If you've ever watched a marathon, you may have seen some runners chatting on their cell phones during the race. I've heard marathoners gabbing on their cell phones about things such as their location on the race course, how they're feeling, and what they've seen so far. I've even seen runners and read stories about people texting on the run, both in races and training runs.
Although I try to carry my cell phone for emergency purposes, I can't say that I've ever been tempted to chat on the phone while running. If I'm going to have a conversation with someone while running, I want them to be right next to me! Or, if I choose to run by myself, it's usually because I'm craving some alone time and I definitely don't want it interrupted with a phone call.
And, let's face it, chatting on the phone (even with a hands-free device) is not exactly the safest way to run. You may get distracted with your phone call or not be able to hear oncoming cars, bikes, or other runners. Texting while running obviously presents even bigger dangers.
How do feel about cell phone use while running? Do you think it's a good way to multi-task? Should cell phone use be banned from races (except for emergencies)? Share your thoughts in the comments section.