You know when you’re about to do something that you shouldn’t do, but you go ahead and do it anyway? Well, after more than 90 days of running without a watch, I took a bite of the forbidden apple and peaked at the clock on my cell phone before I started my run. You see, I wanted to know if my speed had increased over these past three months. Before Running Without a Watch, my fastest time for the three mile run was 27 minutes. As soon as I did it though, I knew it was a mistake; my curiosity had gotten the better of me.
After seeing the time, my entire run changed for the worse. I kept pushing myself to go faster, afraid to slow down. I didn’t enjoy my run and I felt pressured until the end. Even though I finished my run in 25 minutes, which is two minutes faster than before, I didn’t feel like celebrating. Instead of relaxing during my run and reflecting on the day, I was totally obsessed with the ticking of the clock.
After a blunder, the best you can do is to learn from it and move on. I have a renewed respect for the power of Running Without a Watch, and will keep my eyes focused on the beautiful scenery around me as I take flight for my next evening run.