Disclaimer: I received AfterShokz Trekz Air to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!
The month of February BibRave hosted BibRave Safety Month with partners AfterShokz and Brilliant Reflective. Each week focused on a different element of staying safe on our fitness adventures including: Be Prepared, Be Aware, Be Seen, and Be Open. Read all about BibRave Safety Month in this BibRave blog post.
I received the Aftershokz Trekz Air to review in January so of course it made sense to continue documenting how these awesome bone conducting headphones help keep me motivated in the darker winter months through their great safety features. To top it all off, my husband and I adopted a dog at the end of January so I had the added element of a running bodyguard.
Throughout the month I’ve been documenting Aftershokz and SafetyMonth tips through Instagram Stories at @moore27. You can still see some of the posts in my archive and I’ll continue posting my run-ventures here; Safety Month doesn’t just end with February after all! For the whole month I really focused on how Aftershokz are great for safety in all situations, not just on the road. Luckily, I had a great combination of work, school, travel, and day-to-day training to test out different scenarios.
- Be Prepared: travel preparedness was key this month. I went to Portland (BibRave headquarters!) for a conference and Aftershokz proved perfect for both travel and running while in a new city. I have flight anxiety even though I fly all the time. Wearing the Trekz Air with the supplied ear plugs on the plane helped give me a needed cocoon of musical comfort that helps calm my nerves (oddly, my calming music of choice is ACDC).
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Had a great run this morning in the fantastic city of #portland with the help of @rungoapp and my @aftershokz Trekz Air. Felt safe with the turn-by-turn playing in my ear but still hearing the bikes 🚲 speeding from behind me. #bibchat #bibravepro #aftershokz #beopen #besafe #beaware #safetymonth #spon
- Be Aware: once in Portland I was determined to run my little heart out. Using the RunGo App I was able to find verified routes around the city with turn-by-turn directions, which I could then play through the Aftershokz. No need to continuously stop and fiddle with my phone to figure out where I was located and where I was headed. It was nice knowing I could safely run around a completely new city without getting lost. And yes, Aftershokz do just fine in the rain. 🙂
- Be Seen: I have several pieces of running gear that I’ve outfitted with Brilliant Reflective strips. I also make sure to wear plenty of blinkies. If you’re running with a 4-legged friend, don’t forget to deck them out in reflective and/or blinkie gear too!
- Be Open: One of the best benefits of the Aftershokz bone conduction technology is the associated ability to listen to music/podcasts/RunGo directions and still hear people, animals, objects around you. Portland is full of cyclists and othe runners, and the Aftershokz ensured I wasn’t startled or mowed down by fast-moving bike commuters coming from behind.
Want to implement your own safety plan with Aftershokz and Brilliant Reflective?
AfterShokz: Receive a bonus trucker hat with your AfterShokz Trekz Air purchase with code “TRUCKER” at http://bibrave.aftershokz.com/.
Brilliant Reflective: Use the link bit.ly/BRP25 to save 25% off of all multi/assortment Packs.
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Don’t forget to join BibRave every Tuesday at 9pm EST for Twitter #BibChat to chat more about what’s up in the running world and engage with other BibRave partners, including Aftershokz and Brilliant Reflective! You’ll meet other awesome runners and have the chance to win great prizes.