As we sit in Sydney airport waiting for our flight to Hong Kong and the start of our journey home, my mind is turning to my marathon training that will start in earnest once we’re back in the UK. With reports of cold weather at home and the promise of more to come, I’ve got to admit that the prospect of running in the freezing cold and dark isn’t particularly appealing right now.
When I trained for the London Marathon in 2012 music played a really important role on my long runs and this will absolutely be the case again this time. I find that the right song at the right time can give me a boost almost as good as taking a gel!
One thing I’ve struggled to find is a really good pair of running earphones. I want a pair of earphones that fit comfortably, don’t move around or fall out and importantly let me hear what’s going on around me as well as my music. I run on busy London roads and need my ears as well as my eyes to keep me safe.
I’ve tried several different pairs of earphones of different designs. Some that fit around the ear, others that fit right inside the ear but nothing has ever really done the job for me. Until now.
I’d heard a lot of good things from other runners about yurbuds so I was really pleased when they offered to send me a pair of their Inspire for Women Sport Earphones. Available in 6 different colours so you can coordinate with your running gear (important to me!) I went for a pair in pink to try out.
The Inspire range is designed to fit into smaller ears , to stay put and to be comfortable. They are ergonomically designed to avoid nerve rich areas of the ear. Made with flexible silicone, yurbuds are ultra soft and claim to be comfortable for hours on end. They twist into place which took me a bit of getting used to but once they are in properly you can barely feel that they’re there – which is exactly what I want!
I’ve worn them on a few long runs now, including the Great South Run and am pleased to report that they live up to their claims. They are very comfortable, in fact I forget they were there. I didn’t have to adjust them at all so they stay in place very well. And I could also hear ambient noise as well as my music which was great as I was able to hear the crowds and people cheering me on as well as listen to my music.
At £24.99 these aren’t going to break the bank so I can see myself investing in some other colours to complement my training kit and get me through those long, cold marathon training runs.
Thanks to yurbuds for sending me the product to review – I love them!