So, I’ve been debating something I need your opinion on, Interwebz. I’ve trained to hit 2 hours. My PR is 2:03 (so, really close), this course is hilly and I frankly don’t have a ton of confidence that I’m going to hit 2 hours. And, more importantly, have decided it’s not terribly important to me at this point. The training was tough, I’m proud of myself for doing (most of) it and am leaving my time to the Race Gods at this point.
I’ve been contemplating running *gulp* GPS-free.
I’ve never done this before. I run with my Garmin almsot every time, save for the few times the battery has run out or I forgot it. I like having the feedback on what my pace is, and I love having the DATA when I get back from my run to see the graphs and stuff. (Gotta EARN that Runnerd moniker, right?)
So why would I want to run without it? I read an article in an old Runners’ World that got me thinking about it. It pointed out that these gadgets can sometimes pull your focus away from your body, even limiting you based on the numbers you know you can do. It’s a fine theory, but I’m a little nervous to try it out on a 13.1’er… But, on the other hand, if I’ve declared I want to just run and see what I can do, etc, why not go “naked” and see what I can do? It might be enjoyable.
But, on yet another hand, I should also state that if I finished several minutes slower than my PR I’d probably be disappointed, and maybe wish I had known how fast I was going? So I guess for that reason, I’m leaning toward using it, but would still be open to being talked out of it.
What should I dooo??!