I love my Garmin GPS watch – I don’t know how I paced myself without it, but there have been a few instances where I’ve wondered if I’ve actually become too dependent on it. The first of these was for the Brighton Marathon. I’d plugged in my Garmin and put it on to charge the night before (or so I thought!) – unfortunately it had come undone so hadn’t charged at all. I had 2 out of 4 bars on the battery and needless to say it ran out by mile 24. I was really upset and felt kind of lost.
I was reminded of this experience during the Ashdown Forest fun run on Monday. I stupidly hadn’t got my watch ready when they started the race. I spent the first few minutes of the race jogging slowly trying to get the watch going when I could have been going for a good time. As it happens I was absolutely fine and had a good run without it. In fact, it was quite liberating to run and just enjoy it without worrying about times. This goes to highlight – do I really need the Garmin? Have I become too reliant upon it? I am quite an anxious person and it always takes me a little while to catch my breath running (I usually hyperventilate a bit to start with) and I have wondered if I worry too much about my pace. I worry if I’m going off too quickly or too slowly, and if I go faster than normal will I be able to keep running the whole time? It’s silly really as clearly I can.
Are you too dependent on your GPS watch?