I've been telling my teammates in the past that the average American distance runner today is slower than our counterparts from 30 years ago. And I've shared my opinions on why this is. Someday they will be enlightened and acknowledge I am correct. Until that day comes I will continue my crusade to denounce many entrapments of modern life. Some of the evil devices that many modern runners rely heavily upon are the Garmin Forerunner, Nike+, GPS units and MP3 players. The simplicity and beauty of going for a run has been corrupted by the adoption of personal technology devices.
As this video clip from The Onion demonstrates, we need to go back to a simpler time.
To help promote running without personal devices I suggest two thins:
1. Refrain from buying any of these personal electronic sports devices this holiday season. Your loved ones don't need them and neither do you.
2. Let's declare February 14, 2008 as the first Run "Naked" Day. Please, keep your clothes on or you'll likely to have some frostbite. The quotes indicate that you should be free of devices and feel naked. No watches, GPS units or other electronics.
Why February 14th? No, its not because its Valentine's Day. It happens to be the birthday of ENIAC. Many observe February 14, 1946 as the dawn of the Information Age. So it seems fitting that we shun these evil devices and revert to simpler times on that day.
Enjoy running without devices. Run "naked" and run free.