In Which Case Jenn Cannot Trust Her Running Tech (Mostly)

I bought Bluetooth headphones a month or so ago, to free myself from the tyranny of all those connecting wires. The pair I got had largely rave reviews on Amazon, with one exception: there were multiple complaints that the headphones will interrupt your music with a “low power” warning every few minutes as soon as the batteries drain down to 30%.


I heard this message for the first time about ten minutes into a recent morning run. Aha, I thought, no problem – I can suffer through the interruptions and then I’ll charge my ‘phones back up as soon as I get home. Surely 30% battery can get me through 45 more minutes!

And then they died 15 minutes later. So either Amazon is lying to me or the manufacturer recently changed this feature and took the feedback a little too much to heart.

When else has a dead battery thrown a wrench in my runs? Well, let’s see. I’ve complained on multiple occasions about my phone dying in the cold, although stashing it in my pocket or sleeve seems to help keep the temperature up. I’m bitter about those losses since I lose out on tracking all my steps.

And then of course there’s the famous time my lame old GPS watch crapped out on me during the Marine Corps Marathon and it was hot and I was dehydrated and my hips were all wonky and I was definitely over the whole running a marathon thing.

But you know what’s NEVER failed me? My new GPS watch! Well, it’s a little over a year old now, but it’s still one of the best presents I’ve ever gotten. This baby has up to 16 hours of battery life; I could run TWO MARATHONS BACK TO BACK and still have battery to spare. I WON’T. But I could!

And so I thank you, GPS watch, a little past our one-year anniversary: thank you for being the one piece of running tech I can always count on. 

My one true love.

Has a dead battery ever put a damper on your run?

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In Which Jenn Hacks Her Headphones

Can you run without music? I can – to a point – kind of – but UGH. I also sweat. Therefore, running-specific headphones are a must for me.

Which is why I was so incredibly distressed when I couldn’t find my yurbuds last week – they’re the headphones with the in-ear twist-lock buds, and then the model I use also has over-ear hooks. I got out my backup pair and it promptly shorted out. Naturally.

Sure, I could buy another pair, but for the immediate future I was in a bit of a bind. So I got clever.

Yurbuds come with multiple bud covers so you can find the best fit for you. I busted out my unused covers, slapped them on some old iPhone earbuds, et voila!

Did my jury-rigged running headphones work as well as the real deal? Eh, not quite – they didn’t feel AS secure; they can’t twist and there’s no hook. Did they work for an hour of running? Absolutely!

I don’t want this to be a permanent fix for my headphone problem. Luckily, I found my missing pair and all is now right with the world. But – what if I lose them again? What if they short out too?

I can buy another pair of backup yurbuds, but I’ve now had two pairs die on me. A Twitter follower suggested Bose Sport headphones, but they’re kind of expensive… still, if they actually last, it’d be cheaper to get one pair than to be constantly replacing my yurbuds.

In the meantime, it’s good to know I have a stopgap measure in place!

What type of headphones do you use for running?

Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.


Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/12

JENN: So how was the training this week?

MOON: Very good! I remain consistent with mileage and daily activity. How was yours?

JENN: Ha – it was pretty terrible. That minor cough I was talking about last week? Yeah, it wasn’t quite done with me. I was sooooo slooooooow all week and even suffered some lung capacity reduction on Monday. But I ultimately got my mileage in, one way or another, so I guess it worked out. I just didn’t enjoy it overly.

MOON: Did you still run outside?

JENN: Largely, yeah.So I’m scarcely blazingly speedy as it is. But I’m working on it!

MOON: I logged 21.5 miles this past week. All work on making 5K faster!

JENN: Yay! Any particularly motivating songs? I’ve been kinda into the Dropkick Murphys “Rose Tattoo” lately.

MOON: Hmm, yesterday I listened to probably the happiest song on my iPhone. It’s called “Oh Sailor” by Mr. Little Jeans.

AH! BUT, bad news. My headphones are broken. I was going to take them in for repair today, but it’s raining heavily and I get nervous driving in so much rain.

JENN: Oh, yeah, you have the super-fancy headphones, right? What kind are they?

MOON: Bose Noise Cancelling. I think it’s repairable…

JENN: Well, that’s good. You have backups? My yurbuds work pretty well.

MOON: The others are also broken I had a pair of old school Sony headphones. I loved those. Turns out I left them at the gym last week…

JENN: Awww. Good luck with the fixing, then!

MOON: Danke! My future runs depend on it.

JENN: While we wait in suspense for a diagnosis, time for the roundup!

Run Walk Fastpass Repeat considers the safety implications of running with headphones in.
Half Crazy Mama shares her favorite spectator signs.
Check out some favorite race memories and recall your own at Prairie Princess Runners.
Pink Elephant on Parade is cheering for ME! That’s right, ME!
Jambo Everyone shares the good news: hyenas are coming to DAK!
Mouse on the Mind highlights the saucier side of Disney.

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

The Fairest Week in Review: 9/16

Moon can’t make it today, but – IT’S HER BIRTHDAY! WEEEEEE!!! Everybody wish her a happy one! 😀 😀 D

Glorious. Okay. Training last week. It started out well – on Sunday I knocked out a 16 miler at decent speeds. Unfortunately my Tuesday run was rough and my Thursday run was even rougher. I couldn’t figure out what went wrong until after the Thursday run when I realized that my bit of a cough and slight soreness of throat added up to a cold. Not a severe one – I’m already almost over it – but just enough sickness to throw me off my game. Ah well. Better now than when I run my half in two weeks!

I also ran the Color in Motion 5K on Saturday morning, which was unfortunately rendered less enjoyable by the aforementioned cold, among other things. More on that tomorrow!

SPOILERS!

Wanted to give a quick shout-out to sports headphone maker Yurbuds. I bought a new pair a few weeks ago; when I plugged them into my iPod before my run on Thursday, the left ear shorted out (I spent the entire run dejectedly watching bad TV; there is NOTHING GOOD on after The Daily Show. What is up with that?). The instruction booklet asks that you please contact the company before making any returns, so I figured what the heck. I emailed customer service, and within 24 hours I had a response. They’re sending me a new pair in the mail, no problem. ETA is 5 to 7 days, so if you experience a similar problem and need a new pair fast, I recommend you just take your earbuds back to the store regardless of the booklet’s request. If you’ve got the time, though, the Yurbuds people are very nice and helpful. So there you are!

My music was consequently The Daily Show and everything that come on afterward (ehhh).

Okay! Roundup!

– MORE Disneyland Half weekend coverage – Pumpkin to Princess! Prairie Princess Runners! MousePlanet! Live Laugh Eat Run!
My Glass Sneaker shows us how to get into a sold out Disney race, legit.
Margaritas, Miles & the Mouse understands the terror that those nice pacer people can create.
Eating WDW reviews one of my favorite meals at one of my favorite counter service restaurants – the Lighthouse Sandwich at Columbia Harbor House. Take it upstairs and eat by a second story window; wonderful views!
– Speaking of awesome Disney food and drink consumption, Beers and Ears drinks around the World Showcase with beer only. I appreciate the commitment to the theme.

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.com. See ya real soon!