Running free!

Do you run with or without a watch? The last race I ran (Margate 1/2 Marathon) I completely forgot to bring my watch which meant I couldn't tell how quick or probably more accurate how slow I was running. I was also surprised to see how many people there weren't wearing watches I know because I asked a few people how long we'd been running!

It got me thinking does running wearing a watch actually impede your running? I know that when I run wearing a watch I will often check the watch to see how I'm doing and if I'm running too slow try and speed up, but is this necessarily a good thing?

Just some food for thought!

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    # by Tom Roper - Sunday, September 19, 2010

    I wear a watch, both in training and in races, but I try to discipline myself and only consult it at set intervals...I agree it's easy to be distracted by them. I think they can also inhibit the development of a sense of pace.

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    # by Michael McAlpine - Thursday, September 23, 2010

    I always wear one on race day, but I'm pretty good at not checking it too frequently.
    I usually wear one when I train, but sometimes I go without on long runs. I do that so I can just concentrate on enjoying the run and not worry about my time.

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    # by Kate Misso - Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    I usually run with my garmin on, more for distance than time. I ran Hellrunner a couple of weeks ago and left my garmin at home to avoid damage in the Bog of Doom. Honestly, I couldn't tell if I'd been running half an hour or 2 hours! Lack of distance markers was also disorientating...

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    # by Kate Misso - Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    I usually run with my garmin on, more for distance than time. I ran Hellrunner a couple of weeks ago and left my garmin at home to avoid damage in the Bog of Doom. Honestly, I couldn't tell if I'd been running half an hour or 2 hours! The Hills of Death and lack of distance markers were also disorientating...