Day 93

Last week, I took a break from my watch.

Not my Garmin, not my Heart Rate Monitor.

Because I am the kind of runner who knows that if I had either of those things (the Garmin or the HRM), I would fixate on numbers and totally lose sight of the purpose running serves in my life.

I don’t care if you have one, I don’t care if you swear by it.  This is my blissful, half-hearted stab at Saying No to technology and just living life as it comes.

Too much information for a perfectionist can be crippling.

In case, you were wondering, here is what Old Faithful looks like.

I’m not sure if it is a he or she, but I do know that it has crossed every finish line with me since I started running.

Yes, I’m Emotionally Attached.   Someday it will go to live with the shoes I’ve saved.

Anyway, I was in the middle of transitioning to running outside full-time and I knew that the speed of my runs really didn’t matter, but re-conditioning my joints to take the impact of the pavement over the treadmill really did.

Matter, that is.

So I hit the start button and proceeded to ignore the situation.

As it turns out, not looking is not so bad.

In other news, I’m in the midst of a rather ferocious craving for beer.

What I’m really trying to say: If it was socially acceptable (and wouldn’t turn me into a non-functioning alcoholic), I would make beer my Preferred Meal.  In a bottle.  If you’re looking for a visual, think about a thoroughbred drinking a Guinness.

And yes, that means I just compared myself to Zenyatta.  Who, for the record, is also A Fan of birthday cake.  Did I mention she’s also into dancing?

I think if we met in real life, we’d probably be best friends.

Anyway, less on horses and more on beer.  In the last week I have consumed/torn down/loved: Summit Maibock, Goose Island Sofie, New Glarus Fat Squirrel (2), New Glarus Moon Man, New Glarus Two Women, New Glarus Cherry Stout, Liftbridge Farmgirl Saison and a small mason jar full of some mystery-pilsner from Vine Park.

Who knows, who cares.  It hit the spot.

I may as well enjoy it now, because we all know that the next step in this downward spiral is a deep, unabiding desire to snarf sugar.  Oreos, buttercream frosting and frozen yogurt, I am coming for you.

What do you crave as you begin to up your mileage?

Do you ever take a break from the clock/Garmin/Heart Rate Monitor?

7 responses to “Day 93

  1. I am such a bad runner. I don’t wear a watch. I start RunTastic on my phone, and act really surprised when I finish and see my time. I should probably be more serious about that sort of thing, but I tend to obsess on the numbers, so for now, I just make myself GO. And I totally crave icy cold beer when I up mileage.

  2. I find some of my best runs are when I don’t wear my watch…

  3. I love my watch. I don’t obsess over the numbers while running, but love to look at them once I’m done.

    It felt good to get out yesterday for my 1st outdoor workout since last fall. It was also good to train on Actual Hills, not the pale treadmill “hill” setting.

    Have you been to The Four Firkins in St. Louis Park? It’s an all-beer store. They have many sampling events, which they post to Facebook and to their blog. It’s a fantastic place and they also have a lot of breweriana, including a Minnesota brewing history collection at the front of the store. Highly recommended!

  4. I like having a GPS to see where I am, how far I have come, and where I want to someday be. That being said, I do not use it on every run. I never want to be a slave to it. I think there is something to be said about running naked, sans watch and iPod. That is usually when my mind, body, and soul connects and I am intune with the run. It’s very freeing not having to worry about data, but instead about enjoying the moment I am in doing what I love.

  5. I’ve wanted to try a heart rate monitor. I’m not sure if I’d go crazy watching it or find it useful. I usually just go by how much my heart feels like it’s beating out of my chest 😉

    Since I’m ramping up my training for BodyStep, I’m craving hamburgers. Mmm…I want them so bad! Topped with guacamole, of course! Wish you were here so we could indulge together.

  6. I always, always, always wear my regular watch while not working out. I usually wear my Garmin while outside, because I really like to know my mileage hah!

  7. Unless I have a lapse in my synapses, I always run with my gadgets. I try not to look at my watch and just run with it until the end, but if I am tired or am pressed for time, I’ll look at it a lot. Then it makes me freak out. I do, sometimes, run without music so I can zone out with the running and nature sounds.

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