Will my Garmin slow me down?
Monday, August 20, 2012
This coming weekend I am taking a marathon training "break" to do a multi-sport weekend training camp. I did my 20 miler I was scheduled to do this coming weekend this past Saturday so this week will be step down week. This allows me to not feel so concerned about changing things up. I am so excited about the camp and it is FREE! I love free. And just in time for my upcoming Tri next month.
Here is the link to it:
The camp starts out with a 10K race and I am looking for a Masters PR!
The race will be followed by a 75 mile bike ride which will probably not be too pretty since I am gonna really push the 10K. Anyway, I have a Women's Running Book Discussion Group
that meets at my house 1 time per month and tonight there was a discussion about whether you run faster without a Garmin because it can psyche you out! I am thinking about this for 5Ks and 10Ks would not want to give up the Garmin for longer races. I had never thought about it but all of my really fast running (for me) in my pre-masters years was without a Garmin since they did not exist 25 years ago! I started to think about it and I believe there is some truth to it. In those days I just gutted it out and ran as fast as I could! Pain was my guide and how much of it I could handle. That reminds me of a quote from the book my group is reading...
"You've gotta grind your teeth and gut it out. It's okay if it hurts. Accept it. Once you accept the pain it will free you to run faster." -Mr. Speedy Pants quoted in The Lola Paper by Amy Marxkors
So NOW I am trying to decide do I run with my Garmin or not! I never do races without it anymore but would I go faster if I did not have it? I rely on it so much now I am kinda freaked out to race without it. Maybe I could wear it but just not look at it very much.
See how ambivalent I am ?! Yikes, I am Garmin addicted. Tell me what you think! I am definitely not running without my ipod so I will not be completely gadget free.