Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Gear'd Up

To steal a Jamoosh Blog trait….Opening Comment: I'm tired of pretending I'm not a total, bitchin' rock star from Mars. http://www.livethesheendream.com/ (Thanks SOOO much to Adrianne for pointing me to that. She says she doesn’t comment much, but obviously when she does they are freaking awesome.)

This morning had me running 7 miles at marathon pace of 7:16. It was a tough run. My legs felt tired and heavy and I think that I hit a mini wall around mile 5. Not exactly the kind of run that exudes confidence (Like my buddy Mr Sheen)– especially as I am starting my marathon training.

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After 7 years of traveling full time for work, I’ve learned to travel VERY light. I have been known to carry 2 week’s worth of clothes in a carry on bag and have my entire office in my laptop bag. However, it seems that while running, I’ve started to collect an army of gidgets and gadgets that help me along the way. When I started, I only needed a pair of shoes and some road, now I need an orgy of devices to log any miles.

This was recently brought to my attention by Danny at “A Quest for Running Perfection”. On my Funny Foto Friday post, he mentioned that I looked awfully heavy while trying to lay the smack down on the little girl and alluded that if I would drop some of the crap I could be faster. Here is the picture he was talking about:

Sony Walkman Headphones: I’m going to be doing a giveaway on these next week (spoiler alert!) but, in summary they are over the ear wireless, self contained, waterproof, kick ass headphones. I did a review a while back where I basically said that they were the best thing since nudist colonies were invented.

Handheld Water Bottle: I have never mastered drinking out of a cup while running (keg stands, no problem), so I always carry SOME Sort of water with me during races.

Spi Belt: I’ve only ran with my mini kangaroo pouch a handful of times, but I had to park pretty far away and wanted to be able to tweet about the race call my wife as soon as I was done.

Runners Knee Straps: I’ve ran with these for the last three years. They are designed to realign my kneecap, cure cancer, and help me avoid any knee pain. I’m honestly not sure if they are still doing anything because I am to afraid to run without them.

Garmin GPS Watch: If I could get a tattoo of the garmin logo on my ass, I would (there is no room – I’m all tattoo’d up). I can’t remember the last time I’ve ran without it.

Baby Maker Gloves in pocket: If I wasn’t wearing long sleeves I would have not only retained some of my manhood, but also wouldn’t have had to stash my gloves in my pockets.

Am I in the minority? Or does everyone else feel pretty weighed down by the ‘gear’ of our sport?  I mean, I'm not running around like a sherpa with a 80 pound pack or anything, but I'll bet I carry at least 2 cheeseburgers worth of crap.

43 comments:

Jamoosh said...

I'm telling, the long sleeves make you less aerodynamic and are also causing your body to heat up, therefore making you work harder.

Oh yeah, Barry Manilow in the running mix doesn't help either...

Tricia said...

I don't carry anything. I make my sherpa carry it all. I mean..my husband.

Chad said...

The gear overload is why I never run with music. I just hate the damn wire going to an ipod. Hate it!
Learn to drink from cups, homey! Your elbows will thank you. It takes energy to swing that 10oz sloshy weight.

Jeri said...

I lost my knee strap for about a week and realized, "huh... guess I don't need that anymore.." Not sure I would've willingly stopped wearing it otherwise. = security blanket.

Rose said...

I'm afraid of hand held water bottles; I feel like I'd feel off balance.

And Sheen is an inspiration to all today, man.

Adrienne said...

I run with tunes and garmin.

Chris K said...

Yeah, it was definitely the gadgets that caused that chickage. It was the arrows, not the Indian.

Suza said...

My last run - Vibrams, running tights, a running jacket, a technical race shirt, Ipod + arm strap.

It's not really gadgets, but I realised I was wearing 100% running gear, which is a huge shift since last year when I wore two pairs of hoodies and cotton pants for my winter runs!

SupermomE12 said...

I ran my last marathon without an IPOD just because I didn't want one more THING on me (I guess two more things if you count IPOD in the armband and the headphones). I usually run with a handheld water bottle with my Hammer HEED drink, Hammer gels in my handheld pocket and arm sleeve pockets, Garmin and sunglasses, and sometimes the IPOD too. Oh yeah,and clothes and running shoes. :)

Kate said...

Usually just phone (doubling as stopwatch, camera, andiPod) and water bottle. if it's a long run, some gels. Usually not a fuel belt bc you can fit an amazing amount of crap into a sports bra.

Barefoot Johnny O said...

I'm excited about the giveaway . . . I wonder if it will be as awesome as a poop bucket in the middle of a nudist beach? But, I have issues with your needy sole - there are several problems with the picture . . . the body twist is a waste of energy; the shoes and inevitable heel strike are a pushing you backward - get rid of them and you'll loose weight and stop stopping with every step and you won't need the knee bands to prevent injury - caused by the shoes/heel strike, thereby lightening the load even more. It's so simple. Why complicate things. In fact, why not run naked? To answer your question - NO, KISS.

Luke said...

I suprised you can run so fast with all that crap.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

I run light. Me, shoes, road, sunglasses. The glasses are because my eyes dry out because I never change my contacts, ever. Once in awhile (every few weeks?) I break out the Garmin, then ignore it for ten miles...I wore it in one race. I sometimes use an ipod...every few weeks. I prefer just tying my shoes and leaving the house.
PS I did wear knee straps once until I figured out they'd just prevent be a crutch for my muscles, so I lost them. I was scared at first but I had no problems once I let my knees heal all the way.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i have often considered this and that's why i just leave the water at home. I mean really, music or water there is just no contest

The Sean said...

I wear a digital Timex and a wedding ring.

You can have any experience you choose to out there! I don't see anything wrong with whatever choices you make as a runner- (after all you could be Charlie Sheen instead, yeah I am piling on to- at least running is a mostly healthy lifestyle:)

Greg said...

It isn't the gear that is slowing me down . . . it is the size of my ass!

Queenie said...

I always feel rather bionic when I go running with my Garmin watch, iPod, insulin pump (I have diabetes), some type of fast-acting carbs (either ShotBloks or glucose tablets), and my spi belt with my cell phone if I'm running at night. Good thing you don't have diabetes...you'd have another device that you'd be carrying around!

Nobel4Lit said...

Hah, I knew you were gonna make a manhood joke when I saw the arrow pointing at the gloves.

I honestly don't think that stuff affects your speed (well, except the water bottle)...

Blaine said...

I was thinking that yesterday when the weather warmed up so that I just needed shorts, shoes and a long sleeve shirt. I didn't need the gloves, tights, headband/ear warmers...etc...I probably was a good 5 lbs lighter.

If this is your race gear, I'd hate to see what your day to day is..do you pull a trailer with a water cooler attached?

Jill said...

It took me awhile to ween myself off of hand-held water in marathons but once I did, I felt so liberated. Do NOT take your knee braces off; you're doomed if you do!

Cynthia O'H said...

Hmm, I complain about carrying my puffer when I run - so much so that I'm calling my doctor tomorrow to prescribe one in a smaller container for my races. Those grams do add up seconds.

C2Iowa said...

garmin and spibelt for me. only a master at travel provide you with the answers you seek. Wait for it .... you are a master at travel - so there!

51feetunder said...

I use the same Sony MP3 player love it as well. No cords make a world of difference, and it's ridiculously light. I wrote a review of it on my blog as well: http://wp.me/pSeOt-3B

The Garmin isn't a gadget, it's a tool so I'd discount that one.

Gloves are weather dependent, but the rest of that stuff could probably go....definitely the water bottle should go, it's a lot of weight to be carrying when they already have water on course. Fold the cup and CHUG CHUG CHUG!

Cheers

Laura said...

I made the same comment this past weekend when we were dropping off our gear to hear out for a run. Garmin, water bottles, body glide, heart monitor, GU, Sharkies, cell phones..
It's like my sherpa is on my back.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Garmin. Waterbelt for 5+ or summer running. Condoms. That's pretty much it for gear.

Val said...

I also carry my Nathan Hydration pack so I look even more like a pack mule! Your posts always crack me up:)

GeorgiaSnail said...

If we are taking pot shots here...It's "tatted up", the kids say "tatted" not "Tattoo'd"...

Running a full mary on a supported course, I would drop the water bottle & the spi belt. You can get a cheap pair of disposable cotton/poly gloves at a truck stop for a buck.

...but it's your run-whatever makes you feel comfortable. You are a lot faster than me, so what do I know!

Laura said...

I'm pretty much same as you except for the water bottle. Man up!

JessiePants said...

I'm pretty attached to my gloves and camelback for longer runs/handheld for shorter runs and I probably also could be similar to the 2 cheeseburger thought.
It is pretty funny that the little lady in the photo has absolutely NO gear. You have good reason for all of yours though.

Al's CL Reviews said...

I ran without my knee strap for last year's HM training. 4 weeks into triathlon training I got a bad hip/lower back/itb. Coincidence maybe but that strap is back on the knee.

JessiePants said...

PS. you should check out today's Cake Wrecks, I think they wrote it just for you: http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2011/03/sorry-charlie.html

Emily said...

I am addicted to gear. You're lucky you're in Arizona and don't have to deal with the addition of cold weather gear. My gym bag for tonight's run is as big as a car.

kilax said...

I wear a ton of stuff too. I have been toying with the idea of doing a race sans water bottles though!

I can't wait to try out my headphones! Thanks again for your help! :)

Dash said...

Haha, baby maker. You always make me laugh.

not that your baby maker is a laughing matter...

Megan said...

People say that running is the cheapest sport; all you need is shoes and some road or trail. But I beg to differ. I NEED my garmin, I NEED my nice Nike running tights, I NEED a hat. Well I don't NEED, but I sure feel naked without them...

Nej said...

Right now I feel as though I'm getting ready to go into battle every time I gear up to run. But mainly because it's winter. Below zero running requires below zero clothing and gear. I can't WAIT for spring running. I'll still have my Garmin and a hydration belt.....but the 17 layers of pants, shirts, jackets, gloves, hats, socks, etc, etc can go away!!! :-)

RunningLaur said...

Man, I run with so much crap.
Water, garmin, music, key, and phone are almost always on.
Gu, pepper spray, hat, sunglasses, arm sleeves, gloves, belt or nathan vest, clif bars, cactus comb, gaiters, salt packs... sheesh.

Spike said...

Tunes and a Garmin...maybe a few Gus. That is it. I'd sooner try to reason with Charlie Sheen than carry water with me.

Glenn Jones said...

Take upmtrail running. Then you can wear a hydration pack and rattle and jingle down the trail.

Dani- danielleislosingit said...

I love this post!

I live for snot rockets;)

adrianne said...

thanks for the shout out and glad you liked the link. oh, and i guess there's no pressure to be freakin' awesome every time i comment from here on out.

i try to be light while i'm running, so i'll stash water/gels and usually throw off my gloves and hat and hide them behind a mailbox or tree and pick them up later. 'cause i'm classy like that.

Andrew Opala said...

Don't get rid of the Garmin dude. Anyone telling you to get rid of that ... well ... that's just crazy talk. It's not a tumar!

Running Junkie said...

LOL! Really funny post here! Youre a natural comedian.

You could lose the water bottle. It can be heavy & is completely unnecessary for runs of 10K or less. Ditch the gloves too. You'll warm up during the run. But the Garmin is essential too.