I have received some questions based on my half marathon post. They wanted to know why I was so focused on completing it in a certain time when I preach Running Without a Watch. Let me clarify. I am not against running with a watch. A watch is a very useful tool, fitting in the same category as an IPOD, Nike +, or google maps. But like any tool, it must be handled with care.
I started Running Without a Watch to get my running back on track. I used to be so focused on time that whenever I went out for a run and ran too slowly, I didn’t enjoy myself. It almost reached the point where I started to hate running. Every few minutes I would glance at my watch to check my pace. My running became inconsistent and I started to gain weight again. I knew I needed to find a way to enjoy running again before I gained another 10-15 pounds. I needed to act fast.
It all changed one day during a particularly difficult run when I had to stop in the middle and walk. I looked at my watch and it said 20 minutes. That was the moment I knew something had to give. I couldn’t continue this cycle of frustration and disappointment any longer. The very next day, I cast the watch aside and reclaimed my love of running. It no longer mattered if I ran an eight minute mile or an eleven minute mile. What mattered is that I completed my run. Running Without a Watch has relieved me of the unnecessary pressure that I felt each run had to be at maximum effort.
It is one week shy of my one year anniversary of Running Without a Watch. I have made it through the cold winter, hot summer, time off due to an injury, the birth of a new baby, and the death of a beloved pet. I am running faster, farther and freer than ever. I look forward to another exciting year of Running Without a Watch.