As a distance runner, it occurred to the me other day, how did people ever run without technology? Sure you can still go out for the classic de-stress run, but when it comes to training for big events it can be a very technical process. From watches that track your heart rate, distance, speed, and previous workouts to aps for your phone that do similar things, or even the Nike+ invention of a few years ago, we have revolutionized running and our ability to train. Do you think this is helpful? Or did it just turn the simple act of running into an over technical nightmare? Personally, I love utilizing it. I think it is great to be able to just throw on a watch and go out for run whether it be a light jog or a hard train and always being able to check out my performance.
Aside from all the devices out there, think about all the people you know who can’t go running without music. I know many runners have multiple playlists for every type of training run out there. Some runners propose that running with music [outside] is a dangerous habit to get into, especially with noise canceling earbuds while others swear by that “zone out” they need during a run. It seems to me, a lot more thought goes into the idea of going out for a run than ever before.