Running Deaf

The other day my headphones crapped out. This happens from time to time. Every so often I have to go out and get new headphones. The connection becomes loose down by the end that you stick into the iPod. I assume it’s because they get jostled so much by the running, biking, etc.

I can’t use the earbuds that come with the various i devices; they won’t stay in my ears while I’m moving. So I go out and buy the cheap Phillips set that hooks over my ears. They work just fine until that connection becomes loose. The sound quality is OK-they almost block out all the annoying traffic noise.

I have run so long with something playing in my ears that I can hardly concentrate if I’m left with my thoughts. Yet most races don’t allow headphones. I suppose I should train the way I race, but man, it gets boring when I have to entertain myself.

So what do I think about when I don’t have a podcast going?

“I wonder if those expensive headphones work any better than these cheap ones. Would they lose the connection at the bottom? Probably, they’re not really made for running, are they? I bet they make headphones just for running. They’ll sell you anything. I probably should have pooped before I left. I sweat all over these headphones, so I don’t want to get anything too nice. Man, I really need to do number 2. I wonder if the bass level is better on those expensive…oh man, I have to poop! Dang it! This is going to be the first run where I have to pull over and take a dump in the bushes!”

My intrepid iPod Nano is still going, however. It is several years old. It’s one of the earlier models. Meriwether Lewis used one like mine while exploring the Louisiana Purchase. Yet it has seen better days. I can’t get the display to work right anymore. I have to re-set it just to see my playlists and what not. But after all, it’s been sweated on, jostled, dropped, and who knows what else, and it appears it will live forever, like Steve Jobs.

There’s this iPod Shuffle you can get that you can swim with.

The Nano really is perfect for working out. It’s not too heavy, not too bulky, not too flimsy. It’s easy to get your music and podcasts on there via iTunes. Mine has no wireless capabilities, but maybe the newer ones do. I think the newer ones have cameras. That would be nice. Sometimes when you’re out running and you see something odd, like a guy toting two samari swords, you need something to obtain photographic evidence. What would I do without my Nano? Probably go get one of those waterproof Shuffles.

Bye for now. Let me know if you have any headphones that work well while you’re running and/or riding. And let me know if headphones is even the right word. For some reason I have this image of someone out running with those big ’70s style headphones bouncing up and down on their head.

iPod Nano

About The Pretend Triathlete

Just a 46 year old trying to stay in shape. Not pro-athlete in shape, just 46 year old guy with a family and a house and a job in shape. Signing up for races is the best way I've found to do that. I blog about things that happen to me and things I observe while training and racing. Let's do this!
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