First let me say, that I’m sorry you are assaulted with my old running shoes every time I do a running post. I like to have a picture with every post if I can manage it and it fits. However I don’t have a generic running picture unless you would rather a picture of me just running? Shoes might be safter.
Recently I have been wondering if runners are starting to rely on gear too much to get them through a run? That’s Fit recently had an article on runner’s opinions about running gear that people don’t need. It was pretty interesting. Some of the answers I agree with and some I do not.
Amanda also recently had a question on her blog, What is the one piece of running gear you definitely need? I did not read other people’s answers but my answer was my shoe pouch, seen above. It holds all my info and my keys. While most clothes now have pockets, sometimes they aren’t very secure and sometimes they are not big enough for my keys. My shoe pouch is fantastic.
But I do wonder if people rely on gear too much to get through a run? Two of the most common complaints I see that runners make are:
1. Complain about their iPod or whatever dieing out during a run and then the “run was so hard”, or “it was torture to get through that run!”
Really? I mean, REALLY? Because if running is that unpleasant of a task for you without music, then why are you running? Perhaps it’s just something I don’t understand since I don’t run with music. I run on the road and I run alone (back off creepies, I’ve got skills), I can’t take the chance of not hearing something coming up on me. It’s also a time for me to chill with my thoughts and work things out that need worked through. I don’t really want to jam to something that early in the AM. I enjoy the sunrise and the quiet instead. This is also why I run alone because I have no desire to talk to anyone that early in the morning. Conversations aren’t high on my list of importance at that time.
2. Freaking out when their garmin doesn’t work.
For some reason I’ve seen a lot of runners postpone or bail on a run just because their garmin wasn’t working. Runner What?!
Why is your garmin dictating your schedule? It’s a gadget and you are a human being with a life. Tell the gadget to stuff it and get your run on! One day without is no big deal.
In full disclosure I run with a HRM and sometimes it gets wonky on me and doesn’t record right. I get irritated. I curse it and tell it that it is not pretty anymore.
I don’t let my gadgets decide my schedule. Weather and injuries are the only things that keep me from a run.
This is a topic I’ve been thinking a lot about lately though, if runners are starting to rely on gadgets too much. If companies are starting to make unnecessary things just because someone somewhere is definitely going to buy it?
Do you run with a lot of gear? If it crapped out on you, will you still run or will that keep you home? Are you able to run just to run and have fun, or is it always about tracking stats?