There are still a few “natural” runners that just leave the house with their shoes and clothes. But those old schoolers are rare.
Garmins, fitbits and Beats, oh my. How did we run without them and survive?
Within the past year, I’ve stopped listening to music while running for a few different reasons.
It’s much safer on the country roads to be completely aware of my surroundings. I am completely one with all of my thoughts. It is my time away from everything where my mind can just be.
I hear from many people that they don’t think they could go without some tunes. How do I do it? Don’t I go crazy?
Well, I did at first, just like I did when I first starting running in general. You get used to it and love it.
Next comes the watches and heart rate monitors. I do wear a Garmin watch, as I need to know how far and fast I’m going. But that’s me. I need to know more than just the time I ran. I want to know how far, my current pace, and how far ahead of my virtual partner I am. (Recently, he has been way in front.)
I haven’t used a heart rate monitor (yet). Have you?
No watch? How about a health tracker (FitBit, Withings, Nike Fuelband, etc)? What’s the perk with these thingys?
I got one for Christmas and only two months in, I couldn’t survive without it. It does track mileage, just as the Garmin does, but it also acts as a pedometer, calorie counter, elevation guide, heart rate monitor (bpm) and tracks my sleep. Oh yeah, and a watch.
The sleep tracker is the coolest part. With a swipe of a finger, you signal you are hitting the sack. When you wake up, another finger swipe. The device does the rest. It tracks when you fall asleep, wake up throughout the night, your light sleep and your heavy sleep periods.
Being a father of two youngins that have yet to master the art of sleeping, my sleep charts are a tad unordinary.
I wear both my Garmin watch and health tracker while running. I do not have a hook up for a heart monitor, but the health tracker does help with checking my heart rate.
How about a running belt? Wear one of those?
I do not, but I know they are an easier way to carry keys, phone, water bottles, snacks and more while on a (usually long) run. Now a lot of these come with an LED light for night running too.
And of course, there are running apps. Runkeeper, Map My Run, Couch to 5k (C25K), Nike +, Runtastic, Strava, and many, many more.
Being a numbers person, I love all of them, as they keep track of just about everything you could possibly ever want.
Are you an iRunner? What do you NEED to run?