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Christine Luff

Leave Your Watch at Home

By July 15, 2013

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I rarely run without my running watch or Garmin strapped to my wrist. But yesterday was really hot and humid so I decided it wasn't a good day to worry about how long or fast I was running. So I headed out sans timing device. I have to admit that it felt very strange at first. I kept glancing down at my left arm and was surprised to see a naked wrist. But it was somewhat of a relief and a little bit more relaxing to not be thinking about how fast or far I was going. I didn't get upset that the heat was slowing me down because I really didn't know my pace. I started to pay attention to other things like how much water I was drinking, my breathing, and my form on the hills.

If you're a slave to your running watch, I'd definitely suggest occasionally running without it so you're running based on how you're feeling, not the numbers on your watch.

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July 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm
(1) Brian says:

I like to wear my watch to track my distance but I often look down at the pace. I have locked the bezel and tried to not look at it but I always do. This is a good suggestion. I never wear during races because I feel that it has a psychological effect on how tired I feel and do better when I don’t know.

July 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm
(2) Sam says:

But… what about my prideful watch-band tan lines??

July 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm
(3) Allen says:

I was blessed to grow up in running during the 1970s. Electronic watches were relatively new and expensive and GPS was reserved for the military. I thus learned to listen to my body (feelings) and not be dependent on gadgets. I do have to admit, though, that I do use my GPS to track distance so I can put those numbers in my oldmanrunning.org blog. I never use it to track pace, though.

Thanks to Doc Sheehan for his remarks about watches (leave them home).

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