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I feel like I’ve been running forever yet I still am such a novice. There’s nothing like an injury during your half marathon training to make you reevaluate your entire body.
I had to skip the half I was signed up for last month due to my injury because I just couldn’t run. I could barely walk for a while. So I had a three-week running break, which was not at all the plan. But now I’m back to training which means I am starting 2015 with my first ever half marathon.
My training is different now. I couldn’t just pick back up where I left off because I am still healing. I’ve had to use the elliptical machine for some cross training and use the treadmill more than I’d like. Prior to my injury, how I felt was a pretty reliable indicator of when I was pushing myself too hard. Pain meant slow down. But now that I am in constant pain to some degree when I’m running, I’ve been trying to use the heart rate monitors on the machines at the gym to get an idea of how hard I’m working. And now I know they are totally unreliable. Enter: my new headphones.
Until the Intel SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds entered my life, I thought the only way to measure your heart rate via a personal device was with a chest strap. If that’s what you thought, too, I have good news: Bye Bye Chest Strap.
Intel and SMS Audio have partnered to fuse fitness with technology for a smarter workout. The headphones include advanced technology features to deliver a high-quality audio experience while gathering actionable data on your workout. The heart rate monitoring headphones integrate biometric sensors for fitness data collection – allowing users to track goals and progress to achieve peak physical performance.
The sensors are in the right earbud, but so small that you can’t even tell. They just look like regular (well, super snazzy) headphones.
I ordered mine directly from SMS Audio (get 20% off until 1/31/15 with code BIOSPORT20 — US only) but if you’d like to get them sooner you can find them at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Amazon carries them as well.
Here’s what you’ll see if you go to SMSAudio.com:
Along with the headphones, different sized ear gels, and a clip, you get a bag to keep them in. This is super handy if you are like me and just throw all of your things into one bag.
I use these with the Runkeeper app — when you purchase the headphones you get a month of Runkeeper Elite for free, but they work with the free version of the app, too. I already had the app, so I just plugged the headphones in and opened the app. By going into “settings” and “devices” I synced the headphones with my app. Easy Peasy.
A super cool function of these headphones I have yet to mention? You can listen to music with them. I know, I know, it may seem obvious, but with the cool heart rate monitor you might forget. I listened to my running playlist, which includes Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, No Doubt, and Foo Fighters and all the songs sounded great. I ran three miles yesterday with them and plan on running five tomorrow.
Listen: I am TWO WEEKS away from my half marathon. I have A LOT of running to get in before then. Now, I don’t know much about heart rate training right now, but it’s super cool that I can learn more without a chest strap. The bonus is I can use the headphones while doing things around the house to show my family that vacuuming really is hard work. (insert laugh track here)
What are your fitness goals for 2015? Will you be joining me on January 18th for the Aramco Houston Half Marathon? Do you have any advice for me as I run my first half marathon??