Sunday, December 5, 2010
One of the things that you hear runners praise about their chosen sport is that it's uncomplicated. "Just throw on a pair of shoes and you're out the door." Having come to running myself because I was tired of dealing with mechanical problems with mountain bikes, I can identify with this. However, as I got ready to head out this morning for a run, I did the following:
Put on running-specific clothing - compression shorts, running tights, wicking shirt, windbreaker, light gloves and vented hat.
Put on running shoes, and special running socks.
Strapped on a heart rate monitor (first time in awhile I've done that.)
Remembered my GPS watch, which receives a signal from the heart rate monitor.
Fit my cell phone (which is also an MP3 player) into an armband and routed the headphone cord to my ears so I could listen to NPR's Science Friday as a podcast while I ran.
Filled an handheld water bottle to hydrate with, and slipped a gel into the pocket in case I needed it.
Double-checked to make sure I had everything.
Wondered when running got so complicated.
What do YOU do to complicate your runs?