Technology is amazing, but it doesn’t have the best reputation as far as time management is concerned. While it’s great that your watch can monitor your heart rate, detect the elevation of that hill you hate, post your mile time to all of your social media accounts, and tell you more about yourself than your mother could, are all of these features worth the time they are taking out of your morning?
I used to have a watch that needed to connect to my heart rate monitor, locate a GPS signal, link to its own tracking platform, sync with my social media tracking app, and find my Bluetooth headphone signal. By the time all of this happened, I had spent 10 minutes on the sidewalk waiting to get my run started. Plus, something would always go wrong during the run and I would have to stop multiple times to re-sync, reconnect, or throw my phone into the street. All of this technology, while designed to improve my runs, was beginning to hinder them.
I knew this had to stop, so I took some time to think and realized that the thing I care about the most is tracking my time and distance. I got rid of all of my phone apps, began logging my runs on an old-fashioned piece of paper, and bought a watch whose claim to fame was finding a GPS signal quickly and tracking distances accurately. That time I spent before and during runs dealing with technology shrank to less than a minute per run.
Not only was this a huge time saver, it also relieved a lot of stress. Who wants to deal with so many apps, trackers, and monitors first thing in the morning? Even when it hurts, remember that running is supposed to be an enjoyable experience, and if your technology is getting in the way, it’s time to ditch it. Figure out what one piece of technology is the most important to you during a run and try your best to limit yourself to that. You’ll streamline your morning, save time, and feel a lot better once you hit the road.