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Running without GPS apps is also enjoyable

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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 Trappe

Hello and thanks for stopping by. I'm Christoph Trappe and I'm the Vice President of Content Marketing Strategy, Americas, at ScribbleLive, which is based in Toronto and is a global content marketing software company. Before I started at ScribbleLive I was VP of Content Marketing and Conversion at MedTouch, a Boston-based company that helps healthcare organizations with digital marketing. I've written two books, speak at conferences around the globe and blog frequently on here. I love sharing my stories and helping organizations share theirs. If you need help, just visit the Contact Me page in the navigation and drop me a note. I'm always happy to chat! Thanks for reading! - Christoph ctrappe@christophtrappe.com 319-389-9853

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