Post # 1
Ok, so I run and listen to music or audiobooks. But I prefer to only have an earbud in one ear. I just run alone 99% of the time and I don’t feel like I am as aware of my surroundings with a headphone in both ears. I can’t hear cars or people coming up on me very well.
I’ve used regular earbuds before and just tried to wrap the cord around my armband, but it always tangles or doesn’t wrap just right and bothers me. So I tried a couple pairs of the bluetooth headphones, but there is no way to use those easily in only one ear.
Has anyone used a regular blue tooth headset for running? Something like the Motorola Elite Sliver?
Post # 3
I don’t run anymore, due to a bad disc in my back, but I did the same thing as you. I even do it at work, except I use those clip on ear phones with the extra just laying on my desk. I like being able to hear what else is going on around me. I always just shoved the extra earbud in my bra, lol.
I’m curious as to the blue tooth idea though… It’d be nice for when the weather gets nice enough and I decide to do my walking outside.
Post # 4
@mrstilly: I haven’t run with anything like that before. I have used the skullcandy ear buds though, and I just used a bobby pin or hair clip to keep the earbud I wasn’t using attached to my shirt so it wouldn’t bounce around. After a while though I stopped running with any sort of music mostly due to traffic safety and a healthy fear of being attacked. That, and many of the trail races I used to do prohibited headphones & strollers, so I had to get used to it anyway :/
I’d try stringing the cord through your sports bra & hair clipping the dangling earbud first before investing in anything expensive. That worked for me when I ran with music.
Post # 5
Cut off one earbud. Seriously. The other will still work.
Post # 6
I usually run with only 1 earbud as well. I just have the other wrapped around my armband. I have a Belkin one that came with a cord-keeper. Maybe look for something like that?
Post # 7
Actually, I’ve read in running magazines that the “running with one earbud/phone” thing is even worse for staying aware of your surroundings. I’ve tried it, and it’s true. You’re listening to music in one ear and your brain is trying to focus on that, while cars and people walk past you and your brain tries to focus on that. Not fun. Either wear them and keep your head moving, or nix them.
Of course, you’re going to do what you want. I just though I’d put it out there.
Post # 8
@sealevels: you are completely correct.
@mrstilly: you’re better off with nothing than one ear bud. Running distracted has caused to many accidents as you try to focus. They have even banned them on military bases due to studies. One ear is worse than two. Go without them or try getting a little speaker that hooks into the earphone jack. I run with my dog, german shepherd, keeping the music at a hum and still get startled at times. I’m lucky that she alerts me to stuff by nugging me to get me to focus. Even with a low level im shocked at how often I zone out from sounds.
Post # 9
I generally cli[ the other one to my shirt!
Post # 10
I wonder if it makes a difference if you are listening to music or listening to an audiobook/podcast?
I have run with nothing, with 2 earbuds and with 1 ear bud. I can definitely hear traffic and people around me more easily with 1 earbud as opposed to 2. But I am always on alert. Bad running etiquette always ticks me off, so I am very careful to respect the rules of the road, run where I should be, follow right of way, and be on guard for vehicles.
I feel like most earbuds these days get a good seal in your ear so they don’t slip that it really blocks out everything else.
Post # 11
I run with 2 earbuds in and always keep my music low enough so I can still hear my surroundings. I have some hearing loss from a job I had in my early 20s (IP Relay), so I keep it low to minimize further loss.
Post # 12
Also I know most races prohibit headphones, but some are starting to allow them again, like the Buffalo Marathon I’m registered for in May. I think I’d go nutty running 26.2 without anything to listen to, but I also tend to follow race etiquette much better than many runners at races (where to line up, not stopping abruptly, not running 3 or 4 people wide, etc…)
Post # 13
I just stuff all the extra cord to the headphones in my sports bra and my earbuds have a dial and clip on them for volume. I run on some dirt road but there are houses on it.
Post # 14
How loud is you music???
Maybe its different because i am outside the city so the only thing that makes noise is a passing car. But i always am aware of a car coming up behind me, maybe more so because i run with my dog and i dont want him getting hit either! But i always have 2 head phones in.
Post # 15
I also run alone and keep both headphones in my ear. I keep the music lower so I can still hear whats going on around me. I sometimes run through a wooded area so when I go through there I sometimes take one of the headphones out of my ear just so I’m not paranoid but it is hard to listen to the outised with one ear and the music in another ear so I dont keep it out for long!