If you want to run harder, better, faster, stronger, your answer may just be a pumped up playlist away. It’s not news that music has been shown to help athletes run farther and bike longer. The tempo, beat and lyrics to a jam can alter an athlete’s psychological state, giving them an edge to crush the competition or a previous PR. And for training runs, a great playlist can provide just the motivation you need to hit the pavement after a long day at the office.
While music has been banned for pro athletes competing for top titles and prize money at major races like the upcoming New York City marathon, that doesn’t mean these elites don’t listen to tunes while they prep.
Want to know what the playlist of a running champ looks like? We asked Meb Keflezighi, American long-distance runner, winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon and Skechers Performance sponsored athlete, what songs he’s been logging miles to in anticipation of this weekend’s Empire State race. From Michael Jackson to Run DMC, you might be surprised what pops up on Meb’s training playlist! Download the mix to your iPod and use it to motivate you through your race, whether it’s a 5K, 10K, half or full marathon (maybe even New York on Sunday!).