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Downside to my Garmin 305

Thursday, January 06, 2011

I had a horrible run this afternoon. I started off way too fast thinking I am more fit than I am. "Two points" for confidence, right? Wrong! I was not even a mile into my run when I got side stitches and shin splints... Grrrr.....

I had to walk for a half mile, but was able to pick back up and run the mile and a half back.... at a slow pace!

I love my Garmin watch, but I think I may becoming a bit obsessed with it. I mean, really??? Do I need to see how fast and how far I run every single time? Today I was so focused on running 9 min/miles that I didn't listen to my body and was just paying attention to the numbers on my watch. Bad move....

When I run I need to focus on what my body is telling me... run at a comfortable pace when I am wanting to go some distance... not focus on speed. I paid the price today! Praying this weekend's long run goes better!
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    I think some of those gadgets aren't all they're cracked up to be. I just use a regular old pedometer with the stop watch feature (which I only check at my half-way mark) to calculate my average mileage and calories burned on SparkPeople. Sometimes you just don't really need so much information. You are right. You should definitely listen to your body so you don't push yourself to the point of injury. emoticon
    3811 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Why not run without it occasionally? I'll borrow it from you virtually, cause occasionally it'd be nice to know my pace. No way can I run 9 min miles -- I'd be over the moon just to get to a 10 min mile! I have to keep reminding myself I'm almost 50.
    3811 days ago
    Does the watch have to be on your wrist to work? I don't have one, but I usually run with a regular stopwatch to keep an idea of my timing, and I keep the watch tucked into the pouch on my running belt. I can get to it if I need to, but it breaks my pace because I have to mess around with the pouch's zipper, so I generally don't check it obsessively the way I would if it were easy to access. Maybe you could try running with it in your pocket and see if that helps?
    3812 days ago
    YOU can always say thru these rough spots that you LEARNED something!

    HOPE your shin splints don't hurt too bad!
    3812 days ago
    I had the same sort of thing when I got my Addidas micoach. I would check my distance/pace/calories WAY too often and it was distracting. I know play a head game with myself to see if I can resist checking until after KM one. I try for one check ever KM and listen more to my body then the numbers - tough to do sometimes!
    3812 days ago
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