Music lovers take their tunes with them wherever they go. Going without music is like going without sunshine.
Music makes you feel good all over. Your runs are much more energized and enjoyable. An MP3 player with good quality earbuds for running makes this happen.
But the earbuds that come with your player are of mediocre quality, if you get any at all. Many devices don't include earbuds.
Chances are, you will grab the first pair of earbuds you see – on the display next to the MP3 players. Strategically placed there for just this reason.
The biggest problem most runners face is their earbuds bounce out of their ears all the time.
When you are running and enjoying your cool tunes, the last thing you want to do is fiddle around with radical earbuds.
Besides, playing around with your earbuds could cause such a distraction that you end up stepping in something you shouldn't or cause a serious accident.
You want buds that will fit as comfortably and snugly as your sneakers. Some have cords so long they tangle up in everything.
Others leave you with a pressure headache so big, you wonder if listening to music when you run is really that important.
Another problem is sound quality. Many runners will sacrifice quality for convenience. You have to ask yourself how important the sound quality is to you.
Keep in mind, in most cases, the better the quality the higher the price. Do you want to pay twice as much for a good pair of earbuds than what you paid for the MP3 player?
On the other hand, the popularity of high quality earbuds has brought the price down considerably.
The quality of the sound comes from the earbuds. Which MP3 player you choose has little effect on how your tunes will sound.
So, why do people hunt high and low for the best mp3 player and put little to no thought to their earbuds? Your headphones, earphones or earbuds are the most important link between you and your music.
However, earbuds don't deliver the best listening experience. They don't go into the ear canal, so don't create a seal.
They are often placed in the ear at an odd angle, which distorts the audio mix and virtually eliminates a solid bass response.
Earphones sit deeper in the ear canal, thereby creating a real seal. They are also usually more comfortable to wear and stay in place better than earbuds.
Wireless earbuds for running might be the most convenient option because you don't have any dangling cords to deal with at all.
Many people dismiss this option because of the historically poor sound quality. However, great strides have been made to solve this problem.
Manufacturers have developed new ways to enhance the signal, making up for previous deficiencies.
Also, some models can double as a headset so you can answer your cell phone, if you like.
On the downside, many models are quite bulky. They may be fine in the gym or for low impact workouts, but they aren't ideal for running.
Whichever model you choose, take good care of your earbuds and they could outlive your mp3 player by at least three times.
Carefully put them back into their carrying case when not in use.
Rolling them up and stuffing them in your pocket, and then untangling them every time you need them will cause them to wear out quicker than they should.