).
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However, this weekend I decided to also shake things up in the music stakes and I downloaded a copy of the workout mix which I’d seen advertised online
It had some songs I don’t have on it – including a rather natty dance version of Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Getting Back Together – but more importantly, I wondered if, the fact that they were all mixed in together would make any difference to how it made me feel.
It really does – I’m not sure if psychologically my brain ticks off time by the number of songs I normally listen to but I found the first 55 minutes of my run flew by – the last 20 minutes not so much as my knees hated me, but I kept at it.
It seems they bring one out every year – this post was originally written in 2013, hence the Taylor Swift entry, and they started in 2010, so, there’s plenty to choose from. Click the link below to check the latest one for 2020 (when I’m updating this)
Why Does a MegaMix Make Your Run Seem Faster
So, a few months after I wrote this post, I actually came across some science that said yes, having a workout playlist where all the songs ran into each other would make you feel as if time was going faster than normal. Seems I’m a scientist after all!
I found the info in a book called Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception by Claudia Hammond. This looks at how we perceive time – and how you might change that. And in it, she points out that if we remove our normal cues for time , whether that be light and dark, meal times or, in this case, a clear break between the songs on your ipod, time goes faster.
Ergo – if you normally run with music, choosing something like The Workout Mix that squishes all your tunes together is going to make your workout seem shorter. I’m theorising (because now I’m a scientist that’s what you do) that super long remixes (or as we called them in the olden days 12 inches) would have a similar impact.
So, all of you training for marathons, half-marathons – or anything else where you need to put one foot in from of another for a while – or whatever else is happening in the next few weeks, it might be time to hit iTunes and get downloading some megamixes. Or, here’s a few to buy on amazon via CD (and some of them also have dowloads)…
Has tracks from Klaas, Leykenda, Prisma and other suitably lively folk. Click the pic to order it.
The quadri- threat singer, songwriter, producer and film director adds fitness motivator to his CV with this one.
And if you feel like going retro, this is the one I had – and I still listen to it!
So, what do you listen to when you run? Or how do you make time fly when you’re having to run longer and longer – let me know on the comments form below. I also discovered that musicals also seem to make the time go by quite quickly.
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