The way that I have run almost all of my running career – pretty much what many call today – “running naked” or what I prefer to call retro-running.
For me, I left my old 3G iPhone with my son-in-law to use as he starts to become a runner. He is enjoying the GPS Apps and the data it provides (he is a math geek). All that stuff is more motivational for him, than it was for me, so I gave him the 3G as a gift to help him get started as a runner.
So I don’t have a GPS device anymore and have to rely on mapping software to get my distances or talk about old school – driving the route with my Subaru! In some ways these are actually more consistent than the GPS Apps I was using – at least the distances for the same route will be the same .
It is also kind of liberating to not carry a bunch of “stuff” with me when I am just doing a routine run. I can just go out and focus on my running. Instead of whether the GPS is accurate, I don’t like the song that is playing and need to skip it, gee can I get a photo or who is calling or worst of all, why isn’t my electronic device not working? All these things can distract me when I am out running.
Oh on longer runs, I still carry my phone (safety factor) and take along the camera to take pictures (I like taking pictures and sharing them here). However, unless I have my hydration belt on, these things are staying at home more and more, and I don’t really miss them.
Overall, I am finding that I am much more focused when running, than when I am worrying about all the other stuff that you do when you have the electronics with you.
I have read a lot of blogs recently, (like Banana Buzzbomb’s post today) where people are leaving their electronics at home every so often and enjoying their running more.
It seems as if the pendulum is swinging back towards the center a little more, instead of everyone, who is a “serious” runner having to have a GPS device/smart phone to capture all the data that those devices capture on every run or having to listen to music while out running – more runners are choosing to leave the electronics at home.
Have you run naked (no electronics) lately, how did it feel?
Do you think you focus more on your runs when you use less electronics?
I imagine that someday I will either get another smart phone or GPS device and get back on board the electronic bandwagon, but for now I will enjoy my retro-running.
What do you think is retro-running for you?