Champion playlists!

A recent study presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference found that listening to your favorite music can increase your enjoyment and improve your performance in sports. It doesn't matter what type of music you listen to; all that matters is that you listen to your favorite bands in order to receive the benefits of lowered perceived exertion.

I like to listen to a variety of different things depending on the purpose of the training session or where I am in the race. I listen to the Talk Ultra podcasts and a random shuffle of my music library during long runs, faster music with song lengths that match my interval length during speed work, and some songs that V wrote for me when I need an extra boost in a race.

Top athletes in our sport love music when training and racing: everyone has seen Karl Meltzer, Kilian Jornet and Ryan Sandes running with headphones. Like me, you probably wondered what they're listening to. I asked each of these champions and some of my running friends for their favorite bands and I created a Jango station for each runner based on their input.

Karl Meltzer (most 100-mile trail wins ever)
Karl has some great music that he didn't even choose himself! A friend loaded up an iPod for him and he just rolls with what's on there - an attitude which reflects the rolling acoustic and bluegrass music in his playlist (Jango station):
  • Grateful Dead
  • Widespread Panic
  • Rusted Root
  • David Grisman
  • Phish
  • Umphreys McGee
  • Moe

Kilian Jornet (UTMB and Western States winner)
Kilian has a huge list available on his website and also describes how he uses music during the night in his Salomon video ¨how I prepare an ultra¨. His list is a diverse range from Catalan bands to classical music (Jango station):
  • Els Amics de les Arts
  • Meredith Brooks
  • Sopa de Cabra
  • Manel
  • R.E.M.

Ryan Sandes (4Deserts and Leadville winner)
Ryan has a great list that is full of music that I know and like. The Jango station based on his suggestions also introduced me to a few new, similar artists. His playlist includes:
  • The Kooks
  • U2
  • Coldplay
  • The Killers
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Sublime

Joel Meredith (Atacama Crossing 2012)
Joel is a huge music fan and has a fantastic mix of music to listen to. He also regularly posts a video of the week showing a new band. He's a great source of music you may never have heard of before (Jango station):
  • The Naked & Famous
  • Kasabian
  • Florence + The Machine
  • We Were Promised Jetpacks
  • The Glitch Mob

Matias Anguita (5-time Atacama Crossing competitor, 2012)
Matias works as a running coach and spends a lot of time running and working with athletes in Chile. He always has some music going and likes a wide range of styles. His current favorites are (Jango station):
  • U2
  • Chickenfoot
  • Guns N' Roses
  • Soda Stereo
  • Cee Lo Green

Daniel Rowland
Here's what I'm currently listening to when I'm not testing out some of the playlists above! (Jango station):
  • Donkeyboy
  • The Naked & Famous
  • Iron and Wine
  • Trampled by Turtles
  • aKing
  • Paper Bird

If you have any favorite bands, running playlists or suggestions for great podcasts please share them in the comments.

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