I just read this article that suggests running gadgetless. No iPod, no watch, no GPS.
Occasionally blocking out all that technological noise can help you recalibrate, bringing you back to the joy of mind-clearing running.
Checking your pace, distance and heart rate every few minutes, you’re focusing more on numbers than your body’s cues.
You’re diminishing one of the best benefits of running: mental peace.
I can’t remember the last time I ran just because. To clear my head. To find peace. If I run, I have an ulterior motive: To stay in shape. To train for my marathon.
My mileage and pace have become so important throughout my training. I take my phone for a GPS. I listen to music for a distraction. The minute I get home from a run, I document it on dailymile. I base the success of a run off my pace per mile. Is this what marathon training does to a person??
My new goal after the marathon: learn how to run without an iPod.