Can Technology REALLY Help You Become a Better Runner? #Giveaway

Posted July 21, 2017 by Prairie Wife - 8 comments

Can technology REALLY help you to become a better runner?

Long question but, the answer is short…YES!

I have been a runner (I run therefore I am a runner) off and on for 7 years now. It all started with TallGirlJ and a mama boot camp. Once we competed in our first 5k together we were hooked. I’ve had to stop and start off and on for a multitude of reasons (pregnancy, new babies, and my preventive mastectomy) but I always get back and going when I can.

I made the commitment to myself last year, that when I got through my mastectomy and all the surgeries that followed, I would complete a half marathon race.

I told my husband my goal, because let’s face it, with five kids to take care of I needed his commitment too. Running has become the thing I do for me and, while it has been challenging (more about that another day), I’m proud to say I’m closing in on my goal. I’m signed up for The Hole Half Marathon in September and unless something goes really wrong (knock on wood) I should be in good shape to do it in under 2.5 hours (my personal goal)!

Over the last 2 years technology (which to me includes new products specifically developed for runners) has been extremely helpful to me as I’ve added distance to my runs, and as I’ve delved deeper into the world of year round training and trail running. Most of these items I learned about from fellow runners and, I thought I’d pass the wisdom on to my readers. Make sure you stop by the end of the post for a giveaway 😉

nike runiPod and Nike+RunClub App

I cannot run without my iPod. The music, my Nike+RunClub App and the accountability it offers me 100% keeps me going. I love to listen to fast hip hop music and I have found that the few times I’ve had to go without my iPod, my time has been sooo much slower that it’s ridiculous! The Nike+RunClub app is my fav running app. Not only does it keep track of my runs and tell me as I’m running how far I’ve gone, it cheers me on and helps me improve my times by showing me my pacing and splits. I usually run the same 5 routes so taking a look at my runs mile by mile helps me to see where I should be pushing it more or, mentally prepare for the tough spots!

Bose SoundSport Pulse Wireless Headphones

boulder raceIf you had told me a year ago that I would be writing a blog post saying that more than $100 for a pair of headphones is worth it, I would have laughed in your face. Readers, these headphones have changed how I run. Seriously. I received a pair from Verizon to try and I scoffed at them. They looked bulky (and I have tiny ears) and honestly, it’s not like having a wire from your arm to your slows you down. But, oops, it does! When I first tried these wireless headphones I was surprised at how light they felt, how they stayed in place even on bouncy trail runs, and how great the sound quality was. When I looked at my time I saw that I had shaved 10 seconds off my average mile time that day. When it happened again on my next run I paid more attention and I realized that with wireless headphones my posture was better and I was using my arms more efficiently on hills. Mind. Blown. When it came time to return the headphones to Verizon I admit that I begged them to let me keep them. I knew The Cowboy would grouch over me spending the money but, there was no way I could go back now that I had seen the light. Thankfully I was allowed to keep them (stay tuned for a Verizon giveaway this Fall) and two months later I still absolutely love them. FYI: they also have the ability to monitor your Heart Rate (how cool is that) for those of you that are into HIT.

THRIVE Move Premium LifeStyle Gel

thrive moveAs a running newbie I had no idea that I needed to be hydrating and taking gels once I went over the 3 mile distance. I was running 8 miles with no hydration…until I had a conversation with my chiropractor (who is a distance runner) and he explained that every 3 miles or so I should hydrate and take gels. Not only did my performance improve but, my recovery was SO much better when I followed his advice. These gels (and the Form) are hands down my favorite. The pouches are easy to slip into my water backpack (another tech must) and they are simple to use on the run. Stop by the end of the blog to win a box of your own ($62 value)!

Fitbit Alta and Gizmo Watch

fitbit altaFor me these two go together. You can learn more about the FitBit Alta by clicking this link and see our review of the Gizmo Watch here. Now that The Cowkids are getting older I have found that I can slip out for a quick run up and down our dirt road. Knowing that Cowboy J has his Gizmo Watch and can call me at any time allows me to run stress free! With the FitBit Alta on my wrist I can feel the vibration when a call comes in and glance down to see who it is. If it’s him I can grab my phone and answer it, if it’s anyone else I can simply keep on going!

Belly Band Holster by Mercor

rattlesnakeOut here on the Prairie there are Rattlesnakes (this pic is from a month ago on the trails I run). I’ve seen them many times on the sidewalks as I’ve run in parks, and now that I run trails my chances of meeting up with one are even higher. For our 13 year wedding anniversary The Cowboy bought me a pistol and snake shot for the purpose of keeping me safe from Rattlesnakes. And, let’s be honest, I’m 100% OK with having it on me when I run in town too. I’m a smaller female and I run in areas that aren’t heavily populated. While I always have runners mace, it makes me feel even better to have my pistol. This Belly Band Holster fits comfortably on my waist and has room for my phone and pistol. I like that it has a strap that secures my gun but, can be quickly released. I’ve been running with it for a few weeks now and recently ran with it on for 8 miles in 90 degree weather. It was 100% comfortable the entire time, and I am much happier with it than several other more expensive ones I tried out. Stay tuned for a future giveaway of this awesome product 😉

belly band collage

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8 thoughts on "Can Technology REALLY Help You Become a Better Runner? #Giveaway"

  1. Bennie says:

    I exercise for my health and well-being. And to fit in my clothes. 😉

    At this point in my life sometimes it seems like a no-win situation but it’s an eating thing too. I need to be more mindful, then again menopause is not helping in this dept. 😉

  2. Molly Wartenbee says:

    I exercise for me! It’s my time to take care of my mind and my body.

  3. Amanda Hoffman says:

    I exercise to keep being healthy

  4. Kelly N. says:

    I run to remove stress. It gives me a clear head and I feel like I get to re-group and start off on the right foot afterwards.

  5. Joyce says:

    I was hooked after running my first 5k this summer. I love running. It’s the thing I do for me now. I have a REALLY hard time doing something for me, but this makes me feel good, gives me energy, and I can do it before the kids wake up or after the kids go to bed. I have LOTS to learn about running though. I’m so glad to shared this information. Because I want to start working toward a 1/2 marathon but didn’t realize this either. Thanks! ~ ‍♀️

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Isn’t it funny how once you get to that 5k point it seems doable to keep adding miles! Good luck on meeting your running goals 🙂

  6. Amanda says:

    Ok so I have been hiking for years and love it. Recently though I have started working out at prana 4 to 5 times a week and I do it for my sanity. I work out because it makes me a happy mom and wife. I Live the way it makes me feel. Keep strong

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      It truly helps both inside and out! #strongenough

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