Fact: I can not run without music. I've tried and those runs without music have always been the worst. I lack motivation, can not keep my "pace" up and I just get bored. This is the playlist I had for the Half last October and I am not sick of it yet:
Sometimes though I get tired of people singing and just need some good tempo music. Enter techno. Now I am not a techno enthusiast outside of running. But the beat is just great for getting one foot in front of the other. I first started listening to techno when I used this podcast for the Couch to 5K program a couple of years ago. I have since found PodRunner on iTunes and love that it offers a wide range of bpm's depending on how tough I want to go out. And it's free! Doesn't get better than that!
My most recent find was the band The Pretty Reckless. Please don't judge me on the fact that the lead singer is none other than little Jenny Humphrey from Gossip Girl. It's one of the first full albums I have bought in a long time and it really does get me moving.