Leave the watch at home

Sometimes, an easy run is anything but. That’s because I just can’t help myself. Instead of taking it easy, and recovering from a hard workout, I keep hammering when I should be cruising. easybutton1

That’s counter-productive. But it’s a very common running mistake.

Tonight, I ran five miles on a paved loop (didn’t have time to hit the trails) around my neighborhood. I live in a subdivision that is surrounded by a road exactly mile around. It’s very popular with walkers, runners and bikers, because it’s a measured mile. For anyone trying to count miles, it’s the place to be.

I did five easy laps. At least they started out easy. But every time I came to the starting point for a new lap, I found myself punching my watch’s split/lap function to record the time. Of course, that caused me to want to run the next lap a bit faster. And I did. 

Here are my times:

Lap #1 — 8:51

Lap #2 — 8:32

Lap #3 — 8:15

Lap #4 — 8:03

Lap #5 — 8:04

Total time: 41:46.

No, I didn’t burn up the road. But I think I should have taken it even slower. Nice and easy. Not faster and faster. Next time, I’ll leave the watch at home.

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One Response to “Leave the watch at home”

  1. Sheridan Says:

    maybe leave the watch on the bathroom counter on “easy run” days! so funny I do the same thing if I have my watch on

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