Beats by Dre: Powerbeats2 Wireless

Laced up, earphones in, playlist initiated and off for a run or workout.

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Music is a huge part of my training, especially running. While I also enjoy running in silence or chatting with friends, I almost always choose listening to music. A solid playlist is a must-have especially during long solo runs.

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Rather than a distraction, music is a means of evoking emotion. When the going gets tough, I turn up high intensity tunes to motivate me and keep me pushing onward. Or when I notice my form starting to degrade, I listen to slower tracks to reset my pace. Often when a particular track plays it’ll take me back to a specific moment in time (e.g. when I ran my fastest mile, my first 7-miler or crossing the finish line).

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In the last month, I trialed a pair of Powerbeats2 Wireless earphones during We Run Paris and Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. Initially I was turned off by the price point ($200) considering I always break or lose my earbuds. But that mattered less after I started to “feel” the music more during my runs and do so in comfort. The top two reasons I love these specific earphones are 1) sound quality (love the bass) and 2) it’s wireless…need I say more? About 90% of my playlist is electronic dance music (EDM) so you can probably guess why sound quality is important. And who wants to be bothered by tangled wires during a run? It’s annoying! I also like that it’s:

  • Sweatproof: for profuse sweaters like me.
  • Comfortable fit: I rarely notice I’m wearing them.
  • Stylish: they actually look cute and come in 11 different colorways.

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So far, I’ve been loving every use and I’ve started incorporating them into my cross-training routine. Being wireless makes it very easy to do my favorite workouts: burpees, jump squats and split jumps. The downside is I use them so often; it drains my phone’s battery. Overall, I think $200 is still pricey but worth if you’re willing to take care of them. For me, I value music as much as my workout and together these two make an outstanding pair.

Photos by Riley Jamison.

Disclaimer: I was gifted a pair of Powerbeats2 Wireless in exchange for my honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine and I only work with brands I truly care about.

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