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sights while runningEven though I love lifting weights much better than cardio, I still head out on runs – especially on the weekend.

I’m just a bit competitive so I used to like running with GPS. The app tells me how fast I’m going, how far I’ve gone and other potentially relevant information. I also track my calorie intake, daily weight and weights I lift at the gym. You can say that all of this helps me be competitive with myself. I try to beat yesterday’s version.

There certainly is nothing wrong with a little competition and being driven. Tracking performance, weight, etc., is also very helpful – especially if we don’t overthink or overdo diets and exercise regimes.

And then one day, by mistake, I ended up on a run without my GPS app. I didn’t know how fast I was going, what my pace was or how far I had gone.

It was kind of nice actually. Freeing even.

One negative clearly is that it’s hard to keep track of things. Before, I could say: This was a 80-mile month or 70-mile month or whatever. Without the app, I would have no clue, of course.

So there are pros and cons.

Since my accidental GPS-free run I’ve stayed with that way of running and no longer run with GPS. It’s freeing. I can enjoy my surroundings more. take walking breaks to take pictures and think. Instead of focusing on my exact pace or distance, I focus on thinking about other things, including problems that need to be solved.

Running on a treadmill at the gym, which I do as well, is about just the cardio part. And watching TV, I suppose. 🙂 Running outside is also about enjoying our community and surroundings.

runningTake a look at those bunnies – overweight from winter – slowly hopping across the trail. Or the deer checking you out. Or whatever else is going on or is unique to your location.

While I like competition, even if it’s just with myself, sometimes it’s about the journey and experience.

For now, I’m running without GPS tracking to enjoy my surroundings more.


Christoph

Christoph blogs on The Authentic Storytelling Project and is a globally recognized content marketing expert. The IMA named him Internet Marketer of the Year in 2015. He works with healthcare organizations and other brands around the globe.

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