Having lived in the same place my entire life, I don't really need a Garmin to know my distances since I am running the same dozen courses repeatedly. For the rare times when I do run a "new route" I simply use Map My Run and get pretty close to total distance and pretty close is good enough for a training run.
The problem with not having a Garmin is that I use a "feels like" or perceived pace most of my runs. I wear a watch to get my over all pace at the end of my run. I also use benchmark locations to know if I am running fast or slow throughout the run. But I am not a great watch watcher. I am busy looking where I want to go. Looking at the hawks in the trees. Looking at the farmers busy in the fields. You get the picture. Everywhere but my watch.
Friday morning I noticed something. After months of mainly jogger pushing runs, my feels like speedometer needs reset. Due to the extra effort of pushing the jogger what used to feel like an 7:30/7:45 minute mile and BE an 7:30/7:45 minute mile is now closer to an 8:00 minute mile.
I do not obess over pace (much). I am a distance girl. When I go run I am looking for that feeling I get long after the warm up and settling in phases. I am looking for that feeling of "I could run all day." When you've been running long enough and the rhythm of your footfalls is perfect and seemly effortless. That's what I find in running distance. BUT. All that happiness can be lessened when I finish a run only to find that what I felt was going to be 8:30 pace turns out to be a 9:30 pace.
Neither pace is good or bad.
I am talking about the expectation of finishing at a certain pace due to the effort I felt I was giving.
I often run paces anywhere from 7:30 - 10:00 min/miles.
For me it's not about speed. It's about knowing what I am giving.
Does anyone else use a perceived pace method over using a Garmin?
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3 Changes Challenge
April 16th - Friday
1. h2o/non-caffeinated - 67oz - Success
2. Destress - Prayed this morning, stretched after my run/turned off over-thinking brain, prayed before bed - Success
3. Xtrain - Stretched after a.m. run, I do need to do that more often! Did situps after the kiddos went to bed. Still not what I want out of this goal so I will HAVE to get it in this weekend to make my 2 days goal! - needs improvement