Running alone for hours on end can be…let’s face it…boring. Without someone to talk to or something to listen to, it might even be considered by some to be outright torture. I almost always have something in my ears as I run, because it was how I trained myself in the early days to stay out until the end of a playlist, podcast, or chapter. Now, it’s not as necessary, just comforting…and it breaks the tedium a little.
The other side of this coin though is the safety issue. Running outdoors requires that at least part of your brain needs to know what is happening around you — whether it’s traffic, people, wildlife, or your toddler in the stroller. Completely zoning out and jamming to your favorite Shakira song may compromise your safety. So if you do choose to run with headphones, please be sure to put safety first.
What are the parameters for this review, then? Well, let me tell you a bit more about the reviewer. As a runner, I rarely listen to music. Rather I listen to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks (for the purposes of this review I listened to a variety of music styles as well as my go-to podcasts). I’m also out for a variety of runs, and when it comes to the long runs of more than a couple of hours, I need to know the headphones I wear will remain comfortable. I also run in all types of weather, and lately cold weather has forced a stocking cap on my head. When it is sunny, I prefer a cap to sunglasses, but I will occasionally do both. Lastly, we will experience high wind days, making headphones quite a challenge.