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Put down that iPod: Learn how going gadgetless can help your running. #runningtips

technologically blind. No Garmin GPS I watch telling me my pace or position, I no heart-rate monitor blinking away, no MP3 player blasting Bruce Springsteen. The racecourse didn't have any clocks, either, and some of the mile markers were missing, so I had no precise idea how far along I was, or how fast I was running. I wasn't doing the race with a time goal in mind, so I thought to myself, Why not just wing it? I PR'ed by nearly four minutes. Sure, gadgets help you quantify the effort you put into training. But occasionally blocking out all that technological noise can help you recalibrate, bringing you back to the joy of mind-clearing running. Freed from the stress of constant feedback, you may even find yourself going faster and performing better. Here's how to pause and reflect. STOP: THE WATCH Checking your pace, distance, and heart rate every few minutes means you'r...

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