Last week I got my first iPhone. I love it. I love everything about it. I went right out and downloaded running aps, set up profiles, looked at training plans (omg yes -- marathon training plans). It tracks my pace. It maps my route (<3 gps). It tells me I'm doing great. It posts my workout so everyone else can tell me I'm doing great.
Today I had my first longer run with the phone and the music and the armband and the ap and the talking voice. And I found it a little over-whelming. I felt like I was missing out on the whole organic experience of running. It seemed like such a waste of the mountain and the trees and the misty rain and the pine needles underfoot. I couldn't hear myself breathe, or think.
I started to get lost in my thoughts despite all this; my thoughts have been pretty insistent lately. But I felt very weighed down and drowned out by all this technology.
It all started with a watch. I timed every run at the beginning. If I forgot my watch, I stopped and went home to get it. The first run that I managed without it was so liberating; I ran the run I wanted and wasn't spending the whole run checking my time. Music also became a crutch for me, and whenever I felt particularly crummy I'd plug in and tune out. But I always felt unsatisfied with these runs, like I hadn't even been there for it.
So I guess what this comes down to is that I am going to have to find other ways to get my technology fix. I think it will take me too far away from the things I love about running.