WHEN TO unplug
While not a luddite, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the other side of the argument – that a lack of technology gives some runners an advantage. Author Christopher McDougall asks whether the lack of technology in certain cultures produces some of the best distance runners in the world, such as the Tarahumara of Mexico and the Kalenjin of East Africa.
“Once gimmicks take over and technique is scuttled, you can expect up to 90 per cent of all marathon runners to become injured. And they are,” writes McDougall. “But ultimately, the debate isn’t about Bare Soles vs. Shoes. It’s about learning to run gently. Master that, and you can wear – or not wear – anything you please.”
As for other running technology like our sensors and devices, Dr. James Aw, Chief Medical Officer at Medcan who writes about health and technology, advises giving technology a bedtime and sometimes leaving the tech at home. “Remember that you control your devices. They shouldn’t control you,” the doctor advises. Tania Hass is a health and wellness writer and regular contributor to Canadian Running.