I’ve been ask to do a guest blog post about wearing CIs while running. Now, I am speaking as an experienced runner rather than the casual weekend jogger. And, I have been asked to model as a runner wearing CIs.
I have done well over 500 miles of competitive running the last 5 years on top of countless number of miles of regular running. Hanging from the pipes in my basement are some half dozen pairs of ASICs GT series running shoes with very worn out soles. I have already gone through three watches and mind me, they aren’t cheap! I also bleed Checkers green as a diehard member of Checkers AC. And I am also one of the webmasters and a board member. If you want to see my running accomplishments, take a look at my own web site. Look for the link at the top – Running.
I started wearing my CIs just so that I could run with others and carry on a conversation. It was a most amazing thing because when you are alone in your thoughts only, it seems like forever till you get to your destination and it can also be lonely. It also helps when running in the street. You’ll be surprised on how ignorant drivers can be but there are just times when you can’t run the customary “face the traffic” route such as down a side street or a one way street. And also, on paths where you have share with bikers and roller bladers.
For someone who spent most of his life running and playing sports in total silence, there is nothing more satisfy than hearing the real sounds of feet beating the pavement, runners grunting, huffing and puffing, the crowd cheering, and Buffalo’s most beloved official timer, John Beishline bellowing the names of those who approach the finish line. It’s almost an adrenaline rush; that extra incentive you need to finish and finish strong!
Now I can only speak for my own device, the Advanced Bionics Harmony. You see, I sweat like Niagara Falls. Just like Matt Covington likes to sweat like a water fountain. It literally pours down from my hair all over my processors and down my face. But those lil’ beasties continue to tick like clockwork. And sometimes, I can feel like they are going to slip off my ear. I suppose I should get one of those huggie rings that slide onto the t-mic and then fit around the ear to keep it firmly on. I know, I know…call me a procrastinator as I haven’t gotten around to buy them.
So, if you are a CIer and a runner like me, please…please enjoy the sounds of nature and running! Do wear your CIs when beating the pavement. It is a most awesome and incredible experience!