As I tumble out of bed at first light to go running, these oh-so-hot Delhi summer days, once I’m dressed & caffeinated, I have a checklist that I quickly run through (no pun intended).
I thought I’d run this list past you (no pun intended), and ask for your thoughts.
Are we runners all getting a tad over-gadgeted? Or is it just me? Am I carrying too much stuff?
Here’s my list of extras, over & above the car key & the house key.
Water bottle ✔
Cap against the sun ✔
Garmin GPS ✔
Too much? Or is this pretty much standard kit for you, too?
Hey, I could be worse, like this bloke.
Water, cap, phone I think are essential, and even though friends have suggested that I leave the phone behind, I take it along because:
(a) it’s a safety thing
(b) I can take photos of the amazing things I might encounter while running.
(c) it has my music on (hence the headphones) AND a nifty running app that maps my route and calculates my distance (mapmyrun) and tells me how many miles are left to run on my lovely new shoes.
So if I have such a nifty mobile running app, I hear you say, why the need for a Fitbit and a GPS?
Well, the former doesn’t weigh a thing – that’s my excuse.
And the GPS is a backup against the phone app not working/phone battery running low. Which has happened on several occasions, usually on super long runs. The theory is, that for longer distances, I use the Garmin not the phone app, to preserve the battery for all that uplifting music, so I have to be totally comfortable with both.
However, having said that…
1) I do worry that having so much clobber might attract undesirable attention.
Having been groped twice whilst out running alone, I know I should also carry my pepper spray, but I’m still a bit lazy about it.
2) It’s surely not good for running posture is it, to have stuff in both hands?
3) The day I fall (again) everything will go for a toss and I’m not sure my iPhone will survive a second running accident.
So, what’s your verdict?
Too much stuff?
Too many gadgets?
Do share your thoughts, but just remember, if we are de-gadget-ed, how will we all be able to upload our track logs and timings and photos?
And yes, I did exactly this today. I was at 4.98 km (not miles) so I ran an extra 200 metres in the car park…