The Best Pre-Run Playlist | 360 YOU
What in your life has the ability to wake you up, like an instant burst of energy? For Atalanta NYC runner Jamie Morrissey, it’s music.
“I loved living in New York, the access to concerts and [musicians] are here are all the time. It’s my favorite thing outside of racing,” she said.
Due to an Achilles injury she suffered a few years ago, Morrissey has to do 30 minutes of preparation before she can run to avoid re-injury. Sometimes it gets frustrating. “I just want to go out and run,” she says. When she “hobbles” out of bed, she reminds herself that it’s her job and it’s not bad. Listening to music while it is activated is a valid consolation for delaying the race.
But what does music do for performance? Research has shown (in some cases) that listening to music can improve performance and reduce the rate of perceived exertion. Fewer studies have looked at what music does before and after a run. A small 2015 study published in the Strength and Conditioning Journal found that listening to motivating music before a 5k run improved performance, and changing to calm music afterward actually accelerated recovery.
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We asked Morrissey to share his favorite playlist with the 360 YOU team to help us get motivated to get out there. The dream mix she has put together is full of alternative, indie and hip-hop jams that will make you want to close your eyes and get into the perfect headspace to follow your impending beat. Or turn it on when you return to sink into a blissful recovery mode.
You know it’s a winning list when queens like Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Phoebe Bridgers pop up alongside Radiohead, Glass Animals and Frank Ocean.
Jamie Morrissey’s Essential Playlist
Head over to Spotify to start listening to mentor 360 YOU’s pre-run mix.
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