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

See? 

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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38 Comments

Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
Reply March 23, 2016

The only time I listen to music while running is on the treadmill. Then I need ALL the distraction I can get!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    Same here- I don't mind the treadmill but after a few miles it becomes a mental game!

Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
Reply March 23, 2016

Great review! I have the tiniest ears, so I'm always struggling with headphones falling out. These look great and it's good to know that they stay secure! Are there controls on the earpiece?
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    Yes ma'am they are! :)

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply March 23, 2016

I'm getting more and more into the bluetooth thing--mostly because my phone is dying a slow death, and I just don't care anymore about keeping it alive :D And you know I love my music!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    Yes and bluetooth makes it so much easier!

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply March 23, 2016

I love running with music- the eat helps get me going!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    Same here!!

Autumn @AutumnPTW
Reply March 23, 2016

I always use music when working out. These earphones look great!
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    They are awesome!

Bri
Reply March 23, 2016

When I do speed work I NEED music to get me to run faster. Otherwise I usually go without until race day. Those earbuds look awesome!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    Yeah, anytime I do tempo or intervals I definitely need music to help push me faster!

Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
Reply March 23, 2016

I only listen to music on the treadmill. I love listening to the sounds of nature when I run, but without music or a podcast the treadmill is too boring!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    I totally agree!

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply March 23, 2016

I've been wanting a pair of wireless headphones. Those cords are such a pain. Thanks for hosting and the giveaway! Pick me :-)

    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    They really are a pain! Thanks for entering, good luck! :)

Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home
Reply March 23, 2016

I love running with music, and in fact, sometimes just hearing a certain song pushes me faster than I would normally run!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    Yes, me too! :)

Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Reply March 23, 2016

running with music can be a great distraction! I've gotten in the habit of chatting with friends instead but during races I use my music. Nice review! Thanks for the linkup
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    When I run with a group or someone at the same pace I definitely prefer to chat but when I am alone, I like the company of the tunes :)

Jen
Reply March 23, 2016

I've always wanted to try bluetooth headphones! I am usually a run with music kind of person. I'm just in the beginning weeks of training for a half and my music keeps me going!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    Yes, it really does! Definitely enter and check these out if you don't win! They are great!

Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
Reply March 23, 2016

I usually listen to podcasts when I'm running unless I'm doing a hard workout like speed or hills then music definitely helps me push harder.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    I love music for speed work too!

Erica @ Erica Finds
Reply March 23, 2016

I listen to podcasts and books. I find it easier to lose myself in them and to keep a consistent pace. Would love these for the gym and my workout apps, too!
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    I really need to get into podcasts!!!

Rebecca Jo
Reply March 23, 2016

I always say my body doesnt move without music :)

    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    Haha love it!!!

Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
Reply March 23, 2016

I love to run and workout with music. Even if I go for a walk I like a good podcast to listen to. I got a set of bluetooth headphones for Christmas and they are so great to have!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    They really are! I need to get into podcasts- I know I have been missing out!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply March 23, 2016

I started running to books on tap or podcasts for long runs - but music definitely helps me push my pace. I also like the occasional media-less run, but only if it's short and sweet :). I also love my wireless headphones! i don't think I can go back to the "old school" wired ones now haha.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    I know..I think I might be spoiled with these wireless ones!

Marsha
Reply March 23, 2016

I've been a runner for a long time, multiple half and full marathons, but it wasn't until about 3 years ago that I started running with music. I don't know what I was thinking! lol ! I'll never go back! :-)

    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    So funny! I didn't know I was missing out either!

Crystal Renaud
Reply March 23, 2016

I love music. Yet when I run I never do. My old boss had given me his ipod years back since I didn't have one. I used it once in awhile but found I liked running without it better. But I have not trained for a marathon either :) Running is so therapeutic for me. I need that silence for solace. It's the only time I can sort out all the cobwebs!
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 24, 2016

    Oh believe me, there are definitely runs when I much prefer the silence and sorting out all the cobwebs too :)

Rachel
Reply March 24, 2016

Nice review. I've really wanted to try bluetooth headphones for a while. My biggest gripe is having to wear an armband. Forget the wires, I just can't stand having that thing thing on my arm! I'll have to check these out. Thanks!

vicki
Reply March 24, 2016

I used to never run with music, but now I can't imagine not doing it. I listened to a few books too, but I like the music better... it can really help with pace (or hurt if you don't have the right mix).

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