A few weeks ago when #WatchlessMonday first made its appearance I was like, “Noooooo, ugggghhh…I don’t want to map my run!! Booooo”. But I like to do things that the cool kids are, so I did it anyway. I bellyached about it, but darn it, I gave it a try.
My first #WatchlessMonday run that I did was on a Tuesday morning at 4:45 AM in the dark. The only thing I didn’t like about it was not being able to run until my Garmin read that I’ve gone three miles. I know, mapping it ahead of time is the obvious solution to that. The second #WatchlessMonday run was unplanned and on a Wednesday. My Garmin battery went kaput one minute into the run. I zigzagged around my neighborhood hoping that I would get in at least three miles. Again, my only gripe was not knowing what my mileage was during the run.
My third #WatchlessMonday run happened on an actual Monday and the light finally turned on in my head. Watchless Monday is a great idea for these reasons:
Monday is usually a recovery run anyway. There’s no point in caring about the pace, or how many miles are ran. Instead, maybe the recovery run should be done by feel. You know, listening to the body, and all that good stuff?
A watchless run gave me the opportunity to bring my annoying dog who also needs exercise. Normally my dog is too jerky, too slow, too sniffy, and too distracted to bring on a run. But with a watchless run, it didn’t kill me to have to slow down for my dog’s need to sniff every tree.
It made me open my mind a wee little bit more. From the start of #WatchlessMonday I resisted (*note, not refused!). After giving it a couple tries I’ll admit it’s a good idea.
So what’s stopping you from at least trying #watchlessmonday? Got excuses? Read this post by David at RunningBecauseican.com(Be sure to note my argumentive comments I left him too). Still have excuses? Reply here, I love to argue.