Pick Up the Pace
Playlists that match the speed of your run
Scenario: You spent all day making what you thought to be the ultimate workout playlist. Yet, as soon as you set out on that brisk after-work jog, you realize that Diana Ross is much too fast. And Diddy? Surprisingly slow. Soon, you’re dragging your feet and wasting far too much time hitting “skip.”
Don’t let your music drag you down. Instead, turn to the TempoRun app.
Here’s how it works: Upon downloading, TempoRun ($3) assesses your phone’s music library and categorizes all your songs into levels: 1 (slow walk; adagio) to 10 (full-out sprint; allegro). Then, using the app’s sleek and easy-to-use interface, you can choose the level to which you’ll be running and Tempo Run seamlessly creates a playlist that perfectly matches your pace.
On our morning run, we opted for level 6 (slightly above a jog) and were pleased to discover how well Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing” matched our steps. Don’t have a robust library? TempoRun also has a radio feature that scans local and national stations to correspond with your pace. And don’t fret--there’s even a lock screen so you don’t accidentally press pause as soon as you hit full stride.
Who knew Coldplay could be so motivating?