When I run, particularly in races, I am an admitted watch addict. I love to look at my splits, whether it’s overall time for a long run, or each mile during a race. In racing I find this particularly useful–I can gauge whether or not I have gone out too hard, if I am hitting consistent splits, and how close I am to hitting a goal time.
Lately, however, I’ve been toying with the idea of leaving the watch behind for a race. Several of my friends have talked about how they’ve had some of their best races when they weren’t obsessing over the time and looking at their watches. I just read a race report from Dash about a half marathon she recently ran. Her coach encouraged her to leave the watch behind. She was skeptical, but after her first two miles, she never looked at her watch again. She PRd by over 9 minutes–that’s huge! She credited tuning into her body and letting it be her guide, rather than looking at her splits.
So all this has me intrigued. I have the Cherry Blossom 10-miler coming up in a couple of weeks, then the Broad St. 10-miler in Philadelphia on May 2. I think I may still wear my watch at CB, because that race is fairly important to me. But I think Broad St. might just be the place to experiment. I’m excited to give it a go, and I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Do you wear a watch during races? Why/why not?
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