I’ve always been a slave to the technology when it comes to running. As soon as I could afford it, I went out and bought myself a shiny, beautiful Garmin Forerunner 305. It was love. There was something about being able to track my distance, my pace, everything. I loved that at any given moment, all I had to do was look at the watch and I would know exactly how I was doing on my run. Plus, having the big red watch on my wrist made me look like a runner. I felt…official!
Then something happened.
I got obsessed.
I couldn’t go more than a minute or two without checking my “stats”. It started to get me down. Why was my pace this? Why was it not faster? Why hadn’t I run farther?
It made my running suffer.
It made running a chore.
It increased my negative self-talk.
I kept a steady pace but I never improved no mater how consistent I was in my running. There could be many, many factors at play but one of the big ones was my using technology to dictate performance instead of running and training based on how I felt.
After my pregnancy/birth running hiatus, the time came to strap on the running shoes yet again. I was more than ready and incredibly eager to get going but hesitant to strap on the Garmin. Problem was, I needed it in order to track my run/walk intervals.
I made a decision that changed my running.
I set the Garmin to my intervals and hide my pace and distance stats. The watch would now tell me when to run and when to walk but my body would dictate my pace.
I ran based on feeling not expectation.
I’ve never run faster (PR’d my 5K earlier this month), better (so far, no injuries) or more happily (always looking forward to the next run).
And I’ve never felt better!