Sunday, December 5, 2010

It's complicated

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?


HiAltDawg said...

Worst part: before the complications, I was faster.

SnowLeopard said...

Similar. Except now I have to stretch like crazy or I hurt and regret it later. And I agree with what Dave said.

slowrunner77 said...

Dude! You know what makes runs complicated for me?
Picturing you in compression shorts!

Turi Becker said...

This coming from a guy whose avatar is himself grabbing his cup... :)

slowrunner77 said...

i was ADJUSTING!!!
man, no sympathy for the mustachioed man who had just had BALL SURGERY!!

Nitmos said...

I can get out the door pretty fast. The biggest complication is balancing a meal and a run. Usually, I have time for a run just as it is time to eat. So...choose between the run or starving.

SnowLeopard said...

Nitmos, I'd rather skip the meal and run. Don't like to run with a bunch of food sloshing around anyway. But there is the main problem- finding time to run in the first place...