The run was “only” 12 miles. (Yeah, I’m in that part of marathon training.) No race pace, no charging hills, no strong finish. Just comfortable, loping pace for 12 miles. I cued up an episode of “Fresh Air,” letting Terry Gross’s soothing voice ease me into things. It should have been pleasant—enjoyable, even. But my iPhone + headphones had other ideas.
Something about the dongle connecting my earbuds forced on Voice Control every block, abruptly and repeatedly shutting down the podcast-party. I must have stopped and fiddled with my phone and earbuds a dozen time in the first two miles; I was more frustrated than a toddler trying to tie her own shoes! Eventually I gave up, playing music out loud, my iPhone becoming a mini-boombox in my capri pockets. Despite a peppy playlist, I didn’t find my groove for the rest of the run. Argh Sigh. Argh. Sigh.
It was time to ditch the dongle and go wireless. My Bluetooth headphones of choice: AfterShokz Trekz Titanium. I logged 23 miles wearing them over the first three days I owned them—and it’s been love since the first step. True love. A deep devotion bordering on obsession!
AfterShokz headphones conduct sound in a revolutionary way: bone conductivity. This means instead of sitting in your ear canals, the headphones rest where your cheeks meet your ears. They send mini vibrations through your cheekbones, directly to the inner ear. Whether listening to Audioslave or an audiobook, the sound quality is crisp and clear. And by leaving your ear canals open, you hear motor vehicles and passersby. #SafeAsAMotherRunner
I debuted the Trekz Titanium on a 4-mile run. They were so lightweight, comfy, and jiggle-free, I didn’t hesitate wearing on the next day’s 16-mile run. I easily skipped songs, adjusted the volume, and even answered a call from the kiddos. The battery, with its 6-hour lifespan, still had juice left at the end. I showed off the AfterShokz to gals at the Mother Runner Store photo shoot, and they immediately realized the Trekz Titanium would be perfect for the upcoming Hood to Coast relay race, which has strict regulations about in-ear headphones. The AfterShokz admiration society grows by the minute!
Want to be part of the AfterShokz love-fest? We’re giving away three prize packs, which include your own AfterShokz Trekz Titanium and a sport belt. All you need to do is tell us if you’re #teampodcast or #teammusic (or somewhere in between).
The fine print: This running giveaway sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. Part of a series of weekly running giveaways, it begins on 8/16/17 and ends on 8/22/17. We will announce three random winners on our Facebook page on 8/25/17, as well as notify the winners by email. One entry per person. The value of this prize is approximately $143. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.