Wednesday, 26 October 2011


A while back I started a blog about running. I wanted to tell my running story, about how I got in shape after 2 babies, about the joy of running, about my injuries. It never really took off, for a bunch of reasons, but mostly because what I had to say just wasn't that useful, my heart wasn't in it. There are loads of running blogs out there, how could I ever out do Runblogger for info on running tips, injuries, SHOES! Or Vanessa Runs for woman powered running, or Haute Running Mama for beauty and humour! Or a load of other excellent blogs. It'll all been done before I got here, so well my little blog just sort of fizzeled out.

Then yesterday, after another frustrating search on line for running music, it hit me. What I love and what I can contribute is way more focused that a general 'my running life' blog. My niche is running music. I have spend a lot of time and energy on my running playlist and I want to share my love of running with music with the world! But even this already exists, there are blogs about running songs, but without pointing fingers, no one is doing it well, or no one I've found already.

My bent on this problem is the BPM (Beats Per Minute) of the songs. After struggling with injuries and reading up on this, it seems that experts recommend running at 180 strides per minute. Short fast strides are more economical and help avoid injury. Running with music that has a 180BPM tempo helps me run with a 180 strides per minute cadence. But its hard to find music with the right cadence. So that's what this blog is going to be about, BPM specific running music. Mostly short posts with a song recommendation with the BPM and other posts about running music and BPM. I hope that the focus will mean that it is actually useful to people out there, and that it will be easier for me to post regularly.


  1. Love the fact you've started a blog related to running music! Would be curious of your thoughts on what we're doing over at Rock My Run (

    While we don't have 180bpm mixes yet, so far the response has been pretty good. Maybe we could collaborate on some projects?

    Chief Rocker

  2. Hey, this is Vanessa Runs! Awesome idea! Looking forward to following your blog.

  3. Vanessa - you are one of my favourite people on the internet! Getting a comment from you is just amazing!!!