Friday, December 29, 2017

Christmas Goodies

For today's Friday Five I thought I'd share a few running related goodies I got for Christmas.


But first, a little background story.
Last month I was telling my good running friend that I was going to ask for these blue tooth wireless headphones for Christmas. At the time I didn't do too much research and have heard great things about the Jaybird ones.  

Since then, I did a little more research and looked up reviews with some comparisons on Youtube of the different kinds of wireless headphones. I even went to Best Buy to see them in person. Of course, I couldn't try any on. I saw a few in the cases and noticed that the Jaybird ones were a lot bigger than I thought they were. I was starting to second guess myself. After reviewing a few more I thought the Samsung ones would be a good fit for me because out of all the ones, they seemed to be the smallest and had no trouble with them falling out of your ears. Plus I am a Samsung girl, not an Iphone one. Unfortunately they did not have any in stock and it was online only. 




The week before Christmas I received a package in the mail from my friend. They were the Jaybird headphones that I mentioned I wanted back then. Yes very thoughtful, but now I feel like I may be getting another pair from my parents. 


Christmas comes and of course I get the Samsung ones I asked for. Now I have two pair, which ones are better? I have opened the Samsung pair and they seem to be good but I have nothing really to compare them to. I have yet to open the Jaybird, in fear that I won't be able to return them.  

Has anyone tried either the Samsung Gear Icon X or the Jaybird Run? 



My sister made me this plaque from the Outer Banks marathon. She said I deserved something more than just the pin I got. She is so thoughtful. 


Another one of my favorites is this ornament my Mom madeNow I could expect this from my sister (like she did) but my Mom was quite a surprise. She remembered all the details that went along with it, and they were right!. I hope this starts a new tradition. 



Some other items I received from my parents are the Gone For A Run PR sandals. I gave my mom a pair of the older style a few years ago and I always thought they were a bit goofy because they were the rubber ones, but she loves them and says they are very comfy. I am excited to try these once it gets warmer out. She always likes to do a theme so she got me a matching Boston sweaty band! 



I purchased my Garmin 235 last year and that has got to be one of the best gift I ever bought for myself. I have worn it every day since I bought it and got much use out of it. The only thing that bothers me about it is that I feel weird when I dress up and am wearing a sports watch with my outfit. I have wanted a replaceable band that would be less sporty and match everyday attire. I received this black magnetic one. I watched a few Youtube videos to see how you change it. Doesn't seem too hard, but I am sure it is a bit tedious with those small screws. So needless to say, it hasn't got changed yet.  

Do you have any advice on the headphones? -L


42 comments:

  1. I also have that watch and ended up buying a black band so that I felt better about wearing it to work. Rob changed it for me and said it was pretty annoying. So I won't be switching it back and forth. I got the Aftershokz wireless headphones for Christmas but they are too big. Now I debating if i should try the mini ones or a completely different kind.

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    1. Can he come over and change my band too? haha. I need to get around to do it one of these days. I didn't want the Aftershokz because they sit above your ear from I heard. I like the ones that go inside.

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  2. Those marathon gifts your family made for you are the best! I love stuff like that.

    I have the Aftershokz headphones and I really like them but....they don't workout so well under a hat or headband. So it may be back to earbuds for the winter for me.

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    1. That is one of the reasons I didn't want those.

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  3. I have not taken the plunge with wireless headphones. I say, if the Samsung work for you, stick with those! Congrats again on your Marathon WIN! I love what your sister and mom made you -- what great ideas. xxooxx

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    1. I hope they do, but I have yet to wear them during a run.

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  4. I'm still content with my Ipod ear buds. I'm a tech idiot and it's easier to shy away from a new gadget than it is to learn how to use it LOL

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  5. I love the marathon gifts! So thoughtful. My family never gets the details right - sometimes it's in my favor - like the time my step MIL put that I ran a 2:34 in the Christmas letter instead of 3:34 - Olympics here I come! ;)

    I gave a Jaybird pair to a friend and she liked them (after taking some time to get used to them.)

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    1. Haha....that is too funny about that Christmas card.

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  6. So much good stuff!!!
    I'm clueless on headphones but nice you have options.
    Ive always wanted to try those flip flops. I bet they'd feel wonderful after a run.
    I always feel that way with my Garmin watch& the bulky band... But I'd feel lost without it so I just deal with it ....& i do get a lot of questions about it.
    Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas with such thoughtful gifts

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    1. They were such thoughtful and nice gifts. I will be sure to use everything I received.

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  7. I love the marathon gifts from your family, especially the ornament!
    I have been using wireless headphones for about 2 years and I really enjoy them!

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    1. I love the idea of of no cord, so I hope they stay put in my ears.

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  8. That was so nice of your sister to make you that plaque. Awesome gift. :) One of the reasons I got an all black garmin is because I thought it would blend in better if I am dressed up. It still looks a little sporty, but less noticeable since it it black, and when I dress up, I am normally in black! I hope you are able to learn how to switch out the band and that it is not super hard!

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    1. When I purchased my watch I didn't know they sold interchangeable bands and I always wear a lot of teal. I also didn't know if I would end up wearing it for my everyday watch either.

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  9. Those gifts from your mom and sister are so cute! That's a great idea for the band for the Garmin. I have the same watch but didn't realize you could change out the band.

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  10. What a great gift! My Brother did a bunch of research and we bought the apple ones for my Dad even though he's a samsung person too. He wanted a pair for xmas. Curious to see which one you decide on!

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    1. I think I am just going to stick with the Samsung since my parents bought them for me and I opened those up.

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  11. Such great gifts! I'm a big fan of the Afterschokz headphones but haven't really tried any others. Maybe just stick with the Samsung ones if you're happy with them.

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    1. I hope it starts becoming a little warmer so I can try them outside. My biggest fear is that I am going to run and one will fall out of my ear and I won't be able to find it.

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  12. I love the gifts from your mom and sister, so thoughtful!

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  13. You got a lot of really wonderful gifts!! My brother has the jaybirds and he thinks the pods are too big for his ears.

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts. That is what I have been hearing.

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  14. Those are great gifts. I'm still using Yurbuds, but I know they fit, and my ears are small. Not many other headphones stay put. I've looked at wireless headphones, but I need to know how they will fit, so I haven't taken the plunge yet and gotten a pair.

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    1. Your Lucky! Those Yurbuds never fit me which stinks because they are reasonably priced.

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  15. Those marathon gifts from your family are so thoughtful!

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  16. Love the homemade gifts. They're the best.

    I've wanted wireless headphones but haven't got any yet.

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    1. Yes they are! I would do plenty of research before you take the plunge.

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  17. Everyone seems to love the Jaybird headphones but I have not tried them out myself. It is nice to have a back up pair though right?

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  18. What sweet and thoughtful gifts from your Mom and sister ...and those sandals do look very comfy! I wish I could help you regarding the earbuds, but I've not tried either. I have a pair of the Plantronics BackBeat wireless and like them just fine. Apparently I have odd ears because if they don't wrap around my ear, they fall out. Go figure.

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    1. I have a hard time with ones staying in my ears as well. That is what makes me nervous about wireless ones.

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  19. Happy Friday! I've been thinking about getting that Garmin and seeing your thoughts make me think it's a good idea!!

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  20. Amazing idea! I love the ornament!

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  21. Wow, what thoughtful gifts! Love the plaque and the ornament, especially. We are still using corded, old-school headphones (earbuds, really) but we've been playing with some bluetooth bone-conducting headphones at the local running stores in North Carolina, and they seem interesting. So no help for your dilemma, although it's a nice problem to have, too many headphones! :)

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  22. Those are awesome gifts!! I also received a pair (Sony) for Christmas and have yet to try them out. I hope you keep/like the ones you got.

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  23. You received lots of awesome gifts! I’m in the market for wireless/blue tooth headphones but haven’t found any yet that I like.

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