This morning I headed out to Cedar Ridge Preserve. I hadn't been there in a while, but this is one of my favorites. It has varied terrain, several technical sections to practice climbs and descents over rocks and roots, as well as some clearer, wider ups and downs you can cruise on. There are not many level sections to run on! Plus, there are no mountain bikes allowed!
I strapped on my Garmin, turned it on when I was a few minutes away, and got the "low battery" warning. By the time I got there, it was completely dead. I checked my start and stop times, and added up the miles on the map to get a rough idea of the distance I had run, so I could at least have some sort of record. I also ran without my iPod. When I run on the streets at home, I usually listed to podcasts or audiobooks. On a trail run, I usually run without it, so I can hear the animals sneaking up on me.
I know I should be less dependent on electronics. Experienced runners can monitor their pace by perceived effort, without relying on a GPS watch. And true runners don't need to be distracted or preoccupied by an iPod; they they meditatively commune with nature and their own. I suppose it does me good to run naked every now and then, but I felt, well, naked, without my electronic companions.