Even when I run alone, I’m never on my own. I’m with my two buddies, ever-faithful, ever present: RunKeeper and Spotify.
For as long as I’ve been a runner – let alone a long distance runner – I’ve never run unplugged.
So when my iPhone broke halfway through our vacation, my first thought was, g
osh darn F$%^!!! S%^&!!! How will I check into the gym and track my runs now? And what about the music???!?!?!
Not that I didn’t figure it out right away. For the gym, I used the GymPact app on the iPad. And for running, once I took myself off gym detention, I took HusbandRuns’ Android device and installed RunKeeper and Spotify on it, pronto, so I could use it to track my virtual Maui half marathon.
Beautiful as that run was, though, the darned thing bugged me. The touch screen’s response to sweaty fingers was inferior and taking photos was frustrating. I couldn’t log into my Spotify account, so I had to use create a new (free) one and listen to the radio instead of my own playlists.
Two days later, on my last run on Maui, as I took the phone out of my pocket to check my time, RunKeeper stopped itself and proclaimed my workout complete at 7.3 miles. But see, I had planned to run 7.53 miles, or precisely 12.12 kilometers, for 12/12/12. And there I was, with 11.75.
No. There I was, running on a tropical island, in a sleeveless racerback dress in December, overlooking a beautiful turquoise ocean on one side and emerald green golf courses on the other… and being annoyed at my gadgets.
Instead of enjoying the beautiful vistas, I was gritting my teeth at not being able to take good photos. Instead of enjoying to the song of exotic birds, I was missing my favorite music.
Now that I’m back home – wondering how long it will be before I get to run on that little piece of tropical paradise again – I’m thinking. It’s about time I begin running unplugged.
Well, not all the time. Please, I’m on a marathon training schedule, with tempo runs, intervals and long runs that need to be tracked properly. But I could leave the gadgets at home for the once-weekly easy run, couldn’t I?
Do you ever run unplugged? How do you get over the fact that you can’t know exactly how long and how far you ran?