A Lesson Learned

A true story:

I went for a short little run before Chris came over last night – we planned on running 3-4 miles together, and I wanted to run a bit more than that.  I put my Road ID app on (it alerts contacts you choose to your run, and they can track you via GPS, and if you stop moving for 5 minutes, it sends a SOS text), and set off for a quick mile.  I finished my mile, Chris arrived, and we headed out for 3-4 miles.

Fast forward a bit, and we had about half a mile left to run, and a police officer stops, gets out of his car, and approaches Chris and I.  He asks if I’m Renee, and asks a few other questions to verify my identity.  Apparently, I forgot to turn my app off after my solo mile, and my Road ID app either malfunctioned, or something happened and it sent my Mom a text saying I had been stationary for 5 minutes, and it sent my last known location (via GPS).  I hadn’t stopped for more than 5 minutes, and the time limit I had set hadn’t happened.  I’m really not sure why the app sent this SOS text to Mom.

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I quickly pulled out my phone and saw 17 missed calls, a voicemail, and several texts.  I felt so bad that the police were out looking for me.  The police officer notified the other police officers/dispatch that I was found, and I called Mom, very embarrassed.  I let Mom know I was safe, and apologized to her and the officer for all the trouble. I texted everyone who called/texted me to let them know I was alive, and Chris and I ran the last half mile to my apartment.

Moral of the story: The Road ID app works.  Another moral of the story: I should have checked and turned off the Road ID app when I started running with Chris – I usually only use the app when I am running alone.  Third moral of the story: Mom knows best, and will call the police if necessary to find me.  Last moral of the story: The Road ID app isn’t prefect, but it’s a useful tool.

Lesson learned.

The Sport Bud Single Earbud

Ok guys, I’ve found a wonderful product, and want to share my thoughts with you!  I’ve had the opportunity to try out the Sport Bud Single Earbud, from the makers of the Buddy Pouch! You all know how much I love my Buddy Pouch, and this product is just as awesome!  I am a Buddy Pouch Ambassador, but I was not paid by Running Buddy for this review, the opinions in this review are my own.

I’ve gone back and forth with using music while running.  For a very long time, I did not run with music.  Over the last couple months, I’ve started using music occasionally on my runs.  One of the biggest challenges of running or exercising with music is finding ear buds or earphones that stay put, sound decent, and work consistently.  Well, I’ve found them, and they are the Sport Earbuds.

My very favorite part about this ear bud is that it’s a single earbud!  There is only 1 ear bud, not 2.  Why not 2, you ask? For safety!  With only one ear bud, you can still hear things around you, traffic, conversations, wildlife, other runners/bikers, etc.  It’s a very good practice to only use one ear bud while you are listening to music while running or biking, or even walking.  You need to be able to hear your surroundings!  Instead of tucking the extra earbud in your sports bra, or having it flop all over the place, you don’t have to worry about it at all because it’s not there!

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Another of my favorite parts of this earbud is that it can be used in either ear.  The actual ear bud is on a swivel, how brilliant! You simply hook the fantastic over the ear piece over your ear, and stick the ear bud in your ear, and you’re set! This product comes with 6 sizes of ear bud plastic pieces, so you can find the size that fits comfortably in your ear.

It also has a microphone, which is pretty much a must have for earbuds these days.  Between actually using it for a phone call or changing your music, it is super handy to have the mic right there on the wire.  There is also a handy clip that you can attach and clip onto your shirt or sports bra.  I typically string the wire through my sports bra strap so it doesn’t flop around, but this is another easy way to keep it in place and keep enough slack in the wire.

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I have had a handful of runs with the Sport Bud, and have found it to be super comfortable.  It doesn’t slip around or fall out of my ear, even though I sweat a ton.  Other earbuds will slip around or end up falling out because of the moisture, but this one stayed put perfectly.  The sound quality is also great.  It’s not tinny sounding, the bass is not over the top, it’s a real quality ear bud!

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Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the Sport Bud Single Earbud.  There’s also a more traditional double ear bud pack, which would be great for the gym or for yard work.  I’ve tried a couple other brands, and the sound has gone in and out or they fall out of my ears, but not the Sport Bud!  The current price is $17.99, it’s on sale currently; normally $19.99.  Some of the sport ear buds go for as much as $50, and I think the Spot Bud is perfect.  No need to spend twice as much!

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Do you listen to music when you run, walk, or bike? Be sure to check out the Sport Bud if you’re in the market for some fantastic ear buds!