I finally found a great pair of running headphones. Music is super important to me when I run. Sometimes I listen to a running coach and sometimes just music with a good pace. Either way, I need music to have a great run. Plus, I love runkeeper keeping me updated on my stats. Basically, headphones are essential. Unfortunately for me, I can’t even tell you how many pairs I have broken in the last few years. So I went on a quest for the perfect headphones.
The answer? There are no perfect headphones for running. Womp Womp. The good news? You can create the perfect pair. Here is what I need in a pair of headphones:
- Wireless. I have wasted a ton of money replacing headphones when the wire breaks at the jack. I have also wasted a ton of running time fidgeting with broken wires when I forget to replace them.
- Great Sound. To me this means overall sound quality. I don’t need crazy bass in headphones. I mean, they are directly in my ears! But a good crisp sound really enhances everything.
- No Bulk. Most wireless earbuds are bulky at the ear where the battery pack is. This is uncomfortable and honestly just looks strange.
- Stays In My Ear. Kind of important for obvious reasons. I also don’t want to waste time readjusting them or losing quality because they are falling out.
The solution? Jaybird Bluebuds with Comply foam tips. Thousands of people can’t be wrong, right? But I had to try out other wireless headphones before returning them with the realization that I was just wasting money. Most of them are way too bulky and just don’t stay in your ear. The over ear wire hurts, especially on longer runs. Most importantly, the sound quality doesn’t even come close to the Bluebuds. I wear mine over the ear with the wire shortened around back. This is great because you really don’t even feel that they are there. Other brands I tried hung on your neck. This is fine unless you turn your head to talk to someone or look for cars. Then the wire pulls the earbud out of your ear. Not a problem with the Bluebuds. I tried them on a run without the Comply tips and they fell out. I spent too much time dealing with it and ordered the Comply tips. Now they are perfect. Here is a video review with more detail on the sound quality. If you decide to go with these, shop around. You can find them on ebay and other places for a much more reasonable price.
I have decided to fight hard this week to get back to running. I was pretty sure I did all of the things listed here before I started running again. I am a little confused and extremely frustrated that after almost 2 months of running again I am having problems. So it’s time to take it further and look more closely at nutrition. These articles about ways to help a broken bone heal, how to speed fracture healing, and research for faster fracture healing seem to agree that having the right amount of protein, calcium, and certain amino acids is vital to healing. I can take care of that. I’m also making sure that basically anything else I eat has antioxidant qualities, like my Shakeology (which has a ton of protein as a bonus!) and these delicious pumpkins muffins. Let’s hope it works. Spring race season starts this weekend and unbelievably, I am missing my first race.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 2/3 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream oil, sugar and eggs together. Mix until fluffy and lighter in color. Add dry ingredients alternately with water. Mix well. Add pumpkin. Fill mini muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake for 15 minutes.
So, I am wondering, do you take a multivitamin?