Thursday, February 17, 2011

Can You Hear Me Now?

So here's the thing... I am physically incapable of running without music and/or some for of entertainment. It's pathetic, I know. And it most certainly makes me part of the "new school" running crew. 

The weird thing is, I'm not even one of those people that has to be plugged in all of the time. I don't have cable and I think ipads are overrated, but running without music is like running without oxygen for me. 

Now, there have been exceptions to that rule, but only one comes to mind at the moment: Liv + I had plenty to talk about and the weather was lovely and I was so mesmerized by the sunrise and the soft morning sounds, that I never needed tunes. But if I'm being completely honest, the real reason I never turned on my ipod then is because I realized halfway through our run that my earphones were completely busted, which brings me to my next point...

I have terrible luck with earphones. Actually, it probably has less to do with luck and more to do with my refusal to spend more than $15 on earphones. The reason my earphones were broken on that run was because they were provided to me by Delta Airlines... about 4 years ago. At work, I use another pair of earphones that is so old and busted that only the right side works... and it has to be in the left ear. The only earphones I've ever paid for (which were purchased at an extremely shady gift shop in Cozumel 3 years ago) have worked okay, but they start slipping out of my ears the very instant that I break a sweat. I try to secure them in one place by wearing headbands in the cold weather, but the headband ends up jamming the buds so deep into my ear that I always end with a headache. Life is hard, I know. 

So... (I promise my griping is almost over)... the question is, what is the best type of earphones for running? I know that everyone's ears are shaped differently, and some people can pull off the buds better than others. Other folks go for the around the ear and behind the neck style, but I know for a fact that would never work for me because I hate things pulling on my ears (which is why I rarely wear earrings). 

I'm kind of drooling over these guys: the Yurbuds Ironman Performance Raising Earphones. Supposedly, these rather pricey ($50) buds are designed to eliminate slippage "by using ultra-soft, medical-grade silicone tips that provide a snug fit, while other features like neodymium drivers and a water resistant design provide superior sound and toughness" [source: uncrate]. Now, all of that could very well be just a bunch of fancy schmancy mumbo jumbo to take advantage of schmucks like me (considering I don't know what half of it meant), but then again, it could be kind of awesome. 

Regardless, I highly doubt I'd ever get over my cheapness to throw down 50 bones on some silicone tips. So yurbuds, care to hook a sister up? No...? Hmm... okay fine. Anyone else out there have some suggestions? I'm all ears. 


  1. yurbuds are awesome - I bought the adapters that fit over the regular ipod earbuds and they were 25ish I think, but worth EVERY penny.

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  3. Those earbuds look awesome. I have a terrible time finding anything that fits or stays in my ears. I've tried the over the ears ones, those don't work for me at all. I like the ones that are pretty small and fit right inside the ear, but they still tend to slip out. I might have to invest in those :)

  4. I have the Yurbuds that go over the iPod headphones and they are awesome.

  5. Ive seen those at my local running store, and they look Huge in person. I haven't tried them on. I'm like you, I get the cheapest headphones possible. heheh

    there are those little foam covers you can get (and they're cheap), and those actually work really well for me to help them stay on, and absorb sweat.
    The ones that look like this -



  6. oh, just saw on they're having a sale on those headphones, 2 for $50. if you haven't gotten it yet. :) if you find someone else who wants it $25 each isnt a bad deal. :)

  7. such a great deal! and it just so happens i have my running buddy who I'm sure would love some new headphones. whoop!

  8. They are amazing!!! Try them, you will never be able to live without out them once you do!