Technology is a great thing for many things - not just running. Is it required to bring technology for a run? Yes - I think so... Otherwise I probably wouldn't be running as much as I am...
Wearing a device to time your course, monitor your pace and constantly check whether you're still alive (heart rate that is...), brings an extra dimension to exercising - in this case running. I'm not fanatic about it and it's not like I'm constantly checking my watch for pace, HR or whatever...
Yes, I know that I don't really need it, that I'll survive without it, but I also think it makes it a lot more fun to get out there moving those feet. And to me that's what it's all about - having fun and enjoying it!
It helps me wanting to get out there in the dark, cold, early hours (I get up at 5.30am) during winter, through those rainy, windy, freezing mornings while most others are still asleep in their warm cosy beds. It's not just during winter that I harvest energy and encouragement from technology.
During springtime, on those awesome early mornings, where most are still asleep, I use technology (a camera, if not obvious...) to capture those awesome sunrises and frame nature as it is, to share with those who can't or wont get up that early to see the spectacular views as the first light breaks the darkness by the misty river Thames, and to hopefully encourage those, who just needs a tiny push to get out of bed to enjoy it.
Currently my beloved Garmin Forerunner 310XT is broken, and has been sent to Garmin for replacement, even though warranty has expired Garmin has taken it in, as a gesture of good will. Awesome service Garmin!! Therefore, I'm using my Epson Runsense SF-810 at the moment, which I reviewed for Epson earlier this year. And of course I most often bring my Olympus Stylus TG2 Tough.
Yes - you may say I'm addicted to technology - but if technology is what it takes to make me get out there, then fine by me :-)
See you out there...
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