The Safety Item You NEED For Running (Spoiler: It’s Also Entertainment)

Disclaimer: I received the AfterShokz Trekz Air to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

When it comes to safety, I’m a little bit paranoid. I’m a pretty safe person with all the activities I do: running, climbing, hiking. When it comes to running, I abide by all the rules…running toward traffic on the side of the road, carrying my ID (Road ID), wearing reflection and lights when running after dark, etc, etc, etc. The only thing I am bad about is when I listen to music.

I have gone through phases with music on the run, but lately, I’ve needed it to get through even a short run. In addition to listening to music, I’ve been “playing” Zombies, Run! while running which requires having headphones on.  I’m not a techy person, nor do I have a ton of money, so I use the earbuds that came with my phone. They’re normal earbuds and they are comfortable, however, they sit in my ears and block out all other sounds.

Enter the AfterShokz.

Execute: MIND BLOWN. (explosion noises)

Seriously. Now that I have these, I feel super techy and modern, but more important is how SAFE I feel and still be able to enjoy Zombies, Run! and my music.

About The Product
The Trekz Airs are the second wireless product from the AfterShokz family. First was the Trekz Titaniums, the first of its kind in bone conduction technology. The Trekz Airs are similar but lighter, built to fit more securely, and produce better sound. All the AfterShokz products use Bone Conduction Technology to transmit sound. This means they sit just outside of the ears, leaving your ears open to hear the environment around you. This provides safety while still listening to your entertainment on the run! It’s pretty awesome.

Photo from AfterShokz Website

Pros
-Lightweight (they really don’t add much bulk to your head)
-Leave ears open (so you can hear cars and people while you listen to music or other entertainment)
-Bluetooth connection (no cords hanging around for you to yank out accidentally on an arm swing.)
-Long battery life (they’ve lasted on half a dozen runs – depending on length of run)
-Repels dust, moisture, and sweat (sweaty person? No problem! I’ve even worn them when it starts raining).
-They come with a cute carrying case (and earplugs for when you DON’T want to hear anything else and a charging cable).
-They now come in colors (just for fun-sies. I have the midnight blue ones).

Cons
-They do hook around your ears which isn’t a problem until you’re wearing a hat and sunglasses. It just creates a lot of things all in one spot. To combat this, I put my hat and glasses on first then add the lightweight Trekz over all that. That seems to work!

Surprises
-They stay put! When I first got them I thought, “no way are those saying on when I run,” but I haven’t had a problem at all. They even stay on while I bend around while stretching.
-The sound is normal! I thought music would sound funny or “off” through the Trekz but all my favorite bands sound just the same!
-I really COULD hear everything around me! In fact, the first time I wore them, I was so used to the other headphones that I was jumping like I was in a horror movie at random sounds around me like lawnmowers and screaming children. They really are incredible.
-The Multifunction button: On the left ear, there’s a multifunction button that can pause/play your music, skip to the next song, answer calls and activate your phone’s voice control. At first, didn’t know this was a feature and was still fumbling with my phone when I needed to pause or play my music. When I figured out how to use this button, my mind was blown. Again.
-The biggest surprise is how safe I really do feel and how scary it is that I have been running with regular earbuds all this time. I run around my neighborhood a lot which includes a lot of streets without sidewalks. It’s really important to me to be able to hear traffic around me. This truly is a SAFETY product rather than an ENTERTAINMENT product and I think more runners should start incorporating these into their running accessories. A lot of people don’t know these exist.

Adaptations
-Races: It’s always been a faux pas to run races with headphones. Race directors, like myself, want you to hear the safety info, volunteers directing you on course, and of course cars if it’s a road race. I love that these will make racers more alert while attending events!
-Home: If you want to clean, listen to music and not disturb your housemate, or just need to hear when the phone rings, these are perfect. I work from home a lot at the same time as my boyfriend and I like to listen to music while working. So to not disturb my partner, I can wear these and still hear when the phone rings for my business or when Ben is asking me a business question (or just bugging me and teasing me about something…maybe I should go back to real headphones at home…)
-Kiddos: I don’t have children, but I can really see these being useful when home with small children. You can still enjoy music while they nap but be aware when they need something or wake up.
-Bikers: I am not a biker, but I know a lot of bikers like to enjoy music on the ride. It’s even more important for them to be aware of their surroundings.

Overall
The AfterShokz Trekz Air are definitely worth their price. They are a perfect way to enjoy music and still be safe and situationally aware. This goes for road runners and trail runners alike. Roadrunners need to hear cars, bikers and people and trail runners need to be able to animals, mountain bikers, and other people. I don’t typically take music with me on a trail run because being in nature is pure to me, but having the Trekz Air would be a way to enjoy some music while still being able to hear the birds and wind through trees as well as not disturbing others enjoying a peaceful walking in the woods.

 


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Patriot Day 5k – Post Race Recap and Unexpected PR

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Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve done a “post-race recap.” I’ve been running a few races this year but haven’t really taken the time to review them. Since this blog is partly about running, it’s about time that I recap a race of mine.

This past weekend was a “holiday” of sorts to remember and honor those that served our country on that awful day 15 years ago. I was a freshman in high school sitting at my desk in earth science watching the news as the two towers fell down.

I will never forget that day and our country will always remember those that had fallen with the towers. The company I work for, 3W Races, holds a race every year to honor those first responders and military that were there that day and that continue to serve our country. The Patriot Day race started out as a 10k and 5k but this year we only did the 5k. Not being responsible for the production of this race, I decided to run it! Talk about perks of the job!

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This race is in Denver and around a beautiful park in the city, Sloans Lake. Being a super flat course (the most flat of any of 3W’s courses), I wanted to see what my current fitness level is by racing as hard as I could. I didn’t want to wear a watch, I just wanted to go off of feel. After getting this time, I plan on picking some running goals and deciding what I actually want to do with the sport.

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I showed up to the park pretty early, getting plenty of time to talk with friends and get a warm up in. One friend in particular told me he wanted to PR which would be a sub 25 minute 5k for him. He told me he wanted run with me, or at least keep me in his sights. I figured we could run together since my time would be somewhere around 25 minutes anyway. That’s what I’ve been running in recent races.

The whistle was blown and off we went. My friend and I ran pretty hard from the start line. I have a bad habit of starting off too fast, and even though I tried not to this time, I knew we were running pretty quickly! I don’t know even remember what the time was, but we were both shocked when his watch beeped at the first mile marker. I told my friend that it’s okay, we can still get that PR as long as we hold where we’re at.

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By mile two, he was still on my shoulder; I knew he was set up for a PR. I waved my hand up, holding a “one” on my fingers telling him we only had one more mile left. I pushed it a little harder, still feeling great.

Then, with three-quarters of a mile left, I looked down and saw my shoe untied! I swear I doubled knotted that thing and ironically, I was even thinking about shoes untying while running.  UUURRRGGG. Not stopping, I just became very aware of where I was putting my feet down at.

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I passed a group and they reminded me of the mishap but I still kept going. I passed my friend’s wife on the course and told her he was right behind me. Looking up, the finish line was in sight and I pushed even harder.

Noticing that I was finishing around 23 minutes, my friend was definitely in for PR. I looked back and there he was, flying in for a minute and a half PR! So excited, we high-fived and he thanked “Coach Vestal.”

 

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Feeling pretty good, I started thinking about my PR. I honestly couldn’t remember it, but had my phone with me. Checking my blog, where I record such things, I found that I had beaten my PR as well. I couldn’t believe it. I had not goal of a PR, just a fast race. I have been feeling super slow lately, and not as fit as I used to be, but I had indeed ran my fastest ever 5k! The best part, is I still feel room for improvement!

A PR kind of day, about half a dozen of us gotten PRs! It was awesome! We all got to take turns re-setting the time clock to our times, and took some celebratory pictures then headed to a local brewery for celebratory beers.

1st in my Age Group!

I was also 1st in my Age Group!

July 23rd, Castle Rock Prairie Dog Half/10k/5k – Review/Discount Code

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Many of you know I work for a running company in Colorado called 3W Races. This is a dream job that I started almost two years ago now!

I mainly do marketing for them (emails, local event promotions, acquiring sponsors and social media) but I have been transitioning into more race production and race day tasks. For our big races, our half marathons, after set up, I am the volunteer coordinator and organize all the water stations and course marshals. This means recruitment, mapping  out where they go, communication with volunteers and making sure they get to the right location and do the right thing.

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The next one that I have been working on is coming up on July 23rd. We have the Summer Splash Prairie Dog Half, 10k and 5k in Castle Rock. This race in particular I got to run two years ago! It’s a beautiful course that is just hard enough to give you a workout and feel accomplished without being too hard.

The year I did it, I placed second in my age group for the half marathon! I remember that day pretty well because I showed up early to help set up, ran the race, then stayed after to help clean up. I also remember my knee hurting really badly for that race after doing a double race weekend. You can read all about it HERE.

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Anyway, let’s just cut to the chase. I’m writing this post to invite all you (Colorado) runners to run with us!  As you can see from the picture below, I am offering 18% off any of the distances (which is probably the biggest discount we, as staff, are ever allowed to offer). *Cough, cough* we may be having a friendly office competition to see who can get the most people to register. Cough*

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This year’s race has awesome swag: a gender specific t-shirt, souvenir race bib, wooden finisher’s plaque, and a SPINNING medal for half marathon participants! If you place overall, you get a unique wooden carved trophy (pictured below) and if you place in your age group, you get a wooden, carved plaque (not pictured).

So, if you’re interested, check out the website HERE, sign up HERE and don’t forget to use you 18% off discount code ( 3WWHIT18 )!

Updates, Races (Running and Working), and Crazy Life Antics

Oh dear! It’s been awhile! My last post was…….when!?! Holy crap, the beginning or March! And I’ve only posted six posts this whole year. The whole year? THE WHOLE YEAR!? Oh dear.

I really would like to call myself a blogger, but with that reputation, I don’t know if I can!

I am chalking it all up to my new(ish) job. I love, love, LOVE  my job (with 3W Races), but I am on the computer for most of of the day working, so when I get home, the last thing I want to do it sit on my computer again! That’s the only reason I haven’t blogged in awhile. Well, that and I have literally no free time.

But I miss blogging! I really do! It’s the creative part I miss and getting to tell my stories because lets face it, no one listens to them in real life!! 😉

I know I have few posts since the beginning of the year, but let’s just start from the beginning… It shouldn’t take too long…

…..Well, I have been pretty busy…

Silly games at the 3W Ambassador Party!

Silly games at the 3W Ambassador Party!

January

  • The First 3W Ambassador Meeting/Party to welcome all the 2015 ambassadors! I got to help work and participate since I’m both an 3W Ambassador and an employee!
  • 1st in my age group!

    1st in my age group!

    Resolute Runner 5k by 3W Races (I actually ran it, I didn’t have to work it!)

  • “Arctic” Prairie Dog Half Marathon and 10k – Worked as volunteer coordinator (my first time doing this!)
  • A Six Pack Series Race (5K) from 3W Races – Ran and got 1st in my age group! 15 seconds shy of my PR.
  • Frosty’s Frozen 10k – Worked at a 3W booth to promote our upcoming events.

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  • Heart Throb 5k – Ran!
  • Silverstein Concert (my favorite band!)
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    Sledding in Boulder!

    Joined a volleyball team

  • Snowman Stampede – worked at a 3W booth again
  • Sledding with the 3W Crew!
  • Pre-Season track started (I’m an assistant coach and I coach the long jump and triple jump at Green Mountain High School)
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Erin Go Braugh 7.77k

March

  • The track real-season starts
  • Dream Catcher Half!
  • I helped create and start the 3W Run Club – The Brew Tour (first Tuesdays of every month!)
  • RRCA Coaching Class

    RRCA Coaching Class

    Erin Go Braugh 7.77k by 3W Races – RAN!

  • RRCA Coaching Certification Class!!!!!! (I passed my test in April and I’m now a certified run coach!!!)
  • Last snowboarding adventure for the season, the New Belgium Scavenger Hunt at Loveland Ski Resort
  • Became a SKIRTS SPORTS AMBASSADOR! Woot!

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We have a lot of fun at the ambassador parties!

We have a lot of fun at the ambassador parties!

April

  • Dan + Shay Concert – My first country concert
  • “Spring Fling” Prairie Dog Half, 10k and 5k – Worked as Volunteer Coordinator, again.
  • Bunches of track meets…
  • I MOVED! If you’ve been following me, I just moved to Golden back in September, but this time I just moved houses. I still live in Golden, just in a better, less-smelly/creepy roommate, kind of place (it’s a looooooonnng story).
  • Lots of trail running!
  • Another fun ambassador party/meeting!
  • Volbeat and Anthrax Concert

Woah. That’s a a lot. And to think, that’s just the highlights! What has May brought me so far? Glasses (just call me four eyes), 3rd place in my age group at the Women’s Classic 5k, Regional and State High School Track Meets, The Colfax Marathon Relay (today) and lots of work with 3W Races!

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Colorado Women’s Classic

Work Updates –

Yes, in recap, I’m still working full time for 3W Races doing a lot of marketing and a little bit of race production…. It’s great to be a part of the behind the scenes for a huge passion of mine!

Yes, I was still coaching track at Green Mountain. It just finished up yesterday and we have a banquet on Monday.

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Yes, I still work at the City of Golden Rec Center doing group fitness and personal training.

Yeah, I know, it’s a lot!

Other. Random, Stuff –

I’m now a Skirt Sports ambassador!

I am now a RRCA Certified Running Coach! Hooray!

Running Specific Stuff-

I have still been running. Although, I keep going through phases of hard-core training and feeling un-motivated. I got really sick right before I moved, so I had taken quite a bit of time off, but I’m back at it!

What’s next from Racing the States?

-I am making a vow (to my Dog, he’s sitting right next to me) to post more regularly! You’ll see race reviews/recaps (up next the Colfax and Women’s Classic), places to run, upcoming events (with discounts!), Skirt Sports #REALwomenmove campaign and more!

-Today, I ran the Colfax Marathon Relay again with the City of Golden, just like last year!

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-Bolder Boulder is NEXT week!

And that’s pretty much an update on my life. 🙂 I may not have been keeping an active blog, but I’m very active on Instagram! Follow me to see all my daily adventures!