Whether I’m commuting on the subway, completing a training run, or traveling for a race, I’m constantly in motion. And while I want to listen to music or podcasts on the move, it can be difficult with devices or cords in the way. The VerveLife team at Motorola recently introduced me to VerveRider+, my answer to hands-free transit and training. It’s perfect timing with marathon training underway and a trip to Los Angeles this week.
VerveLife is a new brand of wireless connected products, focusing on a range of headphones. I’ve been testing the VerveRider+ collar-wear Bluetooth earbuds. The earbuds are comfortable, and the collar moves with me while I’m running. They’re also waterproof, so I don’t have to worry about sweat or rain ruining them. The VerveRider+ delivers powerful HD sound for up to 12 hours, which is helpful because I forget to charge my devices on the go. Aside from music and podcasts, the headphones work with Siri/Google Now, plus they allow you to take phone calls. Motorola also offers headphones without a collar (VerveLoop+) and without wires (VerveOnes+).
I typically listen to music using Spotify while training, but podcasts are also a great distraction on long runs. While training for my first marathon, I listened to Serial Season 1 and This American Life. My friend Sam also recommended the Girlboss podcast, where Sophia Amoruso interviews women like Hannah Bronfman, Alexa Von Tobel, and Kathryn Minshew. There are currently 38 episodes, which will keep me occupied through November.
I plan to take my headphones to Los Angeles this week for BlogFest. It’s just as helpful to be hands-free while racing from office to cab to airport. More about that adventure on Friday.
This post is sponsored by VerveLife in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand. I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.
Photography by Nick A. Urteaga