So I’m a pretty anal person when it comes down to staring down my Garmin whenever I’m doing a run. Whatever happened to those care free days where I’d just run for the sake of running? Well training happened and I’ve been feeling the heat whenever I don’t run the time I want or the time I “should be” running at. Well that’s going to change (at least until my goal race… haha) – after emailing my coach about my groin strain, she has me backing off my training/tempo/interval runs. I’m only allowed “easy” runs and well, I’m a bit stressed out because what is easy?!?!?!?!?! I felt so bummed out staring at my watch as I ran an “easy” run so what did I do? I ran naked yesterday! I went without the Garmin! And guess what? I survived!
I felt so much less pressure as I ran without my watch! I listened to my body and let it pick a pace – I didn’t obsess over my time nor did I feel stressed out from not running as fast as I did pre-injury and it the run itself was less time consuming. I didn’t have to wait for the satellite signal, I didn’t have to sit down and go through all my splits to input them, and I didn’t have to charge anything 😉 It can be such a humbling experience to be feeling by feel than by pace.
So tell me, do you run naked? How often do you run without a watch or are you as anal as I am and need those numbers on your wrist?