I received a LG Tone+ Bluetooth Headset from Verizon Wireless to review and return after the review period. All opinions in this review are my own.
Now that the kids are back in school, I have been finding a few favorite spots to run during the week. As I rebuild my running mileage, I know that varying my workouts and surfaces will help prevent re-injuring my feet. My reading in Running Injury-Free (Revised Edition): How to Prevent, Treat, and Recover From Runner’s Knee, Shin Splints, Sore Feet and Every Other Ache and Pain tells me that having sprained my left ankle once means I’m more likely to sprain it again.
My Favorite Weekday Running Spot
The best running spot so far is a gravel track in a township park directly behind my children’s school. The track is about 1/3 of a mile in length, perfect for my easily bored mind. It’s also not a perfect loop, another bonus, plus it’s generally okay to run in wet weather. In the middle of the track is a grassy area big enough for a soccer field. Next to the track is a play area that is hardly ever used. I can bring the kids with me to play while I run.
I feel relatively safe running at this gravel track. My children’s school is right next door, plus the park is wide open with no places for strangers to hide. Since the play area isn’t next to the road, I know my kids can play safely without my being right next to them. We can also bring bikes and not worry about bothering other people while riding them.
Using a Bluetooth Wireless Headset While Running on a Track
In August, I had a chance to review the LG Tone+ Bluetooth Headset from Verizon Wireless as a runner. While I’ve never been a fan of listening to music while running since I tend to run very early in the morning, I thought I would give the headset a try. At the time, the headset was about $70 on Amazon; it has since dropped to $50 making it a frugal gift choice for a runner.
The LG Bluetooth Headset connects wirelessly with your iPhone, an iPhone 4S in my case. Setting up the connection was pretty easy, taking me all of about 2 minutes. The headset goes around your neck, sitting above the collarbone. The earbud wires are just long enough not to pull the headset around while running.
While I’ll be the first to admit that I still bounce a little while I run (my stride is a little long), I found the headset worked best when I ran on smooth surfaces. It shifted a little if I needed to run up or down a decent incline. The controls were easy to operate on the fly with the volume on one side and the other controls on the other side.
Now that I’m doing a regular track run, listening to music is a great way to keep my brain occupied during the run. I can also use different tempos to help me run at different speeds, another way to keep the energy during a track run.
What to Look For in a Favorite Running Spot for Moms
- good surface for a jogging stroller if you bring little ones
- playground very close by that isn’t crowded with people
- parking lot is close by
- easy to get to and on the way to and from school
- safe place – help is close by and there are few places for strangers to hang out
- large play area for older kids who want to play games like soccer or basketball