No not literally, get your mind out of the gutter.
For the past few months I’ve been running Garmin-less. I was SO excited when I got my Garmin but shortly after I realized it freaked me out. I became obsessed with looking at my watch. I know we’ve all been there, running and staring at your wrist. I decided to give it up. Whenever I saw how fast I was running I would freak out and think “How can I possibly be running that fast??”. So I stopped wearing it and listened to my body. For the most part, I think I got faster because I wasn’t thinking and worrying about how fast I was going. I listened to my body, I knew what felt easy and when I need to push.
Now I’m starting to rethink my decision. The past weekends 5K I went in with a “I don’t care I’m just going to run” type of attitude. No specific training, no speed work, just running. I hit mile 1 at 8:15 and it felt easy. Why did I pull out my earbud to hear the callers time? Because I wanted to know. I needed to know… but was it the right decision? I immediately went into panic mode, even though it felt easy. I reverted back to beginner running mode and told myself “too fast, slow down”, which I did… and it leaded to a stomach cramp, which I think I created from freaking out. The whole “running naked” has been fun, but it’s now time to whole myself accountable. I freaked out because I didn’t think I could how out that pace, even though I probably do during regular runs when I’m Garmin-less.
So, from now on I will be wearing my Garmin and PUSHING myself to believe that I can do it. If I know the exact times that I’m running during my normal run than I’ll know when to push and what is normal during a race, right?
Do you always run with your Garmin? Or do you go through periods without your watch?
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Until next time,
Run Hard, Run Long, Run Strong.