Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wisdom From The Running Store: Part Five

Welcome to the July edition of Wisdom From The Running Store. For those of you who are new to this series, every month I answer your questions that you might not feel comfortable asking someone at your local running store. You can always email me or tweet me your questions as well!

This is a question I have answered in person already, and I am sorry I forgot who asked it! It is still a great question and I'm sure it is one many people ask about.

"Is there a real difference between running headphones or are they all pretty much the same? Also, how do you stay safe while running with headphones?"

Great question! A lot of people run/workout with music. I am one of them. It's not that I need music to keep me motivated, I really cannot stand hearing myself breathe while I'm running. Truth. I will run with headphones every run I am by myself. Doesn't matter where I am. I know this isn't always the safest decision, but there are ways you can be.

First off, yes there is a big difference between headphones. Most people will use the headphones that come with their smart phones. While these are fine for some, they aren't for most. The biggest drawback from those headphones is they will slide. Since they sit right in you ear, there is nothing keeping them in. Speaking from experience, as soon as they come in contact with rain, they will short out.

I use Yurbuds as my headphones of choice. They are headphones with rubber pieces that go right in to your ear canal. They do not slip and the rubber pieces are super easy to adjust to get just right in your ear. The other awesome thing about Yurbuds is that you can still hear the outside noise. This way you have a little bit of an added safety net built in.

There are also wireless headphones that you can use if you run with your smart phone. I do not run with my phone, but hubby does. These headphones can be quite pricey, but if you are sick of messing with cords, these might be worth it. They connect through bluetooth and need to be charged.

So if you are like me and need to run with headphones there can be a few ways to make sure you are staying safe. 

1. Run with one headphone in on a busy road. Take the headphone out on the ear closest to traffic. This way you still get some of your jams, and stay safe from things you cannot control.

2. Be aware of your surroundings. Even if it is a route you run often, don't let yourself be distracted by the music. Anything can happen at any time.

3. I would not recommend running with headphones in the dark. There is way too much that can happen in the dark. If you must run in the dark, leave those headphones at home and make sure you have enough reflective gear.

Thank you so much for the awesome question! If you have a question you would like answered, please feel free to email me or tweet me! Your question could be the next one featured!

Do you run with headphones? Which ones do you use?

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