For the last two years or so, I almost never wore a watch while running (I haven't worn one in regular life in about 10 years). I got into the habit of not wearing a watch so much that I actually forgot to bring it to Phoenix when Danielle and I ran the Phoenix Half Marathon in January.
When I started in DC Fit, they said they require everyone to wear a watch, so I broke the watch back out and started wearing it again. The problem is, almost everyone I have met there so far is totally obsessed with times. Times for everything. It's not really a matter of if you feel good during the run or not, it's a matter of how fast you ran.
I started to get caught up in it, too. For the last couple of weeks, I've been obsessing over the times for every run I do. This weekend, I was talking with Meg and realized that I am really starting to obsess over this, to an unhealthy degree. So I'm going to start to ignore my watch again. I'll wear it because they make us, but I am not going to check it every 3-4 minutes to see if my pace has fallen off 5 seconds per mile or any stupid stuff like that. I can appreciate the ability to know what my pace is is and if i'm holding steady, but I think that, especially on the long runs, checking once every mile or two will give you a good idea of that, and, frankly, I should be able to tell from how I'm feeling, as my body pretty much tells me what's up.
I had a lot more fun running when I wasn't stressing about time all the time. That's what I need to get back to. All this constant measuring makes it feel way more like work than play, and I want to make sure that running is fun, because Chicago is a long way away, and it better be an enjoyable road to get there, dammit!
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