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The Ups and Downs of My Wireless Headphones

Earlier this year, I wrote a post on whether or not you should run with music. There’s so many different opinions on this topic and depending on the type of workout, I can be in either category.

Ups and Downs of Wireless Headphones

For a good chunk of the year, I’ve been running with the wireless earbuds I was given for Christmas. I was given the Samsung Gear IconX which are cord free and track all sorts of metrics during your workout. Honestly I have a love/hate relationship with these things. Although, lately it’s been hate than love.

Right off the bat, I fell in love with this style of headphone. It was completely cord free and the earbuds fit snugly in your ear. The earbuds operate on touch controls to play your music and start your workout. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth but also has the option to store music on the earbuds themselves. That’s pretty cool right?

Problem #1 – What if you use a streaming service?

I don’t buy and download music on my phone. I haven’t purchased individual songs in YEARS. I’ve always used a streaming service whether that’s been Microsoft’s Groove Music or Spotify. That problem with that is, the battery life on these isn’t so great with streaming. Even if I have playlists downloaded to my phone, it still operates as “streaming” and kill the battery. If you like going on runs longer than 45 minutes, these headphones aren’t for you. By the end of my long runs, I end up playing music straight from my phone. Imagine me running through the neighborhood with music coming from my waist. Awesome, right?

Problem #2 – Touch Controls don’t work with Spotify

I know a lot of people who like to listen to playlists curated by Spotify. Well unless you don’t ever want to skip a song, these headphones don’t like Spotify. I gave these a listen with Spotify and when I tried to use ANY of the music controls, it didn’t work. Not fun.

Problem #3 – The charging case doesn’t hold a charge for long

Maybe it’s just me but when I was given these earbuds, I didn’t think I’d have to charge them multiple times a week. I charge my Fitbit and Garmin once a week. Most smartwatches are pretty similar and hold a charge for a good chunk of time. These earbuds? You can forget about that. I have to charge them every night before I play to go on a run. Say I ran on Tuesday for 30 minutes. You would think I would have enough battery for my run on Wednesday. Especially since the chase doubles as a charger! In this case, I would get 10 minutes into my run and the earbuds shut off. This is extremely frustrating and many other earbud owners have the same issue. There may be a fix but this is my number one frustration.

Overall, I’d have to give these a thumbs down. Unfortunately I REALLY hate corded headphones and I carry my phone in my Flipbelt at my waist so it would be a headache to figure that out. There’s other earbuds out there that are specifically made for runners. However they are a pretty penny so I won’t be running out the door to get those anytime soon. Until then, I’ll be trying to find a work around to get through my runs with these headphones!

Do you have wireless headphones?

My Weekly Meal Plan

Raise your hand is you’re hungry all the time! That’s definitely me. I think it’s because of all the activity I do but I’m always up for a snack. When Jordan and I first got married, we used to buy in bulk and tried to get the cheapest grocery bill possible. Now, we still like to stay within a certain price range but we are eating better. Jordan and I are still working on proper portions but I’m glad with the process we’ve made.

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It’s Okay To Ask For Help

Good Morning! I’m coming at you at a different time than normal but it’s because life has been terribly crazy for the past few weeks. Illnesses and unexpected family emergencies have had me running around like a crazy person. My husband was in the hospital this weekend as well so it’s been tough. Luckily he’s doing much better and he’s home!

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RacePace: Houston’s Premiere Running Studio

If you’re part of the fitness community in Houston, you may have heard about RacePace. Simply put, RacePace is a running studio. You’re probably scratching your head and asking yourself, what in the world is a running studio? You’re probably familiar with spin studios like SoulCycle or Flywheel. This is a similar concept for running! You’re in a room full of treadmills and you’re running along side others while listening to music and being coached by an instructor.

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Accel In Motion

I consider myself extremely lucky to know some women who are killing it every day. They work in many different industries but I’m just inspired by what they do. One of them is Megan Eddings. I met this sweet lady though social media! She and her husband, Kyle, created Fitness In The Loop which is an informational hub for all things fitness in the Houston area. Continue reading Accel In Motion

Emergency Snack Kit!

Do you work a 9-5 where you’re stuck at your desk for the majority of your day? Are you always on the go? Whichever situation applies to you, I’m sure you’ve faced that dreaded afternoon craving! I eat many small meals throughout the day. However, sometimes I forget to bring a snack to work. That’s precisely the reason I decided to create an emergency snack kit!

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Looking Forward To A New Season Of Running

My light bill is through the roof, my glass is dying, and the “feels like” temperature is consistently in the triple digits, it’s August y’all! I’m going to be a Debbie Downer and just say I’m over it being this hot. Every day, I try to get as much done as possible before the sun comes up. The heat is stifling and it’s just downright nasty out there.

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Friday Favorites: Skin Care Edition!

Friday’s are amazing for all the reasons. Friday’s are rest days for me so I get to sleep in. I usually treat myself to some awesome coffee in the mornings and most of my day is in meetings which makes the day go by quickly. Also, every Friday evening is date night! Keeping in the fun spirit of Friday, I decided to share a bit of my favorite skincare products today!

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Favorite Running Songs!

Can you believe the weekend is already here? This 4th of July happening on a Tuesday thing had everyone mixed up. Coming back to work for only a few days then POOF! It’s the weekend again!

Today, I’d figure I would keep it light and share a few of my favorite running songs. I like to change up my playlists every few weeks and add songs and I find them as well. Even when I’m not training for a race in particular, it’s nice to have music to run with. These songs are good for any kind of workout too!

Favorite Running Songs

Move Your Body – Sia

Feel the beat in your chest
Beat your chest like an animal

I really love the heavy beat and fast tempo of this song. This song is great for speed work or when you’re just trying to get pumped up!

Symphony (Remix) – Clean Bandit 

This song has great intervals and it’s a good tempo for an easier run.

Stay – Zedd

There’s a theme with my songs here isn’t there? I like an electro/dance vibes with my workouts. Here’s a slower song without much of a heavy drop. I’d consider this a warm up song.

Believer – Imagine Dragons

I’ma say all the words inside my head
I’m fired up and tired of the way that things have been,

I’m not a big Imagine Dragons fan so I was surprised to find myself liking this song. I would consider this a good song to get yourself in the zone. Sometimes I like to throw in songs like this in the middle of my long runs so get back in focus.

I’m The One – DJ Khaled

Once I found out who did this song, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. However, it’s super catchy and upbeat so it works well with any workout. Also, there’s language if you’re not into that sort of thing.

Strip That Down – Liam Payne

Last but not least, here’s one from former One Direction, Liam. It’s poppy and a bit close to some of their later music. I would consider this a warm up or cool down song since it’s a bit slower.

Here’s the Spotify link to these songs if you’d like to give them a listen! I’ve also added a few others that round out the playlist. Let me know what are some of your favorite workout or running songs!