Today I had a fantastic run – headed straight out, the weather was perfect, I was motivated and energized … and so I just flew! I could tell by my breathing and form that I was tearing it up – I was trying to estimate pace as I went, but didn’t want to look at my watch to see.
Maybe I should have – because I would have seen a lot of blanks and realized what was wrong – when I was unable to run due to the ice, I disabled the GPS and just did heart-rate monitoring as I did body-weight exercises. Unfortunately I never re-enabled the GPS for running!
I didn’t realize this until I got home and checked my wrist and there was nothing but time … it didn’t make sense at first, but quickly I realized what I had done!
When I look at the time numbers on the screen – I know what I accomplished, but only in general terms. I tweaked a normal route just a little bit so I can’t easily determine precise distance. But I know it was between 6 and 6.25 miles … meaning that I did my hill run at considerably better than an 8 minute pace!
But without the proof, does it really matter?
YES! It matters because I KNOW that I ran really fast, that I took the hill like it was nothing, that I was joyous as I could feel my body and lungs working, and as I looked at the clock as I arrived home and KNEW what I had done.
It gets back to the thought we can get too dependant on our technology – all I got from my hardware was that I did just over 45 minutes. And honestly, even if I had the GPS and heart rate data, the MOST important elements of the run were about how I FELT, and not about the specifics of the data.