Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Body: On why I quit Runkeeper to train for my first 7 mile race
Today I started training for my first 7 mile race coming up this August. It was also my first run since I quit Runkeeper. I didn’t really quit, but I deleted the app from my phone and plan to train for this race by only using my watch. It’s not a special watch. It’s just a regular watch. It kind of glows at night, but that’s it. It’s not a stopwatch. It doesn’t have GPS. It’s not magic. And it’s exactly what I need right now.
Just about a year ago, I started running. I’ve run off and on and faster and slower and watched every second of it all. I knew when I slowed down or when I started out too fast. I knew how many miles I ran each time and each month and could compare all the numbers and stats and make my head explode. Numbers are my favorite.
I love numbers! I love my phone! I love supporting my other runner friends and seeing their progress! I love it when they support mine! But the app doesn’t make me better and I don’t need it. At least not for this.
I know how fast I go (around 12 minutes per mile), I know that my time is good enough for this race (most races have a maximum time limit and even at my slowest pace, I’ll still make it). So I just don’t need it. I just need to run.
I want to judge a run as good or bad or neutral just on how it feels. I want to take walk breaks when I need to. I want to run for time, not distance or pace.
And to do all of that, I just need to keep running. And wear a watch.
Today I ran with Roozle while she rode her balance bike. I told her I wanted to run for 30 minutes, so she checked in with me every two minutes to see how much time we had. That’s way better than an app. She took pictures of me and gave me a banana when I finished. She’s the best run support ever. While I ran, I stayed in my body. I stayed aware of how I felt, I watched my breath, I ran hard, I ran well. The time went by quickly and I noticed that I didn’t struggle with feeling overwhelmed as much as I usually do.
I have no idea how far I ran or what my pace was. I know I ran for 30 minutes and met my goal for today. I know I had a great run. I felt strong and confident and ready to train for this. I had fun. I like that so much.
My training goal is to run 90 minutes straight. When I can do that, I’ll be ready for this race. And it will be so awesome. Let’s run all the minutes!
I am running the Falmouth Road Race on August 16, 2015 to raise money for the AGC Scholarships. There are at least five million infertile couples in the U.S. The majority have no insurance coverage for fertility treatments, which can range in cost between $10,000 and $25,000 per couple. For couples dealing with infertility, the staggering price of diagnoses and fertility treatments may make the dream of parenthood seem out of reach. AGC is nonprofit group committed to providing both advocacy and scholarships for those struggling with infertility in the United States.