I have also enjoyed the features on the treadmill I use at the local gym, particularly knowing what my heart beat (beats per minute) is at different speeds and now I have a pretty good idea what 180bpm feels like. Useful to know but I don't need this all the time.
So, do I embrace this technology in my running? Afterall, this isn't a nine day wonder, having been running for a few years now. I could treat myself to a iPhone or a snazzy Garmin watch gizmo. Having mulled this over, the answer is NO WAY! This is why:
- Running is a simple, beautiful and a low tech sport. Let's not spoil that.
- Having to charge up your watch every day or month is daft
- I couldn't read a thing without my glasses on
- Too nerdy
- Too expensive for a watch
- It won't make my running any more enjoyable
- Finally, to repeat point 1 above.... running is a beautiful sport, fantastically simple - it's you and the path in front and that's it; a chance to let your mind wander, to sort things out, to think things through. Getting distracted by a computer type device would, I think, just spoil the simplicity of running. Sorry Mr Garmin.
Do you agree or disagree? Tell me I'm wrong?