Yesterday, I discovered that I have an addiction…to my Garmin.
Those who have run with me probably already knew this, but to me it was shocking.
I was about to head out for my run, and as I put on my Garmin, it turned off. Okay, not ideal, but I can just wear my husband’s Garmin instead. As I put his Garmin on, it too turned off. Really?
Alright, well I will just wear a regular watch with a start/stop button so I can at least time my workout. Come to find out, this watch was working, but I couldn’t figure out how to start the timer. Forget it, I will just go without a watch.
I have run before without my Garmin. It wasn’t that bad and it hasn’t been long since then. For some reason, it felt so weird yesterday.
I have to admit, it did feel good to start out and not worry about my pace right away. However, as I approached the first traffic intersection, I reached to pause my Garmin. It wasn’t there! I literally felt like I was standing there naked in front of the whole intersection. I was stopping my running, but not my Garmin-such a weird feeling! Once the light turned green, I again tried to reach to start my Garmin. What was wrong with me?
As I kept running, I felt a sense of “freedom” finally setting in: I was running in the grass when I could-instead of the road. I picked up and slowed down my pace when I felt like it. I focused on my form. I didn’t get even angry when I had to stop for traffic-like I usually do.
I was a whole new runner today!
It took this experience for me to REALLY realize that let my Garmin control my runs a little more than it should. Or I’m addicted to it. Or both. Either way, I tried to convince myself that I need more of these “naked” runs.
Two things I do have to admit though…
First, I did try to stop and start my “Garmin-that-wasn’t-there” several more times during my run. I also ran a route/distance that I have memorized, so I could at least know how far I went. (is that cheating?)
- Do you run with a Garmin or a watch?
- Do you rely on it as much as I do?