After a difficult speed session on Tuesday, my coach told me I should do my next run without my Garmin and just take it easy and not worry about pace.
Since I am a slave to numbers, the idea of running sans watch had me kinda freaking out. So I decided to bend the rules but stay within the parameters of the assignment. The pink tape even goes with the pink on my watch!
During my run, I felt almost... Free. I never really thought that looking at my watch during a run had any effect on me at all, but now I'm wondering. While I generally run by how I'm feeling, I also tend to think "Ugh, so slow" if I see a particular number on my watch. Last night I didn't have any negative thoughts whatsoever, because I was feeling good during my run and had no idea if I was maintaining a "good" pace or not. I just knew it felt easy-breezy, which is what it was supposed to be.
When I got home, I peeled the tape off.
Roughly 13 min mile pace overall. Huh. Not sure that's what I would have guessed, but right on track for how I'm "supposed" to be running my easy/recovery runs.
And even better than that, it just felt good. Physically and mentally.
Do you run without a watch (or naked, as we say)? How important is pace to you on your daily runs?