As much as it pains me to say it, the easiest to run to is likely generic chart shite, as most of that is built around having a strong beat for drunk eejits to dance to. Punk might be an easy one as well, due to simple song structures, though the downside with punk (and hardcore punk) is that the songs are frequently too short to establish a rhythm with.
How unfortunate. Well I sort of knew that Jazz would be impossible anyway.
The big problem I have with generic eletronic made shit with shallow rhythms is that 80% of the time it hurts my ears. It's too loud and too screechy and I have very very sensitive ears. I refuse to go through that sort of uncomfort and pain just to listen to shallow rhythms composed by some machines.
If its about having a strong beat than I should be fine with baroque or classical era music. The beats aren't as obvious as "generic chart shite" but it's not like I need the beat of the music to be spelled out for me. I'm not an idiot.[/quote]
To be fair, I'm not sure how much of it IS about having a strong beat. Obviously something with some crazy structure like a Stanchinsky is gonna make life tricky, but as you said, you don't need the beat of the music to be spelled out, which I think is my main issue with it all. (I have sensitive ears too, but not as sensitive as yours I'd say. Things like hoovers and scratching nylon make them hurt, but then I listen to grindcore which is known for being abrasive). Personally, music when running is something for my mind to focus on, which inextricably does mean the rhythm, but it does obviously have to be something you enjoy. If that's baroque and classical era music, then go for it