When I first started running, I ran with music… this was back in the day before mp3 players, so it was really fun carrying around a discman and making sure it didn’t skip as I pounded out the miles.
Later I migrated to this clunky mp3 player (I really wish I had a picture) that an old boyfriend let me borrow (it could only hold 30 songs at a time… I know… what is this world?!) and around then, I made the jump to running with absolutely NO music.
Since then, I’ve started to turn on the music while running a little bit… definitely on treadmill runs, but sometimes outside when it’s a slow easy run or speedwork (more common).
I like listening to music while running for a few reasons. I feel like running is very therapeutic and it just adds another layer. I am the type of person that will listen to a song on repeat for as long as it takes until the message has finally sunk in or the issue has resolved itself, and sometimes listening to that song on repeat while running speeds up that whole process.
I also feel like it can be a really good distraction, especially when it comes to speedwork or those workouts that hurt. Instead of focusing on how much it hurts or how far you have left, I like how music can be an awesome distraction.
(P.S. I am not the best at making playlists, mostly because of playing songs on repeat a lot… but if you do want some ideas, check out Kimberly’s weekly posts on Tuesdays about music she loves.)
What headphones should you wear when running?
So over the past year, I’ve been on the quest to finding some good headphones to wear while running. I LOVED the JBL Mini Reflect BT headphones, but after wearing them maybe 10 times, they completely DIED. Like won’t even turn on. And they are expensive ($100) and if they can’t last, not worth paying that much.
I also tried the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium. They are bone-conduction headphones, which are great for when you are running in high-traffic areas where you need to hear what’s going on around you (traffic and such). But, sometimes, I just need to jam out, you know? Especially in a safe area where I’m a running trail.
That leads me to the headphones that I just tried out —> RunBud by Volume Maker
One of my friends was just talking about these — headphones that are basically earpieces and connect via Bluetooth — when I received an email from Volume Maker asking if I’d be interested in trying out their RunBud headphones.
3 things I loved:
- The fit! I tend to have issues with finding headphones that have a good fit because of my tragus piercing (I absolutely hate the Apple headphones for this reason). They come with a few different sizes that you can switch the ear piece to, so I actually have the one for my tragus ear a little smaller. Plus, I didn’t have to worry about these falling out at all, which was an extra bonus. Lastly, NO CORDS! This is by far my favorite part because cords are so annoying, especially when you are running. I can’t wait to run with these on the treadmill because I’ve dropkicked my phone one too many times because I’ve caught the cord in my hand and accidentally kicked the phone on it’s way down (thank goodness for the Lifeproof case… lifesaver).
- The sound. I know it’s going to make me lose my hearing and blah blah blah, but if I’m going to listen to music, I want it to be pretty loud so I get the full experience (hence my earlier point that I can only wear these when there’s no traffic/cars/etc. to worry about), but I was super impressed with how awesome the sound was on these things!
- The charging speed. I am the type of person that forgets to charge things until it’s like, 5 minutes before I want to use it. I love that you can charge these up in less than an hour… so good for my not-apt-to-charge-things brain.
3 things you should know:
- The pairing can be a little bit tricky; I figured it out and they have documentation to help. Biggest thing I learned? Be a little patient. 🙂
- You can’t skip songs/change volume/etc. without actually using your connected device, which could be a little annoying I suppose if you don’t have a killer playlist.
- The battery life, if you use both sides at the same time, is only about 2.5-3 hours. This is a little low for marathon runners, but I think it works for the right training runs (I’m also thinking about carrying these during Boston and popping them in for the last hour if I need some extra motivation).
So there you have it! Overall, I would recommend checking out the RunBud headphones from Volume Maker. I am a fan.
Note: I did receive a pair of these headphones for free from Volume Maker for my honest review in return. All thoughts are my own.
What are your go-to headphones for the run? Favorite music to run to?
What’s your favorite song right now?
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