Running and music go together like, well, Sir Mo Farah and a pair of trainers. The right playlist can shift our mood, tap into our thoughts and elevate our performance – even for beginner park runners. But what does an elite athlete listen to? Quadruple Olympic gold medallist Sir Mo Farah shares his top tracks for long-distance training. “I listen to all different types of music depending on my mood or what I’m doing,” he says. “There are times I want to relax and listen to something chilled, but when I’m warming up or on a run something faster and more upbeat is better.” Well, he should know. Here are five standout tracks from his high-tempo selection.
Promoe – Mo Farah Stride
Named after our very own guest curator, this track’s smooth blend of hip-hop lo-fi beats and reggae groove notes provide the perfect base for this uplifting song. It’s a great track to kick off warm-up sessions, as its lyrics about self-confidence and self-belief are perfect for those who want to prep ahead of a challenging session.
DJ Luck & MC Neat – A Little Bit Of Luck
Garage legends DJ Luck & MC Neat’s 1999 chart-topping track builds a steady suspense that reels you in. The kick drumbeat drives a concentration of energy that stimulates focus – which makes this one a must for a progression run.
Wretch 32 (ft Josh Kumra) – Don’t Go
UK rap pioneer Wretch 32’s heartfelt rap ballad is a beautifully reflective track that you’ll want to keep coming back to. Stirring harmonies soothe and uplift, while the steady beat sets a rhythmic pace, which is perfect for your daily workout.
Tupac – Keep Ya Head Up
This track is a legendary hip-hop classic, and rap legend Tupac is at his most poetic with its profound and powerful lyrical content. The song teaches us the importance of keeping our faith during the most difficult times and circumstances, and celebrates the essence of the human struggle.
Stormzy – Superheroes
Stormzy’s Superheroes flies triumphantly with an easy-on-the-ear vocal delivery from one of the UK’s greatest rappers. Sampling Tracy Beaker’s theme song, this reflective track delivers an important message for black British youth.
Top training tracks
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