So I’ve been thinking.
Yes…that’s what that burning smell is.
Anyway, I know I’ve mentioned it a few times already, but recently I’ve been dabbling in the whole concept of running by my feels.
Don’t get me wrong; I love my Garmin a lot. I love uploading my workouts and seeing all the numbers and comparing them to other runs to see if I’m improving. It has been an endlessly helpful training tool.
What I don’t love is the crushing anxiety the watch was making me feel sometimes while I’m out on a run. I blame watch checking at least a little for the fact that the wheels came crashing off during my 15 miler. I was already sick and knowing how fast I was going and how far I had left to go made me feel really claustrophobic. I think we all know what happened next.
After that I started running without looking at my pace. Rather than be a slave to technology, I would go out at a pace that felt good to me and adjust it as I went. So far this has worked out really well. I did not check my watch at all during my past two races and I PRed in both of them. A little bit of that might have been my fast new shoes, but I definitely think the fact that I was more relaxed played a big part. Also my long runs since the failboat 15 miler have been so much more consistent and enjoyable when I just find a comfortable place and hang out there rather than obsess over time.
So all that said…I’m actually thinking of running Bob Potts WITHOUT MY GARMIN.
Without. My. Garmin.
- I’m pretty sure that at some point along the course there will be some kind of marker or human informing me of how far I’ve gone. At the very least I’ll know when I make it to 13.1 miles because that’s when they will tell me to turn around. Unlike my 2 year old, I’m a pretty good listener.
- I do have a super-top-secret time goal that I’m not going to share because I feel like I’ll jinx it if I do. I’m superstitious like that. Anyway, I know in general how hard I’m going to have to push to reach that goal. The watch probably won’t help much with that; conversely I’m thinking it’s more likely to make me go out too fast/panic/Farrah ugly cry on the side of the trail.
- There will be a big ass clock at the finish line. Unless my eyes are bleeding when I cross it – which I suppose is not entirely out of the question – I’ll probably know what happened.
- I could wear it and just try to not look at it, but why tempt fate? And why wear a big, sweaty bracelet if I don’t absolutely have to? This area can really heat up in late May and even though our start time is 6am I’m betting it will be pretty warm by the time I finish. The less stuff attached to my body the better.
Really the only solid argument I have for wanting to wear the watch is that I’ll be able to get the data off it later and even that isn’t guaranteed. I had a low battery warning at the end of my run on Saturday and that was only 20 miles.
Hahaha “only 20 miles”.
I feel like this is the most obnoxious first world problem, but I’m really torn on what to do. Like it has completely taken over my brain in the past 24 hours. Is this the taper crazies already? I thought I had more time before those started.
What would YOU do? Do you run with a GPS watch? Do you absolutely have to have it for races? Are you superstitious about telling people your race goals?
Happy Tuesday, everyone! We are in store for some beautiful weather today and I’m looking forward to a lovely little 5 mile trail run! What’s on your agenda for today?