November 23 2017
Even if the holidays come during your peak training season, it's still possible to enjoy the fun without derailing your fitness goals.
I love my running watch. It’s a great training tool, and I try to use it wisely by not looking down at it much when I’m running. Having a watch is nice to refer to (occasionally) during a speed workout to make sure I’m on pace, and I love using it to gauge the overall distance of a run. This week I had a really tough workout during which I had to run up a pretty intense hill that was a quarter mile in length–and I did that 12 times. In a workout like this, the objective is to run as quickly as you can up the hill, yet still maintain form (you should be in an upright position, not leaning forward) and focus on the task at hand.
I knew that looking down at my watch would hinder the workout in three ways:
I’ve been running long enough to know what my paces are by feel. I can tell what a 10-minute mile feels like versus a 7-minute mile. Running hills is all about effort, and I knew that if I worked as hard as I could until I reached the end, I would achieve maxiumum gains from the workout.
Not thinking about time was such a freeing feeling. To just get to the top of this beast of a hill, no worries about endless to do lists or what time I needed to pick up my kids…just me being a badass, right here, in this moment.
I encourage every runner to ditch their watch every once in a while (or make a promise to yourself to not look at it). You’ll walk away with a fresh, satisfied feeling. After all, you’re out there running–you’re already doing the thing that matters!
That my friends, is a total win.