Running without time

How has your training been this week?

Garmin 405cxI did a killer session yesterday as in the morning I ran up Mt Cootha – 10.5k but very hilly, and then in the afternoon I did a 20k bike ride with my friends. I was convinced I would be ok to train again this morning but when my alarm went off at 5.45am and I tried to get out of bed my legs and hips did not want to move and hurt in a way I knew I would end up literally crawling on the 10k I had planned, so I rolled over and went back to sleep.

Anyway I digress slightly. When I was running up Mount Cootha yesterday I realised 500m in that I hadn’t charged my Garmin watch properly and it died on me. My first reaction was to think argh – shall I run back to the car park and use my iPhone Map My Run Β app or Strava? but I made the decision to keep going even though I knew now I wouldn’t have any running stats.

But you know what….it was actually quite liberating, just to run and not to be looking down at my time per kilometre or my heart rate. I literally had to go on how I felt. I felt good, and I did walk a little bit this week as it was my first proper run back since my holiday but I really enjoyed my run, I got to look around and look at all the beautiful scenery that’s all around on Mount Cootha and to suddenly take in that I was outdoors, running – doing what I love and I had a really great run. I finished the final sprint back to the car park with a smile on my face and it set me up for the day.

I think a run every now and again without wearing my watch might be good but I have to admit, I did find myself wondering what my time was and whether I had broken any of my times according to the Strava segments – very sad you say …….. I know!

So do you run with a watch when you train? If not is there Β a particular reason why you don’t?

Happy training and have a great week next week!

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  1. Most of my runs are done on the treadmill so I am constantly checking on the time! I don’t actually own a running watch so when I run outside I am able to just take my mind off the time and enjoy the feeling of the run. There is something purifying about ignoring the time and just being in the moment. I have to try that run up Mount Cootha some time πŸ™‚

    1. Wow you don’t own a running watch – that must be liberating! Yeah I guess on the treadmill the time is in your face unless you throw a towel over the screen which I have been known to!

      Mount cootha was a killer on Saturday – its great for stamina. I was thinking of doing the Mousdash race up there in a few weeks but I don’t think I’m ready!

  2. I usually use Map My Run on my phone – which doubles as music player. I like having my stats – how far, how fast and did I do the same course faster or slower than last time. It feeds my competitive nature πŸ™‚ A Garmin is on my christmas wishlist. But sometimes I like to just run for the fun of it – enjoy the scenery, the feeling of my body getting stronger and moving forward and just to remind myself WHY I run. Especially if I have had a particularly stressful day at work, I do find it liberating – just me and the road and no-one (or thing!) to answer to. And yes, I also do the towel over the treadmill screen – I don’t want to be reminded of how much longer/further I have to go cause it already hurts!!! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Melissa yes Map my Run is good isn’t it. It’s good to see your stats and also I sometimes find when I don’t think my training is improving that I look back at my Garmin stats and it’s only then that I realise that I have actually improved as they stats don’t lie! Garmin have produced some cheaper watches now. I paid almost $500 for my 405cx but they have a range that is in the $200’s now which to me looks just as good bar a few little bits which I don’t use that much on mine anyway πŸ™‚ so hopefully you’ll get one for Christmas πŸ™‚

      Yes a towel over the treadmill works a treat πŸ™‚ Happy running!!

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