PINK Trekz Titanium Headphones Review

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Hello Friends!

Remember how I mentioned the Aftershokz headphones I’d been using in my Things I’m Loving Lately [Running Edition] post? As promised, I’m back to give you the complete low-down on this awesome new piece of gear.

Trekz Titanium Headphones ReviewLet me first start by saying that I have ALWAYS been a runner with headphones. I love making playlists and listening to music when I run. I always just used to use the headphones that came with my iPhone. Yes, they sometimes slipped out of my ears on particularly sweaty runs, and yes – I’d occasionally get the cord caught in my fuel belt, but I made do.

More important than the practical problems with running with these headphones, are the safety concerns. I always made sure to keep my music fairly low so that I could pick up on the sounds of cars driving near me and other runners and bicyclists, but even so, it’s a little risky. Especially with all the scary stuff that’s been happening for female runners lately (if you haven’t heard on the news, Runners World published an article detailing a slew of attacks that you can catch up on here).

Enter the Trekz Titanium wireless headphones from Aftershokz.

Trekz Titanium Headphones

I received a pair of these to test out as part of my ambassadorship with Bibrave, and so far, I’m a big fan. Here’s a quick overview on how they actually work:

  • They connect to your phone through Bluetooth (no cord, yay!). I had no issues connecting my headphones and have yet to experience any issues pairing the devices.
  • They don’t actually go in your ears, which is why they are a safer alternative to typical headphones! The transducers sit on your cheekbones, just outside your ears. This photo from Aftershokz shows how they are meant to be worn –

Pink Trekz Titanium Headphones

  • The volume and power buttons sit on the right side, behind your ear. It’s taken me a few times wearing them to get used to remembering where to go to adjust the volume, but that’s because I’m just so used to my old headphones.
  • You really can hear your music perfectly, while ALSO picking up on all the noises of your surroundings. I wore these on a long run I did on Sunday with a running buddy and was able to carry on a conversation, while having the comfort of my music for the  challenging parts of the run where there wasn’t much talking going on.
  • A full charge of these headphones is supposed to last around 6 hours. So far, I’ve probably used them for a cumulative total of 4 hours and haven’t experienced any battery issues.
  • I thought they would bounce around on my head and annoy me, but they didn’t. Once I had them on properly, they really didn’t move around much at all. They are also sweat-resistant so they didn’t slip around even on my sweatiest runs. See? I’m all smiles using them on last Saturday’s run.🙂

Trekz Titanium Headphones

  • The Trekz Titanium headphones are priced at $129.99. Yes, that might seem expensive, but I did a little research, and that is actually quite reasonable for wireless Bluetooth headphones. Many pairs run for closer to $200.

So all of that would be enough to make these headphones a pretty sweet piece of gear, but there’s MORE! I received a limited edition pair of PINK Trekz Titanium. That’s because Aftershokz has partnered with the non-profit organization Bright Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month and will be donating 25% (!!!) of their proceeds from the sales of Pink Trekz Titanium headphones to Bright Pink from September 1st – October 31st. Not only that, but anytime the hashtag #AwareWithPink is used on social media platforms, Aftershokz will donate an additional 25 cents to Bright Pink.

All in all, I’m really impressed. Both with the quality of the product, and with the partnership with Bright Pink (Aftershokz released this blog post detailing the reasons behind the campaign that I definitely recommend checking out!). 25% is a HUGE portion of proceeds to be donating, and I think it’s just fantastic that Aftershokz is going above and beyond like this.

So, if you’re interested in getting involved or purchasing yourself an awesome new pair of headphones, the pink Trekz Titanium go on sale tomorrow (September 1st)! Purchase a pair before October 31st to have that 25% go to Bright Pink. Additionally, because Aftershokz is so awesome, they are partnering with Bibrave to offer customers a free small storage case with the purchase of the Pink Titanium Trekz. Add the item to your cart, and then use code PINK at checkout.

Do you run with headphones? Have you ever experienced issues with them falling out or getting tangled?

Baystate Marathon Training Weekly Recap

Happy Monday everyone!

This past week has been filled with lots of running and Baystate preparation! Obviously, I’ve been doing plenty of running this summer, but my decision to sign up to do the full marathon at Baystate with my mom in October was a recent one. The week before last, I was in Utah and while I ran the Hobble Creek Half, it was not exactly a consistent week of running by any means.

That means that it was really only this past week that my official training begun. I’m pretty stoked with how it went – 41.5 miles for the week! For a lot of runners, this wouldn’t seem like very high mileage but my schedule has been so strange this summer with travel that it’s been very hard for me to find the time to get 25 miles done in a week, so I’m pretty proud of this. Here’s how it broke down:

Monday – 3 easy miles. I was still recovering from Saturday’s half marathon, so I made sure to keep this VERY easy – 9:48/mile average pace. I think it helped shake out my legs too because I felt pretty solid the next day.

Tuesday – 7 miles, 4 at goal marathon pace. The goal pace I am aiming for this time around is an 8:45, which works out to just over a 3:49 marathon. I’m hoping this is not too ambitious given the shorter window I have to train. I did a pretty good job with these splits, running 8:42, 8:42, 8:52, and an 8:47. I felt like I had to keep double-checking my pace on my watch though. I’m going to have to practice hitting this pace a lot because right now, my body doesn’t really know what it’s supposed to feel like.

As a sidenote, I recently heard about a study that looked at the fastest finishers of the Boston Marathon by age group. The study analyzed the training paces of the finishers and found that those who were fastest in their age groups had the widest disparity in their training paces, meaning their easy runs were VERY easy, but then on their hard days, they really brought the speed. This just reconfirmed to me that this is something I need to continue to work on. I need to give myself permission to run at a pace that seems almost insanely slow on my easy/recovery days, while continuing to push on those days when I want to hit that marathon pace or do speed work.

Wednesday – Rest day.🙂

Thursday – Mystryde Endurance class (If you’re curious about these classes, you can check out the descriptions of them here). I covered 6.5 miles of grueling hills and intervals. Most of the intervals I was doing were around 7:24-7:30/mile, but I even had a few sprints thrown in there in the 6:40 range! It feels kind of scary to run that fast on a treadmill, but I didn’t fly off so no harm done.😉

Mystryde Boston | 2 Generations RunningFriday – 4 miles super easy on the treadmill at the gym. Friday’s weather felt like Florida had decided to send a little taste of their climate – so hot and humid and disgusting. It was still hot out when I got home from work in the evening, so easy miles on the treadmill it was. In keeping with my new plan, I kept these miles SUPER slow – all over 10 min/mile. It was kind of fun! I watched repeats of The Real Housewives of the OC while I ran (this is Guilty Pleasure #2 to The Bachelor/Bachelorette).

Saturday – Originally, I was thinking I’d only do 3 miles. But then, I realized that if I went only a couple miles further, I could break 40 miles for the week, which was too exciting to pass up. I got out pretty early in the morning and managed a pretty comfortable 6-miler, at 9:28 min/mile average. I paused for a squinty selfie along the way.🙂

Trekz Titanium HeadphonesSunday: Long run day! I did 15 miles total, 12 on challenging (and crazy hilly) trails with a work friend, and then I finished up with 3 miles on the treadmill. I decided to simulate the whole running fast on tired legs idea, and pushed the 3 treadmill miles starting at around 8:40/mile and finishing at 8:05/mile. It’s crazy, but those 3 treadmill miles felt SO MUCH easier than the 12 miles I did on the trails, where my average pace was 12:38/mile. LOL. Trails will always slow you down, and all the elevation gain just made it that much worse. Still, it was fun to get a change of scenery and tick off the miles with a friend. We got some pretty nice views too.🙂

Photo Aug 28, 1 07 23 PMI’ll be traveling on Tuesday of this week again, though it will be a quick trip so I’m hoping it doesn’t screw things up too much as I head into my second week.

Hope you all have a great week!

Things I’m Loving Lately [Running Edition]

Happy Weekend guys!

I know I don’t normally post on the weekends, but lately my schedule has just been nutzo and I’m just trying to fit blogging in whenever I can, so I thought I would pop in and share a post this weekend, before I hit the road again next week (I’m off to South Carolina this time!).

I’ve been a fan of blogs for a few years now and one type of post that seems to pop up again and again is the “Things I’m Loving Lately” type post. It’s interesting to read about products or just random things that people enjoy. Lately, there have been a bunch of running-related products/media that I feel have really rejuvenated my love for running and I figured I’d share some of these items with you all today in a special running-themed “Things I’m Loving Lately” post.

My new pink Trekz Titanium Aftershokz wireless headphones.

Trekz Titanium Aftershokz Headphones | 2 Generations RunningI received a pair of these as part of my ambassadorship with Bibrave (learn more about becoming a Bibrave Pro here) I’ll be posting a full review of these beauties in the next week, but as a preview – I LOVE THEM. I have always used headphones with wires and never really thought they bothered me, but running with NO cords (the headphones connect to the music on my phone through Bluetooth) has been amazing. Another interesting feature of these headphones is that they actually don’t go into your ears – they rest on the bones right next to your ears and you hear the music through the vibrations created. This allows you to pick up on the ambient noise of your surroundings, which is a huge safety benefit (especially with all the scary stories that have popped up lately about female runners). Stay tuned for my full review later this week!

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Shoe Dog Review, Phil KnightI picked up Shoe Dog while on vacation in Utah because I knew I was going to need something to keep me entertained for the long flight home. It’s a memoir written by the creator of Nike, and it is SO GOOD. It’s easy to think of Nike as this huge symbol of athletics and a billion-dollar brand and to kind of assume they’ve always been that way. It’s been so fascinating to read about all the struggles the business went through when it was just starting out, and it’s really given me a new respect for the brand. It’s so crazy to think about how far they’ve come, especially watching the Olympics and seeing so many of the world’s best athletes sporting Nike gear. I highly recommend this book, and think runners and non-runners alike would enjoy it!

Mystryde Classes

Mystryde Boston | 2 Generations RunningNow that I’m officially signed up for another marathon (eek), I want to make sure I’m putting in the work to have a good result come October 16th. The Mystryde treadmill classes are killer workouts and just what I need. I went to one this past week and got in 6.5 miles of hills, sprints, and hard running. The instructors are fantastic and very knowledgeable about running. I think incorporating these classes into my training plan once a week will be very helpful getting me ready for Baystate.

The new Bibrave Podcast

Bibrave PodcastI love running podcasts, but I tend to listen to them faster than they can be produced.🙂 That’s why I was so excited to see Bibrave coming out with their own podcast! It’s a great, informal discussion of what’s going on in the running world and despite being only 5 episodes in, it’s quickly become one of my favorite podcasts to listen to.

Hope you all have a good weekend! I’ve got a 15-miler on the agenda for tomorrow so wish me luck!🙂

Utah Pt. 2 – The Hobble Creek Half Marathon

Need to catch up on Part 1 of our adventures in Utah? Find it here.

Arches National Park | 2 Generations RunningAfter spending a few days having a blast exploring Arches and Moab, my mom and I woke up early on Friday for a quick 3-mile shakeout run. We happened to come across a paved bike trail – perfect for running in an area we didn’t know that well! Of course, that didn’t stop us from getting slightly lost.

2 Generations RunningThe run ended with iced coffee from one of the many cute cafes that line the Main Street of Moab.

Fueled by CoffeeOnce we were cleaned up and properly caffeinated, we made the drive north towards Provo where we had rented an Airbnb close to the race start. The place ended up being quite cute and the hostess was so friendly! We would definitely do Airbnb again to cut down a bit on hotel costs traveling to races.

The drive was a long one, so we spent most of Friday relaxing after we picked up our bibs. There really wasn’t an expo for this race (the race was capped at 1,000 runners, so definitely on the smaller side). The pick-up was at a running store, so they had some stuff to check out, but nothing too new or exciting. We laid out our running gear when we got back and called it an early night.

At the crack of 4 am, we were up and at ’em!🙂 This race was a point-to-point course with a shuttle ride up the canyon road and the organizers had stressed that everyone had to catch the buses between 5:30 and 5:45. If you missed the shuttle, you weren’t running the race! Luckily, we made it there in plenty of time to spare. The ride up the canyon took a surprisingly long time and my mom jokingly asked if I was sure we hadn’t accidentally signed up for a marathon.😉 I have to say, I got a little nervous too there for a sec!

We finally arrived at the drop-off point, and one of the organizers hopped on the bus to warn everyone about hunters driving on the road and not to pee in the woods because rangers were watching. Ummmm, what?! Things were off to an interesting start. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any porta-potties at the drop-off, and we ended up having to walk up the road probably another 20 minutes or so before getting to the start area. My mom and I were slightly desperate by the time we got there!

0140f9f25dac5a861f1b32eace53c91af8a4521ba6(When you pretend to look happy, but are actually freezing to death.)

Hobble Creek Half Marathon Race RecapAfter a short warm-up, we arranged ourselves behind the starting line (drawn in chalk on the ground – yeah, it was that small a race!). A couple more quick announcements and we were off! My goals going into the race were pretty loose. A big part of me was hoping that I would be able to use the elevation profile to my advantage to score a new half marathon PR (my best time was 1:45 back in February at the Augusta Half). However, I also knew my training leading up to that race had been much more consistent and had included a lot more long runs at 8 min/mile pace. I figured I would start out in the mid 8’s and try to slowly bring that time down to sub 8-minute miles in the later miles of the race. If a PR happened, then awesome, but I wouldn’t be crushed if it didn’t because I hadn’t really put in the work for it.

Only a few miles into the race, I realized I was going to have to stop at one of the water stations to use a porta-potty again. Damn, that hasn’t happened to me at a race in ages! I knew that stopping would unfortunately add a couple minutes to my time that I would have to try to make up, but I also wasn’t about to run 13.1 miles feeling like I was going to pee my pants.😉

Mile 1: 8:43, Mile 2: 8:37, Mile 3: 8:25, Mile 4: 8:55 (my porta-potty mile)

While I had been pretty cold before the race, once I was running, it really did feel perfect. It was early enough that the road was mostly shaded and we were running with Hobble Creek gurgling along next to us on the left. It was really scenic and SO nice to be running a race where I didn’t feel like I was melting into a pool of sweat.

Hobble Creek Half Marathon Race ReviewMost of the first 6 miles looked just like this.

Mile 5: 8:12, Mile 6: 8:02, Mile 7: 8:02, Mile 8: 8:03

It was around Mile 5/6 that I realized I would have to start hitting some sub 8-minute/miles if I was going to have any chance of a PR, so I started picking up the pace. Whenever I felt like I was getting in the groove of the faster speed though, it seemed like we would hit a small uphill and my pace would slow again. I felt like I was putting in the effort, but no matter how hard I tried, my GPS just kept chirping 8:00/mile – no faster.

Mile 9: 8:17, Mile 10: 8:21, Mile 11: 8:22, Mile 12: 8:40, Mile 13: 8:24

Around Mile 9, I think I accepted that a PR was clearly not going to happen for me. I still wanted to push the effort though and continued to work hard (apart from Mile 12, which I was clearly slacking on.) At this point, we were on a bike path, which was quite pretty but also sunny. It was around these miles where I was wishing they had a couple more water stations.

But finally, I was rounding the bend onto the road that wrapped around into the finish. There were actually spectators at this spot cheering, which felt awesome after such a quiet race. I saw the clock as I crossed the finish, which read 1:50. By my GPS watch, I finished just under in 1:49:54. About 4 minutes slower than my PR, but still a decent time. I was a little bummed though because I just missed out on receiving one of the special “Elite Top 100” medals they had for the first 100 male and female finishers. I still got a flower though, which I thought was kind of different and cool.

018cb4caa3a3c0093117b410a1e1fd520066748d09After chugging some water and sitting down for a few minutes, I started waiting for my mom to come across the finish. I knew she wasn’t planning on racing it hard, but I started to get more and more nervous as the time on the clock got later. Was this race going to be her turn to get transported by ambulance? I was probably being really irrational, but I really got panicked as the time ticked past 2:15. I knew she had been experiencing some hamstring issues, so my mind immediately jumped to her being injured and unable to finish the race.

I waited another 15 minutes and finally called her, remembering how she could easily answer her phone while running. Just as she answered, I actually spotted her coming into the last 1/2 mile. Hobbling slightly. She did not sound good on the phone, and we hung up quickly. Finally she crossed the finish line and filled me in on her race.

She told me how her hamstring started acting up after the first few miles of downhill running, and how by Mile 6, she was so in so much pain she had to walk. She had been mostly walking since then, not wanting to risk any further damage to the muscle. Hobble Creek Half Marathon was unfortunately a bit too aptly named for her.

So not one of the best for either of us, but we made the most of the day, hanging out at the finish for a bit before heading out to a nearby cafe for a bigger breakfast. We had plenty of time to discuss and analyze the race and came to a couple of conclusions.

  1. It was probably the drastic downhills that set off her hamstring, which was already bothering my mom a bit. She had thought it had been feeling better in the days before, but 13 miles of hard downhill running, was probably a bit too much.
  2. When you’re trying to run at least 50 marathons/half marathons, you’re going to have some bad races. Period. Life happens, training isn’t always perfect, and it is what it is.
  3. That said, my mom and I race pretty frequently. We did the RW Classic Half back in July, a bunch of 5ks before that, and then of course, there was the Delaware Marathon in May. If we want to run better quality races, it would probably be wise for both of us to back off a bit and pick only a few races to really target. This is what the elites do, and while I’m not looking to run a 2:40 marathon just yet, I do think it makes a lot of sense. Of course, I’m now signed up to run Baystate in October, but I promise I won’t do any races before then!!

Hobble Creek Half marathon Race Review

So overall thoughts: The Hobble Creek Half is a good, small race. I probably wouldn’t run it again, and I know there are some more popular half marathons in Utah with more bells and whistles, but it’s worth checking out if you are local to the Mapleton/Springville/Provo area. Also, I think it’s worth noting that they ran into issues with their timing equipment and ended up only being able to provide gun times for the racers, no chip times. Not a huge deal for us since we didn’t hit those PRs, but I’m guessing this was pretty frustrating for some other runners. But all in all, it was a really fun way to cap off our Utah vacation and to cross off State #12. Only 38 to go!😉

UTAH! Pt. 1

Hey there everyone!

After an awesome week, my mom and I are finally back on the East Coast. We had a blast exploring Utah, hitting up Moab and Arches National Park before heading back north to the Provo area to run the Hobble Creek Half for our 16th half marathon and 12th state. A race recap will be comin’ your way shortly, but in the meantime here are a bunch of pics from our trip.

Arches National Park – 

This place was so cool. It seriously felt like another planet!

Arches National Park

Selfie with the Balancing Rock!

Arches National Park | 2 Generations Running

Arches National Park

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And of course, we made the hike to Delicate Arch! I totally understand the hype about it now.🙂 My mom just about had a heart attack  watching all the tourists running around near the edge of the drop-off though.

Delicate Arch

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

One night, we planned to do a tour cruise on the Colorado River. Sadly, a thunderstorm was moving into the area and we had to head back after only 5 minutes on the water. Looks a little scary, huh? We were totally bummed to miss it, especially since we were leaving Moab the next day.

Moab | 2 Generations Running

But then, we caught this view of the sunset in the opposite direction.🙂

Colorado River

It was an awesome trip, but it definitely feels good to be home.

Have you ever been to Moab or Arches National Park? What was your favorite part?

Something New, But Not *So* Crazy

Today’s Post is from my Mom! Enjoy🙂

So some of you probably know from our Facebook page that I have finally gone and registered to run the Baystate Marathon again this year.

After experiencing some nagging pains which led to a visit with the physical therapist and a few test runs, I decided to go for it. Still, I wasn’t sure that I was 100% and I had some reservations about diving back into what would be my 6th week of the intermediate plan from Runner’s World, Big Blue Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training – which has served me well in the past. Since my Baystate goal is also tied to my plan to raise money for Homes For Our Troops by donating based on my miles (please donate if you can!), I was worried that going into this training cycle like nothing was different might completely side-line me with an injury – and prevent both my running Baystate, and raising money for this great cause.

So I’ve made a big change. After lots of reading and research, I decided to go to a 28 day plan. This plan incorporates 12 hard workouts from what would have been the next 28 days of my old plan, but it allows me to incorporate the cross training I was doing with Quick Strength for Runners, by Jeff Horowitz,  and to keep to the criteria Horowitz suggests with these workouts. It wasn’t easy trying make all the pieces fit and then setting them down on the calendar, but I did the best I could (I suppose it’s an experiment, anyway, with me as the guinea pig!).  Though the cross training workouts don’t add a lot of miles to the weekly totals, they are enjoyable and far more challenging than the cross training I had done in the past and I can already tell I am reaping benefits from them. Plus it’s fun to work with the BOSU and the stability ball! With this longer plan, these two weekly workouts don’t get squeezed in before or after the really hard running workouts, which leaves me stronger and more rested to do my best for each one. For example, I felt really good going into this week’s 15 miler, and didn’t feel wiped out afterwards.

Photo Aug 12, 6 12 24 PMOf course, I know that for most people there are difficulties following any plan that doesn’t align with a Monday through Friday workweek. I’m lucky to have a flexible work schedule right now, and even more importantly, the fact that its summer, and we have all these hours of daylight will help.

With my 28-day plan and my new cross-training regimen, I feel pretty good that I’ll get to Baystate in good shape in October (plus Nora is joining me, so it will be even more fun!), and  I can continue my “Run for a Reason” project with Homes for Our Troops.

If you’ve never done this, consider logging your miles for your favorite charity – or visit my team at the Homes for Our Troops, Team name: Marie@ 2 Generations Running. It’s a great cause with a great rating from Charity Navigator.

And I’ll keep everyone posted about my progress (or not…) with my new 28 day plan!

But first up, Utah and another half marathon and state!!!🙂

Long Term Goals and Short Term Plans

So I have some news…

Most of you probably know by now that my mom is planning on running the Baystate Marathon again this year. Last year, she had run it while I had done the half marathon and we both really enjoyed the race (you can catch last year’s recap here!)

Baystate Marathon 2015After having a not-so-great experience at Delaware, it was kind of a no-brainer for my mom to sign up for this race again. Originally, I was thinking I would go just to spectate and cheer her on.

But then I started getting that itch again…

Originally, I was looking for marathons in January and February. With my work schedule the way it is, I have less travel and more time to train between the end of October and the beginning of March. After that, things are likely to pick up again, making marathon training difficult.

So why do I even want to run another marathon (especially after what happened last time)? In all honesty, it’s because in looking at the long term of what I want in my running, it’s that qualifying time for Boston. For me, that’s a 3:35 or better, which seems scary and fast and very far away. I’m well off that time right now, and I know this will most likely require years of training and more experience with the distance. From everything I’ve read, people don’t run PRs on their first or second marathons. 26.2 miles is a whole different animal from any other race, and it takes time, experience, and a lot of patience to figure out how to run this race right. I know I made some big mistakes in Delaware – I went out too fast, I didn’t fuel at mile 20 when I needed it most, and I finished feeling worse than I have ever felt in a race before. But I’m ready to take all those lessons and give the marathon another shot.

I was discussing all this with my mom, trying to figure out what I should do. The marathons I was considering were all relatively far away and would have required air travel as well as hotels, making them more logistically challenging. Then, she pointed out that I could just run Baystate with her. I’m not sure why this never really occurred to me before, but once she mentioned it, it was suddenly an easy decision.

Baystate Marathon

We are about 10 weeks out, and I’m not starting from scratch, but it definitely doesn’t leave any time to mess around! I am officially back in marathon training mode! Bring on marathon #3!!