So, we had a bit of a family get-a-way this week. My husband had a conference and asked the girls and I to join him. We got to stay in a great hotel (suite!!), water slides, nice restaurant, etc. We were gone for 3 glorious days and it was really wonderful. The girls and I spent most of our days school shopping and swimming, so it was kind of a mini-vacay (for us anyway, my husband was actually working)
Anyway….the reason for the title of my post “Lost” is because I left my Garmin watch charging at home for the entire time we were gone. This might not sound like a big deal to most, but I. Love. My. Watch.
I never realized how much I relied on it until I kept consulting my bare wrist All. Week. Long. Not only do I look at my wrist when I want to know the time or date (I have never been the consult-my-cell-phone type for that info), but I also rely on it to tell me how many miles I’m running.
I’d love to tell you that my run without my precious Garmin was liberating and exhilarating and that I was much more mindful of my running without it, but that just wasn’t the case. I wondered how long I’d been running, have I gone a mile yet, how about two, should I turn around yet?
Now, I’m not a runner that constantly looks at my watch. I don’t check my pace constantly or anything like that. But I like to know how far I have gone and post-run, I like to know what my pace was. Unfortunately, I’m also not a runner who can just feel how far I’ve run. I ran on an unfamiliar and unmarked trail and had no clue how far I actually ran. I also like to record runs and stats. I upload to Garmin Connect and track my daily runs through that system.
So other than showing off my awesome tan lines on my wrist, I did not enjoy leaving my watch behind. I am going to log today’s run in as a 4 mile tempo run (because I felt like I was really moving and hey, who knows?!)
Do you rely on a watch or cell phone tracking app for your daily runs? Have you tried a run without it lately? I’d love to hear about it!
Until Next Time,