Technology is one of my weaknesses – I love checking out the latest and greatest gadgets that can make my life easier. When Verizon Tech shared with me some tips on technology for spring travel, I saw three items that I thought would be perfect to add to my race day bag when prepping for Pittsburgh Marathon weekend.
What’s in My Race Day Bag – Verizon Tech
Last year, I don’t think Greg and I used gear check because my work had a tent at the Finish Line Festival. This year, our team is part of the Corporate Challenge, so we’ll be in the Hospitality Tent when the race is done. I hope to spend some time celebrating, getting a massage, and checking out what all is around the park this year, so we’ll be checking a bag with all the things that I want to have on hand.
Verizon Tech had some awesome gadgets that would be perfect for packing in a marathon race day bag:
Tile Style – these stylish squares of technology are great for attaching to things you might lose (like your keys). I’m usually pretty good about knowing where my keys are, but I was thinking it might be good to toss one of these in the bag since it will go to Gear Check (which I trust, but you still never know).
When I was testing out this gadget, I happened to misplace my phone. A quick click of the tile icon and my phone started to make a noise – even though the sound was off! I’m intrigued at how these work without a charger and amazed at how easy they make finding all the lost things!
mophie powerstation – I’ll be drained of all my power (or on a super runner’s high) and I’m sure my phone will be, too. The mophie will come in hand when I am trying to snap photos or call to check in on the kids (and tell them how great the day goes). With battery backup that lasts up to four charges, Greg and I both could charge our phones while getting our fill of post-race yums. (Note – if you are a “house divided” and one of you has an Apple and the other a Samsung, you’re in luck as this charges both!)
JBL Free wireless in-ear headphones – Ok, these might be in my ears (or ear, I have been running with just one for safety and it still works great), but the case will be in the bag for safe keeping post-race. These headphones are splashproof so they joined me on some of my snowy and rainy runs this training season. The sound is incredible – maybe almost too much because I couldn’t hear outside noises while using them!
(Note – the Pittsburgh Marathon Course recommends against wearing headphones. I’ve never run a Pgh event with them in because the bands are awesome, but I’m not ruling out the idea of wearing one bud this year.)
While running usually just requires your feet and a good pair of shoes, there are some things we tech-crazed people can’t live without! What technology do you use to make your life easier?