I ran with music for the first time ever. A nice little cocoon of sensory deprivation. The last time I upgraded my mobile phone I deliberately got one with MP3 function. Only this week did I finally get some headphones for it. Only took 4 trips to Radio Shack and Best buy. Who knew the jack was a different size? Who knew how tiny my ears are? I had some pretty good workout playlists from the gym/stairstepper/spinning class days, but thought I would try DJSteveboy's running mixes "Podrunner", lauded on RunningAhead and CoolRunning forums. It's 90minutes of uninterrupted techno at a specific BPM designed for running, spinning, exercise classes. The downloads are free, with a 2 minute segment of non-forwardable commercial messages at the beginning (Join the Navy!). I found it to be decent, though a bit too much "gay disco" and not enough techno/industrial/rave. But the fixed beat and uninterrupted nature of it is what makes it unique if not inspiring. He adds new mixes every couple of days – for some reason the archive of hundreds has been reset to zero, so you only have 4 or 5 to choose from at this time. I also found that 140 BPM is just off my cadence by a few beats. Will try 150 and 160 respectively. (I'm listening to the 150 mix "Square One" as I type this and it's already better than the one I ran with this morning.)
Don't try this in traffic.