Gear Review: Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless

beatsProduct: Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless
Price: $90-$150*
Review: Image result for 5 stars
Find it here: Best Buy, Target, Amazon, etc.

It was the week before Thanksgiving/Black Friday when my earphones broke while I was running! It was devastating because I run with music 80-90% of the time. Luckily, I knew that I only had to wait about a week for these fancy wireless earphones to go on sale for Black Friday! They went on sale EVERYWHERE so I was really lucky. Beats also released the Powerbeats3  so you can either find these on sale still or try out the newer version.

Everyone had been trying to convince me to go wireless recently. I was not sold on the wireless feature at first because I always stuck with my same basic pair of inexpensive earphones and I didn’t think that I needed anything fancy. Needless to say, these have changed my opinion completely! Below are some of my favorite highlights in my opinion.

  • Easy to use – I don’t like learning new technology but these were surprisingly simple and easy to learn and use!
  • Comfortable – It took a few days to get used to but the fit is good overall and it is very secure.
  • The sound is good but not overbearing – this is important so I can still be aware when I’m running on the roads.
  • Bluetooth connection – I have heard that some people run into issues with their connection cutting out but it has been pretty good for me.
  • Customer service – Beats uses Apple customer service and my experience was seamless! I thought that I had lost my charging cord (which would have been extremely unfortunate) and the representative quickly gave me all the information I needed to know through an easy online chat window.

I am not sure if I would have committed to buying these if they were not on sale, but they were worth the sale price for me!

What are some of your favorite earphones to run with?

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Gear Review: Fitletic Hydration Belt

Product: HYDRA 16 oz Hydration Belt
Price: $45.95
Review: Image result for five stars
Find it here: https://fitletic.com/product/hd008-16oz-hydration-belt/

 

Let me start by saying that I was not a fan of running belts until I found this one. I tried almost all of the others that you can find in the running stores but nothing worked for me other than my Nathan hydration vest (which I love equally but use for my runs over 15 miles). I use this belt for my mid-distance runs since it holds 16 ounces.

This has become one of my favorite running accessories because it is super comfortable on my runs and easy to travel with.

A few additional call-outs:

  • Pouch is large enough to fit smart phones – I have a iPhone 6s and I have room to fit more than my phone in the pouch.
  • Silicone grippers keep the belt snug on your hips – no bouncing or riding up!
  • The belt holds two 8 oz bottles – very secure!!
  • There are two loops to hold gels and bib toggles for race day.

 

Race Review: Bull City Race Fest

  • What: Bull City Race Fest
  • When: October 16, 2016
  • Where: Durham, NC
  • Distance: Half Marathon

Before the race, I heard positive and negative reviews. Runners either loved the beauty of the course or hated the hills of the course. Although I agree with both reviews, this has to be one of my favorite courses. (I’m also biased because I PR’d! And it was perfect running weather.. lol)

Expo: The expo was a lot of fun! I loved that it was not too big and overwhelming at the Durham Convention Center. The race included a bib, shirt and digital race bag so the pickup was pretty simple. I easily found my friends at Fleet Feet Carrboro/Durham and grabbed a few tanks from 73threads. If you haven’t heard of 73threads, you need to check them out right now! LOVE THEM… see my tanks pictured below.


Essentials: The weather forecast showed a low-mid 50s sunny morning so I went with my short sleeve Nike shirt and shorts. My 2XU compression sleeves were a little more for warmth than they were performance – I like wearing a pair for recovery as well. I also packed lots of tape since I’m still dealing with plantar fasciitis and well, can’t forget my Garmin!

Parking/Pre-Race: SUPER easy and really close to the starting line near the American Tobacco Campus. There were plenty of port-a-potties – actually, I’ve never seen such efficient bathroom lines at any other race.


Race: Just like every other race.. decently sized and crowded with anxious runners. At the start line, I found myself stuck behind the 9:00 min pacers when I was planning on starting in front of the 8:30 pacers.. oh well, there was plenty of time for catch up later. The course was beautiful and it was hilly. Runners were guided through downtown Durham and through the Duke campus. The downhills were long and the hills got slightly steeper in the last couple of miles.


Post-Race: Beer, music and food trucks! aka: a lot of lines, but all worth it. Definitely try out this race if you’re in the area for next year! I promise the hills are manageable and you can even PR like me!

Fall Activewear | prAna Review

This past month, I was given the opportunity to try out a couple items from prAna and I was thrilled. Disclaimer: even though the items were SUPER cute, they didn’t really fit me so I refuse to post my own pictures.

Their mission is to inspire healthy, active, and free-spirited living. Naturally this fits perfectly with my life and most likely many of yours!

lucia

The first item that I tried was the Lucia Sweater – perfect for a classic sweater! It is a recycled wool blend sweater knit with a brushed polyester back, making it perfect for cooler temperatures this fall and winter. It also comes in six different colors (if you tend to be more colorful than me lol).

kara

The second item that I was able to try was the Kara Jean. I REALLY wish that I had ordered a smaller size because I LOVE these pants. They are really comfortable and really flattering!

Bottom line: I can’t wait to try out more products!

 

Brooks Glycerin 13


Yay! Breaking into my second pair of my Brooks Glycerin 13.

To be honest, it wasn’t love at first run.. I went through three pairs of the Glycerin 12 and LOVED that model. I wasn’t thrilled when I slipped my foot into my first pair of the 13’s and realized that the entire feel was different. It was heavier and cushier (which was apparently exactly what I needed). Regardless I trained and ran my first marathon with the Glycerin 13 and I love it! I’m now onto my second pair along with a new pair of the Glycerin 14.

Tarheel 10 Miler/Fleet Feet 4 Miler


Dropped into the Fleet Feet 4 miler in Chapel Hill this weekend in hopes of not making my plantar fasciitis worse.

I did the 10 miler last year and struggled with a 9:47/mile pace. The course is difficult to say the least but pretty as it runs through UNC. This year I wasn’t exactly in better shape due to my injury but the 4 miler felt good! The course was awesome with a few hills and I came in with an official pace of 8:04/mile (missing 3rd place in my age group by 6 seconds!).

What an awesome way to start the weekend. 🙂