Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sony Walkman Giveaway(s)

A while back I was contacted by Sony to run the Rock and Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon.  You can read my report about the race here.  It was basically more fun than mixing Nuun with Wine. (Meaning, some indigestion, a little memory loss, but overall lots of fun).

I received a Sony Walkman of my own to try out and wear during the race.  I cranked out a review and have basically been wearing it non-stopped ever since.  Literally:  On the toilet?  Tunes blasting.  In the shower? NPR podcasts in my ears.  During 'business time'? I'm humming Lady Gaga's latest hit. (A win/win for everyone)

If you've never heard of the new Sony Walkman, it is a fully enclosed over the ear MP3 player.  Think Ipod, but without any wires or Mock Turtlenecks to worry about.

Now, since I know what you are thinking, I’ll answer the question you all have in your head: is it better than an iPod? In short.... probably.... depending on which iPod you’re talking about. At $60, it is most similar to the iPod shuffle which it is certainly better than: All of the features of the shuffle but no cords to worry about PLUS it is waterproof. My sweat factory has already killed two shuffles and counting - I've washed the sweat off of the Sony Walkman in my pool. Like the kids say "nuff said".

Here are a few pictures of me during races wearing my new favorite gadget (basically I wear it all the time):
From my Gear'd up post

Also from the Lost Dutchman half marathon

Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K

Turkey Trot 10K (around my neck)

Well, to my surprise, Sony gave me a shout and wanted a few blog readers to share in the love!  So, I have TWO Walkmans to give away.

Mmmm, bacon
Here's what you do to enter to win one of TWO of the Walkmans.
Comment for each entry you do. Like I say for every contest I do, I don't have those ANNOYING word verification dealies (seriously, I get like 1 spam comment a month without it, tops), so extra comments take you about 2 seconds.
  • Follow my blog +1
  • Follow me on Twitter Here
  • Retweet this: "Check out www.TheBoringRunner.com for @TheBoringRunner Sony Walkman giveaway!” +1
  • Post this contest on your blog, twitter, FB, whatever +1 for each!!
  • Answer this question: "Are you pro-music while racing?"  I have a feeling that most people could care less while training, but there is a BIG heated debate on wearing headphones while racing.
It is as easy as that!! Get as many entries as you can before Sunday March 13th - and then get your chocolate eat on.
Got these for free (and so can you! Why are you reading this down here?? You're seriously wasting time when you could be entering more times. Enter enter enter!!)

231 comments:

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Kristin @NyceLife said...

ohhhh, I jut started water running and being able to have music in the pool would be amazing! I follow you :)

Kristin @NyceLife said...

And I am a new runner and have only done 3 races, but have had my ipod on for all 3. So yes, I am pro- music. I do turn it down lower than when training so I can hear the sounds of the race as well.

Kristin @NyceLife said...

Putting this contest on FB (I don't twitter, that's for a younger generation I think, ha ha)

Rose said...

I follow your face off.

Rose said...

I put a link to this contest in my giveaway sidebar.

Rose said...

I am not pro-music while racing, but I don't care if other people are. One of my favorite things about racing is the energy and the other people. I am pro-music while doing other things, though, or I wouldn't be entering.

Madison said...

I am already following you! But not in a stalker kinda way.

Madison said...

Regarding the music during racing, I think it depends on the race. Large races with lots of people cheering you on, you may not need music as much as those smaller lonelier races when there is one guy walking his dog cheering for you.

Julie said...

I follow your blog :-)

Julie said...

I follow on twitter.

Madison said...

I am now following you on Twitter. (@Borntorun77)

Julie said...

I'm pro music for racing for sure. I like to have the option when the going gets tough.

Madison said...

I just tweeted about this giveaway. (via @Borntorun77)

Madison said...

I posted a note about this giveaway on my post today.

Chad said...

I follow your damn blog.

Chad said...

I tweetered your crap contest.

Chad said...

I posted a link to your junk on my training log of doom.

Chad said...

I do NOT like to race with music. But I give it a try if you hooked me up with some headfonez.

Chad said...

I follow your twitterings (and I regret that almost daily.)
Seriously, it'd be easier if you and RunningLaur just texted each other all day.

Kate said...

I follow your blog, therefore ensuring that I get my regular dosage of poop humor (thanks for keeping me regular, Adam!)

Kate said...

And I follow you on twitter.

Kate said...

And as long as your music isn't so loud that you can't hear me say "on your left" and get out of my way (ha ha), I don't have any problems with it on race day.

dclugston said...

I am a follower of your blog.

dclugston said...

I follow you on twitter (@dianeclugston)

J said...

I am a follower!

dclugston said...

I tweeted about the giveaway (via @dianeclugston)

dclugston said...

I am pro-music for racing

J said...

I say no music in races that have wheel chair competitions. I run a race every summer and it is a pretty hilly course, so we pass a few wheel chair ppl on the uphill then they pass us on the way down. Last year a guy almost got hit because he couldn't hear the ppl shouting "chair down the middle". Some other guy had to push the guy listening to music out of the way of getting hit. Its a sticky situation but ppls safety really comes first.

The Accidental Runner said...

I'm a new follower!

The Accidental Runner said...

I've never used music while racing, but I'm not opposed. I love it while training, and have wondered if I would race faster with my own music...

SupermomE12 said...

I would love to try these. I am a new follower of your blog.

Evolving Through Running said...

I'm a follower.

SupermomE12 said...

I posted about your giveaway on my blog http://seemomrunfar.blogspot.com/

Evolving Through Running said...

Following you on Twitter

Evolving Through Running said...

Posted your giveaway in my sidebar

Evolving Through Running said...

I'm pro-music while racing. Whatever gets you through the race is OK by me.

Brian said...

I follow you on Twitter and retweeted post.

Brian said...

I follow your blog

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

I'm a follow and it's a great blog! I did a review myself so don't include me in the giveaway. I like the headphones as well!

Brian said...

I'm pro music while "racing."

But I'm gonna be getting on any podiums so who cares whether I listen to music.

SupermomE12 said...

I am kind of "Switzerland" when it comes to being for or against racing with music. I ran my first marathon with my IPOD and my second marathon without it. I didn't miss it at all and really enjoyed hearing conversations around me and getting another aspect of the race that I missed when I was plugged in to the IPOD. I say to each their own, as long as if you race with music you aren't oblivious to those around you.

Caroline said...

I follow you

Caroline said...

I follow you on twitter
@carotabi

run4may said...

Already follow.

run4may said...

Already follow you on twitter.

Caroline said...

I tweeted your giveaway
@carotabi

Caroline said...

"Are you pro-music while racing?" YES I AM!
keeps me from loosing my mind.

run4may said...

tweeted it

Caroline said...

I retweeted your message

bobbi said...

I follow!

bobbi said...

I am pro-music, if that's what keeps you going. I listen, but at a very low volume (so low that if there's crowd noise I can't even hear it)...

Kerrie T. said...

I'm a follower/lurker. :)

Kerrie T. said...

I follow you on Twitter (@momvsmarathon)

Kerrie T. said...

Retweeted!

Kerrie T. said...

Linked on my blog!

Kerrie T. said...

I'm pro music while racing as long as the music is low enough that you can hear the people around you. I usually have the one headphone in the ear, one tucked under the bra strap thing going on.

Lisa said...

i am a follower!

Lisa said...

i am pro-music!

mindysmarathon said...

Cool. I follow your blog. Love it!

Lenard said...

Follow my blog +1 - Have for months

Follow me on Twitter Here - Done @LenCole

Retweet this: "Check out www.TheBoringRunner.com for @TheBoringRunner Sony Walkman giveaway!” - Done

Post this contest on your twitter, FB, - Done on each

Answer this question: "Are you pro-music while racing?" I have a feeling that most people could care less while training, but there is a BIG heated debate on wearing headphones while racing. - I like to listen to music when running whether in a race or in training. I find it make the long runs less boring.

Average A said...

I follow your blog!

Average A said...

I follow you on twitter!

Average A said...

I just tweeeeeeted.

Average A said...

I am totally neutral when it comes to music. I can go either way. If I'm going for a PR, sometimes I'll listen to music with a specific BPM, so that helps me keep focus... but I definitely don't "need" it. I guess people should do whatever works for them. :)

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I FOLLOW! i'LL GET BACK TO MORE LATER!

Laurie said...

I follow yer blog.
As for music while racing, I am not personally for it - use it while training but not in a race. I don't think it is particularly safe when racing in a crowd and you also can't hear the crowds cheering.
Not to be a complete dick, but when I am spectating I don't cheer for people with headphones on -- I figure that they can't hear me so why bother?

Laura said...

I follow!

Laura said...

I was about to write that I have to run with music, but the truth is, I have never run without it! Seriously, never!

ShebaJC said...

I've been reading for a while and thought I'd already hit that follow button. I'm sure I've hit it now!

ShebaJC said...

following on Twitter too!

ShebaJC said...

Tweeted @shebajc

Jen said...

I'm a big fan of music during a run!

ShebaJC said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog sidebar

ShebaJC said...

I bring music on anything longer than 2 miles, but think there's a price to be paid. I run on the sidewalk, and will not run in the street unless said sidewalk is completely blocked off to the curb and there's nowhere else to go. I see people running in the street, with music, and think it's very dangerous. Other than safety, I see no reason not to run with music.

Jill said...

I follow. Me me me!!!

Jill said...

I always run with music...and lately "ride" with music.

Christina said...

I better win because I'm a follower.

Christina said...

No to music when racing. Why block out the race sounds?

Christina said...

You're on my sidebar on my blog.

Monique said...

I follow your blog

Monique said...

I follow you on twitter and have retweeted your giveaway

Monique said...

I have put a link to your giveaway on my blog:
http://confessionsofalazyathlete.blogspot.com

Monique said...

I'm pro-music during races, however I have the volume way down so that I can hear what is going on around me!

DaysRun said...

I'm a follower!

DaysRun said...

Posted to fb.

DaysRun said...

Added to my sidebar.

Tim "Palantar" Jones said...

I'm a follower.

Tim "Palantar" Jones said...

And, I'm anti-music during races, but that's entirely because I was ruined by my first actual public race, which was a triathlon where they disqualified you if you had anything in your ears. Dunno why, but that always stuck. Plus, I am overly paranoid and always wonder why would happen if it just happened that the road race I was in had an obscure no-earphone policy and I was screwed.

Also, my iPod earphones fall out like crazy. I admit to being very curious about whether the walkman would stay in.

Zaneta said...

I follow! :) awesome giveaway!

Zaneta said...

I follow you on twitter...

Zaneta said...

tweeted :)

Zaneta said...

I love listening to music while I race... it really does help to give me a push at the end if im listening to the right songs ;)

Zaneta said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog! :)

robin said...

I follow on Google Reader! Great giveaway... thanks!

robin said...

Now following you on Twitter. @birdie00000

robin said...

I Tweeted @birdie00000

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robin said...

Hmmm - music while racing? Guess it doesn't apply to me - so far I only have run indoors on my treadmill (beginner). If I were racing - no music. Seriously can't imagine myself racing... what a joke.

Karen said...

I follow you.

Karen said...

I always listen to music while racing. I'm quite obsessive about my playlists.

Jamoosh said...

No Walkman for me. However, does one leg feel tighter than the other on a consistent basis? Because unless it's a coincidence, you seem to lean to your left - which could mean you are compensating for something. Or you are mugging for the camera.

Needlerunning said...

I follow you

Needlerunning said...

I also follow you on teh Twitter

Needlerunning said...

I tweeted about the contest

Needlerunning said...

I am a huge fan of music during my runs. Right now I carry my Blackberry and live stream sports talk radio while I run. I have listened to tunes for nearly all of my races, then again when you bring up the rear there is less concern for competitive focus.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Blog Follower. Sony wanter.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Twitter follower. Sony needer.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Twitter retweeter. Sony rewanter.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Sometimes pro-music, when I'm running with you to drown out your boring Proselytizing of hellfire and brimstone!

C2Iowa said...

Adam - I follow; and music during racing - yep

GeorgiaSnail said...

awesome giveaway..Clearly I follow your blog, so +1.

GeorgiaSnail said...

...and I also follow you on Twitter...did I mention that Twitter makes you look 10 pounds lighter?

GeorgiaSnail said...

The retweet we had this morning was special to me....

GeorgiaSnail said...

I posted the giveaway on FB!

GeorgiaSnail said...

...aaaannnnnndd I am in the "no music" while racing camp...however, I have no opinion as to others who race with music. I just prefer not to have the distraction during a race, I want to be able to focus on my race.

GeorgiaSnail said...

oh, and I think it is worth mentioning since we will both be running R&R Savannah, I think that should count for another entry...

Jane said...

I am following your blog.

Jane said...

I am now following you on Twitter.

Jane said...

I retweeted your contest!

Jane said...

I like to listen to music even during races.

Kandi said...

I follow your blog

Kandi said...

I've never raced with music before but I don't care if other people do as long as they are safe.

Barefoot Johnny O said...

Wow, it seems you are very popular. Tweeting is for the birds. Racing with music - only on ultras.

Suza said...

I follow your blog!

Suza said...

I follow you on Twitter and you are one of the ONLY people to tweet at me :)

Suza said...

I am........... divided on the issue. Perhaps music could motivate you to push harder in a race, but then there's friendly people all around at the end that cheer you and and encourage you. Races usually have music anyway, and it's nice to spy on people's conversations when you (I) creepily run after then. So I guess I am for no music wile racing!

SLB said...

I'm following your blog.

SLB said...

I also follow you on twitter.

SLB said...

Re-Tweet completed successfully.

SLB said...

I used to wear music while racing, but I found that I would too easily slip into "training mode" and start slowing down. Without the music I find I stay "in the game" and really can push better. So I guess that means I am not pro-music in races. That being said, I could really care less what others do.

Katie said...

This is Katie from Minneapolis and I like giveaways! I got to your site via Steve in a Speedo, so that should make sense :-) Anyway, I follow your blog, so I have a chance! Go Cyclones

Katie said...

Also, I follow you on Twitter

Christine said...

I follow your blog (+1)

I am fairly strongly against racing with music. It drives me nuts in fact (not to far to go some might say) (+1)

Katie said...

I'm a relatively new runner but am anti-music during races for myself. When I was training for the Eau Claire marathon last year, I even stopped listening to music on my long runs (but kept the Shuffle going for the short mid-week runs to keep my pace up). I've only raced 5ks before then and it seems silly to need music to get through 30 minutes of running when there are people to talk to, people to try to pass, and hopefully awesome finish line music. I love straining to hear that music and knowing that as it gets louder, I'm getting closer to the finish! Maybe if I win, though, I'll try the race music thing during the half marathon I'm running in April!

Pam said...

I follow this blog.

Pam said...

I posted a link to you on my sidebar.

Pam said...

I am all about the music during races! I absolutely cannot stand to hear myself breathe. It drives me nuts! The half I'm doing on 4/9 says no headphones. Yeah, we'll see about that.

ratherbeswimming said...

I follow you on twitter and i posted about it there too(ratherbeswimmin).

I like music while racing if 1) it is legal, and 2) the course is boring / empty.

For big races with nice crowds, no music for me!

-Elaine

51feetunder said...

As long as you can somewhat hear what's going on around you during the race I have no problems with music during races. I've used my MP3 player tonnes of times during races without issues.

+1 for Comment
+1 for following your RSS feed

Cheers

Staci said...

I follow your blog

Staci said...

I follow you on twitter now

Staci said...

I don't race with music - I love the chatter and banter and obviously from the crowds who are all there just to cheer me on ;-)

Staci said...

Posted the giveaway on my facebook page.

Staci said...

Have Tweeted the giveaway

Brittani said...

I'm a follower : )

Brittani said...

I'm now following you on twitter

Brittani said...

I retweeted the giveaway

Brittani said...

I love music while training, the treadmill's too tedious otherwise but I think I prefer to run races without, it's much harder to get caught up in the excitement when you've got headphones on. I will say that I'm a super slow runner so when I go to events it's usually to just have fun, not to win my AG or anything. I'm sure if you're going for specific goals an ipod could really help motivate you though.

Al's CL Reviews said...

I follow your blog.

Al's CL Reviews said...

Answer this question: "Are you pro-music while racing?"
If I'm on a treadmill, yes. If I'm on a bike path or in my 'hood, no. I have to be able to hear "On your left" or the car (hopefully not a Prius) that is aiming to take me out (sadly, true).

And when riding my bike it is annoying as all get out to not have a runner to be able to hear and almost cause a collision.

And never on a bike.

If the race is closed course, I will run with music. If it isn't, I won't.

Anonymous said...

I follow you blog
Clinton in NC

Anonymous said...

Post on FB.
Clinton in NC

Anonymous said...

"Are you pro-music while racing?" Yes, nothing worse then having to hear others suffer.
Clinton in NC

Anonymous said...

I follow
Melissa J. in CT

Anonymous said...

I need music to get me through parts of the marathon.
Melissa J. in CT

Kristin said...

I follow now! You are a breath of fresh air.

Kristin said...

I am antimusic while racing. Something about living in the moment and not letting my thoughts and head be distracted. I kind of "tune out" of reality some when I listen to music...which can be a good thing...but for the most part, I need to BE HERE NOW.

BrianFlash said...

It depends on the race. A big event with lots of runners and I'm definitely anti-music. I want to talk to people along the way (or be talked to) and nothing squelches that quicker then headphones.

For a tiny race where talking is potentially limited - headphones are cool with me.

jess said...

I am a follower of your blog :)

jess said...

I follow your awesomeness on twitter :)

jess said...

I tweeted the giveaway! @jessywuv

jess said...

I usually run the first couple miles without music and then once I hit my zone I flip on music. That is unless it is music free.

carlybananas said...

I'm following your blog.

carlybananas said...

And following you on twitter

carlybananas said...

And tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/carlyrachael/status/45916566793097216

carlybananas said...

I am pro music while running/racing but I do think it is important to keep the volume appropriate.

movesnmunchies said...

i tweeted!

movesnmunchies said...

i am SO PRO MUSIC! its the main thing that gets me going! i love dance music.. shakin my booty!

laurabrianna said...

Following you on twitter! (@laura_brianna)

runningaroundtheworld.com said...

I have tweeted the magic phrase and have posted it on my facebook account too!

runningaroundtheworld.com said...

I'm following your blog and have linked your blog on my blog. (that's a lot of the word "blog").

Sal said...

I'm a follower (whoop!) and already follow you on Twitter aaaaaand just tweeted your contest. I'm most certainly pro-music + training (http://fulloffeet.blogspot.com/2011/02/can-you-hear-me-now.html) but i like to run without it in races like Rock and Roll where there is already tons of music and lots of fans.

runningaroundtheworld.com said...

I am completely pro-music while running. Especially long distances. I can't imagine doing a long training run without some tunes, and I'd be mentally out of a half marathon around mile 5 if I didn't have a soundtrack. Come to think of it... I'm pro-soundtrack for most of my daily activities.

Kelley said...

I don't race with headphones, mostly because many races technically don't allow them, and I'm always paranoid someone will try to enforce the rule and disqualify my time! But I also think it's probably better to race without them in terms of safety, too...plus, at every race there is always that one person blasting their headphones, oblivious that you're trying to pass them. But I would love to train with a pair of these!

Kovas said...

follower, follow on Twitter, tweeted, shared on FB, promusic unless I get tangled up in your cord, +1 for giving you dad advice, +1 for not calling you at home, +1 for not telling Shaq who has his shorts

Dash said...

I follow your blog

Dash said...

I follow you on twitter

Dash said...

I haven't worn music to race in years and years and years. But I don't hold it against anyone who does.

Ironmom (Julie) said...

Hi, I follow your blog. (Did someone say WATER RUNNING???)

Ironmom (Julie) said...

And I follow you on Twitter. Thanks for the contest!

Ironmom (Julie) said...

Oh, and I never tried music while racing. I'm not against it for those who want it, but I'd rather chat with my fellow back-of-packers.

Kelley said...

I am a follower

Kelley said...

I don't wear headphones in races. I am a rule follower so I got used to going without, plus I eaves drop on others conversations.

Kelley said...

I follow you on twitter @momentsinalife

Kelley said...

I tweeted about the giveaway @momentsinalife

Penny said...

I follow

Penny said...

Posted giveaway on my fb page

Penny said...

Posted giveaway on my blog

Penny said...

I am pro music. I dont move without my music

brandi said...

Hi Boring Runner- I am a follower!

brandi said...

I ALWAYS run with music during races. I will not do a race which prohibits mp3's!!!!!!

TutuRunner said...

1987 called.... it wants me to win that. (i follow u)

T said...

I follow your blog in my google reader.

T said...

AND I follow you on twitter (@Nemtynakht)

T said...

And finally, if you ask me, I will tell you that I am near-violently anti-music while running. However, if you catch me while I'm out running, I'd say it's about 50/50 whether I'll have headphones on me or not. Shh - don't tell anyone. And never during races. Unless they're, like, really boring races where everyone else wears headphones.

The Green Girl said...

I'm a follower!

edr said...

Headphones should be allowed during racing. Run at your own risk... WAY too many laws and rules these days.

I follow your blog and I follow you on twitter. You didn't know it but you might talk to me more than my wife does. I also re-tweeted your little script for you.

Love the blog - it's always enlightening.

I've been serching for reliable headphones for running for a year now - these sound like they are designed for the conditions. Thanks for the review.

Dash said...

I linked giveaway on my blog

Dash said...

I tweeted

pajamachef said...

i follow you!

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