The Fu­ture is Now

Run­ning & Tech­nol­ogy

Canadian Running - - CONTENTS - By Ta­nia Hass

“Tech­nol­ogy can’t re­place t he out­doors and fresh air, or be­ing sur­rounded by friends. It can’t re­place the nerves you might have on a start­ing line, or the adren­a­line that comes from be­ing on a track with an­other hu­man be­ing.”— Evan Wall­man, Founder, Toronto Trail Run­ners

FO­CUS ON TECH­NIQUE, R AT H E R T H A N PER­FOR­MANCE

“Part of why I run is to get away from screens,” says Evan Wall­man, as he climbs the dirt trails un­der the green canopy of the lower Don Park­lands. The founder of Toronto Trail Run­ners tells me he uses his Su­unto spar­tan trainer watch to mon­i­tor his heart rate and speed, but that’s as far as tech in­ter­sects with his run­ning.

“Tech­nol­ogy can’t re­place the out­doors and fresh air, or be­ing sur­rounded by friends. It can’t re­place the nerves you might have on a start­ing line, or the adren­a­line that comes from be­ing on a track with an­other hu­man be­ing,” adds Evan, who doesn’t use Strava or MapMyRun.

I can re­late to Evan. Af­ter ob­sess­ing over sleep and fit­ness data while train­ing for a triathlon, I de­vel­oped a mild ver­sion of or­tho­som­nia: the state of be­ing so pre­oc­cu­pied with the data from your ac­tiv­ity tracker that it harms your abil­ity to rest. I stopped us­ing the watch af­ter that.

But are Evan and I miss­ing out on what tech­nol­ogy has to of­fer to run­ning?

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