my Garmin in Sunday’s Melbourne Marathon?
Of course when I last raced the Melbourne Marathon in 1990 we did not even have Garmins. That was a simpler time.
I love my Garmin…it’s a 610 model. It vibrates at each Km mark. I believe it’s quite accurate. I really like sitting down after a run of say 30 Kms and reading all my Km splits and transferring them into my running diary. Sometimes when I have run the same route multiple times I rewrite all my times and compare.
However I am afraid to wear my Garmin on Sunday during the Marathon. I know I can easily get discouraged and if my Garmin tells me I have run 4km and I don’t feel crash hot I am inclined to consider the distance I have to go and then just give up.
Further I am scared of the pace. If I run the first Km in 4.30 I will probably panic and think I am going too fast. I know 4.30 pace ( a tad over 7 minute mile pace) is rather slow but then so am I. Likewise if I ran the first Km at 5.50 I would think I am going too slow and panic.
I would like to judge my one Km pace. But I think the physiological impediments are just too great.
I think I will leave my Garmin at home and just take a cheapo sports watch which tells me how long I have been running. No doubt there will be 5 Km markers out on the course.
I still love my Garmin.