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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:

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The camp starts out with a 10K race and I am looking for a Masters PR! emoticon
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 emoticon 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. emoticon 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. emoticon

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    If you are addicted to your Garmin, then you better take it! You'll look funny checking your bare wrist all the time... ;)
    3223 days ago
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    I just received a Garmin as a birthday present! I can't speak to the question, but will keep it in mind as I train.
    3223 days ago
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    Although I do have a Garmin and never run without it, I haven't been running nearly long enough to give much input to this. Mostly I use my Garmin to check results after the fact. I make an effort to increase my pace as I log more miles, but I rely more on RPE than the Garmin. I am getting faster, but the Garmin just confirms that fact.

    Faster or slower, I need to know my miles, so I wouldn't run without it. Besides, it looks cool on my wrist.
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    All I know is I don't look at my Garmin or Polar while running....
    3224 days ago
    I think you may be right, at least in some instances. Sometimes I find myself running faster without it simply because I worry that I'm going too slow and have no idea if that's the case or not. A few times, I have simply turned my Garmin over (worn it under my wrist instead of on top) so that I could check at the halfway point or every few miles or something. I do that sometimes when I'm trying to train myself to know my pacing without depending on the watch so much...

    Regarding pain - yes. :) I still remember my second ever 5k. I wasn't too happy with my time on my first one, so I decided that it must require pain to run successfully. For my second 5k (a week later), I just told myself that I needed to be in pain the whole time - I took over two minutes off my time from the week before. :) Sometimes I still think about that when I'm running.

    P.S. You have a running book club!? That is so awesome!!
    3224 days ago
    Excellent question! I was definitely SLOWER before the Garmin! But, sometimes I wonder because we do get faster as we get older (to a point) and I did most of my non-Garmin running from age 20 to age 34. I am too OCD about mileage to train without a Garmin, but maybe for a shorter race I would try it. Let us know what happens....
    3224 days ago
    LOL I was wondering the other day if the Garmin was taking the fun out of my running. I am overtrained though so found myself cussing at my Garmin a couple weeks ago as it instructed me over and over to "Speed Up" and my legs felt like sacks of lead.

    I think it makes me go faster because of the "Speed Up". If you have a goal time in mind I think it would keep you on track. If it is a shorter race like a 1 mile, 5K or to some extent a 10K, sometimes the adrenaline will make you go faster than the watch. You can still wear it and go all out - at least it won't tell you to "SPEED UP" L O L
    3224 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/20/2012 11:08:24 PM
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