Look at me! I’m gadget-free!
Secondary disclosure: I invited her and her co-author, coach Julia Jones, to share thoughts on gadget-free running and to PROMO! PROMO! their new book (which I’ve read and adored).
The reason is an outgrowth of my own half marathon running experience. Not being a runner and having this be my first race I heeded every rule in the packet. Right down to the clear statement of listening to headphones/ear buds during the race was a violation.
I showed up race day ear-budfree and ready to chat during my run only to discover I was the only one who’d followed the rule.
13.1 miles later–all in my head and chatting to no one (they all had tunes. I was *not* disrupting the tunes.)–I’d become a hardcore, no music, all unplugged runner.
Please to enjoy Shauna & Julia’s thoughts on the subject.
GPS charged? Check.
Heart rate monitor strapped on? Check.
Sports bra secured? Check.
Phone in pocket? Check.
Playlist loaded? Check.
Satellites located? Check.
Congratulations, you are now ready for your 45 minute run! Or is that your mission to the moon?
There are so many fitness gadgets on offer today that it can feel like it takes longer to get ready for your workout than to actually do it.
And once you’re finally moving, technical hiccups can disrupt your rhythm – from hitting a wrong button on the RunKeeper app, to losing a satellite, to taking a phone call from your Mum.
We love gadgetry and wouldn’t be without it, but we invite you to try a workout with no technology whatsoever. Whether you’re running, walking, elliptical-ing or another kind of movement – just put on your workout clothes and go. Old school, baby!
Sometimes that silence can clear a delicious space for your mind to roam.
We’ve found that awesome creative ideas pop into our heads out of nowhere.
We make mental grocery lists and daydream about summer vacation.
We find solutions to problems that have plagued us for days.
Or sometimes it’s all quiet up there, and we just huff along in a moving meditation.
Start with one workout a week. Try to feel comfortable with your own company and have fun simply moving. Observe what goes on in your mind and body:
- How’s your breathing? Is it shallow or deep?
- What thoughts are popping into your mind?
- How are your arms positioned?
- What do your footsteps sound like? Are you shuffling or actively pushing off the ground?
- How does this running speed feel? Could you pick it up a notch, or do you need to take a walking break?
- What do your surroundings look like? What can you feel and smell? What’s the light like this time of year?
- Now, what’s for dinner?
You can also experiment with running a gadget-free race.
We’ve had runners pull awesome PR’s after their GPS watches died at the start line, so they had nothing but the feeling in their legs and lungs to judge their pace.
Why not give it a go?
Renowned running coach Julia Jones and her sidekick Shauna “Dietgirl” Reid are the brains behind Up & Running e-courses for runners. Their brand new book UP AND RUNNING (CICO Books) is a friendly, fun and do-able 8 week program to take you from zero to 5k and beyond… and discover the life changing power of running! Find out more here.