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.