I ran across the GW Bridge today! Check it off my “life to-do list”.
After 4 miles of trying to find the entrance, I realized I had the world at my fingertips. Enter: Google.
Spoiler: I found it.
Actually, it was scarier than I thought. I hadn’t even imagined that I would feel the bridge moving under my feet. I could see the water far, far below. I was holding on to my phone for dear life. I am exactly the type of person who would accidentally fumble around with it for no reason at all, watching in slow motion as it flies into the Hudson. Thankfully both myself and my phone survived the journey.
It was a little bit of a juxtaposition. I was lucky to be taking in this beautiful view, but I kept imagining exhaust from the cars traveling on the bridge seeping into my lungs. I was also more focused on not getting run over by the cyclists than actual running.
My run this week was scaled back a little because the past three weeks I’ve upped my mileage. I started with 10-11 miles in mind, but realized that next week is the Bronx 10-miler and I really did need to give myself a shorter mileage week. But even though my run was only 7 miles, I felt so out of shape. My pace was discouraging…it was closer to my pacing when I first started training for my first marathon in 2010. Eeek.
I was even a little sore from the NFL 4 miler and my hard-ish swim yesterday. For the run, I went out too fast and faded quickly. I ran two minutes slower than I did in my last 4-mile race in April! My legs were still all tired and lactic-acidy.
I almost feel as if I’m going backwards these days. Are you all sick of me complaining about my less-than-stellar runs? I’ll work on that. Promise.
After listening politely to my complaints, Lora’s suggestion to me was to run without my watch. My initial thoughts were: WHAT! NEVER! I MUST TRACK ALL STATISTICS OF EVERY RUN. YOU ARE CRAZY.
But I started listening to the points she made:
1) It can be a confidence killer. If my times are off slightly, my mental strength declines.
2) I won’t enjoy a run as much when I don’t feel physically or mentally strong because of the numbers I’m seeing.
3) I’m not truly running based on feeling.
4) Watch-less, I’ll have a better idea about why a bad run is a bad run -for example, fueling as opposed to seeing fluctuations in time.
It’s scary to say this, but here goes. I’m going to run the Bronx 10-Miler next Sunday with out my Garmin.
(Holy over-exaggeration.) This is sad; my dependence on technology. When I was younger I never wore a watch. I’d see what time I left the house and when I got back. That’s about as high-tech as I got.
Honestly, I’m choosing this event as my first planned watch-less run (in a long time, at least) because I know I’ll be running the correct distance and I’ll have an official time at the end. I’ll be able to write down my time and have it to refer back to…but I won’t be checking my watch every 5 seconds. Win-win.
You guys have to make sure I actually do this. I feel like I want to back out already. I don’t know why.
Anyway, for the rest of the day, I’ll be watching college football. IT’S BACK! What a relief.
Do you run watch-less? Do you like football? Do you want to win ProCompression socks?!