I’ve been trying something new lately. I’ve been taking a break from my Garmin for all of my runs except my long runs. As I try to rebuild my mileage without hurting myself, I need to leave my ego at home. For me, that means I need to not know exactly how fast I’m running. As soon as I see my pace on the Garmin, I find myself pushing myself faster. I don’t want to believe that my current easy pace is what it is.
But that’s the thing: it is what it is and I need to accept that for now. Trying to build mileage and speed at the same time = recipe for injury. So, for now, I choose mileage. Today, my goal was to run easy for 30 minutes and I nailed it. ;o) I’m good at running easy if I don’t know what the pace looks like.
As I ran through the steamy weather for 30 minutes (and mentally whined the whole time), I thought about my crazy friend who will be getting on a treadmill this evening and not getting off until tomorrow evening.
Crazy, right? But also amazing and generous and so many other wonderful adjectives. Tonight EMZ will be taking to the treadmill again for a cause. Some of you may remember Emz’ 24 hour treadmill run two years ago to raise money for an organization that assisted women affected by domestic violence.
This 24 hour, 100 mile treadmill run is to raise money for Effect.org – an organization that builds schools for children in India.
Want to learn more? Go here to Rally for Emz.
I took Pavement Runner’s challenge and met him $ for $ and donated $100 to the cause. Anyone else want to join us?
6 thoughts on “Naked Running”
I’m blown away.
Lady. I am so grateful. This is so huge. You are incredible.
I love hearing about people leaving the Garmin behind…I think everyone should do that for a portion of their runs, especially easy runs. Our bodies know what we need.
EMZ is the best and you are great for donating to such a great cause!
You’re right – she is totally crazy. But in a really good way. Go EMZ!
Even though I am not training for anything and running what I want as far as mileage goes, I still take my Garmin along because at some point, that information becomes important. That said, I am one of those people who can run without looking at their Garmin. I have done marathons where I didn’t look at my watch until the halfway point.
At the beginning of my ultratraining it took me forever to change my perspective from pace to distance. And you’re right. You can’t do both.
Go EMZ!! What she is doing is amazing!
I just started running with a garmin, it sure is addicting!