Monthly Archives: June 2013

Sweat the details

So I went out for my Friday run as I normally do. I drank some water and hit the road as normal. Slightly warmer than normal with the thermostat hovering around 70 degrees. Typically I don’t bother using my Mueller anti chafe stick on runs below 10 miles because, well, I never really needed to. Then this happened…


You might think this is the color from the shirt logo running but I assure you that is my own blood. I know because I got into the shower shortly after and got a rude reminder to always mind the details no matter how small they may seem.



yurbuds® Review and Giveaway


I am excited to bring you my inaugural review for a product I use. I won  several pairs of yurbuds® in a contest so I was neither given them for review nor did I purchase them. I have used them for several months now and thought I would offer up my opinion. I also wanted to do a giveaway for a pair as well so that anyone with a desire to try them out would have a chance to. So without further ado, here we go!

The yurbuds® Ironman series sport earphones are designed to be used for what it sounds like, a set of earphones designed to use during exercise and/or sport activity. Yurbuds® niche in the earphone market is an earphone that is “guaranteed to never fall out”.  They incorporate a twist lock design that is basically an offset rubber cap that you slide into your ear and twist into place, therefore, keeping it fit snugly in the ear while you are bouncing around doing whatever activity you do.

Yurbuds® come in many different models depending on the different feature beyond the standard twist lock design. Some have special coating on the wire which is a tangle free Kevlar® cord. Some have behind the ear loops for additional support. Some come with poaches to carry them in or some even come with a microphone for talking on your phone with.

The model I have been using is the yurbuds® Inspire Ironman edition with the tangle free Kevlar® cord. I had been looking for a good pair of sport earphones to wear while I run. Since I am starting to run between 5 and 20 miles on a given day, I needed something that I didn’t have to worry about fiddling with as exercised. Nothing bugs me more than having to fiddle with tech while I am trying to run.

I was very happy to have won the yurbuds® in a contest as it gave me a chance to give them a try without having to commit to forking over my hard earned cash.

Here is what I like about them. First, they are true to their word about staying secure in your ear. By far this is their more prominent feature.  They stay put when you are plodding errr running along and they seal in your ear to keep the sweat out. A little story that sold me on this feature was when I was out running and my wife called me. I thought that it might be an emergency so I yanked my earphones out and answered the phone. After realizing she forgot I was out running and we hung up, I noticed the rubber cover was missing so I doubled back on the running path to search for it. After walking for about 5-10 minutes scanning the ground, I reached up and sure enough, the cover was still stuck in my ear. I have pulled the speaker out of its cover. Now that is staying power. I also enjoy the sound from the yurbuds®. While not an audiophile’s dream, they have a pretty good sound considering they are sport ear buds.  They are pretty lightweight and they can be cleaned easily.

The only drawback that really isn’t a drawback at all is the tangle free Kevlar® cord. They do still tangle a little. Less than standard iPhone® ones, but somehow they always have a loose knot in them.

So from my perspective, I can clearly recommend yurbuds® as a great sport earphone.  They have done me well and when they wear out or get lost, I will be looking to replace them with the same.

If you would like more information, peruse the models or find out technical details, by all means visit their website at

And now for the giveaway! Please use the rafflecopter® widget over on my Facebook page.  One winner will be selected randomly.The prize is one pair of yurbuds® inspire Ironman series w/mic Model 10114 – color is white

And please take the time to visit my Team ASPCA fundraising page. While not required for the giveaway, it would be greatly appreciated. I will be raffling off a great prize pack sometime soon so please keep following.

Please go to my Facebook page and use the rafflecopter widget from there or click below to enter.


Poll – Help me rebrand my blog

I got to thinking that I should really rename my blog. My original point of view for it was to kind of keep geared towards getting deal fed out to runners and add some stuff about my weight loss journey and new found love of running. I have decided to make it more about the latter two because it has kind of taken a commercial tone and I don’t think I like that much. So time to re brand a little for my blog and twitter accounts. Please vote on one of the choices I put out in this poll or if you have a great idea, put it in the ‘other’ choice. If you like what I am doing already, tell me so on the poll.

Adventures of a fundraiser noob

So I decided I wanted to try my hand at combining my new found love of running with another cause that is near a dear to me: Pet adoption, prevention of cruelty to animals and pet health. There are many causes out there and I wish I could give something to all of them but I am starting with helping critters. I feel some people think of animals as disposable where as I think they are a huge part of the symbiotic nature between people and our own earth. They can help save lives, bring joy to lives of the young and the elderly, and are part of our families. People should be wardens of those who cannot always help themselves and I believe that includes animals. I have chosen to run for Team ASPCA in support of the ASPCA as they encompass the values that align with mine on this.

I have never participated in fundraising other than giving monetarily to various causes. I am kind of a blank slate at this point but am learning new strategies every day.

Here are ideas I am working on now. Some are in the works and other I am just mulling over.

  • Use social media to spread the word. Predominately interacting on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Email friends and family.
  • Email sports companies, mainly running gear suppliers.
  • Planning a rafflecopter raffle of a prize pack of some sort.
  • Perhaps having a virtual run via #Anywhere5k using donated items as prizes.
  • Asking a company to sponsor a twitter chat to raise funds and awareness.

Has anyone else gone through this recently? Any tips would be appreciated.

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