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New Year’s Eve I was snuggled up on the couch with my family watching Frozen, debating if we could stay up until midnight. As my children insisted that they could make it, my daughter asked what a resolution is. I told her it was something about yourself that you would like to improve or work on changing for the coming year. I have never really been a resolution maker, as I always see myself as a work in progress. I thought about some of the things that I still need improve and my list was pretty typical; being more organized, having more patience and running farther.
I have been actively running for the past 2 years and typically run an average of 3 miles per run. I can never quite push myself past the 3 mile mark and this year I would like to focus on that as a goal. The next day I discussed my goal with my sister and she asked me again if I would run in a 5 K with her. My sister started running this past year and has already run her first 5K. Last spring she asked me if I would run in a local 5 K Zombie Run. I politely declined and told her I don’t like to run in races. The truth was – I never ran in a race. I didn’t really know if I would like it , (much like my kids not knowing if they are going to like green beans.)
Since the day she asked me I have been thinking about what prevents me from signing up and running. I love running by myself, early in the morning when no one is around. I don’t mind dodging raccoons as long as I am alone with my thoughts. I am an extreme introvert and the mere thought of running with other people, in a large group is draining. I just prefer to run alone.
Recently, my husband and I were heading out for a run around the same time. He asked if I would like to go for a run with him. I had to “over-think” it for a minute, which is a common trait of mine. I hesitantly said yes, and we headed out together. As we started our run I was amazed at how much I enjoyed the company. Having a running partner was a new experience for me, I was impressed that I matched his pace and pushed myself a little harder. After our 4 mile run (a new distance record for me) we vowed to fit in running “dates” as often as we can.
It’s funny how all you need to do is try something to see if you like it.
Even though I have recently discovered the joy of running with my husband, there are many days that I am running solo. A simple way to keep myself motivated is by rotating my running playlist on my phone. Lately, my headphones of choice are my Intel SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds, which I purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods. They include fitness-monitoring biometrics technology that continuously measures my heart rate with a built-in optical sensor. I had never used a heart rate monitor before this one and I am quite impressed with how it works. The Intel SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds sync with the Runkeeper App, giving me a more thorough overview on how well I did during my run. The sound quality is incredible and the different sized ear gels make sure I have a perfect fit.
The Intel SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds are so easy to use. I have been using the RunKeeper since I started running and wasn’t sure how I was going to sync the earbuds with the app. The included instructional booklet couldn’t have been easier to follow. All I had to do was plug it in, switch my setting to accept analog headphones and start my RunKeeper app. Before you set off on your run, make sure you see the little blinking red heart at the top of the RunKeeper app. (That is how you will know if you are set up properly.)
If you are interested in picking up a pair of Intel SMS Audio BioSport Earbuds, you can get 20% off with the offer code BioSport20. (US only. Expiration date: 1/31/15). Your purchase includes one free month of the app “Runkeeper Elite”. You can also check out SMS Audio on FaceBook and Instagram.
Thank for Reading,