After reading about one of my run-ins with a certain ornery clawed duck, Scott from Outside PR contacted me to see if I’d be interested in trying out RoadID. Now generally speaking, I try not to think about all the ways I could get hurt, injured or into trouble on a run (talk about ruining your running mojo), so wearing a bracelet that identifies me and lists emergency contacts, doesn’t necessarily appeal to me. But I’m typically not one to turn down free goods so I figured, eh...what the heck?
I picked the RoadID Elite model (because it’s elite of course. Why else?). Black to match The Divas. So far I’ve worn it on a long run, a couple of rides, and even my first open water swim last weekend. And I’ve gotta say, even though I don’t like to THINK about all those things that could happen on my run, much the way I don’t like to THINK about all the things that could happen to my kids as I strap them in their car seats, it sure makes me feel a heck of a lot more comfortable out there knowing that if something did happen, EMT’s would know on arrival I have a medication allergy and that my family wouldn’t have to sit around worrying about where I was.
As a matter of fact, I felt so good about running with that little bad boy on my wrist that when thug duck showed up on my run, I flashed him my id…called him stupid. And you know what? He flinched (really. I swear. If ducks could jump, I would've said jump, but since I'm not entirely sure they can and you know how intensely important accuracy is to me, I'll stick with flinch). What’s up now turkey duck?! (DISCLAIMER: RoadID is a form of personal identification. It does not however, protect against attack by duck or other forms of wildlife no matter how many names you call them). So yeah, I’m digging it.
Now Scott, also asked me if I wouldn’t mind mentioning my thoughts on RoadID for kids being that I am a mom and all. And my intial thoughts on this were not what one might call exceptionally positive. For my 4 year old? A bracelet with her name on it? Oh yeah, she'd totally be all about that, so much so that she'd definitely want to loan it out to all her little friends to also enjoy. My 1 1/2 year old on the other hand, she’d probably just eat it. Now both of these anticipated reactions to RoadID I could overcome if necessary, but that’s just it. How necessary is it? I mean, I’m a stay at home mom. My kids are with me almost all the time. So really it was a stretch for me to see why my kids would benefit from something like this, with the exception of maybe when we go to events where there are big crowds and we stand a chance of being separated. At least, that was until earlier this week. On Tuesday, something happened that changed my mind (good thing I waited to write this review huh? Otherwise, I'd have had to come back and revise).
Tuesday, we were at my oldest daughter’s t-ball game, and my littlest one had just had it with sitting in her stroller. So, I let her out. She happily took off in her little toddle walking way as quickly as she could with me hot on her tail, but I noticed her sandal was a little floppy. When she stopped walking, I reached down to fix it and she, probably thinking I was trying to infringe on her new found freedom, tried to escape. Backward. I was holding her foot. This means she fell head first. Backwards. Smacking her head on the pavement. I heard it (what a horribly awful sound THAT was). She froze wide eyed. I was sure she’d fractured her skull, yet everything I had ever learned about head injuries flew right out the window as I panicked and scooped her up. After holding her breath for a brief moment, she started wailing in that I'm crying so hard I can almost not breathe sort of way when they really get hurt. I rushed her over to the nearby bathroom to get a look at the back of her head which was bleeding and was on the verge of near tears myself.
Now, don't worry. Baby girl, she’s just fine. No fractured skull. Not even a concussion. Just a little sore, with a nice bruise on the back of her head that's a little sensitive to touch. But what I realized is that if my child had been seriously injured, I don’t know that I’d have had the wits about me to give important information to EMT’s. I mean, I’d like to think I would, but then again, I have a hard enough time when I’m trying to make a dr’s appointment for my girls remembering their respective birthday’s. So why would I think I’d could do it under pressure? With RoadID, I doesn’t matter if I can or not. The information is there even if my head is not.So my verdict on RoadID: Definitely Thumbs Up!
"I like the RoadID idea because my rides have been getting longer. I'm by myself on most of my rides. Riders don't like to carry many items. The only id I carried was my cell phone. This is ok as long as it could be found on me. That may not always be possible depending on the incident. So having a wristband with contact info on it gives me a little more peace of mind.” (and it gives his daughter's ALOT more peace of mind)
MOBILE MILE MARKER'S VERDICT: Thumbs Up!So who wants one? Courtesy of Outside PR and RoadID, I’ve got one to give away. Here’s what you’ve got to do to enter:
1. Be or become a follower of this blog and let me know via a comment.
One additional entry for each of the following, just leave me a comment to let me know you’ve done it. I know what a pain those captcha’s are so individual comments aren’t neccessary. Just go do everything you want to do to enter and leave me one big comment.
- Become a fan of my page on Facebook
-Suggest my Facebook page to your friends
-Become a fan of RoadID on Facebook
-Become a fan of Outside PR on Facebook
-Update your FB status about me contest (this should say my contest, but it sort of makes me sound like a pirate so I’m leaving it in honor of my 4 year old who’s been a pirate on and off since she was 2)
- Follow me on Twitter
-Follow Outside PR on Twitter
-Follow RoadID on Twitter
- Tweet tweet about my contest
- Throw my blog on your blog roll
- Post my contest on your blog
- Send an email to your running friends & family about my contest
How's that for options? Do them all or do none of them, that my friend is up to you. And yes, if you already have a RoadID, you can win one for somebody else. And doubly yes, if you already are a Facebook fan, following on Twitter, or have me on your blog roll because you entered some other random contest or maybe you just love me that much, that counts too. As long as you let me know that is. All entries must be recieved by 11:59 PM on July 3rd, 2010. I’ll announce the winner on July 4th.
P.S. Don’t forget about the Lanacane anti-chafing gel giveaway! There’s still time to get in that one too!
P.P.S. For you super sharp readers out there, technically I DID post this the day after I made the post about my being under attack as I promised. The date on that post is incorrect because I started it a day earlier. Due to another round of tornadoes in my area, however, I wasn't able to finish it and post as I was wrangling the girlies in the basement. That I did yesterday, just didn't realize the date would be the date I started it as opposed to the date I posted it. Oops! Now I know :)