Then I splashed out and bought these wireless JayBird BlueBuds:
They are very good but they seal up your ears so they are not quite as safe as the Sennheiser which allow you to hear a bit when running outside. Also, as I sweat a little, on a long run your ears start to fill up, then the ear pieces start to fall out your ears, and the sound goes, and the bits fall off. I still use these in the gym and a couple of nights ago I took them out and the ear bit was left in my ear, without going into too much detail, once they were cleaned the don't fall part quite as quickly but I have considered gluing the pieces on! Anyway, I still use them in the gym. But then I found these:
These are the AfterShokz Bluez 2, wireless again but this time they don't go in the ear. Instead they use bone conduction which I think means there is a little more sound spill. I have this suspicion that when my mouth is open it acts a bit like a loudspeaker but I have no proof of this, it's just a fear I have. But they are very good. You can hear everything around you, your ears are open to the world. However, you can only forward to songs on a playlist, you can't go back. That's a touch frustrating when you've found that song that will power you on when you're flagging (happens a bit too often to me) and you just need to hear it again.
There is (was) another problem and I broke them (sigh). Yes, despite a 'nanotechnology coating and watertight rubber gaskets [to] repel sweat and moisture' I broke them, twice to be precise. My sweat must be like acid, a bit like the alien in 'Alien'. I corroded my way through two of these. Each time my music and/or the disembodied voice (Audrey's evidently) started breaking up like the HAL 9000 in '2001: A Space Odyssey' which is disconcerting when you're running and disrupts your pacing.
BUT, but AfterShokz were very good and after the final pair failed they replaced them with these:
... well I know they look the same but these are the AfterShokz Bluez 2S. What's the difference I hear you say? Well I think it is all in the 'S', 'S' for Sweatproof maybe? I don't know but they certainly seem to be Jenks's Alien acid type of sweat resistant ... well so far anyway. These are moisture resistant to IP55 to be exact! ? They seem to be doing very well :-)
But it is Janathon and I did go for run. I grabbed a small period when the sun came out and before my conference call and squeezed in a 3.5 mile run and puffed my way back into the conference call in sweaty running gear. However, I do feel a bit of a hypocrite as in the rush of getting out I forgot to put on suntan lotion :-s And that after yesterday's post :-(
Fleet enjoyed the run though, but he didn't get a swim so now the kitchen floor is dirty and has a layer of earth, mud, dust and/or other outdoor material?
My Janathon total is now 43 miles and Fleet's is 18.5 miles.