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Hi everyone! It’s Friday, which means that it’s time for another Friday Five Linkup with Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney! I have to admit, when it comes to running with music, I’m kind of a newbie. I always learned that I shouldn’t run with headphones in my ears because I won’t be able to hear traffic, bikes, or wild animals. So it wasn’t until I starting running with my coworker that I started running with music. We both were out doing long training runs together and needed extra motivation, so I turned up the volume on my phone and played it loud enough for both of us to hear. It worked really well, and we ended up strategically playing certain songs on the toughest portions of the run to motivate ourselves to keep going. If you’re looking for some songs for your own running playlist, here are my top five favorite running jams:
1. Beyonce – Run The World
2. Britney Spears – Work Bitch
3. Lil Jon – Turn Down For What
4. Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On
5. Nelly – Hot in Herre
Ok, so you can probably tell that I’m all about 2000s hip hop (Nelly is my favorite!). I also always include some TI, Drake, Kanye, old school Will Smith, and some R. Kelly in there as well. My favorite way to end a long run is with “I Believe I Can Fly”. Try it, it’s epic!
What I wish I would have known while training for long races last year is that there is one type of headphones that is safe to wear while running. They’re the Aftershockz Trekz Titanium wireless headphones, and they’re amazing! These headphones use bone conduction to play music instead of the usual earbuds. What is bone conduction? The Aftershockz website says, “Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds.” This means that the headphones allow me to listen to music while leaving my ears open to hear everything around me. In Alaska that’s huge because we have moose and bears on our running trail, and I need to be aware of my surroundings at all times if I want to make it home in one piece!
I was incredibly lucky to be able to try these out on a few of my recovery runs before my most recent re-injury, and I was in love! The headphones are pretty comfy. You can feel them, but they’re not annoying like the ones that fit in your ears. I always feel like those are about to fall out of my ears, so I loved that I didn’t need to mess around with these or try to carefully put them into my ears. As I ran, they stayed in place. I honestly won’t use running gear that needs constant adjustment (hence why finding the perfect headband is a NIGHTMARE) so once I knew these would stay in place I knew they were a win! Plus my arms are always hitting the cords on my headphones, and I didn’t have to worry about that with the Trekz Titaniums because they’re wireless.
Even when I was injured, I was able to use these while hiking and felt super safe. And they were great at the gym when I was on the treadmill and the bike. I know that the next time I train for a long race, I’ll be grabbing these to use out on the trails! And on the website they show someone safely using these while riding a bike, so I might try that out on low volume once I’m more comfortable riding outside (I don’t ride on the streets, so all I need to watch out for is other bikes and possible moose on the paved bike trails). One of my favorite things about them is that they come in a nice carrying case, so I won’t lose them in my gym bag like I do with my regular headphones. And there’s no cord to get tangled up! Overall, I highly recommend trying these out if you’re serious about listening to music but want to stay safe while running outdoors. Check them out here if you want a pair! Use the code BIBCHAT to get 20% off any product on the Aftershockz website until April 26!
What song do you think belongs on everyone’s running playlist? What’s your usual “end of the long run” song choice? How do you listen to music while you run?