Benefits of Running with Music + Thriyve Bluetooth Sports Earbuds Giveaway!

If you were to poll a majority of runners they would all likely say that they run with music.  While there are arguments for running without music, such as: it will help you become more aware of you body, breathing and surroundings; there are also plenty of arguments that running with music can be incredibly beneficial.  

I honestly used to never run with music.  Well, at least headphones.  I would always stuff my phone into my running belt or pocket and turn the music on low and pay attention to my breathing, my pace and really soak up my surroundings. There were times that I even forgot to turn my music on until half way through my run when I needed something to distract me, to push me forward.  

It wasn’t until last summer that I actually started running with headphones.  I was marathon training and would need something to entertain me on my 3+ hour training runs.  Now, listening to music has more or less become the norm when I go for a run (aside from at races) because I discovered that there are some pretty awesome benefits to running with music that I hadn’t realized before. 

Benefits of Running With Music

This post is sponsored by Thriyve but as always, all opinions are my own. 


Improves performance.  Studies have shown that running with music can actually help improve performance.  When running to more upbeat, uptempo songs, runners tend to pick up the pace a bit as opposed to when they’re not listening to music. Essentially, it lowers the perception of effort you’re actually pushing at, dulls the pain and makes you push harder.  I have found this to be true for myself as well.  As soon as a uptempo song comes on I will pick up the pace, giving me that extra push I need during speed work and interval runs.  Tip: Make sure your playlist has songs with tempos between 147-160 bpm.

Elevates mood.  Even when you’re not running music can do a lot to elevate your mood.  Playing upbeat music or music that brings back happy, positive memories can do a lot for you during your run when you’d otherwise be concentrating on how hard it is.  Whenever my favorite song comes on during a run, I tend to pay more attention to my song than the challenge of the run.  Running really is a mental game, why not add a soundtrack? :) Tip: Make a playlist of tunes with motivating and inspiring lyrics that elicit positive butt-kicking emotions. 

Provides a distraction.  Not only can music improve your performance and elevate your mood but it also provides a nice distraction from the pain and fatigue that you might be feeling.  While I prefer to treat my outdoor runs as an adventure and be distracted by scenery, sometimes my run needs a bit of a refresh if I have been taking the same route and music really helps.  This is more so true when I am running on the treadmill.  I do a lot of TV watching for long distance treadmill runs but I find that music really helps to distract me from the boringness and repetitive nature of the old hamster wheel. Tip: Structure your playlist so it keeps you entertained. 

The problem with the whole distraction argument is that sometimes your headphones are actually distracting you from your music while really throws off your running game.  I cannot stand when the wires get tangled or I have to fiddle with the earbud.  It drives me nuts and I end up stopping to fix it when I finally just picked up the pace.  

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The solution to tangled wires thankfully exists and they are called wireless or bluetooth headphones.  I recently got to try out a pair of bluetooth sports headphones from Thriyve (affiliate link) and see what they had to offer. 

Thryive Bluetooth Sports Earphones

First of all, can I just tell you how freeing wireless headphones are?! Seriously, not having to deal with untangling wires is amazing.  These particular wireless earbuds also come in a pretty fancy box with three different ear piece sizes to fit all shapes from small to large. 

Thryive Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds


Other that the fancy package, the Thriyve Bluetooth Elite xT Sports Earbuds (affiliate link) also offer a bunch of other features: 

  • Stay connected up to 30 ft from your Bluetooth enabled device
  • Quick 2 hour charge with 8 hours of playback
  • Lightweight, compact, comfortable and secure earbud
  • Tangle free cord
  • Control right from earbuds 


I took these for a few test runs and was pleasantly pleased with not only the sound but also how they stayed in place! I have very small ear anatomy and typical earbuds do not fit or fall right now.  These were secured and stayed put throughout my entire run due to the specially designed ear hook. 

I love that I can actually run with these without the mess of dealing with cord tangle or having to fuss with them staying in my ear which is why I am excited to be giving away one pair to a lucky reader! 

Thryive Bluetooth Sports Earbuds Giveaway

To enter, use the rafflecopter below.  Giveaway ends 3/30.  Must be 18 year or older to enter. 

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Good luck! :)

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!