I went out for a quick pre-dinner run, went to start my Garmin, and realized that I was dreading looking at my stats. However, my Garmin seems so sacred- as though if I don't have my stats my run didn't actually happen. Ultimately, I decided to run without starting my Garmin for this run. I still wore my watch (had to make sure I was back for dinner!) but didn't have any pace or mileage stats. At first, this felt really weird and unnatural.
How am I supposed to know if I was on pace?!
What if I didn't do the EXACT mileage prescribed?!
And in that moment I realized that my problem was stemming from that mindset. Running had become so mechanical- get dressed, put on my shoes, put on my Garmin, start my Garmin, run, look at watch, adjust pace, look at watch, adjust pace, etc. I had forgotten why I loved running in the first place! Now, don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Garmin Forerunner 225. I wear it as my daily watch and its fantastic. However, I just needed a break from the constant stats I was getting from it during my run. During some workouts (i.e. speed, long runs, tempo runs, etc.) I really do need this information, but when I'm just doing easy miles there is no reason for me to obsess over my pace!
For the past few weeks, I've been using my Garmin during long runs, tempo, runs, and speed workouts and only going by time for the other 2 days of running and I feel great! I no longer dread putting on my shoes (only sometimes when that alarm goes off.. ha!) and am really back to enjoying my runs. Sometimes it's important to take a step back and realize why you started running in the first place and go back to your roots.
With love and lots of happy running,