Gadgets, who needs em!

I work in IT, meaning that I’m talking technology all day long. I’m surrounded by laptops, DVD’s, servers, USB keys, blah blah blah.

Some of this has tranferred over to my running…I’ve been the owner of a Polar RS200sd since August last year. I was tempted to go for a Garmin GPS device but in the end went for the Polar. Its a heart rate monitor and distance measuring thingy (that’s technical talk you know), and I really like it.

Much that I love technology and number crunching some of the results (see my 10k graph from February) – the splits I take during the Saturday time trial and also my heart rate, there’s plenty more that the watch can do but I don’t bother with. I’ll try them out someday but for now I’m happy with how things are.

One thing I was going to add to my previous post about my BPTT best time from Saturday is that I ran it without looking once at my watch. I ran as hard and as fast as I could, and I paced myself to the distance (I’ve run the race 37 times now so know the distance well) and listened to my body, as although technology can be a great aid, your body knows what’s best.

I’m sure I’ll be glancing at my watch again during time trials and I’ll definately keep an eye on it during the races I’m running in the next few weeks, but I just wanted to say that for me, technology isn’t everything. Not sure why it took me so many words to write this though. Probably as I really enjoy sitting here at home with my Macbook computer and wireless network connected to our broadband connection…. *yawn*

5 comments on “Gadgets, who needs em!
  1. How about the technology in the running wear too? I’ve been very pleased with my Ronhill running tops which keep me nicely warm, and dry.

    As far as shiny technology, I get a lot out of my Nike+iPod, for tracking my distances and so on (it gets better all the time), but I don’t find I listen to the music. Running is becoming an ideal time to just think (or not), and music is a bit of a distraction. Not got as far as heart rate monitoring though… Maybe sometime :-)

    But like you, I’m finding that technology for it’s own end is declining in my life. I just want stuff to work and get out of the way…. A bit of a turnaround from a few years ago :-)

    On the subject of “just working”, what’s this about a Macbook!?

  2. Danny Boy says:

    Amen with the “I just wanted to say that for me, technology isn’t everything.” comment. Sometimes just a vest, shorts, pair of trainers & wristwatch is all you really need (coupled with a determined attitude to just go nuts on the run).

  3. David says:

    Richard, yes, clothing plays an important part too. I always wear “technical” running tops when running, and shorts, and socks…

  4. Andrew says:

    I agree about the technology not being essential. But I just love a gadget me and I would definitely say that the Garmin has taught me a lot about my pace.
    Something that Paula R does sometimes is to go out for a run without even a watch on. I have never tried this but I can imagine that if you have no idea how far you have run and you are not restrained by trying to maintain a certain pace, that you would end up just running for the sheer pleasure of it.
    technology has it’s place (I am a geek at heart) but it is not the be all and end all.

  5. David says:

    I almost wrote an entry a couple of days ago about how I love gadgets after having a great recovery run on Wednesday evening just using my heart rate monitor to keep me “in the zone”. I’ll save this for next week perhaps.

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