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I am a newbie runner training for my first 5K. I usually run with a friend who will be running the race with me & we are pretty evenly matched pace-wise. On the days when our schedules just don't mesh, or she is out of town I would like to run using music to help me keep to a 12 minute mile pace. I like all kinds of music, but would like mainly newer songs. Any suggestions?
The easiest way is to look at the Get Info tab of an iTunes purchase, but most don't have that field filled in. eHow.com details how to do this if you really want to learn - http://www.ehow.com/how_2191655_calculate-beats-per-minute.html
A rule of thumb i've read is that most hip-hop is around 115 BPM and trance music is 125 BPM. The run to rhythm web site has a table showing BPM-to-pace. Their data shows the following:
Steps per Mile
Time per 100yards (sec)
My Nike+iPod "PowerSong" is B.O.B. by Outkast, which is 155 BPM.
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