walk this route but not run it. It's in the woods, it's dirt, there are some grassy patches, and lots of tree roots, rogue rocks, and wildlife to watch out for. It's not ideal, but it's peaceful and at this point in my running I don't feel confident enough to run out in the park in front of all the people at the soccer fields. In any case, it's working for me.
I've done this route several times last week but when I got there on Thursday I realized I had forgotten my Garmin watch. Oh No! I was kind of pressed for time so I didn't want to go back home and get it. Previously when my watch would die on a run, I would just stop and start walking. I hated the fact that it would not accurately record the entire run so I would think "Whats the point?"
I totally know that is the wrong attitude to have. So anyway, this day I thought about just walking a few laps around the soccer fields instead but then I remembered that since I already ran this exact trail this week, I knew exactly how long it was, 2 miles. I didn't need my Garmin. Okay, I would be fine on this run. I knew how far it was and that's all that matters right? BUT THEN.... I remembered I still had my Nike Plus app. O gosh I hadn't used that in YEARS.
As I started running, I felt so free! So this is what it feels like to "run naked" as they say. I wasn't worried about looking down at my watch every few minutes to compare my pace to my mileage. I heard the lady in my earphones tell me when I got to the half mile mark, the half way mark, and then when I was nearing the end. Even though I had no idea what my pace was, I didn't mind hearing her voice telling me how far I had gone.
In the end, I did check the app to see my stats. My pace was actually lower than when I was wearing my Garmin, but I didn't care. I know I say that I don't care about pace, which is true, but in a way I DO care what it is because I like having that data. I don't CARE what it is but I want to KNOW what it is. Does that make sense? Oh, and by the way, I was worried about the Nike app not being accurate, but it was quite accurate the day I used it. -M
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