Running a race and leaving garmin at home



  • We have a monthly 5km race at work organised on a handicap basis - slowest sets off first and we all finish within a few minutes of each other.

    I usually look at my GPS watch every km to see what pace I am going at, however I accidentally left my GPS at home yesterday, so ran without any timing indication.

    Result was 20 seconds better than my PB for the course! Whether that was a coincidence or not I cannot say.
  • Similar to others, I did a 20mile training race last year and forgot my Garmin.

    Ran far better and more comfortably.

    Big negative split and really of 6 minutes and just picked off loads of people who had gone past.

    There has to be something in this..

    Maybe as suggested, set display to not show certain things so you don't try "forcing" it... Just flow and relaxed breathing.
  • I did the Brighton Half earlier this year where the distance was decidedly out (official course length was adjusted to 13.4 miles) and I forgot to set my watch - the start was a bit fraught, I was late :-/
    I could "feel" that the mile markers were out at mile 3 and 4 and but I trusted them and as a result I ended up getting my pace wrong and holding back the last couple of miles. If I'd had my Garmin set, I probably would have trusted that above the mile markers and paced myself better.
    You don't have to look at your watch if you've got it with you, but sometimes, it makes the difference...
  • LCB, heard about the brighton half sounds like there was some unhappy campers at the end
  • Yes - quite a few!
    The organisers were pretty fair and adjusted the distance and times in the end, but it would have been better if it didn't happen in the first place.
  • i just have a race day screen, with last lap and average pace on, i use manual laps and hit the button on the official course mile markers,
  • In the old, pre-garmin days, I was a pretty good judge of pace. Since getting my first garmin in 1999, I found myself obsessing for a few years. I've gone back to running by perceived effort and my times are almost back to where they were a decade ago. (Probably coincidence).

    I still wear the garmin though so I can geek out when I get home. If I'm racing well, I don't have time to look at it, if I'm not running well I might sneak a peak to try to maintain pace. I never set a beep though, I think that is bad manners in races, although fine in training. As for those who have beeping garmins but are listening to their ipods - don't take me there!

    A couple of years ago I ran an off-road race where watches and garmins were banned. All runners were aked to predict their finish time. I finished 8 seconds faster than I had predicted and won a bottle of fizz for being the closest to my time. Once you know your body You don't really need the technology!

  • PhilPubPhilPub ✭✭✭

    I'm with Jonny.  I wear my Garmin all the time, on the basis that you can't really have too much information to geek over afterwards (should you want to).  However, I lost my HR chest strap a couple of weekends ago (left it at a race HQ I suspect), and it's kind of prompted me to generally rethink my "feedback during races" strategy.  I'm not a slave to the Garmin anyway, but I ran a pretty decent race on Saturday being a lot more conscious of perceived effort, almost as if it was nice not to have the distraction of something else to tell you (supposedly) how hard you're working.  I still had info re: splits, pace etc. to hand, but I only ever glanced at the Garmin occasionally to see how far there was left to go.  (They don't have mile markers at the National Road Relays and I'd never done the long leg before!)

    I may well go Garmin-less for a few shorter races over the Summer, see how liberating it feels.  image

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