NOTHING NEW ON RACE DAY. I’ve repeated this little nugget of wisdom to myself and countless other runners.
Race day is not the day that you want to have a variable that could cause you unknown stress or make matters worse. You want everything that you can control to be controlled.
There are VERY few companies or products that I would break this rule for.
The week before Marine Corps Marathon I decided I wanted to run with music. No I had not trained one single mile with music this training cycle but I had it in my heart that I wanted to listen to songs I enjoyed and be reminded of moments in time when I heard those songs. I am very big on associations when it comes to music. A song can transport me back years to a moment in time that I was have a great time with friends, it can remind me of a particularly good long run I had, or even just remind me of a season I love.
I wanted music to listen to when I was trying to run a fast-for-me pace.
First I needed something to play my music. Eric and I don’t have the best track record with ipod shuffles, or should I say he doesn’t have the best track record with them. Between the two of us we have gone through 4 or so of them. I headed to Target and picked out a red shuffle and asked the male check out clerk if he would use this color. He said no because he thought it was pink. Eric won’t want to use a pink nano right? If he doesn’t want to borrow my nano – then he can’t break it right? To be extra sure I paid the $4 for the replacement plan.
In the mail the week before I had received a lovely package from Yurbuds with their new headphones designed specifically for women.
The only headphones I’ve ever used in a marathon before were an older larger version of the same headphones. They had worked perfectly and didn’t budge an inch – so I trusted that the new ones would do the same.
The night before the marathon I opened the Yurbuds box – popped them in my ears – shook my head becasue that makes total sense and is something you do while running?
I made the final decision to wear them for the first time on race day and break my own rule.
I wasn’t the least bit worried about them letting me down. This happens when you believe in a company and know they care about the runners they make products for.
26.2 miles later the headphones hadn’t fallen out, worked fantastic, looked cute [I’m partial to Tiffany’s blue] and didn’t hurt my ears. I wore them again for Richmond Marathon and was REALLY happy I had music and headphones that didn’t make my ears hurt after 3:28 minutes of running.
If you are looking for affordable headphones that actually WORK and don’t fall out AT ALL. Yurbuds for women are the answer
You can find Yurbuds Inspire For Women at Target.
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*Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. I was given the Yurbuds headphones for review purposes.