3 Common Running Annoyances and How to Fix Them.
Whether you’re a short distance runner or a long distance runner there are certain things that begin to ~annoy~ you after a while.
These aren’t things that you’d think about right off the bat but after having to deal with it repeatedly, having to tolerate it any longer than 5 minutes, let alone another 5 miles seems like PURE TORTURE.
No, I am not talking about being thirsty or having to pee (although those are both very valid issues and if it’s the latter, I totally encourage popping a squat behind the nearest tree).
What I’m referring to are things that are simple to fix but the solutions end up on the bottom of our priorities list; we either deal with them when they happen or don’t deal with them at all. We learn to live with these annoyances when we don’t have to – silly right?!
Here are a few of the ones that most commonly plague runners.
This post is sponsored by Panasonic but as always, all opinions are my own.
Shoes coming untied.
Seriously though, how many times have you had to stop during a run or a race to tie your shoe and really just want to literally kick yourself for not learning how to knot it correctly or better yet, invest in a device that will secure your laces in place.
How to fix: If you’re like me then learning how to ~actually~ know something is probably not going to happen anytime soon plus getting them unknotted is always a pain in the behind. There is this ingenious product called LaceLocker that will do just that for you so you don’t have to worry about planting your face into the pavement or taking the time to tie your laces.
It wasn’t until I really began taking running seriously that I realized you can’t just run in cotton socks. Silly as it sounds, I thought I was alone in the amateur mistake until I had a conversation with my running crew the other day. While they recognized that they needed proper running shoes, socks was a different story. Some even admitted that they didn’t associate their sock choices with the blisters they were getting, rather they attributed it to their increase in mileage or just as a runner’s “right of passage”.
How to fix: Thank GOD blisters are normal and are totally preventable as long as you’re willing to invest a few dollars into running specific socks. The best that I have found are the Feetures! Running socks. They are designed specifically to enhance your performance and let you log lots of sweaty miles without suffering from dreaded blisters.
Headphones that don’t stay.
One of the biggest complaints that I hear from other runners is that they cannot find a headphone that will actually stay in their ears. I actually just had this conversation the other day before a long run. A fellow runner asked me if I run with music to which I replied that I do now but didn’t used to since I was never able to find ones that would stay in place.
He expressed that he also was having troubles finding a pair that fit and despite investing in a variety of brands he was always left frustrated and fiddling with the ear piece.
Funny enough, I had just been sent a pair of Panasonic ones to review and have actually been having a positive experience with them.
How to fix: Finding the right headphones is never an easy task but I have been lucky enough to find a few that actually stay snug in your ear over the past year including these Panasonic WINGS Wireless Bluetooth In Ear Sports Headphones.
Not only are they water and sweat resistant but they’re also ultra lightweight making them perfect for high impact training.
One of the nicest features about them is the 3D flex design and adjustable earpiece that keeps them in place during vigorous activities.
I have been testing them out over the last few workouts including a HIIT workout and 8 miler along the lakefront while I was in Chicago and have to say that I was rather impressed by both the sound quality and fit.
They’re also incredibly easy to sync via bluetooth and while you do have to charge them, you can do it rather fast with the Quick Charge option (offering 70 minutes of play for 15 minutes worth of charge) or a 6 hours with a full charge.
For more information including specs, hop over to the Panasonic site to check them out.
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