Hills and Headphones

It’s Thursday and that means I’m leaving for my bachelorette party in Savannah in just a few hours!! I’m SO excited. I’m probably not going to be doing much running, so I made sure that I got one last run in last night.

I wanted to mix it up a little bit, so I decided to do some hill repeats. I did a 1 mile warm up and then ran up this bad boy 4 times. It doesn’t look very intimidating here, but right after that curve it shoots up again and gets really steep towards the top. It’s also a little over a quarter mile long.

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It hurt pretty bad. And I know you’re probably sick of hearing this but surprise, surprise… it was hot. I did pretty close to an all out effort and my legs felt like Jello afterwards, but in a good way. Afterwards I did a 1.5 mile cool down (4 miles total) and some lunges.

For the past two weeks I’ve been trying out my new Jaybird BlueBuds X wireless headphones. After I got my dad a pair for father’s day a lot of readers were asking questions about them. I reached out to Jaybird and they graciously offered me a pair to review on here. I’ll also be giving a pair away, so stayed tuned!


They are pretty awesome. I want to use them a little while longer before doing a full review, but I will tell you that these nifty little hooks keep them super snug in your ears, even when it’s 90 degrees and you are sweating like crazy. That has always been my biggest issue with headphones – they slip right out as soon as I start sweating. I’ve done track workouts, long runs, and now hills with these and they haven’t budged. And there are no cords in the way, which is AMAZING.

That’s all for today. I’ll talk to you guys on Monday about all of the bachelorette shenanigans!

Do you use wireless headphones? What brand?

When you do hill repeats… how long are your hills?

About Maddie @ Dixie Runs

I'm Maddie. I'm a long time runner who has finally decided to start training for my first marathon. I do a lot of running with my 3 year old redbone coonhound, Dixie. This blog is about our running adventures and a whole lot more.
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23 Responses to Hills and Headphones

  1. I would love to use wireless headphones, they are totally on my runners Wishlist! 🙂 can’t wait to hear how they work for you!
    I love doing hill sprints for my workouts, I like to sprint up a super steep hill near my house for one minute and then run back down, repeat 15 times (it makes for a sweatilicious 20min workout when I’m short on time!). Gotta love that hill sprint burn 🙂

  2. Have a great bachelorette weekend!! Whoo hoo!!

    I love that tank top you have on in the last picture, by the way

  3. I don’t wear wireless headphones but have heard great things about Jaybirds. The hills I run look similar to what you do. They don’t look that bad but they just keep climbing up! Great workout. Have a great time at your bachelorette party!

  4. Jamie says:

    Have so much fun this weekend!!! Way to get in a super tough workout : ) I avoid hills at all cost haha. The one hill repeat I do is 0.5 miles. It has 300 ft elevation gain and after 4x through I’m totally done. I would love to check out a pair of wireless headphones and have been thinking about getting a pair for my boyfriend. Can’t wait for your full review. Anddddd to hear about the weekend shenanigans 🙂 ENJOY!

  5. Have a great time at your Bachelorette party.!!! 🙂
    and way to get those tough hill repeats in.!

  6. I tried to buy a pair of Bluetooth headphones on amazon yesterday, but they sold out in minutes. I have the same problem with headphones…I sweat so much so they fall right out. Runner probs.
    Enjoy bachelorette weekend!!! We are actually doing the same here for my best friend this weekend. Have fun!

  7. I did hill repeats on Monday and the hill I did was about half a mile long. It was brutal! Hills kill me!

    Have fun at your bachelorette!!!

  8. Suzy says:

    I def need some of those headphones. I don’t do hill repeats because I’m afraid that I’ll get injured. I’m such a spaz with stuff, like I can’t just “do a couple hill repeats.” If I do them, I do a hundred until my legs break off. I have trouble being balanced with stuff and my weekly mileage is a good indicator of this, so I try not to add in too much of anything else (I keep

  9. Suzy says:

    Callum just pressed the submit button. Sneaky little stinker!!!! I can’t remember what I was writing. UGH. KIDS. 😉

  10. I don’t think I have ever done hill repeats on anything that long! But I do have a similar hill that is deceiving because you can’t see the top because of a curve. Nice job getting them done! My legs always feel like jello after hill repeats. Or any big hills, really!

  11. Nice job on those hill repeats! Most of the hills near me aren’t good for running (on a busy road with no shoulder) so I stick to a little 200-300m hill near my apartment and then do 1-2 mile hills on the treadmill. One hike we did was 3.1 miles straight up (gaining about 2500 feet) and I thought my legs were going to fall off. Have so much fun at your bachelorette!

  12. Hollie says:

    We sell wireless headphones at work and they feel the same to me as normal ones. That hill looks nuts!

  13. Pictures of hills never do them justice! They are always much more steep in person! When I do hill repeats, around .2 is good enough for me if it is pretty steep.

    I hope you have a great time at your party! Live it up… but not too much! 😉

  14. Fallon says:

    Nice workout!!! Have an awesome weekend!

  15. Ohhhh hills + hot weather sounds like a deadly combo. You must have felt like a superhero getting that workout done!

    I’ve thought about getting a pair of wireless headphones, but I like my Yurbuds because I like the little mic that hooked to the wire that allows me to take a (breathless) call on the run if I need to haha.

    ALTHOUGH one time I had a call coming in during speedwork and instead of hitting the button to send the call to voicemail I picked up the call and it was my boss! All he heard was me huffing and puffing … he was like, “Kristina….. are you okay?” haha

  16. Allison says:

    Great job on those hills!! I hope you have a BLAST at your bachelorette party – live it up!!!

  17. Taylor says:

    I have not been able to find a good pair of running headphones so I am excited to see your full review on these! The local trail runs right behind my backyard so I use that a lot and it is non stop large hills. The longest distance between two hills over the 6 miles trail is about a quarter mile. I just remind myself that it’s a good workout and when I want a flat area outside I’ll drive the 2 minutes to get into the middle of town and run there. Have a great time this weekend!

  18. Jason says:

    That’s really cool – I’m always getting tangled up in wires! Are those sweatproof or water-resistant or whatever they call it?

    My hills are usually between a quarter mile and a half mile… occasionally, I’ll do ones that are about a mile long, but not often because they pretty much destroy me!

  19. Charissa says:

    Hill repeats – ugh! I hate them so much. Usually I’ll pick a steep hill that’s about a 1/4 mile and run up it a few times. But sometimes I’ll run up the hill my house is on which is about 0.1 miles. It’s short but also steep and if I try to run up it fast, it definitely hurts and builds endurance. I live by the high school and I’ve sometimes seen the cross country kids running up my hill for practice too which is pretty cool 😀

    Have a great weekend!

  20. Ilka says:

    Can’t wait for your review on the headphones. Always in need for good headphones!
    Hill repeats are so hard but so good for you – looks like you got some good training in before the weekend!

  21. Hills never seem bad until you start running up them! Sounds like a great workout though! I do hills, but I have to do them on the treadmill only because I live in the flat Midwest!

  22. Good job on tackling the hills! The down hill is so much fun!

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