That's Right, I Ignored My Watch Today
The past few days my knee has been giving me a little trouble. I've always had knee issues since I was a teenager (too many horse-stances and front kicks in karate, I think). When I straighten my leg, particularly when I'm in bed, my knee pops. It's not really painful, but certainly noticeable. Today I had a long run scheduled, a 5K distance. I was telling Matt before I walked out the door for it that I would probably just do two miles and be back shortly. I was wrong.
I decided that instead of looking at my watch every few minutes to check my pace (like I usually do), I would just run. I took my time and ran according to how I was feeling, not how fast I wanted to be going. I only checked my watch (covering up the pace reading) to see how far I had gone so that I knew when to turn back towards the house. I actually felt pretty good throughout the run! Once I got going, it was clear that I should just go ahead and do the 3.1 miles. I thought about walking a few times, but just kept going and ended up running the entire thing.
It was a gorgeous day for running. I wore my gloves and headband to keep warm, but ended up dropping off the gloves in a bush on the way out and dropped off my headband with them when I passed by it again (I did a loop, then a little extra to get in the last 3/4 mile). The sun was shining and the birds were chirping. I saw a beautiful little hawk on a telephone pole just before I got back to the house.
I turns out that ignoring my watch was a really good idea! I ended up running the 3.1 miles in 38:17 minutes. That's a 12:12 min/mile pace and just three minutes shy of my goal pace for my upcoming race. For just getting back into running a month ago, I'm proud of this and the progress I have made!
What are you up to this weekend?
If you run, do you ever ignore your watch and just go by how you feel?