Five Things Friday with Aftershokz & FitApproach

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by AfterShokz in an effort to spread awareness about their new Pink Trekz headphones, in partnership with Bright Pink to support and spread awareness around breast cancer awareness. All opinions and words are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands the support the Sweat Pink community. 

I don’t think I’ve done a Friday Five before, so no time like the present to start, right?

So here we go…My first Friday Five

1) Tunes that inspire! Oh boy, I don’t listen to music much anymore when I run, but when I do, I love anything by Pit Bull & Elie Golding is a fav too.  I actually prefer to listen to audiobooks on super long runs, they keep my brain off the pain and keep me entertained.  I listened to Daniel Silva’s The English Spy during Nanny Goat & TRT 50.  I got a new book for Cuyamaca 100k last week by Cleo Coyle called the Billionaire Blend.  I like to listened to them on my AfterShokz because I can still here everything around me.

2) Giving back. I’m giving back to a very important person in my life, my brother in-law, David.  David was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma, which affects the skeletal muscles, and in his case, his leg.  Please help me to fight cancer and work with Memorial Sloan Kettering & the James Blake Foundation to research early detection. You can read more about David here and donate here. I’m raffling off some awesome prizes too. Your support is appreciated.

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3) Be a self care advocate: How do you practice self care?  I run and run and run…  It’s my stress reliever and time away from the hustle and bustle of life.

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4) My favorite products: Oh boy this is tough one, but right now, I think I can come up with 5 things for this question alone.
#1 my Pink Running 4 Those Who Can’t Hat – Not only is it my signature, it is true.  I run for my brother-in-law David.
#2 my Altra Running Lone Peak 3.0s (mine just happen to be Pink;)) so comfy and grip so well.
#3 my prAna London jeans for those days when you need something other than yoga pants or running shorts ;).  You can save 15% by using code PFS16LEGS on anything prAna sells.
#4 – my Trigger Point Therapy foam rollers they have been my go-to’s lately &
#5 – of course my AfterShokz! I’ve got a lot of marathons coming up and I love that I can still hear everything around me while wearing them.

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5) Friends who inspire! Well this one is super easy.  Of course my girls Smitha & Jenn!  They inspire me everyday and I’m glad we have the opportunity to run together often.  And my girl Kristina – Thank you Thank you Thank you for pacing me at Cuyamaca! Love you guys!

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I’d love to hear one or more of your answers to the Friday Five!  Tell me in the comments below!

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium is #AwareWithPink

If you remember a few months back I had the opportunity to test out the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium bone conduction headphones as a BibRavePro – you can read a full review of the Trekz Titanium here.

Now AfterShokz has now gone PINK!  And I’m happy to be collaborating with them and FitApproach!

What does it mean that AfterShokz has gone Pink?

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They literally have gone pink, with new Limited Edition bright pink colored Trekz Titanium headphones.  These seriously are my favorite wireless headphones because they allow you to be aware of your surroundings because you don’t wear them in your ear, but instead they sit on the bone in front of your ear.

They are sweat-proof, light-weight and stay put pretty much no matter what.  I’ve got about 10 hours on one charge when I wore them at Nanny Goat 12 hour listening to audio books.

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With the purchase of every pair of the Limited Edition Trekz Titanium headphones from now until the end of October 2016, AfterShokz will donate 25% of the proceeds to an organization called Bright Pink.  Bright Pink is a non-profit organization that brings awareness & action to breast & ovarian cancer.

I’m excited to see AfterShokz partnering with a non-profit like Bright Pink, because I truly believe that being proactive and advocating for your own health is super important. Especially in light of my brother-in-law’s fight with cancer right now as well.  As they say, hind sight is 20/20 but if he had sought a second opinion in the early stages, his treatment might be very different right now.

AfterShokz’s open ear design was created to allow users to be more aware and this campaign brings that full circle.  They are not only bringing awareness of what’s around us, but also bringing breast & ovarian cancer awareness to the forefront.

So what does that mean for you?  First off, if you are interested in purchasing a pair of the awesome Trekz Titanium Pink, you can receive an awesome storage case.  I absolutely love mine.  It’s so much nicer than the original case that came with the yellow/blue Trekz Titanium.  I took it with me to Europe and it was jam packed with cords, cables, jewelry and of course my new hot Pink headphones.

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The Titanium Pink headphones retail for $129.99 which is comparable to similar wireless headphones and if you use code PinkGift you’ll receive a small portable storage case ($11.95 value).  **To receive the case for free, you’ll need to add it to your cart and then use code PinkGift which will apply the discount.  The code won’t work without the case in your cart.**

And from here until the end of October, use the hashtag #AwareWithPink on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter and AfterShokz will donate an additional 25 cents to Bright Pink everytime the hashtag is used.

Pink is not only one of my favorite colors, it’s also a way to give back and I’m happy to be partnering with an company that cares in so many ways.

REVIEW: AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Wireless Headphones

Disclaimer: I received a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Titanium wireless headphones to review  as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

My friends at BibRave gave me the opportunity to test out the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones the last 6 weeks.  Now with all the wireless headphone options out there, what makes the Trekz Titanium unique?

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From their website:

  • Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds
  • Titanium wraparound headband is lightweight and flexible for durability and portability
  • OpenFit™ design ensures maximum situational awareness and comfort during long-term wear
  • PremiumPitch+™ guarantees a premium audio experience, including wide dynamic range and rich bass
  • Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 connectivity and convenient multipoint pairing
  • LeakSlayer™ technology significantly reduces natural sound leakage
  • IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture, from workouts to wicked weather
  • Enjoy six hours of continuous music + calls on a single charge
  • EQ presets boost bass and reduce vibration on the go
  • Dual noise canceling microphones exclude surrounding noise, effectively enhancing speech
  • Audrey Says™ voice prompts guide users through power, pair, play and talk
  • Hassle-free 2-year warranty

So what does that all mean to me? The most important thing to me is that it means that you can wear wireless headphones without having to worry about not hearing cars, animals, other runners, etc. If you read my review on the Plantronics Back Beat Fit headphones from last year, that was my biggest complaint with them because I really want to be able to hear if a car is coming for safety reasons.

When you open the box, there is a nice case, the headphones and then a packet with the instructions, a USB charging cable, little rubber things and a set of ear plugs.

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I immediately took them out of the box and put them on only to get a not so nice surprise when I put them on and the top of my ears hurt immediately.  The hard plastic was hitting that part of my ear and I was like uh oh. But I opened the instructions and saw that the 2 little rubber pieces were there to help keep the headphones off the ears.

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Once I put the rubber pieces on then they felt a lot better on.  Basically the rubber pieces stick to your hair/hat etc. to keep the headphones up and off your ears.

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So how is the sound quality since they aren’t in your ears?  It was surprisingly good.  The headphones sit on the bone in front of the ear.  They use bone conduction technology to deliver the music.

I wore them for the Hot Chocolate 15k back in March and I have to say that I was impressed at how good the sound quality was.  I will say though that if you are in an area with a lot of noise they don’t work well.

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That being said, in keeping with my honesty policy, there are a few things that I don’t like about the Trekz Titanium.

1) I think that the headband is not very flexible, it’s not easy to fit into a pack for long runs/races.  I think these would be perfect with a more flexible headband for storage because really, I can’t fit the headphones in the case in my Orange Mud Pack and would I take the case with me on a run? No, and I don’t always want to wear them the whole time so a more flexible band would be nice.

2) I had a hard time with them fitting well when I was wearing a hat and sunglasses.  They fit perfectly with neither of those and with just a hat but with both, I couldn’t get them to hit my cheekbones.

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All in all I think that these unique headphones are great and for those of us who want to be able to hear cars, people and anything around us but also listen to music with a wireless headphone the Trekz Titanium are amazing!

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In addition to having awesome headphones that are safe, this spring AfterShokz is partnering with United Relay of America.

From the United Relay website:

United Relay of America is the first non-stop running relay setting off from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles and meeting in New York City!

Three routes (Red, White & Blue) from the West to the East coast of America, over 9,000 runners and one aim: inspire, empower and connect people across America – to not just be part of running history, but to be united for a better world!

There are a lot of opportunities to be a part of the United Relay and if you are interested in running a leg, click here for more info.

LINK UP!I’m linking up with my friend Running with SD Mom for Try Out Thursdays.  Want to check out what others are trying out?  Head over to her page click here 🙂 and check out what others are trying out this Thursday!